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    Volleyball Falls 3-2 to Virginia Commonwealth in Final Match of Courtyard Midtown Classic
    Junior Brie Merriwether
    Junior Brie Merriwether

    Sept. 1, 2012

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    RALEIGH, N.C. – Last year, NC State set an ACC record with six consecutive five-set matches.

    So Saturday night, it seemed like familiar territory when head coach Bryan Bunn’s team came back from 1-0 and 2-1 to force a fifth set against Virginia Commonwealth in the final match of the Courtyard Midtown Classic at Reynolds Coliseum.

    Despite a 12-8 lead late in the contest, however, the Wolfpack was unable to clinch its third consecutive win in the two-day event, falling 3-2, thanks to the Rams’ 9-2 run to end set and clinch the victory.

    “We just didn’t finish the way we needed to,” said Bunn after the loss. “We made five errors with a 12-7 lead in the final set. We obviously had our chances.

    “We let it slip away.”

    Virginia Commonwealth setter Cecilia Aragao was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player, while teammates Jasmine Waters and Martina Samadan joined her on the All-Tournament team.

    NC State’s Megan Cyr and Brie Merriwether were also named to the team, along with South Florida’s Valerie El Houssine and Kent State’s Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola.

    The Wolfpack (5-1) lost its opening set for the first time this season, putting itself in a hole from the beginning. It came back to dominate the second set, 25-17, but lost a third-set lead to fall 25-21.

    In the fourth set, VCU (5-1) appeared to be ready to close out the match, leading 23-18, but Merriwether scored four consecutive points at the net with blocks and kills to close the gap to 23-22.

    Glass then found an open spot in the corner for a kill to tie the game 23-23.

    The Pack tied the match, thanks to a big kill by sophomore Dariyan Hopper and an attack error by VCU.

    It was the first loss in a home tournament match in Bunn's three year's at the helm of the Wolfpack, dropping its record to 11-1 in those contests. The Pack is 27-4 in all tournament matches under Bunn.

    State will return to action next weekend at Reynolds Coliseum, hosting its second consecutive two-day tournament. The Pack will join Campbell, Western Carolina and Central Michigan in the field of the Courtyard Midtown Invitational, beginning on Friday.

    Admission for all matches is free and the NC State matches will be streamed live through’s All-Access.

    All Tournament team

    Tinuke Aderemi-Ibitola, Kent State
    Martina Samadan, VCU
    Valerie El-Houssine, South Florida
    Megan Cyr, NC State
    Brie Merriwether, NC State
    Jasmine Waters, VCU

    Most Valuable Player
    Cecilia Aragao, Virginia Commonwealth



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