Volleyball: State Back In the Win Column (State 3-0 over VaTech)

After three straight losses, State (8-8; 2-3) got back in the win column downing Virginia Tech (9-8; 0-5) three sets to none. The only set which was competitive was set three a 25-19 win for State. State took sets one and two 25-14 and 25-12. There is a reason why VaTech is 0-5 in the ACC.

Stat wise State had 45 kills to VaTech's 16; 5 blocks to VaTech's 5; 54 points to VaTech's 23; 41 assists to VaTech's 15; and 15 errors to VaTech's 18. Two points of concern for the matches against FSU and Miami were blocks and errors. In the FSU match State had 25 errors and 4 blocks to FSU's 9. In the Miami match state had 21 errors and 3 blocks to Miami's 15. Yes, in the VaTech match State improved with regard to errors and blocks, but one might think that more improvement with regard to these stats is needed.

With regard to kills Melissa Evans had 12, Amanda Rice had 10, Jada Allen had 8 and Jade Parchment had 7. In the blocks department six-three Riley Shaak had 5. Kristen McDaniel normally leads the team in assists when playing; however, against VaTech Maggie Jones did so. Maggie had 20 and Kristen had 17.

Point of interest: In a comment to another volleyball post I stated that I did not recall State's six-three players who are Taylor Rowland and Riley Shaak getting much playing time. My memory did not serve me well with regard to this. Both are definitely bigtime in State's rotation, and in the VaTech game Taylor Rowland had 14 digs and Riley Shaak had 5 blocks. So take that Sbas.

Smiley face is not quite back, but hopefully State evens their conference record Sunday and gets above 500 overall with a win over Wake (10-6; 1-4).