Postema reaches 1000 assists in 3-1 setback to NC State

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BLACKSBURG – Junior setter Brie Postema eclipsed the 1,000-assist mark in Virginia Tech’s 3-1 setback to NC State Friday night inside Cassell Coliseum. The Hokies (9-7 overall, 2-3 ACC) dropped their second straight match at home by scores of 23-25, 13-25, 25-22 and 17-25.

Cera Powell finished with 11 kills on the day to lead the Hokies’ offense. Defensively, Tech had two players reach double figures in digs as Maddie Slagle had 15 and Hanna Borer had 10. From the front row, Cara Lewis contributed six blocks and Anabel Zier added six rejections.

Game Notes

» Brie Postema racked up six assists to eclipse the 1,000-assist mark in her career.

» Elayna Duprey had a match-high two aces in the loss.

» Cera Powell had a team-high 11 kills for Virginia Tech.

» Virginia Tech got a team-high 15 digs from Maddie Slagle.

» Virginia Tech attackers were helped by a match-high 24 assists from Hanna Borer.

How It Happened

The Hokies fell behind early, losing a hard-fought first set, 25-23. NC State grabbed the advantage for good at 24-23 in a set that was tied up eight times before the Wolfpack took over in the second half of the stanza.

A 25-13 set-two loss put Virginia Tech in a 2-0 deficit in the match. The Hokies lost the first point and fought from behind the rest of the way before dropping the set.

After dropping the opening two sets, Virginia Tech rallied to win set three and make it a 2-1 match. The Hokies claimed set three, 25-22. Tech took the lead for good at 23-22 in a set that featured nine ties and six lead changes. The Hokies’ front row had a solid defensive performance, blocking five NC State attacks in the stanza.

Tech couldn’t build off the set-three victory and lost in the fourth set, 25-17, to drop the match.

Up Next

The Hokies return to the court Sunday at 1 p.m. to square off against North Carolina. The game will be carried on ACC Network Extra.

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Gallery: (10-7-2022) VB: NC State Match


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