UNC Wilmington (6-4) vs. NC State (8-1)
Tuesday, 7 p.m. | Reynolds Coliseum
Series record: NC State leads, 4-1
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- After opening the season with three consecutive two-day tournaments, NC State's volleyball team will play individual matches for the rest of the season, beginning against in-state rival UNC Wilmington.
The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum. Admission is free for all spectators. A live stream of the contest will be available for free on GoPack.com's All-ACC.
The Wolfpack owns a 4-1 series record against the Seahawks. The Pack won the last meeting with a 3-0 victory against the host Seahawks last season in the title game of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Classic in Wilmington, N.C.
Outside hitter Nikki Glass, a freshman, was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player.
Third-year NC State head coach Bryan Bunn has guided his team to an 8-1 record to start the season, which ranks among the best starts in school history.
After hosting two tournaments on back-to-back weekends, the Wolfpack (8-1) will now play seven straight home matches at Reynolds, including Friday night's ACC opener against North Carolina.
"We are looking forward to this part of our schedule, being able to host individual matches here at home," Bunn said. "Having the tournaments gives us good experience against good competition, but now we will have more time to scour our opponents and more time to prepare."
The Wolfpack is led by senior setter Megan Cyr, who ranks fourth in the ACC in assists per set, and junior middle blocker Meredith Richardson, who ranks sixth in hitting percentage.
Last weekend, the Wolfpack swept three matches in the Courtyard Midtown Invitational, over Western Carolina (3-0), Campbell (3-0) and Central Michigan (3-1).
As part of the NC State athletics marketing's promotions schedule, the first 250 fans attending Tuesday's match against the Seahawks will receive a free State volleyball koozie.
Also, the Capital City Young Marines will present colors during the NC State band's rendition of the national anthem.
The Wolfpack continues its homestand at Reynolds Coliseum on Friday at 7 p.m. when it hosts North Carolina on Friday in its first ACC match of the season. On Sunday, the Wolfpack will host its final non-conference match of the season when it welcomes Ohio to Reynolds in a 2 p.m. contest. Admission is free for all matches.
CYR MOVES TO FOURTH IN ASSISTS
With 336 assists in the team's first nine matches, senior setter Megan Cyr has moved into fourth place on the school's career assist list, moving past Alice Commers and former teammate Alex Smith this season.
The preseason All-ACC pick has 2,762 career assists in her three seasons with the Wolfpack, after transferring from Colorado following her redshirt freshman year. She needs 195 assists to surpass Erin Vesey, who had 2,956 assists from 1998-99.
She is averaging 10.50 assists per set, which ranks fourth in the ACC.
For the second time this season and the third time in her career, senior setter Megan Cyr has been named the most valuable player in an early-season tournament. Most recently, Cyr was named the MVP of NC State's Courtyard Midtown Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum, in which she had 94 assists, a .609 hitting average, three service aces, 22 digs and seven total blocks.
She was also named MVP of the Comfort Inn & Suites West Ashley Invitational earlier this year after she posted 121 assists, eight kills, 17 digs, 12 total blocks and three service aces in the Wolfpack's 3-0 sweep of the tournament.
Last year, Cyr was one of three Wolfpack players to earn MVP honors. Cyr won the award at NC State's Courtyard Midtown Invitational, while Brie Merriwether was MVP of the Courtyard Midtown Classic and Nikki Glass was MVP of the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Classic in Wilmington, N.C.
5-0 START MATCHES BEST SINCE 1995
NC State won its first five contests 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.
So far, the Pack is 8-1 out of the gate this season, which is among the top 10 starts in school history. The best start ever was in 1979, when the Pack started the season 18-1. Here are other top starts.
Under third-year coach Bryan Bunn, the Wolfpack has won seven early-season titles, two his first year, three last season and two this season. The Pack won the Western Carolina Tournament and the Hilton RTP Tournament in 2010; the Courtyard Midtown Classic, the Hilton Garden Inn Mayfaire Classic and the Courtyard Midtown Invitational in 2011; and the Comfort Inn and Suites West Ashley Invitational, the Courtyard Midtown Classic and the Courtyard Midtown Invitational in 2012.
Under Bunn, the Pack is 30-4 overall in tournament matches and 14-1 in tournament matches played at Reynolds Coliseum.
RICHARDSON UPS HER KILLS, HITTING AND BLOCKS
Junior Meredith Richardson ranks sixth in the ACC with a .419 hitting percentage this season. In 30 sets this season, Richardson has 87 kills on 155 attacks with 22 errors.
Richardson was named to the Courtyard Midtown Invitational all-tournament squad after recording 30 kills and 51 attack with nine errors for a .411 percentage. Against Campbell, Richardson had 10 kills on 14 attacks.
Richardson, in her first season as a full-time starter, had a career-high 19 kills in NC State's 3-1 victory over South Florida earlier this season. 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 five matches so far this year, which is two more than in her first two seasons combined.
SERVED WITH A GLASS
Sophomore Nikki Glass, who led the team with 25 service aces as a freshman last year, added six more service aces in the Pack's three matches in the Courtyard Midtown Invitational. She leads the squad after nine matches with 14 aces. She ranks fourth in the ACC with 0.44 aces per set.
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.