Volleyball Wins School-Record 7th ACC Match
Nov. 13, 2011
RALEIGH, N.C. - NC State's volleyball team set a school record with its seventh ACC victory of the season with a decisive 3-0 win over Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon at Reynolds Coliseum.
In a televised match on the ACC Regional Sports Network, the Wolfpack (19-11 overall, 7-10 ACC) never trailed in the opening set and maintained comfortable leads in the other two, as the team sizzled with a .356 hitting average for the match.
"After all the long matches we've had this season, it was nice to be able to win a quick one," said second-year NC State coach Bryan Bunn. "We came out really focused in the opening set and maintained that throughout the match.
"I'm proud of the way we played."
Prior to the match, seniors Kelly Wood, Margaret Salata, Luciana Shafer and Becah Fogle were honored for their contributions to the program. Salata responded with 12 kills and 16.5 points, while Wood became NC State's all-time career leader in digs, posting 16 for match.
Wood now has a total of 1,769 after breaking the record set by Jennifer Peterson from 1994-97.
"It means so much for them to perform like this in front of our home crowd," Bunn said. "They have all worked so hard over the last two years to build the foundation of our program. I appreciate what they've all contributed during their time here."
The Wolfpack jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the opening set and never trailed en route to a 25-16 victory. The Pack had a blistering .357 hitting average in the set, led by Salata's perfect 3-for-3 on attacks. Tech had just a .111 hitting percentage.
The second set was closer, with Georgia Tech (15-13, 8-9) fighting back to take two leads. With the match tied 19-19, Salata took charge. She had seven kills and eight points in the second set and freshman Dariyan Hopper scored the final point in a 25-22 win. The Pack continued to sizzle with a .300 hitting average, while Georgia Tech improved to .250.
The Jackets scored the first point of the third set, but the Wolfpack grabbed the lead by scoring four in a row and maintained a lead throughout much of the rest of the set.
As a team, the Wolfpack had 11 blocks, led by Salata with seven. The Yellow Jackets, however, failed to record a block in the match.
Both Salata and freshman Dariyan Hopper had 12 kills for the Pack. Tech's Monique Mead led all players with 15 kills and 16 points.
With 19 wins on the season, the Pack now has its most total victories since the 1996 team posted a 21-16 overall mark. The seven ACC wins surpasses the school mark set in 1983 (6-1), '86 (6-1), '88 (6-0) and '95 (6-8).
The Wolfpack will play its final two road matches of the season this weekend, traveling to Virginia in Charlottesville on Friday at 7 p.m. and playing Virginia Tech in Blacksburg on Saturday at 6 p.m. The Wolfpack lost a 2-3 decision to the Hokies in Raleigh on Oct. 14 and a 1-3 decision to the Cavaliers the next night.
The Pack's final home match is slated for Wednesday, Nov. 23, against North Carolina in Reynolds Coliseum. Admission to the season-finale match is free for all fans.
"We are looking forward to finishing strong," Bunn said.