Oct. 18, 2012
Weekly Notes (Oct. 19-20)
Boston College (4-5, 10-11) vs. NC State (17-3, 7-2)
Friday | 7 p.m. | Reynolds Coliseum
Series record: Boston College leads, 8-6
Last meeting: NC State won 3-1 in Raleigh in 2011.
Gametracker | Live stream
Maryland (2-7, 10-10) vs. NC State (17-3, 7-2)
Saturday | 5 p.m. | Reynolds Coliseum
Series record: Maryland leads, 44-19
Last meeting: NC State won 3-1 in Raleigh in 2011.
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NC State’s 2012 Results
Overall: 17-3; Home: 12-1; Away: 3-2; Neutral: 2-0.
Atlantic Coast Conference: 7-2; Home 5-0; Away: 2-2.
RALEIGH, N.C. -- After posting a 2-2 mark on its recent four-match roadtrip against ACC foes, the NC State volleyball team will close out the first half of the ACC season by hosting Boston College on Friday at 7 p.m. in the Kay Yow Pink Match, presented by Rex Healthcare. The Pack will then begin the second half of its conference slate against Maryland on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Both contests will be in Reynolds Coliseum, and admission is free for all spectators. A live stream will be available for both matches on GoPack.com’s All-Access.
Last year, the Pack swept Boston College for two of its school-record eight ACC victories. It split its two matches last season against the Terrapins, with each team winning at home.
The Wolfpack (17-3 overall, 7-2 ACC) has played well this season at Reynolds Coliseum, posting a 12-1 record so far with a 5-0 mark against ACC opponents.
Third-year coach Bryan Bunn’s team is one win away from matching its school record of eight ACC wins – with nine matches still to go in conference play.
“There is still a lot of volleyball left to be played,: Bunn said. “We have played well at times so far, but we have to keep playing well if we want to reach our goals.”
Boston College (4-5, 10-11) comes into Friday’s match with its best team in recent memory, thanks to an influx of young talent. Three-time ACC Freshman of the Week Katty Workman, an outside hitter, leads the ACC with 4.24 kills per set, nearly a half kill more than second-place Monique Mead of Georgia Tech.
The Pack has gotten an injection of energy recently from sophomore middle blocker Alesha Wilson of Keller, Texas, who stepped into the starting lineup against Georgia Tech and has helped change the Wolfpack’s attack and its defense at the net.
Wilson appeared in only three matches as a freshman, playing in five sets. She saw limited action in nine of the Wolfpack’s first 14 contests before earning a starting job. Since then, she has averaged 11.5 kills and 4.8 blocks per match and owns a .408 hitting percentage.
She now ranks fourth in ACC matches with a .410 hitting percentage.
“Alesha has been playing very well for us,” Bunn said. “Last year, she came in and struggled. She only played in three matches. But she worked hard this season and earned an opportunity.
“We talk to our players all the time about making the most of your opportunity when you get it and I think Alesha has done that.”
Wilson has not only put up impressive numbers, she has helped her teammates, especially the team’s sophomore outside hitters, be more effective.
“Alesha has a very fast quick step,” Bunn said. “She also has a fast arm. She makes the other team’s blockers have to move fast to get in position. She’s not only getting her job done, she’s creating opportunities for the girls on the outside.”
On Saturday, the Wolfpack will face Maryland (2-7, 10-10), in a match slated to start at 5 p.m.
The Wolfpack recorded its first two ACC road wins of the season with a pair of 3-1 victories over Virginia Tech and Virginia last weekend. The victories assure that the Wolfpack will have a winning record for the second consecutive year, which hasn’t happened since 1995 and ’96 and only once in the last 25 years.
Last year, the Wolfpack set a school record with four ACC road wins and eight total ACC wins, two records that could fall again this season.
Sophomore Alesha Wilson carried the Pack in the two matches, setting career marks with 19 kills and 11 total blocks in the win over the Hokies. She added 13 kills and nine total blocks against the Cavaliers.
The Wolfpack plays four of its next six matches on the road, making a trip to Winston-Salem next Friday to face Wake Forest in a contest that will be broadcast live on ESPN3. The Wolfpack beat the Demon Deacons 3-0 earlier this season in Reynolds Coliseum.
