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    Nov. 16, 2012

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    Virginia Tech (15-12, 8-9) at NC State (21-8, 11-7)
    Saturday | 5 p.m. | Reynolds Coliseum
    Series record: Virginia Tech leads, 17-9
    Last meeting: NC State won 3-1 on Oct. 12 in Blacksburg, Va.
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    NC State's 2012 Results
    Overall: 21-8; Home: 15-3; Away: 4-5; Neutral: 2-0.
    Atlantic Coast Conference: 11-7; Home 8-2; Away: 3-5.

    RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's record-setting volleyball team guaranteed its first winning ACC record since 1988 with a victory over Virginia at Reynolds Coliseum on Friday night.

    The Wolfpack (21-8, 11-7) extended its school record for league wins to 11 with the 25-19, 25-16, 25-17 victory. The Pack's last winning mark against conference competition was when the 1988 team was a perfect 6-0 to win the regular-season.

    "It was nice," said third-year Wolfpack coach Bryan Bunn. "We served well and we took care of the ball. They had a tough time to get into a rhythm against us."

    State served the ball well all night, led by sophomore Alston Kearns' three service aces, which matches her career high. As a team, the Pack had seven aces, while Virginia had only one with eight service errors.

    The Pack outhit the Cavaliers in all three sets, finishing with a .305 to .097 swinging advantage.

    Sophomore Dariyan Hopper led NC State with 10 kills on .400 hitting.  Junior Brie Merriwether and sophomore Nikki Glass had seven each, while sophomore Rachel Buckley added six.

    Senior Megan Cyr had 31 assists, and Kearns added a team-high 13 digs.

    The Wolfpack, with its 11th overall 3-0 win and its fifth in ACC play, bolted from the gate in the opening set, swinging a sizzling .355 to Virginia's .029. Hopper and Buckley led the attack, with four kills apiece, while Merriwether was a perfect 3-for-3 on attacks.

    The final margin was bigger in the second set, which the Pack won 25-16, though the hitting difference wasn't as large. State hit .219 to Virginia's .027.

    After the 10-minute break, the Wolfpack continued to cruise, making short work in the third set with a 25-17 victory.

    The Wolfpack will play its final home match of the regular season on Saturday at 5 p.m. against Virginia Tech. The Wolfpack beat the Hokies 3-1 in Blacksburg, Va., earlier this season.

    "We have to serve well again and keep them out of their rhythm," Bunn said. "That's always the key to volleyball, to serve tough. We have to take care of the ball like we did tonight."

    Senior co-captains Megan Cyr and Alexa Micek will be honored for their three-year contributions to the program in a prematch ceremony.

    Megan Cyr's CAREER
    Senior Megan Cyr transferred to NC State as a redshirt sophomore three years ago, after spending two seasons at Colorado. Since then, she has never missed a point, playing in all 343 sets in the 94 matches since her arrival.

    She has recorded at least 1,000 assists in each of her three seasons with the team and currently ranks third in school history with 3,613, trailing only Nicole Peterson (4,938) and Melinda Dudley (4,570).

    The preseason All-ACC selection has twice recorded a career-high 55 assists in one match, as a sophomore against Illinois State and this year against Clemson.

    Cyr has a been a big part of the Wolfpack's offensive attack during her career. She leads all players with more than 100 attacks with a .332 hitting average. Her career average of .356 ranks second in school history. As a sophomore, she set a career-high with nine kills at Clemson and has a career total of 305 kills.

    For much of her senior season, she has led the team in blocks. Earlier this season at Virginia Tech, she posted a career-high seven total blocks. She's currently third on the team with 80 total blocks, behind team leader Brie Merriwether's 86 total blocks. She has 212 career blocks.

    During her NC State career, she has been named Most Valuable Player in three tournaments: the 2011 Courtyard Midtown Invitational, the 2012 Courtyard Midtown Invitational in Raleigh and the 2012 Hampton Inn & Suites West Ashley Invitational in Charleston, S.C. She was also named the ACC Player of the Week for Sept. 24, 2012.

    Last summer, Cyr was selected to train with Team Canada and will rejoin the squad this spring when her collegiate career is complete.

    Set to receive her degree in communications with a minor in journalism next month, Cyr carries a 3.4 grade point average and has twice been named to the Dean's list. She was also one of 33 ACC players named to the 2011 All-ACC Academic squad and has twice been named to the ACC Academic Honor Roll.

    Alexa Micek's CAREER
    After spending one season at Pierce College in Los Angeles, senior defensive specialist Alexa Micek took a chance three years ago, making the transcontinental trip to Raleigh to walk on to new head coach Bryan Bunn's squad at NC State.

    She had been looking to play for an ACC team, following in the steps of her cousin, Miami All-American Lane Carico. She took a visit to Miami, and Hurricanes coach Hurricanes coach Nicole Latagne Welch declined suggested Micek contact NC State. Micek sent an email to the new Wolfpack staff and mailed a recruiting tape.

    After one season as a reserve, the Oxnard, Calif., native has been a regular starter for the last two seasons, playing in all 94 of the Wolfpack's matches since her arrival. She has logged at least 100 sets of action in all three of her seasons with the Wolfpack.

    She was named to the Hampton Inn and Suites West Ashley Invitational All-Tournament team for her play at the two-day tournament in Charleston, S.C., in which the Wolfpack swept all three of its matches.

    This year, she ranks second on the team with 315 digs and 26 service aces. She also ranks third on the team this season with 43 assists.

    Last year, she ranked third on the team with 291 digs, 55 assists and 19 service aces.

    As a sophomore, she had a career-high 20 digs against Clemson and twice posted 19 digs in matches last season.

    Micek is pursuing a degree in the challenging field of civil engineering, one of four players on the team who are majoring in engineering.


     

     

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