Volleyball to Play Host to Virginia, Virginia Tech
Nov. 14, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's volleyball team will continue a five-match home stand on Friday, Nov. 15 when the Virginia Cavaliers visit Raleigh for a 7 p.m. tilt. The Wolfpack will honor its three seniors the following day with a Senior Night match against the Virginia Tech Hokies at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16.
The Wolfpack (19-7, 10-4 ACC) won a pair of home matches last weekend to remain unbeaten in home conference matches this season. State defeated the Clemson Tigers, 3-0, Thursday night to collect its ninth sweep of the season and fourth in ACC play. On Saturday, the squad posted a tough win against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets, 3-2, after trailing 2-1 in the match.
Saturday's match will mark the second-to-last time that seniors Katie Ganny, Brie Merriwether and Meredith Richardson will have the opportunity to play in Reynolds Coliseum. The last regular season match is typically senior night, but with the last regular season match this season on a Wednesday, Senior Night will be observed on Saturday to better facilitate travel.
Junior Dariyan Hopper leads the team with 293 kills on the season, an average of 3.41 kills per set. Senior Brie Merriwether has recorded 98 blocks or 1.20 blocks per set on the season. Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe has dished out 9.91 assists per set for a total of 872 this season. Defensively, junior Alston Kearns paces the squad with 4.38 digs per set, the fourth-best average in the conference.
Junior Tori Janowski leads the Cavs offensively with 393 kills, an average of 4.78 kills per set, followed by freshman Haley Kole with 3.54 kps. Sophomore Lauren Fuller serves as the team's setter and has tallied 11.25 assists per set this season. The team's libero, senior Emily Rottman, leads the group with 448 digs, an average of 4.31 per set.
The Wolfpack won the first contest between the two teams this season, claiming a 3-0 sweep in Charlottesville, Va., on Oct. 19. With the win, State has now won four of the last five meetings against the Cavaliers.
SCOUTING VIRGINIA TECH
Senior Samantha Gostling leads a balanced offensive attack with 282 kills, as the Hokies have four different players with 250 kills or more. Freshman Lindsey Owens owns the best kills per set average on the squad with 2.93 kps. Junior Jordan Fish is the team's setter and has dished out 11.24 assists per set this season. Redshirt junior libero Megan Beckwith paces the defense with 426 digs or 4.14 digs per set.
Virginia Tech won the previous meeting between the two teams earlier this season, as the Hokies grabbed a 3-0 sweep. It was only the Pack's second 3-0 conference sweep of the season.
Although the Wolfpack lost, the scoreboard may not have been an accurate depiction of the type of match the teams played, as NC State out-hit, out-blocked and out-assisted Virginia Tech, but the Hokies were able to come up with a few clutch points to win each set.