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VB: Wolfpack Suffers Setback at Pitt

Posted November 24, 2013

The NC State women's volleyball team suffered a 3-0 setback against the Pitt Panthers Sunday afternoon inside Fitzgerald Field House. The Wolfpack falls to 20-10 on the season and 11-7 in ACC play, while Pitt improves to 17-14 and 9-9 in conference action.

Senior Brie Merriwether led the Pack offensively with 10 kills, followed by junior Alesha Wilson with seven. Freshman Maggie Speaks made her second career start at the setter position and dished out 28 assists, while classmate Rachel Eppley paced the squad defensively with 11 digs. Merriwether also led the team in blocks with six.

The Wolfpack opened the match with kills from Hopper and Merriwether as the squad gained a 2-0 advantage in the first set. Pitt responded with four unanswered point to take the lead, 4-2. Hopper recorded another kill to pull the team within one, but the Panthers scored three consecutive to stretch their lead to 7-3. State battled throughout the frame, but was unable to take the lead as Pitt won the set, 25-21.

In the second set, Pitt jumped out to a 3-0 lead before Wilson swatted a kill to get the Pack on the scoreboard. An attack error by Pitt tied the score at five, but the Panthers went on a 4-0 run to extend their lead to 9-5 in the set. With NC State trailing 14-11, Pitt scored three unanswered to lead 17-11 in the frame and held on to claim the set, 25-16.

Merriwether started the third set with a kill for the Wolfpack, but the Panthers countered with four consecutive points. The Pack responded with five unanswered points as State took the lead, 6-4. NC State trailed, 21-20, before Pitt closed out the set and the match on a 4-0 run to win the third set, 25-20, and the match, 3-0.

NC State will have a quick turnaround as it travels to No. 13 Duke on Wednesday, Nov. 27 for a 2 p.m. tilt inside Cameron Indoor Stadium.

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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
14th
CWS 4
BOS 6
 
Final
HOU 4
KAN 6
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MIN 0
TOR 0
9th
ANA 3
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
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