Sept. 15, 2012
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Ohio (5-5) vs. NC State (10-1)
Series record: Ohio leads, 1-0
Last meeting: Ohio won, 3-0, in 1990
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State will play the ninth contest in a 13-match homestand on Sunday when it hosts Ohio visits Reynolds Coliseum in the Wolfpack’s final non-conference match of the season.
Admission is free for all spectators. Those who can’t attend can watch a live stream of both for free on GoPack.com’s All-Access.
The Wolfpack (10-1 overall, 1-0 ACC) opened its ACC season with a 3-1 victory over rival North Carolina on Friday night.at Reynolds Coliseum, ending the Tar Heels’ eight-match winning streak in front of 1,268 spectators. It’s the second time in three seasons under head coach Bryan Bunn that the Wolfpack has won its ACC opener.
It’s the first time since 1983 the Wolfpack has opened its ACC slate by beating the Tar Heels, who were selected second back in August in a preseason poll of the league’s coaches.
Bunn’s squad enters the match with the most wins and the best winning percentage in the ACC. It’s the team’s sixth home match in the last 10 days, starting with last weekend’s Courtyard Midtown Invitational, with conference match against Wake Forest on the horizon.
The Bobcats (5-5, prior to Saturday’s match against North Carolina) are on a three-game trip down Tobacco Road, after beating UNC Greensboro on Thursday night in Greensboro and facing the Tar Heels on Saturday in Chapel Hill.
The Wolfpack and Bobcats have met only once, back in 1990 in Reynolds Coliseum. Ohio won the contest 3-0.
Ohio has won six Mid-Atlantic Conference regular-season titles, seven tournament titles and made eight NCAA Championship appearances.
“They are perennially a top team in the MAC,” Bunn said. “They have won the league a bunch of times in the last 10 years. It’s going to be a good match.”
Bunn told his team to enjoy Friday’s win over the Tar Heels until it gathered for practice and to review its scouting report on Saturday morning.
Then, he said, it was time to start preparing for the rest of the season.
Prior to its win over the Tar Heels, the Wolfpack won a dramatic 3-2 victory over UNC Wilmington on Tuesday night in Reynolds Coliseum.
Sophomore libero Alston Kearns made the play of the year, when she chased down an errant pass, kicked the ball high in the air from the end zone to teammate Nikki Glass, who batted the ball backwards over the net from the baseline. The Wolfpack won the point with a block at the net, propelling the Wolfpack to a 3-2 win.
Kearns’ play made No. 8 on ESPN’s Play of the Day for Tuesday, Sept. 11.
The Wolfpack continues its 13-match homestand at Reynolds Coliseum on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. when Wake Forest visits for an ACC contest. It rounds out Big Four week by hosting Duke Friday at 7 p.m.
Admission is free for all spectators.
10-1 MATCHES 2ND BEST START SINCE 2004
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 10-1 out of the gate this season, which is among the top six starts in school history. The best start ever was in 1979, when the Pack started the season 18-1. Here are other top starts.
Last year, the Pack opened the season with a 13-1 mark, which matched the second best start in school history. In 2010, Bunn’s first season, the Pack opened with a 9-1 record.