NC State Breaks Three Program Records In Five-Set Win Over FSU

  0 Carly DeMarque | October 30th, 2017 | ACC, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Results

  • NC State def. Florida State 3-2, (23-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 22-20)
  • NC State improves to 15-8, 10-2 ACC, Florida State falls to 12-8, 6-6 ACC
  • Tallahassee, Florida
  • Attendance: 1,100
  • Match Stats

NC State took to the road to take on Florida State, stretching their abilities to a five-set showdown where they claimed the win 22-20 in the fifth. The win keeps NC State tied for first in the ACC along with breaking a number of program records along the way.

Three huge records were set in the five-set win for NC State. Setter Kylie Pickrell dished out 70 assists in the win, which breaks the rally-scoring era program record, and is the most by any ACC Player this season and tied for the third most by any player in the NCAA Division I. Additionally, NC State’s 78 total assists for the match is the most in the rally-scoring era for the program along with the most in the ACC and sixth most by an NCAA Division I team this season. The final record that NC State set was in their 80 total kills as a team as it broke the rally-scoring era program record, most in the ACC and eighth most by a team in the NCAA this season.

Each set of the match was a battle for both teams, with all teams hitting at least 20 points in each of the five sets. The fourth set saw the Wolfpack fight back from an 11-6 deficit to force a fifth and deciding set. The fifth was a rally from both teams that featured 11 ties and NC State fought off two match-points to take the set 22-20.

Three NC State players posted double-digit kills in the win – Bree Bailey (24), Julia Brown (23) and Teni Sopitan (18). For defense, Emily Harris picked up a match-best 15 digs while Kassie Kasper picked up another 10.

For Florida State, Natasha Calkins led the way with 19 kills while Milica Kubura and Taryn Knuth posted another 14 and 13, respectively. The highlight for the Seminoles was Brianne Burket who recorded her second career triple-double with 10 kills, 46 assists and 10 digs. Three other players picked up double-digit digs – Bozena Culo (18), Logan Holanchock (14) and Cecilie Woie (12). Knuth also posted seven blocks in the loss while Deja Williams matched that feat.

Press Release

Courtesy of NC State Athletics

The NC State volleyball team would not be denied Sunday afternoon, as the Wolfpack erased a 2-1 deficit and fought off match point twice to earn a 3-2 (23-25, 27-25, 20-25, 25-22, 22-20) victory against the Florida State Seminoles in thrilling fashion inside Tully Gym.

NC State rallied from an 11-6 deficit in the fourth set to win it and force a decisive fifth set, after Florida State claimed the third set to take a 2-1 lead in the contest. The fifth set featured 11 ties, as the Wolfpack fought off two match-point opportunities and the Seminoles saved match point five times before NCSU converted to earn the win in the frame, 22-20.

With the win, the Wolfpack moves to 15-8 on the year and 10-2 in Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) play to remain tied for first place in the league. Florida State falls to 12-8 and 6-6 in conference matches.

Records Broken
– Junior setter Kylie Pickrell broke the rally-scoring era program record with 70 assists in the match, the most by any player in the ACC and tied for the third most by any player among NCAA Division I this season.
– The Wolfpack’s 78 team assists are also a rally-scoring era program record, most by any team in the conference and tied for the sixth most by any team in NCAA Division I this season.
– Additionally, NC State’s 80 kills in the contest are a rally-scoring era program record, most by any team in the ACC and tied for the eighth most by any team in the NCAA this year.

Quoting Hampton-Keith
Overall thoughts…
“Our team showed so much maturity and resiliency today,” said head coach Linda Hampton-Keith. “I’m so proud of them for executing in high pressure situations and staying focused. What a great win for us today!”

Match Rewind
– NC State opened the match strong, as the squad raced out to a 7-2 lead in the opening frame after a service ace from Julia Brown to force a Florida State timeout.
– After grabbing a 23-22 lead after a kill from Brown, the Seminoles closed out the opening set with three consecutive points to win it, 25-23.
– Neither team led by more than a few points in the second set until FSU scored three straight points to grab an 18-15 lead, resulting in an NC State timeout.
– With Florida State leading 25-24, Teni Sopitan swatted a kill from the right side to spark a 3-0 run as NC State won the frame, 27-25.
– The Wolfpack fought off three set-point opportunities by the Seminoles at 24-22, 24-23 and again at 25-24 to earn the second-set win to even the match at one set apiece.
– NC State found itself an early hole in the third set and battled to work out of it, but was unable as Florida State won the frame, 25-20, to take a 2-1 lead.
– Trailing 13-8 in the fourth set, the Wolfpack scored eight consecutive points with Emily Harris at the service line to grab a 16-13 lead and force a Florida State timeout.
– The Seminoles narrowed the NC State advantage to 23-22, but Brown smacked a kill from the outside and a block assist from Kaitlyn Kearney and Sopitan followed to give the Pack the 25-22 set win.
– In the decisive fifth set, Brown and Sopitan swatted back-to-back kills to start the frame and give NC State a 2-0 lead.
– Tied at 13-13, Bree Bailey tallied a kill to give NCSU its first match point at 14-13 but a kill from FSU fought it off.
– The ‘Noles had their first match-point attempt at 18-17, but a kill from Bailey following a timeout from the Pack knotted the score at 18.
– Florida State took a 19-18 lead in the frame, but a service error and an FSU attacking error gave NC State a 20-19 advantage.
– After a block from the Seminoles to even the set at 20-20, Bailey swatted a kill and Sopitan closed out the match and sealed the win with a kill from the right side.

