Wake Forest Splits Opening Day at Rambler Challenge
Sam Boesch had a career-high 10 kills against Loyola.
Aug. 28, 2015

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Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

CHICAGO - Wake Forest split the opening day of the season at the Rambler Challenge with a loss to Northwestern and a win over tournament host Loyola Chicago.

"Overall it was a good day," said head coach Ken Murczek. "I was frustrated with the performance this morning. I scheduled Northwestern to get a match against a high level competitor and we didn't come out ready. It was wonderful to see the team learn from that match and come back in the evening with a completely different performance. The biggest different was our ability to pass and allow Sophia Dodd to get the ball to all the attackers. The great challenge now is to wake up early tomorrow and play a team that has gone to two-straight NCAA tournaments in New Hampshire. They are a little undersized but play hard and are very competitive."

The Demon Deacons started the day with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-18) loss to Northwestern. Kylie Long and Matalee Reed each tallied double figure kills and Caroline Wolf added 11 digs. Long had a team high 11 kills with six digs and one block. Reed added 10 kills with a .348 attack percentage.

As a team Northwestern hit .357 in the match while holding Wake Forest to a .103 attack percentage.

Wake Forest was able to cut down on the unforced errors in the second match of the day and came away with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-16) win over the host team Loyola Chicago.

The Deacs hit .536 in the first set to cruise to a 25-15 victory. Long and Sam Boesch led the way with four kills each in the first set but it was three-straight kills from Reed that pushed Wake Forest's lead to 20-11 late in the frame.

The second set was much closer with Loyola jumping out to the early lead. Wake Forest took its first lead of the set 14-13 on a block by Long and Katie Moore. The set was tied four more times before Wake Forest took the lead for good at 19-18 on a Reed kill. The Ramblers fought off three set points but Loyola's Morgan Reardon sent an attack long to secure the 25-23 win for the Deacs.

Wake Forest completed the sweep with a 25-16 win in set three. Dodd dished out 39 assists and set up five different Demon Deacons for kills in the match. Reed led all players with 15 kills and a .667 hitting percentage. Long added 11 kills and 10 digs for her first double-double of the season. Boesch posted a career-high 10 kills. Wolf finished with a match-high 13 digs.

Wake Forest wraps up the Rambler Challenge on Saturday with an 11 a.m. match against New Hampshire. The Wildcats lost to Loyola and Northwestern on Friday.



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