Richardson tallied 13 kills on 22 attempts (.500 hitting pct.) to help the Wolfpack (1-0) secure the first win of the season. Brie Merriwether added seven kills and five blocks, while Megan Cyr had 29 assists.
The Dolphins (0-1) recorded 26 attack errors in 103 attempts (-.068 hitting pct.) to suffer their second season-opening loss to an ACC opponent in the last three seasons.
Juniors Kylie Jacob and Alyssa Robertson each finished with four kills to lead the Dolphins. Jacob also had three blocks. Junior Kendall Courtney had 15 assists and nine digs in the loss.
“We faced a very good opponent,” JU head coach Michelle Collier said. “We knew they were going to be a very good defensive team from the beginning and our offense struggled to kill balls. We played a good match defensively, but we made a lot of hitting errors. Our goal is to build on our good defensive effort and improve our offense in Saturday’s matches.”
The Wolfpack opened the first set with a 5-2 lead on a Rachael Buckley kill. The Dolphins closed the gap to 8-6 on an attack error before a Richardson kill capped a 9-3 run to extend N.C. State’s advantage to 17-9. Merriwether, Cyr and Dariyan Hopper ended the set with three straight kills to give the N.C. State a 1-0 lead.
In set two, the Dolphins got kills from freshman Chunia Graves and senior Alison Loeppky to make it an 8-6 deficit. Jacob later pulled the gap to 12-9 with a kill, but N.C. State built a 20-13 advantage on a JU attack error. The Wolfpack recorded five of the next eight points to take the set.
In the third set, a Richardson kill gave the Wolfpack a 13-7 advantage. Freshman Emily Laskelle followed with a kill for JU before four straight attack errors by the Dolphins started a 12-5 run to give N.C. State the match.
The Dolphins close out the tourney tomorrow playing host College of Charleston at noon and Sacramento State at 4:30 p.m. Fans can follow the action through the live links at JUDolphins.com.