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NC State basketball to host ECU on 10/21 for ‘Secret Scrimmage’



NC State kicks off basketball season on Oct. 19th at 8pm with their annual ‘Primetime with the Pack‘ pep rally (tickets still on sale).

While that event doesn’t include a scrimmage anymore, the players won’t have to wait long to get in some game action. That’s because of a ‘secret scrimmage’ scheduled on 10/21 against ECU, according to college basketball analyst Jeff Goodman.

It used to be that teams just hosted semi-pro or foreign national teams for their early season game prep, but over the past few years, that has changed. Suddenly, almost every school is scheduling scrimmages with other D1 schools. (If you remember, last year they hosted Campbell.)

“They want to go up against like teams.” Said Goodman. “They get to really see where they’re at, at this point and they can control it. It’s a controlled environment. That’s the biggest thing. (STADIUM)”

The NCAA allows teams to have two exhibition games. These can be public events that fans can attend and they can sell tickets for, or they can be private scrimmages like this. As you can see, because of this ‘secret scrimmage’ NC State will only play one public exhibition game on Monday, Oct. 29th vs. Chowan.

So why would a team opt to forgo ticket money and play a private scrimmage instead?

“It’s a way for them to control. They can stop it halfway through and say ‘Hey, coaches want to get them together and work on their zone offense.’ And that’s what they can do for a 20 minute period if they want.” said Goodman. (STADIUM)

There has been no official word, but this event will very likely be closed to the public and the media (as all others have been).




NC State Ranks 15th in 1st 2018-19 Fall Standings for the Director’s Cup



NC State’s Cross Country teams strong finish have the Wolfpack sitting at 15th in the first 2018-19 Fall Standings for the Directors’ Cup.

The Wolfpack Women’s Cross Country team won their 3rd straight ACC Championship (24th overall), and the Men’s team finished 3rd. In the NCAA Championships, the Men finished 11th, and the Women finished 13th, marking the first time both teams finished in the Top-15 since 2003.

NC State doesn’t have a Field Hockey team.

The Wolfpack finished the 7th in the final Fall Directors’ Cup standings last year, which was the highest Fall finish in school history.

Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Football and Women’s Volleyball will be added to the Final Fall Standings to be released in January.

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NC State Cross Country Secures Pair of Top-15 Finishes at NCAA Championships



MADISON, Wis. – The NC State men’s and women’s cross country teams closed out the 2018 season with a pair of top-15 finishes at the NCAA Cross Country Championships Saturday.

Racing in snowy conditions at the Thomas Zimmer Championship Course, the Pack men placed 11th with 342 points and the Wolfpack women finished 13th with 367 points. It marked the first time since 2003 that both of NC State’s squads finished in the top 15 at the national meet.

The Pack men entered the NCAA Championships ranked No. 16 in the nation and came away with a finish five spots higher at No. 11. NC State and BYU tied for 10th with 342 points, and the head-to-head comparison of the five scorers broke the tie and pushed the Wolfpack to 11th place in the championship 10K.

The Wolfpack’s performance was its best since the 2011 season when it finished 10th overall at the national meet.

Ian Shanklin led the way with the highest NCAA Championships finish of his career, crossing the finish line 54th in 30:10.9.

The rest of NC State’s scorers on the men’s side finished within four seconds of one another. Joe Bistritz clocked a 30:32.9 10K to place 88th and was followed by an 89th-place finish from Gavin Gaynor, who finished in 30:33.0.

Elijah Moskowitz was the next Pack finisher, placing 96th in 30:35.6, and Edwin Rutto rounded out the scoring for the NC State men with a 98th-place finish in 30:36.5.

Patrick Sheehan (180th, 31:22.7) and Ben Barrett (228th, 32:23.4) completed the Wolfpack’s seven-man lineup at the NCAA Championships.

NC State’s women secured a top-15 finish for the fourth season in a row as they finished 13th in the 6K final.

Elly Henes was the Pack’s top finisher with an impressive 16th-place performance. She crossed the finish line in 20:11.6 for the best national finish of her collegiate career.

Nell Crosby was the next to score for the Wolfpack, as she placed a personal-best 54th overall in 20:44.6, and Dominique Clairmonte also secured a spot among the top 100 runners as she finished 62nd with a time of 20:46.6.

Heather Holt continued to build on her solid freshman campaign as NC State’s fourth scorer. She crossed the finish line in 21:25.3 for 146th place, and Nevada Mareno followed by placing 172nd in 21:36.6 to round out the scoring.

Isabel Zimmermann (179th, 21:40.5) and Savannah Shaw (231st, 22:22.0) were also in action for the Pack at the national meet.

