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    Volleyball to Host Sunshine State Squads

    RALEIGH, N.C. In search of its first conference victory on the season, the NC State volleyball team will welcome Miami and Florida State to historic Reynolds Coliseum this weekend on the NC State campus. The Pack will host the Hurricanes on Friday, Oct. 19 at 6 p.m., before taking on the Seminoles on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 6 p.m.

    For Friday’s contest the volleyball team will battle Miami on Kay Yow Court, the same floor used by the women’s basketball team that was also the home court for volleyball until last season. Following the Pack’s match against the Hurricanes, both the men’s and women’s basketball teams will participate in “BBallin’ at the Old Barn,” which is slated to begin at 9 p.m. Fans are encouraged to attend the volleyball match and secure seating for “BBallin’ at the Old Barn” ahead of time. All seating for the volleyball contest will be upstairs, and doors will open to the pubic at 5 p.m. Admission is free.

    Additionally, Friday’s contest against Miami will be broadcast live online via ACC Select. Click here for more information.

    NC State holds a 3-16 (0-9 ACC) record, having won at least a game in five of its nine conference bouts this season. Alex Smith leads the team and places ninth in the league with 8.26 assists per game (537 overall). Lauren Zaniboni continues to be the main contributor to the Pack’s offense, sporting 221 kills. Chrissy Zirpolo comes in second with 128 kills, and Keri DeMar posts 124. Zirpolo and Nikki Sweet each hold a team-high 16 service aces, with Sweet also fronting the team in digs with 208. Ashley Wallace leads the roster in blocks with 54.

    Miami stands at 8-10 (2-7 ACC) and has dropped six-straight decisions, the second-longest skid in the ACC this year. Katie Gallagher ranks second in the league in service aces per game (0.68) and sixth in assists per game (10.15). Cassie Loessberg stands fourth in the ACC for service aces per game (0.54) and fifth in digs per game (5.04). Ciara Michel has 97 total blocks, and Genny Mayhew has 241 kills.

    Florida State will take on North Carolina on Friday night in Chapel Hill before making the trek down I-40 to Raleigh. The Seminoles enter the weekend at 6-11 (3-6 ACC), having lost six of its last eight matches. FSU’s three league wins came against Miami (3-0), Wake Forest (3-2) and Georgia Tech (3-1). Mira Djuric leads the conference in service aces per game (0.83) and stands eighth in kills per game (3.78). Ashlee Moon ranks sixth in the ACC for service aces per game (0.43), while Brianna Barry comes in eighth for hitting percentage (.325). As a team the Seminoles are fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.213), but are last in blocks (116) and digs (766).

    Following this weekend’s action the Pack will hit the road for its next three bouts. State will take on Georgia Tech on Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m., before heading to Clemson for a 6 p.m. showdown on Saturday, Oct. 27. The following Tuesday, Oct. 30, the Wolfpack will journey over to rival North Carolina for a 7 p.m. contest.

    Both the Clemson and North Carolina matches will be broadcast live online via ACC Select. Click here for more information.



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