RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina State waited a long time to make it back to the College World Series.
It only makes it sweeter its first opponent will be the Wolfpack's hated rival.
N.C. State is leaving for Omaha on Wednesday, the program's first trip to the College World Series since 1968 and just the second overall.
Its first game there comes Sunday against North Carolina, the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament.
In the last meeting, the Tar Heels won 2-1 in 18 innings over Memorial Day weekend in the longest game in Atlantic Coast Conference tournament history.
Wolfpack senior Tarran Senay says the game "definitely is meaningful because we owe them another game." Sophomore Trea Turner says the team is worried about more than just beating the Tar Heels.