September 3, 2011

NC State Defeats Volleyball 3-0; Wilson Named All-Tournament

RALEIGH, N.C.-NC State converted 52 kills and Megan Cyr notched 40 assists to lead the Wolfpack to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-11, 25-17) win over Campbell in the Raleigh Midtown Classic finale Saturday night inside Reynolds Coliseum.

NCSU moves to 6-1 on the season with the win, while the Camels fall to 3-5 on the year. The Wolfpack finish the Raleigh Midtown Classic 4-0 and Campbell took a 1-3 record away from the weekend. Campbell is now 4-9 all-time against the Wolfpack, breaking a two-match win streak over NC State (2009-10).

Campbell sophomore setter Heather Wilson was named to the all-tournament team. Joining Wilson was NC State's Luciana Shafer, Western Carolina's Caitlin Piechota, Wisconsin's Crystal Graff and Elle Ohlander, also from Wisconsin. NC State's Brie Merriwether was named tournament MVP.

Cyr, a junior setter, added seven digs and five kills, while Brie Merriwether and Nicole Glass tacked on 10 kills apiece. Kelly Wood and Alston Kearns, meanwhile, combined for 25 digs in the win.

Wilson posted 22 assists and three digs on the night to lead Campbell. Annie Kobeski and Jordan Reaves each tallied five kills and three blocks, while senior defensive specialist Kelsey Campbell added 11 digs.

Holding a 7-7 tie in the first set, a Russo ace, followed by a Kobeski/Reaves block and a Kobeski kill pushed the Camels ahead 10-7, forcing a NCSU timeout. Still up 12-10, the Camels surrendered a 3-0 run to the Pack, followed by another 3-1 spurt as NCSU claimed a 20-15 advantage. The Wolfpack won the set 25-19 with Rachel Buckley's five kills. Reaves converted four for the Camels in the frame.

The Wolfpack led by as many as 14 in the second stanza, taking a 25-11 win to go up 2-0 on the Camels in the match. NC State hit .519 (17-3-27) as a unit in the set with Merriwether leading the way on four kills.

In the third, NC State converted 17 of its 35 attempts with just four errors in a 25-17 win to sweep the match. Glass and Shafer paced NCSU with four kills each in the frame.

The Camels will make their home debut Tuesday inside the Pope Center against UNC Wilmington. Game time is slated for 7 p.m.