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VB: Wolfpack Tames Tigers in Straight Sets, 3-0

Posted November 7, 2013

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— The NC State women’s volleyball team used double-digit kills from three different players to defeat Clemson, 3-0 (25-20, 25-15, 25-18) Thursday evening in Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack improves to 18-7 overall and 9-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), while the Tigers fall to 12-12 on the season and 6-7 in conference play.

“It’s good to win at home. Our hitters came out tonight and did a good job taking care of the ball and didn’t make many errors,” said head coach Bryan Bunn. “We attacked the ball high and hard and we served the ball tough tonight, so we’re happy to get the win.”

Junior Dariyan Hopper led a balanced offensive attack for NC State with 15 kills and a .419 hitting percentage, while classmate Rachel Buckley smashed 14 kills and recorded a .500 attacking average. Nikki Glass, a junior from Colorado Springs, Colo., was the final Wolfpack player with double figure kills at 11. The Pack hit .333 for the match as a team and held the Tigers to a .205 clip.

Alston Kearns, a junior from Apex, N.C., paced the squad defensively with 16 digs, followed by freshman Maddie Brown with 11. Sophomore setter Tanna Aljoe dished out 41 assists in the contest and chipped in with four digs and two blocks.

The Wolfpack served the ball tough and hard throughout the match resulting in five service aces and more importantly – zero service errors. It was the first time this season that the Pack has not committed an error from the service line. State also recorded 10 blocks as a team, as opposed to just two for Clemson.

“We really worked a lot on serving the ball tough and making sure we don’t miss serves in practice this week,” Bunn added. “The last two days we worked a lot on serving under pressure and regaining the focus on how important it is.”

The match started with State claiming a tightly contested first set, 25-20. With the Pack up a narrow 13-12 margin, the squad won six of the next eight points to take control of the frame at 19-14. Glass led the squad with nine kills and a .750 hitting percentage for the set.

The Pack used a 7-2 run at the end of the second set to gain a 2-0 advantage in the match. State took advantage of four blocks in the frame, including back-to-back solo blocks by Merriwether, and held the Tigers to a .125 hitting percentage to win the set. Clemson tied the score seven times in the set, but was never able to take the lead as NC State held the advantage throughout the set.

In the third set, State jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead after two Tiger attacking errors and a service ace by freshman Rachel Eppley. After the score was knotted four times, State grabbed the lead for good after a kill by Buckley to give the Pack a 16-15 advantage. The Wolfpack concluded the third set on an 8-2 run to win it, 25-18, and the match, 3-0.

NC State will return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9 when its hosts Georgia Tech at 5 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum. The match will be broadcast on ESPN3.

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
3rd
SFG 1
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
Final
NEB 42
RUTG 24
Final
KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
Final
NAVY 41
SJST 31
Final
BST 35
AKR 21
Final
GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
Final
UMO 10
KSU 3
Final
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
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
4th
WASU 30
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 18
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 24
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
Half
TENN 10
ALA 27
 
Half
AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
3rd
TOR 0
BOS 3
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 3
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
3rd
MON 2
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 5
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14