Volleyball Travels to Maryland Tuesday
Oct. 6, 2003
The NC State volleyball team hits the road for a three-match stretch, beginning on Tuesday when it travels to College Park to battle conference foe Maryland. The Wolfpack (6-11, 0-4 ACC) enters the match hungry for its first conference win, while the Terrapins (14-4, 3-1) are recently coming off a 3-1 victory over Clemson. Match time is set for 7 p.m.
Head coach Mary Byrne will look to outside hitter Julia Reis and middle blocker Maya Mapp to help spark NC State's offensive attack. Thus far, the two have combined for nearly 45 percent of the Wolfpack's kills, recording 195 and 146 respectively. Setting for these two weapons will be senior Crystal Shannon, who enters Tuesday with 612 assists on the season.
Meanwhile, Mapp and fellow middle blocker Paige Gilliam have already made their presence known around the net defensively. Mapp is the team's leader with 57 total blocks, while Gilliam is right behind her with 55 total blocks of her own. In the Wolfpack's match with North Carolina, Gilliam finished with 10 total blocks, tying the third best mark in school history versus an ACC opponent.
The Terrapins feature two players that have already surpassed 200 kills for the season. Leading the team are outside hitters Lynnsy Jones with 238 kills, and Maria DiLivio with 212 kills. Setter Aimee Huddleston is on track to a 1,000 plus assists mark in 2003, with 826 assists so far. Meanwhile, middle blocker Rachel Wagener leads Maryland's defense with 118 total blocks.