4 Wolfpack Volleyball Players Named to All-ACC Academic Squad
Feb. 22, 2012
RALEIGH, N.C. – Four NC State volleyball players were named to the 33-player All-ACC Academic team, the Atlantic Coast Conference announced on Wednesday.
Senior middle blocker Margaret Salata, senior libero Kelly Wood, junior setter Megan Cyr and sophomore middle blocker Brie Merriwether were all named to the squad, which recognizes players from each team in the league with a 3.0 overall grade point average and at least a 3.0 GPA in the previous semester.
"We are extremely pleased with Megan, Kelly, Marge and Brie being named to the All-ACC Academic team,” head coach Bryan Bunn said. “We put a high priority on academic excellence and to have four players named to the team is a great honor."
The Wolfpack finished with a 20-13 record in 2011, its most wins since the 1996 team finished 21-16. State’s 8-12 mark in the ACC was the most conference wins in school history, topping the previous record of six, which had been reached on five occasions.
Salata and Wood were record-breaking seniors on the Wolfpack’s 20-13 team in 2011. Salata, a native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., majoring in textiles, was the first player since 2005 to earn All-ACC honors. She had a team- and career-high 382 kills and 164 total blocks as a senior. She finished her career ranked No. 4 in school history with 415 blocks.
Wood, a native of Yadkinville, N.C., who is majoring in elementary education, became the school’s all-time leader with 1,836 digs. In her fourth year as a starter, she had a career-high 527 digs during her senior campaign.
Cyr played in every set of every match last season, setting a career-high with 1,293 assists. The native of St. Andrews, Manitoba, Canada, who is majoring in communication, ranks sixth in career assists after just two seasons with the Wolfpack, after transferring into the program from Colorado.
Merriwether, a native of Orlando majoring in biological sciences, was named the most valuable player of NC State’s Courtyard Midtown Classic, while Cyr was the MVP of the Courtyard Midtown Invitational. Merriwether had 240 kills and 113 total blocks on the season.
The Wolfpack is one of five ACC schools with four or more members on the All-ACC Academic team, joining Duke’s five and four each from Georgia Tech, Miami and Wake Forest.