RALEIGH, N.C. – The Virginia Tech volleyball team handed NC State its first home ACC loss of the season on Saturday evening, sweeping the Wolpack 3-0 (25-23, 25-25, 25-16) in a road match at Reynolds Coliseum in Raleigh, N.C.
Victoria Hamsher knocked down nine kills, hitting .474 on the attack for the Hokies (21-9, 9-7 ACC). Lindsey Owens added eight kills and Samantha Gostling tallied six. Jordan Fish put up 24 assists for the offense.
The last time the Hokies won 21 matches in a season was in 1998 when Tech finished the year 21-9 en route to a third-place finish in the Atlantic 10 Conference.
In the opening set, the Wolfpack took an early lead, going up 10-7. Virginia Tech answered with a 5-1 run, going on top 12-11 off a kill from Hamsher. NC State reclaimed the lead a few rallies later, holding the 15-12 advantage. The Wolfpack held on to a three-point advantage and led by as many at 18-15 before Tech chipped away at the lead, tying it up at 22-22. The Hokies went up 23-22 off a kill from Gostling, and back-to-back blocks secured the final two points for the Hokies to win 25-23.
Virginia Tech and NC State kept it close in the second frame and were tied at 11-11, but the Hokies used a 5-0 run midway through to go up 16-11 off another Hamsher kill. NC State went on a run, closing to within one at 19-18, but the Hokies held on and extended their lead back to four at 24-20. An ace from McGrath scored the final point for Tech to win 25-20 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Hokies led throughout the final set, but the Wolfpack hung around and trailed by one,13-12, at the midway point. Tech went on a 4-0 run, pulling ahead 17-12 off a block from Hamsher and Owens. NC State scored on the next rally, but Tech responded, outscoring the Pack 4-0 over the next rallies to go up 21-14. Tech closed out the set with a 4-2 run to secure the 25-16 win, taking the match 3-0.
Nikki Glass and Dariyan Hopper recorded 10 kills each. Alston Kearns had 13 digs and Alesha Wilson had a pair of blocks for the defense.
The Hokies will remain on the road, traveling to Notre Dame on Wednesday, Nov. 20 for a 7 p.m. match in South Bend, Ind.
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