Henes gained All-American status for the second season in a row with her 16th-place finish at the 2018 NCAA Championships. After becoming an All-American for the first time during the 2017 cross country season, Henes has garnered All-America honors at the past four national meets across cross country and track and field.

The nod made Henes the first Wolfpack cross country runner since Joanna Thompson in 2013 and 2014 to repeat as an All-American.

The NCAA Championships marks the conclusion of the 2018 cross country season. NC State’s distance athletes will gear up for the start of the indoor track and field season, which is scheduled to open Dec. 1 with the JDL College Kickoff and the BU Season Opener.

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NC State Women’s Volleyball Sweeps UNC For 1st Time Since 1991



RALEIGH, N.C. – For the first time since 1991, the NC State volleyball team defeated UNC-Chapel Hill in straight sets, 3-0 (25-22, 26-24, 25-16), Wednesday night inside James T. Valvano Arena at William Neal Reynolds Coliseum.

It was also the Wolfpack’s first sweep in ACC play this season. Additionally, NC State recorded consecutive home wins versus UNC-CH for the first time since 1990-91 thanks to its 3-2 victory last season.

NC State moves to 14-12 on the year and 8-8 in conference play, while UNC-Chapel Hill falls to 7-18 and 3-13 against league opponents.

Quoting Hampton-Keith

Overall thoughts…

“We’re obviously thrilled to win at home and sweep UNC-Chapel Hill,” said head coach Linda Hampton-Keith. “It’s a great rivalry match and we have a lot of respect for their program and the rivalry between us.

“It’s always great to win at home and to do it in the fashion we did it, was really exciting.”

Worth Noting

– NC State recorded a team attacking percentage of .290 for the match and limited UNC-CH to a .145 clip.

– The Wolfpack moves to 11-0 on the year when tallying a higher attacking percentage than its opponent.

– Additionally, the Pack is 11-3 this season when holding its opponent to a hitting percentage less than .200.

– NC State ranks second in the ACC in digs per set and tallied more digs than the Heels (54-37) to mark the 17thtime that the Wolfpack has out-dug its opponent.

Match Rewind

– NC State closed out the first set with five consecutive points to win the frame, 25-22, and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

– UNC-Chapel Hill went ahead 23-22 after a kill from Skylar Wine, but a service error followed and sparked a 5-0 run.

– Back-to-back kills from senior Teni Sopitan along with a bad set from the Tar Heels prior to a service ace from Kaylee Frazier powered the Pack to the first-set win.

– The second set featured 10 ties, but it was UNC-CH with a pair of critical attacking errors down the stretch that led to a pair of NC State points to clinch the set.

– NC State pulled ahead 24-22, but the Heels fought off two set-point opportunities to knot the set before the Wolfpack took the set, 26-24.

– A 7-2 run gave the Pack control of the third set, as NCSU grabbed a 15-10 advantage at the media timeout.

– Following a UNC-Chapel Hill service error, Keira Moore and Kylie Pickrell combined on a block to spark a Wolfpack run to close out the set, 25-16, and the match, 3-0.

Top Performers

– Sopitan led all players in the contest with 15 kills on 34 attempts to tally a .324 attacking percentage.

– Freshman Jade Parchment put down 10 kills to go along with 11 digs to notch her sixth double-double of the season.

– Lauryn Terry also turned in a strong offensive performance with nine kills and a match-high .643 attacking percentage, as she did not commit an error on 14 swings.

– Pickrell averaged nearly 14 assists per set, finishing the night with 40 assists in the three-set match and also contributed nine digs.

– Defensively, libero Makenzie Kuchmaner collected a match-high 16 digs.

Up Next

NC State will have a week until its next match, as the Wolfpack will host Syracuse on Wednesday, Nov. 21. First serve is slated for 2 p.m. inside Reynolds Coliseum.

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NC State basketball unveils new-look road uniforms



NC State showed off their new road uni’s at the ACC Media kick-off event this past week and while it doesn’t look like much has changed, there are a few differences.

First off, the NC State across the chest has the new font Now, I’m glad NC State got their own font, but to be honest, this font isn’t all that versatile. It may have been nice to have in the toolbox, but maybe not the default on everything. Anyways, it’s here now and it’s not going anywhere.

What’s interesting is the fact that NC State across the chest isn’t outlined in black. Almost every road uni we’ve ever seen over red has had the black outline and actually, the number has an outline. You can see the differences here.

Some other notable differences are the wolf logo on the leg and the bands around the bottom of the shorts and the arm openings. For the arm openings, these used to be white and now they are half white and half black. As for the shorts, they used to be just a white band, but now they go white, to black.

Overall, not a drastic change and something a lot of fans may not even notice.

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