Sopitan Attacks VCU

Senior middle blocker Teni Sopitan attacks Virginia Commonwealth University on Friday, August 24 at Reynolds Coliseum. The Wolfpack beat VCU 3-2 for their first win of the season.

NC State volleyball returns home to Reynolds Coliseum this Friday looking for a home court win over Wake Forest during Alumni weekend.

After being on the road for the past two weeks and losing three of four matches, the Wolfpack has a few games to make up for if it wants to turn its losing season around.

The Deacons appear to be having a struggling season as well and are on a four-game losing streak. Wake recently lost to Virginia 3-0, which was a team that the Pack defeated 3-1 earlier in October.

On the other hand, the Wolfpack’s latest loss was 3-0 against Georgia Tech, which was a team that was defeated by the Deacons 3-1.

The Pack has won each of its games against Wake Forest 5-0 in the past three years. Last season was a 3-0 win. Although it was a sweep, the first set went into overtime at 32-30 for the Wolfpack.

During that game, senior middle blocker Teni Sopitan was one of the top attackers for the Pack, with 11 kills out of the 13 points she scored.

Junior middle blocker Lauryn Terry also had a solid game with a .333 hitting percentage and five blocks, and within the three sets, senior setter Kylie Pickrell had 33 assists.

Returning players from the Deacons are hitters sophomore Caroline Kuhn and junior Caroline Rassenfoss. Kuhn had 15.5 points, 11 being kills while Rassenfoss had 10 kills against the Pack. The Deacons also have sophomore Madeline Holt returning as setter.

Last season, the Deacons had a young but promising team returning, while the Pack has had new attackers step up to the net such as outside hitters sophomore Melissa Evans and freshman Jade Parchment.

The Wolfpack will need to be in its top form for Wake Forest this Friday at 7 p.m.