Courtyard Midtown Invitational Central | Weekly notes
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Looking to get back on the winning track, NC State's volleyball team will host Campbell, Central Michigan and Western Carolina in the two-day Courtyard Midtown Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Camels (4-4) and the Catamounts (2-5) return to Reynolds for the second year in a row. Last year, they joined the Wolfpack, Wisconsin and North Carolina A&T in the 2011 Courtyard Midtown Classic. State won both of its contests against Campbell and WCU.
Last weekend, the Pack won two of its three matches in the 2012 Courtyard Midtown Classic, beating South Florida 3-1 and Kent State 3-0 before dropping its first decision of the season, 3-2 to Virginia Commonwealth.
"This weekend, we will be working to improve," said third-year coach Bryan Bunn. We have to get better at receiving serve and on defense. We have to improve our dig percentage.
"We are looking forward to being at home again."
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||Central Michigan 3, Campbell 0
|9/7 - 7 p.m.
||NC State 3, Western Carolina 0
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||Central Michigan vs. Western Carolina
|9/8 - 1 p.m.
||NC State vs. Campbell
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|9/8 - 5 p.m.
||Campbell vs. Western Carolina
|9/8 - 7 p.m.
||NC State vs. Central Michigan
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The Wolfpack (5-1) is in the midst of a 13-match homestretch in September, thanks to back-to-back tournaments at Reynolds and seven straight individual matches, including the ACC-opener against North Carolina next Friday night.
"The objective for us now is to have a good weekend against good competition," Bunn said. "We have to take advantage of the opportunity we have with so many home matches early in the season.
The Wolfpack is 9-4 all-time against Campbell. The teams met last season in the final match of the Courtyard Midtown Classic, with the Wolfpack taking a 3-0 decision to improve its record to 6-1 to start the season.
It is 1-1 all-time against Central Michigan. The Chippewas took the last meeting in the series with a 3-0 win in 2008. The Wolfpack won the first in a five-set match in 1990 at the Illinois State Invitational.
And the Pack has a perfect 11-0 record against Western Carolina. Last year, the Wolfpack took a 3-0 decision over the Catamounts in the Courtyard Midtown Classic.
The Wolfpack continues its homestand by hosting UNC Wilmington on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. On Friday, Sept. 14, State begins its ACC schedule by hosting North Carolina at 7 p.m., followed by its final non-conference contest, when it hosts Ohio on Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m.
5-0 START MATCHES BEST SINCE 1995
NC State won its first five matches of the 2012 season, which matches the program's best start since 1995, when the Pack won its first seven matches. Head coach Bryan Bunn also led the Wolfpack to a 5-0 start in 2010, his first year at the helm.
Under Bunn, the Wolfpack is 27-4 overall in tournament matches and 11-1 in tournament matches played at Reynolds Coliseum.
RICHARDSON UPS HER KILLS, HITTING AND BLOCKS
Junior Meredith Richardson had a career-high 19 kills in NC State's 3-1 victory over South Florida last Friday night. Her previous best was 13 earlier this season against Jacksonville and against Georgia Tech two years ago when she was a freshman.
Richardson has double-digit kills in three matches so far this year, which matches her total from her first two years in the program.
Richardson is second on the team with 57 kills (2.85 per set) this season and has a team-best .423 hitting average.
Richardson also leads the team with 21 total blocks (1.05 per set), followed by junior Brie Merriwether and senior Megan Cyr with 16 apiece. Richardson had a career-high seven blocks against College of Charleston in the title game of the Comfort Inn & Suites West Ashley Invitational in Charleston, S.C.
SERVED WITH A GLASS
Sophomore Nikki Glass, who led the team with 25 service aces last year, leads the squad after six matches with eight service aces. She had a career-high four in the Wolfpack's 3-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the final match of the NC State Courtyard Midtown Classic.
CYR MOVES INTO TOP FIVE IN ASSISTS
With 121 assists in three matches last weekend, senior setter Megan Cyr moved into fifth place on the school's career list, moving past Alice Commers, who had 2,651 assists from 1989-92 for the Wolfpack.
Cyr leads the team with 242 assists, with exactly 121 in each of the Wolfpack's two tournaments to start the season.
She needs 47 assists this weekend to surpass former teammate Alex Smith, who had 2,714 assists from 2007-10, for fourth place in the Wolfpack's career records, and 289 to pass Erin Vessey (1998-99) for third place.