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NC State volleyball spiking interest

Posted September 27, 2012

Bryan Bunn knew he had a job on his hands when he took over a struggling Wolfpack volleyball program in 2010.

"We went about a month and found out who wanted to work and who didn't," said NC State volleyball coach Bunn. "We found the kind of kids who want to do what we want to do."

What Bunn wants to do is win and his strategy is working well so far. NC State is off to a 13 and one start for the second year in a row. It's the program's best start since 1980.

"It's been an unreal turnaround," said senior Megan Cyr. "Something I think usually takes a lot longer and Coach Bunn has managed to do it in three years."

The Wolfpack was known as a bottom feeder in the ACC, from 2001-2007 State had a record of one and 127 in conference play. This year they are off to a remarkable start with three straight wins over Wake Forest, North Carolina and Duke - the first time they've ever beaten those three schools in a conference match in one season.

"It's pretty cool," said Cyr. "I know we are going to play them all again. Not over yet, but it was an awesome experience."

"It's nice everytime we hear this is the first time we've done this. Shows them the hard work has paid off," Bunn said.

Another program first - an appearance on Sportscenter's Top 10 plays. Apex native Alston Kearns made national TV with her nifty kick save.

"I found out when coach Bunn texted me," said Kearns. "I didn't believe him so I thought that was pretty cool." 

"That was wonderful. I got so many texts and facebook messages. It was nice to get that kind of exposure," said Bunn.

Exposure that will only grow as the Pack keeps winning. 

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  • davidvanwagener Sep 28, 1:27 p.m.

    My youngest daughter and I go to watch Duke volleyball all the time. It's free admission and a lot of fun. I can attest that NC State has to be better than the last time I saw them in Cameron. That was tough to watch. Congrats on the improvement and I look forward to seeing them October 27 at Duke.

  • lec02572 Sep 28, 9:15 a.m.

    Nice to see a sport other than football or basketball get some recognition. You go girls!

  • buckets112 Sep 28, 8:23 a.m.

    the first date my wife and i went on was to a women's volleyball game back in 98 where we got extra credit for the volleyball PE class we were in. it's awfully nice to hear them turning it around because they were pretty terrible LOL.

  • 78FJ40 Sep 27, 11:51 p.m.

    What a difference a real AD can make. Good job ladies and coach Bunn!

    Go Pack

  • duane11 Sep 27, 10:35 p.m.

    Go Pack girls with the trifecta!

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