ND to finish home stand before traveling to Tallahassee
Observer Sports Staff | Friday, November 9, 2018
The Irish will battle North Carolina State Friday night, wrapping up their five-game home stand before traveling to take on Florida State on Sunday.
Notre Dame (15-9, 9-5 ACC) enters the weekend contest with four matches left in the regular season. Last weekend, the Irish lost to Florida State 3-1 and defeated Miami 3-0.
During the first two sets last Friday, the Seminoles pulled away with scores of 25-23 and 25-16 before the Irish won the third set 25-23. Despite their efforts to get back in the match, Florida State won 29-17 in the fourth set to claim the 3-1 win. The Irish freshmen had notable performances, with Sydney Bent pacing Notre Dame with 20 kills and Charley Niego adding 15, while Zoe Nunez totaled 52 assists over the four sets.
The team evened out their weekend record with their 3-0 win over Miami. The Irish took the first set 25-16 before earning 25-22 victories in sets two and three, walking away with their 11th sweep of the season. Bent led with 14 kills and a 0.319 hitting percentage and Niego added 12 kills with a 0.357 hitting percentage. Fellow freshman Zoe Nunez recorded 35 assists throughout the three sets.
On Friday, Notre Dame will play North Carolina State (12-12, 6-8 ACC) at Purcell Pavilion. They will match up for the 10th time, the Wolfpack leading 5-4 in the all-time series. The two teams already met this season on Sep. 23 in Raleigh. North Carolina State walked away with a 3-1 victory at the Reynolds Coliseum, earning its first conference win of the season. The Wolfpack recorded 94 digs as a team, the second most in the rally-scoring era of program history in a four-set match. The last time Notre Dame played North Carolina State at home was on Nov. 19, 2017, when the Irish won 3-2.
After taking on the Wolfpack, the Irish will travel down south to the Tully Gymnasium to meet the Seminoles for the 16th time, Florida State holding a 11-4 lead in the series. Before the Seminoles defeated the Irish last Friday, Notre Dame had won the previous two matches.
The Irish will face the Wolfpack at 8 p.m. on Friday night inside Purcell Pavilion before traveling to Tallahassee to face the Seminoles on Sunday at 1 p.m.