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NC State Volleyball Concludes SMU DoubleTree Classic with Win Over Arkansas St.



DALLAS – After taking a 2-0 lead in the match, the NC State volleyball team held off a furious comeback attempt from the Arkansas State Red Wolves to earn a 3-2 victory Saturday afternoon inside Moody Coliseum.

The Wolfpack concludes play in the SMU DoubleTree Classic with a 2-1 mark thanks to its win against the host SMU Mustangs yesterday before suffering a loss to No. 15 Creighton in the nightcap.

NC State is now 3-2 on the year, while Arkansas State is 2-4. The Red Wolves won 21 matches last season and advanced to the second round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Postseason Tournament.

Quoting Hampton-Keith

Overall thoughts…

“We’re very pleased with the work we put in this weekend,” said head coach Linda Hampton-Keith. “To be able to gut out a close five-set match early in the season shows tremendous growth and potential. Credit Arkansas State for pressuring us and executing, it was a match that challenged us, and a lot of learning took place today.

“Overall, this weekend was a huge step for us in terms of our learning, going through growing pains and coming out the other side in a way that builds trust and confidence. I’m excited about the direction our team is going.”

Match Rewind

– NC State started fast in the match, as the squad raced out to a 5-2 lead in the first set after a block from Lauryn Terry and Kylie Pickrell.

– Four unanswered points put the Wolfpack ahead, 17-9, but Arkansas State countered to narrow the margin to 19-17, forcing an NCSU timeout.

– Out of the break, a kill from Keira Moore sparked three consecutive points for the Pack as it went on to win the set, 25-19.

– The Wolfpack never trailed in the second set en route to the 25-20 set win.

– A 4-1 run gave NC State a 9-5 lead and four unanswered points a few rallies later extended the Wolfpack lead to 16-9.

– Arkansas State rallied to knot the score at 19-19 before NC State countered by winning six of the next seven points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

– Through the first two sets, NC State owned a .397 team attacking percentage with 28 kills and only five errors.

– Unfortunately, the Wolfpack combined to commit 15 errors over sets three and four as the Red Wolves forced the match to five sets.

– After NC State took a 22-18 advantage in the third set, Arkansas State countered after a timeout to win the set, 25-23.

– A late surge proved to be the difference in the fourth, as the Red Wolves won the frame 25-22 after the score was knotted at 19-19.

– The Pack raced out to a 5-2 lead in the fifth set following consecutive kills by Terry to force an ASU timeout.

– Arkansas State rallied to tie the score at 13, but NC State took a timeout and received a kill from Teni Sopitan to own match point and an attacking error by the Red Wolves gave NCSU the fifth-set win, 15-13, and 3-2 win in the match.

Top Performers

– Evans led a balanced Wolfpack attack, as she was one of four players on the squad with 10 or more kills. The sophomore put down 16 kills and also charted 12 digs to record her second career double-double.

– Sopitan pitched in with 11 kills, while Parchment and Terry each added 10.

– Pickrell handed out a match-high 47 assists in addition to 17 digs to compile her second double-double of the year.

– Defensively, Makenzie Kuchmaner logged 17 digs and Parchment contributed 11.

Up Next

NC State will return to action at home on Friday afternoon when the Wolfpack hosts Wright State. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum.

(Photo Credit: Sharon Ellman)

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NC State Falls Out of the Top-10 After Losses to UNC & Duke



After losing to rivals UNC and Duke last week, the NC State Women’s Basketball team fell out of the Top-10 in the Week 17 AP Poll, landing at #12. NC State started the 2023-24 season unranked, but jumped to #14 in the first Poll after the Preseason Poll. The Wolfpack have been ranked in the Top-10 since November 20th, which equals 14 straight polls.

ACC Teams in the Top-25

5. Virginia Tech
12. NC State
17. Notre Dame
19. Syracuse
22. Louisville
27. Duke
29. UNC
30. FSU

The Wolfpack will host #19 Syracuse on Thursday night at 7pm.

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NC State’s Week 1 Depth Chart Against UCONN (with Notes)



NC State will kick off their 2023 Football season next Thursday night against UCONN at 7:30pm. The Wolfpack released their Depth Chart for the game today.



