Oct. 11, 2012
Weekly Notes (OCt. 12-13)
NC State (15-3, 5-2) at Virginia Tech (15-11, 4-3)
Friday | 7 p.m.
Series record: Virginia Tech leads, 17-8
Last meeting: Hokies won 3-2, in Blacksburg, Va.
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NC State (15-3, 5-2) at Virginia (2-12, 0-7)
Saturday | 7 p.m.
Series record: Virginia leads, 36-21
Last meeting: Lost 3-1 in Charlottesville, Va., in 2011
The Last Meeting
November 19, 2011
Volleyball Falls in 5 Sets at Virginia Tech
After winning the first two sets, the Wolfpack loses three in a row to the Hokies. The Pack plays its final match of the season on Wednesday at 1 p.m. against North Carolina at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Last Meeting
November 18, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State’s volleyball team hits the road for the second consecutive weekend, traveling to face Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va., on Friday and Virginia in Charlottesville, Va., on Saturday. Both matches are set to begin at 7 p.m.
Last weekend, the Wolfpack (15-3 overall, 5-2 ACC) lost its first two ACC road matches, falling to Miami 3-1 and to Florida State 3-0.
“We were right there in four of the six sets we lost,” said third-year head coach Bryan Bunn. “We had 23 points in two sets against Florida State. One or two digs here or there and we could’ve won.
“We just need to eliminate the small mistakes. Overall, though, we felt good about the way we played.”
The losses ended the Pack’s 10-match winning streak and brought to a close the second best start in school history. Bunn’s squad opened the season by winning 15 of its first 16 matches, which is second only to the 1979 team’s 18-1 start.
Still, State has more overall wins of any team in the ACC and is tied for third in the league standings with four matches still to play in the first half of conference play.
The Pack lost a pair of 3-2 matches to Virginia Tech last season, extending its losing streak to the Hokies to 15 consecutive matches, which dates back to 2003 before the Hokies joined the ACC. The first match was in Raleigh as part of the Wolfpack’s ACC-record streak of six consecutive five-set matches.
In the second match, at Blacksburg, the Wolfpack won the first two sets, but the Hokies stormed back for the overall win.
This year, the Hokies (15-11, 4-3) lost road matches at Georgia Tech and Clemson, two teams the Wolfpack beat during its 13-match homestand and beaten Miami at home, a team that beat State on the road.
“Virginia Tech has a very good offense,” Bunn said. “They side-out very well and have one of the best hitting percentages in the conference. So we have to be prepared on defense.
“They are a good team.”
The Hokies offense is third in the ACC with a .276 hitting average, while the Wolfpack’s defense ranks second in the league standings with a .162 opponent hitting percentage.
Last year, the Wolfpack lost both of its matches against the Cavaliers by a score of 3-1, as the Cavaliers improved their overall record against the Wolfpack to 36-21.
This season, however, Virginia (2-21, 0-7) has struggled because of some early injuries. The Cavs have lost 21 of 22 sets against conference foes.
“They are struggling right now,” Bunn said. “But they are still a talented team.”
The Wolfpack is looking for its first conference road win after setting the school record last season with four ACC wins on the road. Seven of the Pack’s final 13 matches are away from home.
“It’s always tough on the road,” Bunn said. “You have to get used to being away from home. You are out of your comfort zone a little bit. But we’ve done that now on two weekends and we should be getting used to it.
“There is no greater teacher than experience and we have some experience on the road.”
The Pack returns home on Friday, Oct. 19, to face Boston College at 7 p.m. in its annual Dig Pink match. It will host Maryland the next day at 5 p.m.
The Wolfpack dropped a pair of ACC matches during a short swing through Florida last weekend, falling 3-1 at Miami and 3-0 to No. 13 Florida State on Sunday. It was the Pack’s first league matches away from home after 13 consecutive contests at home.
Against the Hurricanes, in Coral Gables, Fla., the Wolfpack was in control early on, but ultimately lost the first two games, before bouncing back in the third. Miami then ended the Pack’s 10-match winning streak by winning the fourth set. The Pack was led by senior setter Megan Cyr, who posted a double-double with 33 assists and 14 digs. Junior middle blocker Brie Merriwether recorded a team-high 10 kills, with a .296 hitting percentage.
Two days later, in Tallahassee, the Pack suffered identical 25-23 losses in the first two sets. The Seminoles completed the 3-0 sweep with a 25-18 decision in the final set, extending its winning streak over the Wolfpack to 25 consecutive matches. Sophomore Nikki Glass had 13 kills and a .273 hitting average in the match. Merriwether had nine kills for the Pack and sophomore Dariyan Hopper added eight. Senior Megan Cyr and sophomore Hannah Thompson had 11 digs apiece, while Cyr led her team with 32 assists.
The Wolfpack returns home after four consecutive matches on the road to host Boston College on Friday at 7 p.m. and Maryland on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Reynolds Coliseum. Admission is free for all spectators.
State is 12-1 at home so far this season.
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 volleyball 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.