Oct 13, 2012
Charlottesville, Va. — After dropping its first set for just the sixth time this season, NC State’s volleyball team came back to win three in a row to beat Virginia 3-1, for its second ACC road win in as many nights.
The Wolfpack (17-3 overall, 7-2 ACC) used its sophomore attack, as second-year players Nikki Glass, Alesha Wilson and Dariyan Hopper each posted double-digit kills on the night to beat the Cavaliers (5-14, 0-9). Friday night, the Pack defeated Virginia Tech, also by a 3-1 outcome.
Hopper led the team with 14 kills and a .190 hitting average. Wilson added 13 kills, a .296 hitting average and nine total blocks on the night, while Glass had 12 kills, a career-high 20 digs and a pair of service aces.
“Alesha played well again tonight, both on the attack and blocking,” said third-year coach Bryan Bunn. “She’s been playing very well lately.
“Dariyan led the team in kills, but it was one of those matches where no one played exceptionally better than anyone else. It was a solid team effort.”
The Wolfpack led throughout the first set, until it took a 23-20 lead. The Cavaliers went on a run and won the opener, 27-25.
“We were in control the whole first set, until we got to 23 points,” Bunn said. “They went on a little run and won the set, but it didn’t put us on our heels. We came back pretty strong.”
The Wolfpack served well all night, posting five service aces and putting together several long rallies off the serve.
“Every time they would get close in a game, we would put together a strong serving run and take control of the set,” Bunn said.
The back-to-back victories ended a four-match road streak in which the Pack posted a 2-2 record, with the losses coming at No. 13 Florida State and Miami.
“We would have liked to be able to get another win or two, but that’s the way it goes,” Bunn said. “We are almost halfway through the ACC season now, but there is still a lot of volleyball to be played.
“We have to keep working hard to reach the goals we have for this team.”
The Pack will return to Reynolds Coliseum on Friday when it hosts Boston College in the annual Kay Yow Pink Match, presented by Rex Healthcare, a breast cancer awareness event in honor of the late NC State legendary coach who spent two seasons as the Wolfpack’s volleyball coach in addition to her duties as basketball and softball coach.
On Saturday, the Wolfpack will play Maryland, a match that will begin at 5 p.m. Admission is free for all spectators at both contests.