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Nov. 14, 2011
GREENSBORO, N.C. - NC State senior middle blocker Margaret Salata was named the ACC Volleyball Player of the Week, announced by the conference on Monday. Her teammate, freshman outside hitter Dariyan Hopper, was named the Freshman of the Week.
NC State picked up a pair of ACC victories over the weekend as the Wolfpack ended its 27-match losing streak against Clemson with a 3-2 victory and swept Georgia Tech. The wins moved the team's record to 19-11 and 7-10 in conference play, the most total victories since 1996 and the most ACC wins in program history.
Salata hit .458 in the two matches for the Wolfpack. Against Clemson, she matched her career high with 19 kills and set a new career mark with 24 total points. In the sweep of the Yellow Jackets, she hit .579 while tallying 12 more kills and seven blocks. The native of Buffalo Grove, Ill., has 145 blocks this season, tied for the fourth most in school history and currently ranks third in the conference in blocks per set.
Hopper played in all eight sets over the weekend and tallied double-digit kills in both. Against the Tigers, she recorded 14 kill and added three blocks. In the win over the Yellow Jackets, the Minooka, Ill., native hit her best hitting percentage of the season (.423) in an ACC match this season while connecting on 12 kills.
This is the first weekly award in the careers of both players. NC State returns to action this weekend when it travels to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers on Friday and the Hokies on Saturday.