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    The NC State volleyball team will look to extend its current two-match winning streak this weekend.
    The NC State volleyball team will look to extend its current two-match winning streak this weekend.
     

    Sept. 5, 2003

    The NC State volleyball team will look to add to its winning streak this weekend when it plays host to Texas Christian, High Point and Virginia Tech at the annual Outback Steakhouse Invitational. The two-day tournament at Reynolds Coliseum will begin Friday, September 5 and run through Saturday, September 6.

    Entering this weekend, the Wolfpack has a record of 2-2 and are led by a number of players who have stepped things up. Freshman outside hitter Julia Reis and junior middle blocker Maya Mapp leads the team offensively, combining for 86 kills thus far. Meanwhile, the senior leadership of setter Crystal Shannon and libero Caroline Frede has also weighed in significantly. Shannon is averaging 11.50 assists a game for a total of 161 heading into Friday's action, while Frede sports 51 digs, a number that is ninth among all ACC players and helped her earn All-Tournament honors at the Western New York Tournament.

    The Horned Frogs are recently coming off a second place finish at the College of Charleston Tournament. Juniors Dominika Szabo and Ellen Rehme earned All-Tournament honors after leading their team to a 2-1 record on the weekend. Szabo finished with 39 kills, while Rehme is the team's leader with 52 kills. Furthermore, they have combined for 73 digs defensively.

    Things haven't been as successful, however, for the High Point Panthers. At 0-5 overall, the Panthers will look to notch their first win of the season this weekend. Leading the way for High Point is freshman outside hitter Lindsey Pickens, who features a resume that consists of 79 kills off a .317 hitting percentage, 57 digs and 10 total blocks. It was numbers like those that saw Pickens be named the Big South Freshman of the Week.

    After starting at a perfect 3-0, the Hokies suffered their first loss of the season at Charlotte on Tuesday, 3-2. Virginia Tech features two players in Annie Spicer and Allie Kupec that have stood out on both sides of the net. Spicer is the team's leader offensively with 65 kills to go with a .306 attack percentage. Meanwhile, Kupec has begun to make a name for herself defensively, as she leads the team in total blocks with 17 to go with 12 digs.

    Below is the tournament schedule:

    Friday, September 5
    High Point vs. Virginia Tech, 4:30 pm
    TCU vs. NC State, 7:00 pm

    Saturday, September 6
    Virginia Tech vs. TCU, 10:00 am
    High Point vs. NC State, 12:30 pm
    TCU vs. High Point, 4:30 pm
    Virginia Tech vs. NC State, 7:00 pm

     

     

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