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    Volleyball Set for Courtyard Midtown Invitational
    Junior Dariyan Hopper
    Junior Dariyan Hopper

    Sept. 19, 2013

    Match # 10 - vs. Wisconsin (8-1)
    When - Friday, Sept. 20
    Time - 7 p.m.
    Where - Reynolds Coliseum
    TV - ESPN3
    Series Record - Tied, 1-1

    Match # 11 - vs. Colgate (6-3)
    When - Saturday, Sept. 21
    Time - 1 p.m.
    Where - Reynolds Coliseum
    TV -
    Series Record - First Meeting

    Match # 12 - vs. VCU (9-2)
    When - Saturday, Sept. 21
    Time - 7 p.m.
    Where - Reynolds Coliseum
    Series Record - NC State leads, 15-5 

    Tournament Central | Match Notes 

    RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women’s volleyball team will look to repeat the success that it enjoyed in the first tournament that it hosted this season, when it begins play in the Courtyard Midtown Invitational this weekend. The Wolfpack posted a perfect 3-0 mark in the Courtyard Midtown Classic, held Sept. 6-7 in Reynolds Coliseum, to claim the tournament title.

    The Wolfpack will be joined in the tournament by the Colgate Raiders (6-3), VCU Rams (9-2) and Wisconsin Badgers (8-1).

    State opens tournament play against Wisconsin, Friday, Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. in a match that will be broadcast on ESPN3. The Pack returns to the court on Saturday, Sept. 21 against Colgate at 1 p.m., before taking on VCU in the nightcap at 7 p.m.

    Both of the matches on Saturday will be streamed live on Admission to the matches is free.

    The first 300 fans to the match on Friday night against Wisconsin, will receive free NC State sunglasses. On Saturday night, there will be a drawing for two tickets to the NC State versus Central Michigan football game on Sept. 28. 

    Prior to the start of each match this season, NC State starters will be throwing autographed mini-volleyballs into the crowd. Following every set that NC State records an ace, t-shirts will be thrown into the crowd. Also, fans can receive the 2013 team poster as well as schedule card in the lobby of Reynolds Coliseum. 

    The Wisconsin Badgers enter Friday’s contest with an identical record as the Wolfpack, with both squads sitting at 8-1 on the season. Like the Wolfpack, the Badgers suffered their first lost of the season over the weekend to the Kansas Jayhawks, 3-2. Junior Ellen Chapman leads the offensive attack with 139 kills on the season, while sophomore Taylor Morey leads the squad defensively with 132 digs. 

    The Colgate Raiders opened the season 4-0, but have lost three of their last five matches. Saturday’s contest will be the first meeting between the two schools. The Raiders are led offensively by freshman Kathleen Harris, who leads the squad with 11 kills and a .258 attacking percentage. Senior Kaylee Fifer is the team’s setter and has recorded 339 assists on the season, while senior libero Caitlin Cremin paces the team on defense with 169 digs. 

    The VCU Rams enter this weekend’s tournament with a 9-2 mark on the season, highlighted by a 3-2 upset win against Tennessee. The Rams’ lone losses of the season came versus No. 21 Kentucky and Wichita State. Sophomore outside hitter Romana Kriskova leads the way offensively with 209 kills and a .313 attacking percentage. Junior Cecilia Aragao serves as the team’s setter with 418 assists and junior Amanda Love is the team’s libero with 137 digs. 

    Two of the three teams that the Wolfpack will play in this weekend’s tournament, head coach Bryan Bunn has faced during his tenure at NC State. In 2011, the Wolfpack defeated Wisconsin, 3-2, in Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack dropped the first two sets, but stormed back to win the next three sets to claim the win in the match.

    Last season State started the season, 5-0, before a contest against the VCU Rams. In that contest, the Rams handed NC State its first loss of the season by a 3-2 margin. However, after dropping that match the Wolfpack won 10 straight matches to run its record to 15-1 on the season.



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