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VB: NC State rolls past App State, 3-0, in home opener

Posted September 6, 2013

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— The NC State women’s volleyball team remained unblemished on the year by collecting its fourth 3-0 sweep of the season, against Appalachian State Friday evening in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack have not dropped a set in any of its matches this season, posting a perfect 12-0 mark.

“We started off a little slow, but we made some adjustments and came back and played really well at the end of the first set and took control over sets two and three,”said head coach Bryan Bunn.

NC State won its first set in the 2013 Courtyard Midtown Classic against the Mountaineers, 25-19, before winning the second set, 25-21. The Pack raced out to an early lead in the third set by winning eight of the first nine points. NC State went on to win the third frame, 25-10 to remain undefeated.

The two teams traded points in the early stages of the first set, before the Wolfpack went on a 5-0 run to regain the lead, 16-14. After an Appalachian State timeout halted the run by the Pack, the Mountaineers won two of the next three points to trail, 17-16, but NC State extended the lead after kills by Rachel Buckley and Brie Merriwether.

The Wolfpack opened the second set with a kill by junior Dariyan Hopper and never looked back from that point as the Pack never trailed in the second set.

NC State dominated in the third set, jumping out to a 4-0 lead and extending it to 8-1 before an Appalachian State timeout. Fortunately for the Wolfpack, the timeout did not interrupt its rhythm as it won five of the next seven points to stretch the lead to 13-3. The Pack led by as much as 17 points in the third set, but the Mountaineers went on a 3-0 run to trim the deficit to 14.

Merriwether led the Wolfpack offense with 10 kills and a .412 attack average. Hopper and junior Alesha Wilson each chipped in with nine. Hopper recorded a .350 hitting percentage, while Buckley recorded a .286 to go along with seven kills.

Defensive specialist Rachel Eppley tallied 12 digs and fellow libero Maddie Brown notched nine. Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe, who was playing in her first match in Reynolds Coliseum, finished the contest with 31 assists and nine digs. She also contributed two kills and two blocks.

“It was really fun and I was really excited about it,” Aljoe said referring to her first match in Reynolds Coliseum. “It was somewhat nervous at first because there are so many people here, but it was great atmosphere and a great time.” 

NC State returns to action in the Courtyard Midtown Classic on Saturday, Sept. 7 against Binghamton at 1 p.m. in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack will return to the court for a second time on Saturday to host the Towson Tigers at 7 p.m.

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
1st
SFG 0
KAN 0
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
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EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
 
Final
MARS 35
FATL 16
 
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
 
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
 
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
 
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
 
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
 
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
 
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
 
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
 
4th
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
3rd
WASU 16
ARZ 38
 
2nd
CLEM 3
SYR 3
 
2nd
LAMON 13
TXST 0
 
2nd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 14
 
2nd
COLST 24
WYO 3
 
2nd
LSU 0
MISS 7
 
1st
TENN 0
ALA 13
 
1st
AUB 7
SCAR 7
 
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
1st Intermission
TOR 0
BOS 1
 
2nd
NYI 3
DAL 1
 
2nd
PHI 0
DET 1
 
2nd
OTT 0
NJD 0
 
1st Intermission
MON 1
NYR 1
 
1st
STL 0
CHI 1
 
1st
NAS 0
PIT 0
 
1st
MIN 0
TAM 0
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14