Volleyball Opens Five-Match Home Stand Thursday Against Clemson
Nov. 6, 2013
Match # 25 - Clemson (12-11, 6-6 ACC) vs. NC State (17-7, 8-4 ACC)
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women’s volleyball team will open a five-match home stand when the Clemson Tigers visit Reynolds Coliseum for a 7 p.m. tilt on Thursday, Nov. 7. The Wolfpack will play its second match of the weekend on Saturday, Nov. 9 against Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. Both contests will be broadcast on ESPN3.
The Wolfpack (17-7, 8-4 ACC) had a tough weekend in the Sunshine State, losing a pair of matches against Miami and Florida State. Playing against two of the conference’s elite teams, the Pack struggled to get going offensively.
Junior Dariyan Hopper leads the team with 275 kills on the season, an average of 3.44 kills per set. Senior Brie Merriwether has recorded 90 blocks or 1.17 blocks per set. Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe has dished out 9.99 assists per set for a total of 829 this season. Defensively, junior Alston Kearns paces the squad with 4.41 digs per set, the fourth-best average in the conference.
Senior Moneshia Simmons leads the offensive attack with 431 kills, an average of 4.63 kills per set, followed by freshman Leah Perri with 2.35 kps. Senior Hannah Brenner serves as the team’s setter and has tallied 9.33 assists per set this season. The team’s libero, junior Kristin Faust, leads the group with 310 digs, an average of 3.33 per set.
Last season the Wolfpack won both contests against the Tigers, winning 3-1 at home and collecting a 3-0 sweep on the road. NC State has won three of the last four meetings between the teams.
SCOUTING GEORGIA TECH
Senior Jennifer Percy leads the Yellow Jackets offensively with 3.21 kills per set, while classmate Quinn Evans has recorded an average of 1.96 kps. Senior Kaleigh Colson and sophomore Callie Bivings have split time at the setter position, with Colson dishing out 7.19 assists per set and Bivings posting a 7.31 aps mark. Freshman libero London Ackermann paces the defense with 279 digs or 3.24 digs per set.
Georgia Tech won the last meeting between the two schools, picking up a 3-1 win at home inside O’Keefe Gymnasium. NC State won the first meeting in 2012, 3-2, at Reynolds Coliseum.
HOME SWEET HOME
On the season, State is 9-2 in matches played in Reynolds Coliseum and boasts a perfect 5-0 mark in home conference matches.
Junior Nikki Glass has collected 497 digs in her career as a member of the Pack volleyball team and needs just three digs to reach 500. Glass’ classmate Alesha Wilson enters the contest just one kill shy of 400 with 399 for her career.