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    Surging Volleyball Hosts Duke On Friday at 7 p.m.
    Head coach Bryan Bunn
    Head coach Bryan Bunn

    Sept. 20, 2012

    Duke (9-3 overall, 0-0 ACC) vs. NC State (12-1, 2-0)
    7 p.m., Sept. 21, 2012 | Reynolds Coliseum
    Series record: Duke leads, 58-29
    Last meeting: Duke won, 3-0, in 2011.
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    Volleyball Drops 3 Close Sets At Duke
    NC State played three close sets against the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium, falling 25-20, 25-19, 25-21. The Pack returns home next Friday and Saturday against Maryland and Boston College.

    RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State volleyball looks to continue its phenomenal start to the 2012 season when it hosts Duke on Friday at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum.

    The Wolfpack (12-1, 2-0), coming off home wins over North Carolina and Wake Forest to open the season, currently sits atop the ACC standings, with more overall and ACC wins than any other team in the league.

    By beating the Demon Deacons and Tar Heels, head coach Bryan Bunn and his team have opened the season with back-to-back ACC wins for only the second time since 1988, when coach Judy Martino led State to its only undefeated ACC season in school history, going a perfect 6-0 in conference matches and 20-11 overall. The 2008 team opened its ACC slate with wins over Boston College and Maryland en route to a 9-26 overall and 3-17 ACC record.

    With a victory over the Blue Devils, Bunn and his team will have the program’s best start in the ACC since the undefeated ‘88 season.

    However, Duke has won 20 consecutive matches in the series, dating back to 2000, and owns an overall 58-29 advantage in the series. The Pack last win over the Blue Devils was a 3-0 win at Reynolds Coliseum in the first meeting of 2000.

    The Pack will have the opportunity to ruin its opponents’ ACC opener for the third consecutive match, after handing both North Carolina and Wake Forest their first conference loss of the season in its most recent outings.

    A win over Duke on Friday or in the Oct. 27 match in Durham would be the first time State has ever beaten all of its Big Four rivals in ACC contests in the same year. (Wake Forest did not sponsor volleyball from 1987-95.)

    State did record wins against the three in 1983, but the Wolfpack’s victory over the Blue Devils came in a non-conference meeting.  Duke won the match between the two teams that counted in the league standings.

    The Pack also beat all three in 1978, ‘79 and ‘81, but not all of the wins were in league contests.

    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, and it’s the first time UNC has lost its ACC opener since 1996.

    Wolfpack volleyball will host Youth Night on Friday, encouraging area youngsters to get to know the program more closely.

    The first 200 fans will receive the first set of three Wolfpack volleyball trading cards. The initial set includes freshmen Morgan Cormier, Courtney Reiman, Alex Taylor, Kaitlyn LaMantia and sophomores Nikki Glass and Austin Kearns. The second set is scheduled to be distributed at the Nov. 4 match against Miami and the third set will be given away at the regular-season home finale on Nov. 17 against Virginia Tech.

    Young fans can also visit with Cotton the Clown in the front lobby of Reynolds Coliseum for face painting and balloon characters.

    Following the match, there will be an autograph session with the team on the court.

    The Wolfpack took a workman-like 3-0 decision over Wake Forest on Wednesday night at Reynolds Coliseum, upping its overall record to 12-1. The Pack pulled away from an 11-10 advantage in the opening set with a 9-1 run and completed the sweep with relative ease. Sophomore Nikki Glass led the team with 11 kills and added to her ACC-lead total in service aces with 24.

    The Wolfpack will conclude its lengthy 13-match homestand by hosting Georgia Tech and Clemson next Friday and Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum.

    The Pack swept both matches from the Yellow Jackets, storming back from two sets down in Atlanta for a 3-2 win and sailing to a 3-0 win in Raleigh. The Pack split with the Tigers, in a pair of five-set thrillers.

    Both matches begin at 7 p.m. Admission is free for all spectators. A live stream is available for free on’s All-Access.

    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 12-1 out of the gate this season, which matches the fourth-best start in school history. The best start ever was in 1979, when the Pack opened the season 18-1.

    Last year, the Pack began 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.

    Here are other top starts.

    Year        Record
    1979        18-1
    2011        13-1
    1980        13-1
    2012        12-1
    1981        12-1

    Last year, the Wolfpack set school records with eight ACC wins and four ACC road wins. In his first three seasons as NC State’s head coach, Bryan Bunn has guided the Pack to 14 conference wins, which exceeds the number of ACC wins the program had amassed in its previous 12 seasons combined.

    Freshman outside hitter Morgan Cormier of Carlsbad, Calif., was named ACC Freshman of the Week for her contributions to the Wolfpack’s 3-0 record the week of Sept. 10-16.

    Cormier tallied 24 kills and 14 blocks in the three matches, as the Wolfpack improved to 11-1 overall and 1-0 in the ACC following its wins over UNC Wilmington, North Carolina and Ohio.

    Last year, outside hitters Nikki Glass and Dariyan Hopper both earned two freshman of the week honors. When Glass earned her first weekly honor, she became the first Wolfpack player to win the weekly newcomer award, which was started for the 2010 season.

    Florida State senior outside hitter Fatma Yildirim and Georgia Tech senior outside hitter Bailey Hunter have been named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Co-Players of the Week.

    Senior setter Megan Cyr had 31 assists in three games against Wake Forest, 38 in four sets against North Carolina and 52 assists in the Wolfpack’s dramatic five-set win over UNC Wilmington, matching the second most she’s ever recorded in a single match. She also had 52 assists last season in a 3-2 loss to Virginia Tech.

    The preseason All-ACC selection  set her career high with 55 assists in a 3-1 win over Illinois State as a sophomore in 2010.

    With 483 assists in 13 matches this season, Cyr now ranks fourth all-time on the school’s career assists list and needs only 48 more to overtake Erin Vesey (1998-99) for third place.

    She’s also been effective part of the Wolfpack’s offensive attack. Her .375 attack average ranks second all-time, and she’s slowing creeping up on Lori Zuersher’s record of .378, which was set from 1981-84.

    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.

    Sophomore libero Alston Kearns made what might be the play of the year on Sept. 11 when she chased down an errant pass, stuck out her foot and kicked the ball high into the air from the end zone to teammate Nikki Glass, who batted the ball backwards over the net from near the baseline.

    The Wolfpack won the point with a block at the net, to take the fourth set in a dramatic comeback against the Seahawks.The Pack had lost the first two sets and were down to match point, trailing 24-20 in the third. Behind the serving of Glass, the Pack scored six straight points to win.

    The foot’s-up play helped change the momentum for the Wolfpack, which won the final two sets to take a 3-2 victory. It was the third time in the last two seasons that the Wolfpack had come back to win a match after losing the first two sets. It won similar victories against Wisconsin at home and at Georgia Tech last season.

    Kearns’ play was chosen as No. 8 on ESPN’s Play of the Day for Tuesday, Sept. 11.

    Sophomore Nikki Glass, who led the team with 25 service aces as a freshman last year, has 16 service aces in the Pack’s last seven matches and leads all players in the ACC with 24 aces on the year.

    Overall, the Pack ranks third in the ACC with 1.55 aces per set.

    Glass, an outside hitter from Colorado Springs, Colo., had a career-high four in the Wolfpack’s 3-2 loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the final match of the NC State Courtyard Midtown Classic and had three against North Carolina in four sets and Ohio in three sets.



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