November 7, 2008
Balanced attack helps Hokies end two-match losing skid
Freshman Justine Record earns 13 kills in the effort
NC State (9-20) 2322160
Virginia Tech (17-6) 2525253
  • Cassell Coliseum - 672

BLACKSBURG, Va.– The Virginia Tech volleyball squad recovered from an 0-2 road trip last weekend in a big way on Friday, with a sweep of North Carolina State (25-23, 25-22, 25-16) at Cassell Coliseum in Blacksburg, Va.

Tech (18-7, 9-5 ACC) hit .239 on the night, and held the Wolfpack (9-20, 3-11) to a .067 clip. Six different Hokies recorded at least one block in the match. Freshman Justine Record led the team in kills with 13, and also tallied three blocks, two of the solo variety. Junior Taylor Parrish registered 10 kills and two blocks in the effort. Junior Jill Gergen dug 15 attacks, while freshman Erin Leaser contributed 35 assists.

“I think it was important for us to get back in the winning tradition,” Tech head coach Chris Riley said. “I think our outsides played really well, and gave us the spark we have been looking for. Hopefully we can continue that into tomorrow night’s match.”

The Hokies came out of the gates quickly, racing to an 8-2 lead in the opening set. Tech maintained its distance from NC State for a majority of the stanza, but the lead began to slip at the end. Down 20-15, the Wolfpack reeled off four straight points to cut the advantage to one.

The Hokies extended the lead to 22-19, but NC State rallied again to tie the match at 22 apiece. After exchanging points, Riley called timeout. Following the break, senior Kristen Cunningham slammed a kill, and Kirsty Blue spiked a kill of her own to win the set for the Hokies 25-23.

In the second set, the two squads battled early. With the score 13-10, Tech went on a 5-1 run to build a cushion. The Wolfpack proved resilient though, and rallied back to cut Tech’s advantage to one. That was the closest NC State would get though, as the Hokies captured the next two points to seal the period, 25-22.

Tech leaped out to a 10-4 lead in set three. The Hokies would not allow NC State to come back in the third frame and carried the advantage out to 20-9, the largest of the match. A kill from junior Michelle Lang secured the set for the Hokies, 25-16, and the match, 3-0.

“They did a good job of serving short to take [sophomore Felicia Willoughby] out of the offense,” Riley said. “Our outsides stepped up. Taylor and Justine did a great job tonight. They carried the load for a part of it, and then we got Felicia the ball a little bit more. We are going to have to be a little bit more disciplined and balanced tomorrow for North Carolina, but we are looking forward to it.”

The win ended a two-match losing skid for the Hokies, as they prepare to take on North Carolina on Saturday in Cassell Coliseum. The match is set to kick off at 6 p.m. Results will be posted on following the conclusion of the contest.

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