On Oct. 27, the Wolfpack will travel to Durham, N.C, to face Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Earlier this year, the Pack ended a 21-match losing streak to the Blue Devils with a 3-1 victory in Reynolds Coliseum.
When the Wolfpack returns home for Friday night’s contest 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. Representatives from the fund will be on site selling merchandise to raise money.
The first 150 fans will receive pink NC State volleyball T-shirts. The first 1,000 fans will receive pink pompoms. Fans will also have the opportunity to enter a drawing for pink team-autographed volleyballs signed by members of this year’s squad.
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.
WILSON’S INCREASING CONTRIBUTIONS
Sophomore Alesha Wilson, a middle blocker from Keller, Texas, had a break-out game against Virginia Tech last week, posting career highs with 19 kills and 11 total blocks. It was quite a performance for a player who had hit double-digit kills only once before in her career.
Wilson’s previous high was 13 kills in a 3-1 win over Clemson on Sept. 29, in just her second game as a starter. Wilson moved into the starting lineup the night before, in a 3-2 win over Georgia Tech. She has now started six consecutive games at middle blocker, averaging 11.5 kills and 4.8 blocks per match and hitting .408.
Wilson appeared in only three matches as a freshman, playing in five sets. She saw limited action in nine of the Wolfpack’s first 14 matches this year before moving into the starting lineup.
WILSON NAMED ACC PLAYER OF THE WEEK (10/15/2012)
NC State sophomore middle blocker Alesha Wilson and Boston College freshman outside hitter Katty Workman were named the Atlantic Coast Conference Volleyball Player and Freshman of the Week for Oct. 15.
Wilson became the third Wolfpack player to win a weekly award this season, joining senior setter Megan Cyr and freshman outside hitter Morgan Cormier. Wilson’s earned the honor after positing career numbers in a pair of Wolfpack road wins, a 3-1 victory over Virginia Tech and a 3-1 victory over Virginia.
On the weekend, she had 32 kills with only nine errors on 56 attacks for a .411 hitting percentage. She had three solo blocks and 17 assisted blocks.
BEATING THE PROGNOSTICATORS -- SO FAR
In its first five league contests, NC State beat the teams picked to finish second (North Carolina), third (Clemson), fourth (Duke) and sixth in the preseason poll of ACC coaches. Last weekend, it added a win over the team picked to finished seventh (Virginia Tech).
The Wolfpack, following last season’s successful 20-12, 8-12 campaign, was picked to finish eighth in the same poll.
It has also beaten two teams, Wake Forest and Virginia, that were picked to finish below the Pack.
Last year, the Pack finished tied for seventh, its best showing in the league since 1999. The eight ACC wins and four ACC road wins were both school records.
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 less than two-and-a-half seasons, Bunn has ended six 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.
Last weekend, the Pack ended a 15-match losing streak to Virginia Tech with a 3-1 victory in Blacksburg, Va.
The last on-going streak is a 25-match string of losses to Florida State, which visits Reynolds Coliseum on Nov. 2 in a match that will be broadcast by ESPN3.
School Streak Ended
Duke 21 2012
Wake Forest 25 2011
Clemson 27 2011
Georgia Tech 21 2010
Virginia Tech 15 2012
Miami 11 2010
400 WINS FOR BUNN
NC State’s 3-1 victory over Clemson on Sept. 29 was the 400th win of head coach Bryan Bunn’s 16-year coaching career. In two-and-a-half seasons with the Wolfpack, Bunn has posted a 51-34 overall record, a winning percentage of .600, which ranks fourth among NC State’s eight all-time coaches.
Bunn began his coaching career by posting a 171-66 record at NAIA Texas Lutheran from 1994-99, winning two Heart of Texas championships.
He moved to Division II North Florida in Jacksonville, Fla., where he compiled a 180-56 mark from 2000-06. He won five consecutive Peach Belt Conference titles and was 69-1 against league opponents.
In the final two years of his tenure at North Florida, the Ospreys moved from Division II to Division I, compiling records of 19-10 and 18-15 those two years.