Volleyball Rolls 3-1 Over Virginia For 20th Win Of Season
Nov. 18, 2011
NC State vs. Virginia Tech (15-13, 8-9)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Senior Margaret Salata had 16 kills and 19 points in leading NC State’s volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Virginia on Friday night at Memorial Gymnasium.
The hard-fought outcome (25-18, 20-25, 25-15, 25-23) gave the Wolfpack its 20th victory, just the 10th time in school history and the first time since 1996 that State has posted 20 wins in a season.
“It’s always good to win on the road,” said second-year head coach Bryan Bunn. “We played really well in the first set, and finished it off in the third and fourth.
“I’m proud for the team to reach 20 wins for the season, because it’s been a long time since that has happened at the school. But we are already looking ahead to our next match.”
The Wolfpack (20-11 overall, 8-10 ACC) travels to Blacksburg, Va., on Saturday to face Virginia Tech in a 6 p.m. contest at Cassell Coliseum. A live stream of the contest is available for a fee on Virginia Tech’s premium all-access platform through this link.
Led by Salata’s perfect 4-for-4 performance in attacks, the Wolfpack jumped out to a quick lead in the opening set and cruised to a 25-18 win.
“Margaret has been steady for us all season,” Bunn said. “She had some nice blocks in the third and fourth set and she got us off to a great start in the opening set. Then she put the match away on the last point.
“She’s been great all season long.”
The Cavs (10-18, 4-14) scored the first five points of the second set and held on for a 25-20 win, but after the break the Wolfpack came back determined to get its school-record fourth ACC road win. It won the third set with relative ease, 25-15.
Salata was the leader throughout. In addition to her 16 kills, the senior middle blocker from Buffalo Grove, Ill., posted a .452 hitting percentage and six blocks.
Three other Wolfpack players were in double-figure scoring. Freshman Dariyan Hopper had 11 kills and 13.5 points, senior Luciana Shafer had 12 kills and 13 points and sophomore Brie Merriwether had 10 kills and 12.5 points.
The fourth set was close throughout, with neither team leading by more than three points at any time. Virginia held a 22-20 lead late in the set, until Shafer and Salata had back-to-back kills to tie the game.
Shafer scored again on an assist by Cyr and Salata and Hopper blocked a Virginia attack at the net to set up match point. After a Virginia timeout, Salata scored the game’s final point on her 16th kill of the contest.
After Saturday’s contest against the Hokies, the Wolfpack returns home to play its final match of the season, a 1 p.m. contest on Wednesday against North Carolina at Reynolds Coliseum.