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VB: Wolfpack Outlasts Pitt in Five-Set Thriller

Posted October 26, 2013

— The NC State women’s volleyball team won a hard-fought five- set match against the Pitt Panthers, 3-2 (28-26, 20-25, 25-16, 15-25, 18-16), Friday night inside Reynolds Coliseum. The score was tied 33 different times during the match, including 14 in the fifth set before the Wolfpack prevailed to get the victory.

“Our performance was very uneven tonight,” said head coach Bryan Bunn. “We had a couple good sets and a couple bad sets, so the fifth set was a toss-up. We kept our composure in the fifth set, after losing it in the fourth set, so we’re happy to get the win.”

The first set dictated the type of match that would ensue, as the score was tied 11 times and the lead changed six times. With the score tied at 21, senior Meredith Richardson swatted a kill to put the Pack up by one before an attack error by Pitt extended the lead to 23-21. After a Pitt timeout, the Panthers won three of the next four points to take the lead, 25-24. State responded with a 4-1 run to win the first set, 28-26, highlighted by three kills from junior Dariyan Hopper.

NC State (16-5, 7-2 ACC) cruised to a 25-16 third set win, after dropping the second set, 25-20. The Wolfpack used 16 kills and a .348 hitting percentage to win the frame. The Pack held the Panthers to an attacking average of .121 and forced five errors. After Pitt (12-10, 4-5 ACC) took the lead at 12-11, State scored seven unanswered points to extend its lead to 18-12. During the 7-0 run, Pitt used two timeouts, but was unable to stop the Pack’s momentum.

Pitt opened the fifth set with a service ace, but the Pack countered with consecutive points, including a service ace of its own by junior Nikki Glass. After trailing 12-10 in the frame, Pitt scored back-to-back points to tie the set at 12. NC State used a timeout to stymie the run and scored consecutive points after the break to lead 14-12 and have match point.

The Panthers refused to go away, however, and fought off match point to knot the score at 14. The Wolfpack used its second timeout of the period and forced an attack error on the next play to gain the advantage, 15-14. Pitt responded with two unanswered points to lead, 16-15. At that point, NC State went on 3-0 run to close out the set, 18-16, and win the match, 3-2.

In the fifth set, NC State held Pitt to a -.053 hitting percentage and forced its opponent to commit more errors (7) than kills (5).

Hopper led the Wolfpack offensively with 22 kills, while juniors Rachel Buckley and Glass contributed 12 and 10, respectively. Three players recorded double-digit digs, as junior Alston Kearns led the way with 26. Glass contributed 20 digs to record her third double-double of the season, while freshman Maddie Brown chipped in with 11. Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe dished out 43 assists and Richardson led the team in blocks with five. 

NC State will have a quick turnaround as it returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 25 against Maryland at 5 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum. The match will be streamed live on GoPack.com.

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR
 
Final
CIN 4
PIT 0
Final
BAL 3
TAM 0
Final
NYY 3
CHC 0
Final
MIL 5
STL 1
Final
ARI 2
NYM 5
Final
PHI 0
ATL 1
Final
NYY 2
CHC 0
Final
DET 2
CLE 3
Final
MIA 3
WAS 6
Final
TEX 3
SEA 2
Final
CWS 4
BOS 6
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
8:10pm Wednesday
MIN 0
TOR 0
Final
ANA 5
OAK 4
Final
SDP 4
COL 2
Final
SFG 2
LOS 1
1:05pm Today
PHI
ATL
 
1:08pm Today
DET
CLE
 
1:10pm Today
MIN
TOR
 
2:05pm Today
TEX
SEA
 
3:45pm Today
SFG
LOS
 
6:40pm Tonight
SDP
COL
 
7:05pm Tonight
PIT
MIL
 
7:05pm Tonight
WAS
STL
 
7:10pm Tonight
TAM
NYY
 
7:10pm Tonight
MIN
TOR
 
8:10pm Tonight
CWS
BOS
 
8:10pm Tonight
HOU
KAN
 
Final
CHA 91
CHI 86
Final
ORL 86
IND 101
Final
MIL 103
ATL 111
Final
CLE 114
BRK 85
Final
MEM 106
DAL 105
Final
OKC 112
DET 111
Final
NOP 105
HOU 100
Final
SAN 100
LAL 113
Final
MIA 87
PHI 100
Final
NYK 95
TOR 92
Final
MIN 130
UTA 136
Final
BOS 102
WAS 118
Final
DEN 112
GSW 116
Final
POR 110
LAC 104
Final
SAC 99
PHO 104
Final
TAM 4
MON 5
Final
PIT 4
CLB 3
Final
ANA 4
DAL 3
7:00pm Tonight
NYR
PHI
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
10:30pm Tonight
SJS
LOS
Final
DUR 6
NOR 9
 
7:05pm Tonight
DUR
NOR