  • Redshirt Sophomore Anthony Carter Jr. is listed as the starting Left Guard. If Redshirt Sophomore Lyndon Cooper wasn’t missing the first game due to injury, I wonder if Carter would be starting. Doeren did praise Carter in his press conference today. Also, he stated that Cooper should be back for the Notre Dame game.
  • Noticeably, Graduate Transfer Offensive Lineman Dawson Jaramillo is also missing from the Depth Chart. Unfortunately, Jaramillo has suffered an injury, and will miss the entirety of the 2023 season. This is a huge blow for Jaramillo, and a huge blow for the depth of the Wolfpack Offensive Line. Jaramillo was a Swiss Army knife, having the ability to play in numerous positions.
  • Very often, Doeren has stated that the “Or” in between two names means that the coaching staff sees both players as starters. There is an “Or” in between Chris Toudle and Trent Pennix at Tight End, with the former being listed first. Maybe it doesn’t matter whose name is listed first, but I’m shocked Pennix’s name wasn’t the one at the top.
  • I’m not shocked that Julian Gray and Keyon Lesane are listed as the starters at the X and Y Wide Receiver positions. They both have had a lot of buzz surrounding them in Fall Camp, and Lesane was named a captain. Obviously, with Gray’s speed, Offensive Coordinator Robert Anae is going to want to find a way to get the ball in his hands. With that being said, and this is no disrespect to the two of them, but both of them are 5’11”, which isn’t exactly the way you would sculpt your prototypical outside receivers. I expect Terrell Timmons and Bradley Rozner to both be heavily in rotation at the X and Y, to give the outside receivers a good dose of speed as well as height.
  • True Freshman Running Back Kendrick Raphael might be buried at the bottom of the Depth Chart at his position, but I bet he sees a carry before Mimms or Jones. Doeren mentioned that we would see Raphael against UCONN, but didn’t mention Jones or Mimms. Anae likes to run 2 Running Back sets, with one of them almost functioning like a Full Back. As a result, I’m not shocked to see Jones and Mimms where they are in the Depth Chart.
  • Props to True Freshman Kevin Concepcion for earning the starting job at the Inside Wide Receiver position. Get ready to hear his name a lot this year. KC is backed up by Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit, who Doeren spoke highly of today.
  • Junior Porter Rooks is no longer sitting behind Thayer Thomas on the Depth Chart. Doeren said that Rooks has had a great camp. The former 4-Star prospect has an opportunity to show that those stars meant something by his name. With that being said, he will be pushed by True Freshman Javonte “Juice” Vereen, who even has national media buzzing about him heading into the season.
  • Three True Freshman are on the Offensive Depth Chart: Left Guard Kamen Smith, IWR Kevin Concepcion and FLEXY Juice Vereen.
  • True Freshman Kamal Bonner is 2nd on the Depth Chart at the Will Linebacker spot, backing up Payton Wilson. What’s noteworthy, is that he’s ahead of former 4-Star prospect Jordan Poole in the Depth Chart. Bonner must have made a heck of a first impression.
  • As expected, ODU Graduate Transfer Robert Kennedy is starting at Nickel.
  • True Freshman Brandon Cisse is backing up Aydan White at Right Corner, and Doeren said we should expect him to contribute.
  • Redshirt Sophomore Jalen Coit will be filling in the shoes of Thayer Thomas at Punt Returner.


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Elliot Avent is interviewed on MLB Network about rule changes and Wolfpack Alums



Elliot Avent gave a great interview on MLB Network.

Avent talks about the rules changes in baseball and doesn’t seem too pleaseed about them, while also breaking some news that they might be naming the hitting facility after Trea Turner and the Pitching lab after Carlos Rodon.

Give it a watch.

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NC State Basketball

Mady Traore Will No Longer Enroll at NC State



This unfortunately seemed inevitable.

According to 247Sports’ Travis Branham, 3-Star Mady Traore is no longer planning on enrolling at NC State.

Traore was a member of the Wolfpack’s 2022 recruiting class, but wasn’t able to enroll in the Fall because of Visa issues and the English Competency Test.

Back on November 29th, I posted the following article, saying that Traore was set to join the team for the 2nd semester. Traore himself told me when I posted it, that he was expecting to join the team in December.

I received the intel 2 weeks prior to posting, and prior to things beginning to brew between NC State and Isaiah Miranda. In hindsight, I wish I would have posted it when I got the intel (haha).

4-Star Mady Traore Expected to Suit up for NC State Soon

Obviously, that didn’t happen, and isn’t happening.

When I posted the article, things were in flux, because there was one scholarship available. If Miranda came, he was going to get the scholarship, and the staff was hoping Traore would be willing to wait and enroll in April. If Miranda didn’t come, then the expectation was for Traore to join the team in December, in the way that Miranda just did.

I still believe my source’s info was solid, and there are always a lot of moving pieces in play that can change scenarios quickly.

From what I hear, the staff was genuinely hopeful they could add Miranda in December, and Traore in April, but it didn’t work out that way, and that’s the way it goes sometimes.

We wish you the best Mady! You’ve got a special future in basketball.

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