Top Performers
– Bailey led all players in the contest with 24 kills, which matches her career high and is the most for the graduate student in an NC State uniform this season. She also logged a .327 hitting percentage.
– Brown smacked a season-high 23 kills and also recorded a .327 attacking percentage to go along with eight digs.
– Sopitan also turned in a stellar offensive match with 18 kills.
– At setter, Pickrell tallied a match-high 70 assists and also collected eight digs.
– Defensively, libero Emily Harris led the Wolfpack with 15 digs and Kassie Kasper pitched in with 10.

Up Next
NC State returns to action at home Friday night to take on the Syracuse Orange. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum, as the Wolfpack observe Alumni Weekend.

Press Release

Courtesy of Florida State Athletics

The Florida State volleyball team (12-8, 6-6) fell to NC State (15-8, 10-2) in five sets on Sunday (Oct. 29). Despite seeing one of the best performances the team has seen this season, the Wolfpack proved to be too much for the Seminoles, as NC State was able to close out critical points to take the five-set match.

Junior setter Brianne Burkert earned her second career triple-double in the match with 10 kills, 46 assists and 10 digs. She becomes the only player in the nation to reach the feat multiple times this season, and the first player in FSU history to record two kill-assist-dig triple-doubles.

This was the first match of the season the team lost despite outhitting its opponent, and only its second five-set loss. FSU was able to record a season-high 72 kills (and 70 assists), but the hard-hitting Wolfpack was able to edge out the home team to stay at the top of the conference.

Set 1 – Florida State 25, NC State 23

Florida State opened the match with one of the strongest starts it has seen this season. Despite starting in a deficit, the Seminoles came back to tie up the score at 7-7 and stay within only a couple points of the Wolfpack throughout the remainder of the set.

FSU stayed efficient to let NC State make its own errors, and a pair of blocks from Deja Williams and Natasha Calkins (including a solo block for Williams) finished off the set. Multiple players took swings at the ball and the team only recorded two attack errors to outhit the Wolfpack at a clip above .300, while the defense saw 20 digs and three total blocks.

Set 2 – NC State 27, Florida State 25

The Wolfpack seemed to step it up in the second set, proving to be tough competition for the Seminoles. The set was tied 13 times before the Seminoles took a 16-15 lead, when both teams increased their offensive efficiency and went back and forth trading kills.

While a block from Knuth and Burkert brought FSU to set point, the Wolfpack was able to rally and hold off the Seminoles’ set point twice. While the Seminoles showed better offensive efficiency and a bigger push on defense, it was NC State’s pressure on the net that helped it close out the set.

Set 3 – Florida State 25, NC State 20

FSU came out of the timeout swinging, putting up four kills and a block to take a 7-3 lead. The Seminoles continued to build on the lead and stay ahead through the entire set. Despite letting the Wolfpack catch up, the Seminoles were still able to close out the set five points ahead.

The Seminoles saw one of its best offensive performances in the third set with a .429 hitting percentage and 15 kills.

Set 4 – NC State 25, Florida State 22

Once again the Seminoles started off the set strong, leading the Wolfpack by as much as 10-5. From there, the Wolfpack was able to put pressure on the net and outhit FSU to gain the lead. Although the Seminoles stayed consistent and continued to put the ball down, it wasn’t enough to pass NC State.

While both teams earned 13 kills and the Seminoles took more reps at the net, NC State was able to force more errors and pick up more blocks to keep FSU’s hitting percentage down, which helped the Wolfpack close out the set.

Set 5 – NC State 22, Florida State 20

Both teams fought hard in the beginning of the set, but the Wolfpack was the first two eight points. Three kills and a block at a pivotal time helped FSU catch up and tie it at 10-10. The final set couldn’t be decided in 15 points, as the match was tied five more times after that.

Despite another strong offensive performance for FSU, the Seminoles were unable to gain the two-point advantage that was necessary to take the set and the match. In the end, NC State was able to close it out with a pair of kills.

Quoting Head Coach Chris Poole

“We definitely let a big one get away today. We were up big in both the second and fourth sets, but the errors we made after earning 20 points made us lose it in the end.

“Overall, it was one of our best performances offensively and we did a lot of good things in all parts of the match. However, we are making crucial mistakes under pressure at the end of the sets and that is the difference in a match like this one.”


  • Florida State’s season record moves to 12-8, 6-6 ACC
  • Florida State’s record over NC State moves to 46-7
  • Burkert’s Triple-Double

o   Junior setter Brianne Burkert recorded her second career triple-double on Sunday with 10 kills, 46 assists and 10 digs (her first was at Notre Dame earlier this season)

o   She becomes the…

  • First player in the nation to record multiple triple-doubles this season
  • First in FSU history to record two kill-assist-dig triple-doubles
  • First player to record multiple in either a career or season since Vicki Zinkil recorded two in 1993.
  • Fourth Seminole to ever record multiple triple-doubles in a career
  • Individual Records

o   Taryn Knuth tied her career high record with 13 kills (last vs. Virginia on 9/22/17)

o   Deja Williams tied her career high record with two solo blocks (last vs. UNC Asheville on 9/1/17)

  • Team Season Records

o   FSU’s combined 72 kills was the most the team has seen this season.

o   FSU’s combined 70 assists was the most the team has seen this season.

Up Next for the Seminoles

FSU will head to Miami for a midweek match on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6:00 pm and to conference leader Pittsburgh on Sunday, Nov. 5. The team will return home the following weekend to take on Syracuse and Boston College.

For more information, visit Facebook (Florida State Seminoles Volleyball), Twitter (FSU_Volleyball) and Instagram (FSUvolleyball).

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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