November 6, 2009
Tech dominates in sweep of Wolfpack
Hokies complete season sweep of NC State
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Virginia Tech (17-8 (7-7 ACC)) 2525253
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RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia Tech volleyball squad snapped a three-match losing streak with an impressive 3-0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-16) sweep of NC State at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C., on Friday night.

Tech (17-8, 7-7 ACC) captured its third win on the road in ACC play and its 12th-consecutive victory over the Wolfpack (7-22, 0-14 ACC). The Hokies completed their sixth season sweep of NC State in a row with Saturday’s win. In the match, Tech hit .289 and held NC State to a .120 clip. Tech also blocked nine attacks, while the Wolfpack could only muster five stuffs.

The Hokies got off to a good start with a 25-18 win in set one. Tech had previously lost the first set in four of their last five matches, a stretch in which the Hokies went 2-3. Tech dominated the entire period from the start, jumping out to a 7-2 lead. Holding a 13-10 advantage, the Hokies embarked on a 6-1 run, and NC State could never respond. A kill by freshman Jennifer Wiker sealed the frame for the Hokies.

The two squads battled back and forth in the second set, with the Hokies owning a slim lead, until a 7-1 barrage opened up a 22-14 cushion for Tech. After the Wolfpack won one more point, the Hokies closed with three straight kills to capture set two, 25-15.

Tech left no doubt in the third set, racing out to a 10-4 advantage. The Wolfpack would get no closer than three points the rest of the way, and up 14-10, Tech went on a 5-1 spurt to all but extinguish NC State’s hopes. Freshman Morgan O’Neill’s kill earned the Hokies a 25-16 victory in set three, and a 3-0 win in the match.

Sophomore Justine Record again led the Hokies in kills, the 11th time in 12 matches she has done so, with 11 on a .300 hitting percentage. Record also matched a career high with 15 digs to earn her team-leading seventh double-double of the year. Junior Felicia Willoughby added 10 kills and eight blocks, including four of the solo variety, in the contest.

Along with Record’s 15 digs, four other Hokies put together double-digit dig performances. Sophomore Erin Leaser tallied 10 digs and dished out 36 assists for her sixth double-double of 2009. Senior Jill Gergen and junior Amy Wengrenovich each totaled 11 digs, while O’Neill recorded 10 in the effort.

The Hokies will travel to Chapel Hill, N.C., on Sunday for a bout with the North Carolina Tar Heels at 1 p.m. Tech defeated UNC, 3-2, in Cassell Coliseum earlier this season. Results will be available at hokiesports.com.

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