Cats visit ACC foe N.C. State
Teams first meeting since 1989
Raleigh, NC - The Kentucky Wildcats will try to rebound from Friday night's loss to South Carolina when they square off against North Carolina State on Sunday, Oct. 1, at 2 p.m. This will be UK's final non-conference match until after the Southeastern Conference Championships in mid-November. Sunday's contest will mark the teams first meeting since 1989.
UK (4-9, 2-1 SEC) is playing this non-conference match due to the fact that Vanderbilt does not possess a volleyball program. North Carolina State is a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
"We are not very familiar with North Carolina State considering we haven't played them in 11 years," said UK coach Jona Braden. "What we do know is that they play in a very strong conference, and that they will present a new challenge to our players."
N.C. State (5-10, 0-4 ACC) is an experienced squad, with five starters remaining from last year's team that finished 16-19. The Wolfpack are coming off a loss to Florida State on Friday. The Wolfpack are a very disciplined team and extremely tough on their homecourt inside Reynolds Coliseum.
The Cats must improve their hitting percentage and cut down on mental mistakes in order to knock off the Wolfpack. UK will rely on the experience of senior Megan Weiskircher and juniors Whitney Sample and April Barnhorst if they are to break even on the current road trip.
Kentucky leads the all-time series against North Carolina State 7-2.