Sept. 26, 2012
Match Notes (9/20/2012)
Georgia Tech (11-2, 3-0) vs. NC State (13-1, 3-0)
Friday | 7 p.m. | Reynolds Coliseum
Series record: Georgia Tech leads, 37-15.
Last meeting: NC State won, 3-0, in 2011 in Raleigh.
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Clemson (10-4, 1-2) vs. NC State (13-1, 3-0)
Saturday | 5 p.m. | Reynolds Coliseum
Series record: Clemson leads, 38-18
Last meeting: NC State won, 3-2, in 2012 in Raleigh.
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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Concluding a 13-match homestand, the ACC-leading NC State volleyball team will host Georgia Tech on Friday and Clemson on Saturday at Reynolds Coliseum, looking to build on its early-season lead in conference play.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said head coach Bryan Bunn. “We’ve been playing well so far and we hope to continue that success.”
For the second consecutive season, the Wolfpack (13-1 overall, 3-0) has matched the second-best start in school history, equaling the mark of the 1980 team. The overall best start in school history was an 18-1 record in 1979.
The Pack opened the ACC season by beating, in succession, Big Four foes Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke, handing each of them a loss in their league openers. It’s the first time in school history NC State has beaten all three in a conference match in the same season.
The 3-0 start in the ACC is the Pack’s best since 1988, when it went a perfect 6-0 to win the ACC regular-season championship in the only undefeated season in league play in school history.
State is led by senior setter Megan Cyr, who was named ACC Player of the Week on Monday for her contributions to the Wolfpack’s victories over Wake Forest and Duke. Cyr hit an outstanding .706 in the two matches. She also led the team in assists (67), had four solo blocks and eight total blocks.
Cyr is one of the few Wolfpack individuals among the ACC leaders. She ranks fifth with 1.49 assists per set. Sophomore Nikki Glass, averaging 0.49 service aces per set, is the only other player in the top 10 in an individual category, ranking second in the ACC with 25 aces.
However, the Pack leads the ACC with the lowest hitting percentage allowed at .147 and is fourth with 2.41 blocks per set.
“We have to keep our opponents hitting at a low average,” Bunn said. “That’s why we have been so effective so far this year, forcing other teams to make errors.”
The Wolfpack and the Yellow Jackets, who face each other at 7 p.m. on Friday, are the ACC’s only remaining undefeated teams in league play. The Jackets scored home victories over Clemson, Boston College and Maryland.
The Yellow Jackets, who won all three of their conference matches 3-0, have yet to lose a set in ACC action. They have won six of their last seven matches overall. While the Jackets are 7-0 at home, they have lost their only two road matches, falling to hosts Indiana and Florida in early-season tournaments.
“Georgia Tech is playing really well right now,” Bunn said. “They haven’t dropped a set in a while. They have two seniors on the outside that are very effective in their offense.”
The Wolfpack owns a modest three-match winning streak over the Jackets, which is its second longest against any league foe after the 4-0 streak over Boston College. In head coach Bryan Bunn’s first season, the Wolfpack beat the Yellow Jackets 3-1 in Reynolds Coliseum, ending a 21-match losing streak to Tech.
Clemson (10-4, 1-2) visits Reynolds on Saturday at 5 p.m., a day after the Tigers play North Carolina in Chapel Hill. The Tigers lost their first two ACC matches, to Georgia Tech and Maryland, before beating Boston College last Saturday.
The Tigers own a 38-18 advantage in the series with NC State. Late last season, the Wolfpack took a 3-2 decision over Clemson at Reynolds Coliseum to break a 27-match losing streak to the Tigers.
“Clemson is always tough,” Bunn said. “We have to be ready to play on back-to-back nights.”
In Saturday evening’s match against Clemson, one fan will win a pair of tickets to the Oct. 6 NC State-Florida State football game. The tickets will be awarded through a drawing that is open to all spectators. Registration will be in the front lobby of Reynolds Coliseum.
When the Wolfpack returns home to Reynolds on Oct. 19 against Boston College, the Wolfpack will host the Kay Yow Pink Match, presented by REX Healthcare. The event is named in honor of former Wolfpack volleball coach Kay Yow -- who went on to have a Hall of Fame career as the women’s basketball coach at NC State.
The event will be a fundraiser for the Kay Yow Cancer Fund, which was established by Yow to raise awareness and find a cure for cancer.
Yow was hired in the summer of 1975 to lead the school’s first three women’s sports: volleyball, basketball and softball. Yow compiled a 44-28 record in two seasons as volleyball coach before concentrating solely on basketball.
The Wolfpack broke a 21-match losing streak to Duke and solidified its place at the top of the ACC standings with a 3-1 victory over the Blue Devils. Senior setter Megan Cyr led the way, with eight kills on 10 attacks and no errors. She had a team-high 36 assists, with six digs and five total blocks. She earned the ACC Player of the Week Award for her play. Sophomore Nikki Glass had 12 kills and freshman Morgan Cormier added 10, as the Wolfpack won its eighth match in 15 days, in front of a season-high crowd of 1,486.
For the first time since August, the Wolfpack will hit the road next week with a roadtrip to Florida after playing its last 13 matches at home. State faces Miami on Friday at 7 p.m. in Coral Gables and Florida State on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Tallahassee. Against both foes last year, the Pack lost in five sets at home and lost in three sets on the road.
When third-year coach Bryan Bunn was hired to lead the program in 2010, he inherited seven losing streaks of more than 10 matches to the school’s 11 ACC foes. In just over two seasons, Bunn has ended five of them, including a 27-match losing streak to Clemson, a 25-match skid to Wake Forest and 21-match skeins to both Duke and Georgia Tech.
The Blue Devils were the most recent to fall, in a 3-1 Wolfpack victory on Friday. Duke had lost just three sets to the Pack in the streak, which dated back to a 3-0 Wolfpack win in Raleigh in 2000.
State still has two on-going streaks against two teams it will face twice this season: a 24-match streak against Florida State and a 15-match streak against Virginia Tech.
School Streak Ended
Duke 21 2012
Wake Forest 25 2011
Clemson 27 2011
Georgia Tech 21 2010
Miami 11 2010
ACC RECORD WINS
Last year, the Wolfpack set school records with eight ACC wins and four ACC road wins. In his first two-plus seasons as NC State’s head coach, including this year’s 3-0 start in conference play, Bryan Bunn has guided the Pack to 15 conference wins, which matches the number of ACC wins the program had amassed in its previous 13 seasons combined.
13-1 START MATCHES SECOND BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY
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 13-1 out of the gate this season, which matches the second-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 1980 team for the second best start in school history. In 2010, Bunn’s first season, the Pack opened with a 9-1 record.
Here are top starts in school history.
CYR NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK (9/24/2012)
NC State senior setter Megan Cyr and Boston college freshman outside hitter Katty Workman were named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Week for the week of Sept. 17-23.
Cyr, a native of St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, won the honor for the first time in her career after leading the Wolfpack on one of the most successful two-week periods in school history, winning eight matches in 15 days.
The Pack capped off the successful run by beating Big Four and ACC foes Wake Forest and Duke at Reynolds Coliseum.
Cyr was particularly effective during the matches against the Demon Deacons and Blue Devils, hitting an outstanding .706 in the two matches. She also led the team in assists (67), had four solo blocks and eight total blocks.