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NC State Volleyball sweeps Sacramento State, 3-0

Posted August 25, 2012

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— The competition was stronger, but the outcome was the same for NC State's volleyball team on Saturday morning as the Wolfpack swept Sacramento State 3-0 at the Comfort Inn & Suites West Ashley Invitational.

Sophomore outside hitters Dariyan Hopper and Nikki Glass had big numbers for the Wolfpack (2-0), but 12 of the 18 players on the active roster saw action in the first ever meeting between the two teams.

"This team was way better than the team we played on Friday, so it was a good test for us," said third-year head coach Bryan Bunn, whose team opened the season on Friday with a 3-0 win over Jacksonville. "I thought we passed the ball really well. Our two outside hitters hit the ball very well."

Hopper had 15 kills, four digs and three blocks for her 16.5 points, while Glass had 13 kills, a team-high 16 digs and a service ace en route to her 16.5 points.
Freshman Morgan Cormier came off the bench to contribute eight kills and three blocks for her 10 points. Sophomore Alesha Wilson also had a good performance from the bench, with six kills, a .364 hitting average and three blocks.

"We know we are deep, so we will get a lot of people into the match," Bunn said. "They have to play well once they get there," Bunn said. "Mo came in on the right side and did a nice job and Alesha came in and played well in the middle."

Senior libero Alexa Micek had 13 digs and senior setter Megan Cyr had 48 assists.

As a team, the Pack posted a .232 hitting average, with five service aces and 14 blocks.

In the opening set, sophomore outside hitter Dariyan Hopper had five kills and sophomore Nikki Glass had seven digs to lead State to a comfortable 25-15 win to take a 1-0 lead.

The Wolfpack fell behind 20-18 in the second set, but after Bunn called timeout, Hopper led her team on a 7-1 run to win the game 25-21 and grab a 2-0 lead in the match. Hopper scored three of the points, while Cyr finished off the game with a service ace.

In the final set, the Wolfpack broke free in a close set to win 25-21 to complete its second consecutive 3-0 sweep to start the season.

Bunn's team faces host College of Charleston Saturday at 7 p.m., looking to go 3-0 to open the season for the first time since 1995 when the Wolfpack won its first seven contests. The game can be viewed live here Live stream for $1.99. Live stats are available here Gametracker.

"So far, it has been about what we expected," Bunn said. "College of Charleston is usually at the top of its conference and we are playing in their gym, so this will be a good test for us."

The Wolfpack opens its home season on Friday when it hosts the NC State Midtown Courtyard Invitational at Reynolds Coliseum. The Pack will play on Friday against South Florida at 7 p.m. and against Kent State on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Virginia Commonwealth at 7 p.m.

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Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
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BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
 
1st OT
SAN 103
POR 99
 
3rd
DEN 64
LAC 67
 
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LAL
OKC
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
 
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
2nd
MARQ 77
ALAAM 42
 
2nd
TTU 53
ARKPB 38
 
2nd
DEN 64
COLST 73
 
2nd
CREI 69
TXPA 51
 
1st
CAL 23
EWASH 24
 
1st
UTST 26
IDST 20
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
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WIN 2
BOS 1
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2