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    Oct. 17, 2013

    Match # 19 - NC State (14-4, 5-1 ACC) vs. Virginia Tech (16-4, 4-2 ACC)
    When - Friday, Oct. 18
    Where - Blacksburg, Va. (Cassell Coliseum)
    Time - 7 p.m.
    TV - ESPN3
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    Match # 20 - NC State (14-4, 5-1 ACCC) vs. Virginia (10-8, 3-3 ACC)
    When - Saturday, Oct. 19
    Where - Charlottesville, Va. (Memorial Gymnasium)
    Time - 7 p.m.
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    RALEIGH, N.C. - After a successful weekend at home, the NC State women’s volleyball team will travel to the state of Virginia this weekend to face the Virginia Tech Hokies on Friday, Oct. 18 and the University of Virginia on Saturday, Oct. 19. Both contests are slated to begin at 7 p.m., with Friday’s contest broadcast to a national audience on ESPN3.

    The Wolfpack (14-4, 5-1 ACC) is coming off a great weekend at home, highlighted by a sweep of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons on Friday and Sunday’s 3-1 victory against No. 24 Duke. State collected its seventh shutout of the season against the Deacs and second ACC sweep, while fighting back to win three consecutive sets after dropping the first set versus the Blue Devils.

    Junior Dariyan Hopper was fantastic in both matches of the weekend, smashing match-high kills against both teams. She recorded 16 kills on Friday and followed that performance with 18 on Sunday. 

    The Virginia Tech Hokies enter Friday’s match with a 16-4 record on the season and a 4-2 mark in conference play. The Hokies won a pair of contests over the weekend, defeating Boston College on Friday, 3-0, before topping Syracuse on Sunday, 3-1. 

    Freshman Lindsey Owens leads the offensive attack with 3.08 kills per set, followed by senior outside hitter Samantha Gostling with 2.94. Junior Jordan Fish serves as the team’s setter and has tallied 11.14 assists per set this season. The team’s libero, junior Megan Beckwith, leads the group with 285 digs, an average of 4.07 per set.

    Last season, NC State won both contests against Virginia Tech, winning 3-1 in Blacksburg, Va., and claiming a 3-2 victory at home in Reynolds Coliseum.

    The Virginia Cavaliers have compiled a 10-8 record to this point in the season and a 3-3 mark in ACC action. Over the weekend, the squad lost to Syracuse on Friday, 3-1, before earning a five-set victory against the Boston College Eagles on Saturday, 3-2.  

    The Cavaliers are led offensively by the squad’s outside hitters. Junior Tori Janowski leads the team with 3.81 kills per set, while freshman Haley Kole has recorded an average of 3.52 kps. Sophomore Lauren Fuller is the sqaud’s setter and has dished out 11.24 assists per set. Senior libero Emily Rottman paces the defense with 312 digs or 4.33 digs per set. 

    NC State defeated Virginia on the road last season, 3-1, before returning home later in the season to defeat the squad, 3-0.

    The Wolfpack has had multiple players with double-digit kills in 11 matches this season. Six times this season the Pack has had two players with double-digit kills, three times it has had four players with double-digit kills and twice the squad has had three players with double-digit kills. 

    State has posted a 2-1 record on the season when four players have double figure kills, 2-0 with three players and 5-1 with two players in double figures.

    Senior middle blocker Brie Merriwether has really been focused on her defensive play this season and as a result, she currently ranks 45th in the nation and fifth in the conference with 1.26 blocks per set. 

    Merriwether leads the team with 72 blocks, including nine solo blocks. She has led the team in blocks in 11 of the 18 matches that the squad has played this season. Against Hartford, she stopped a season-high 10 attacks. 

    NC State head coach Bryan Bunn has always placed an emphasis on his team’s ability to defend and this season the Wolfpack has limited its opponents to the second-lowest hitting percentage in the conference at a .149 clip. 

    Junior Alston Kearns, the Wolfpack’s libero, can definitely dig it as she has led the squad defensively in digs in 14 of 18 matches this season. She tallied a season-high 25 in the win over Houston Baptist, just four shy of her career-best of 29. 

    The Apex, N.C., native currently ranks fourth in the ACC with 4.41 digs per set. On the season, she has tallied 282. Against Duke, Kearns recorded the 1,000th dig of her career.




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