Volleyball Falls in 5 Sets at Virginia Tech
Nov. 19, 2011
BLACKSBURG, Va. – NC State volleyball won the first two sets by narrow margins against Virginia Tech on Saturday night, but was unable to hold on for its 21st win of the season, falling 3-2 to the Hokies at Cassell Coliseum.
The Wolfpack (20-12 overall, 8-11 ACC) came from behind to win the first two sets but could not hold on for its fifth ACC road win of the season. The Hokies survived 17 ties and nine lead changes in the fourth set to tie the match, then won the decisive fifth set.
Freshman Dariyan Hopper led four Wolfpack players with double-digit kills. She had 19 for the match, followed by senior Luciana Shafer with 12 and senior Margaret Salata and sophomore Brie Merriwether with 10 each.
Virginia Tech’s Jennifer Wiker led all players with 19 kills, followed by 16 from Victoria Hamsher.
The Hokies (17-13, 10-9) never relinquished the lead in the third set, breaking away from its narrow 15-13 lead with four consecutive points and forcing the Pack to call timeout. The Pack drew within two points, 21-23, but a ball-handling error and an attack error gave the Hokies the win.
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the fourth set, on back-to-back attack errors on the Hokies, a block by Salata and Buckley and a kill by Buckley.
But the set was exceptionally close after the Hokies scored five of the next six points to take the lead. The game had a total of 17 ties and nine lead changes, until Virginia Tech won back-to-back points for the 26-24 win.
In the decisive fifth set, the Hokies opened up a 10-5 lead, forcing the Pack to call a timeout. They pushed it to 12-6 before the Wolfpack scored three in a row to close the gap. After a Virginia Tech timeout, the Hokies finished off the match with a kill by Jennifer Wiker.
The Wolfpack will return home on Wednesday for its final match of the season, hosting North Carolina at 1 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum.