Volleyball Splits Day Two of Courtyard Midtown Invitational
Sept. 21, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State women's volleyball team bounced back in its second match of the day to defeat VCU, 3-1 (25-22, 17-25, 25-23, 27-25), after suffering a tough 3-2 (17-25, 18-25, 25-17, 30-28, 15-13) loss to Colgate in its first contest of the day, Saturday in Reynolds Coliseum.
The Wolfpack (9-3) won the first two sets against Colgate (7-4), but the Raiders came storming back to win the next three sets to claim the win. In the first set the Pack cruised to a 25-17 win, before claiming the second set, 25-18. The Raiders won the third set to get the momentum on their side and were able to maintain it throughout the remainder of the match.
NC State defeated VCU (10-4) in its second match of the day to conclude play in the Courtyard Midtown Invitational. The Wolfpack made sure there was no repeat of last year's contest when the Rams roared back to win the match after dropping the first two sets.
The two teams split the first two sets, before heading to the third set. The Rams seemed to be in the position to win the third set after taking the lead, 23-22 on a kill by Romana Kriskova. State responded with a kill by Brie Merriwether to knot the set at 23, before back-to-back assist blocks by Courtney Reiman and Alesha Wilson lifted the Pack to the third set win.
In the fourth set, NC State gained control early, but VCU countered with a 7-0 run to take the lead 15-13, after trailing 13-9. The Wolfpack answered with a 5-0 run of its own to take the lead 18-15. State fought off match point in the frame as the Pack defense forced an attack error by VCU's Kalah Jones to even the score at 24.
Jones recorded a kill on the next point to put her team ahead 25-24, but Wilson's kill tied the score at 25. Nikki Glass then recorded a service ace and Wilson followed with another kill to seal the win.
Merriwether led the Wolfpack offense against VCU with 15 kills and .414 attacking percentage, while Wilson chipped in with 14. Setter Tanna Aljoe tallied 42 assists in the second contest, after posting a career-high 59 against Colgate.
Merriwether and setter Aljoe were named to the all-tournament team.
Glass paced the offensive attack against Colgate with 20 kills, followed by Merriwether with 15 and Dariyan Hopper with 13. Kearns notched 25 digs in the contest and 18 against VCU.
NC State returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when it begins ACC play against UNC in Chapel Hill, N.C. The match will begin at 8 p.m. and be broadcast on ESPNU.