Wake Forest Sweeps Deacon Invitational

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team notched two wins on Saturday, defeating Davidson (25-22, 21-25, 21-25, 25-12, 17-15) and Winthrop (25-17, 25-15, and 25-14) to win the 2012 Deacon Invitational.

Senior Andrea Beck led the way for the Deacs, with 19 kills against Davidson and posted 16 against Winthrop. Freshman Anna Carley also had a standout weekend on offense and defense.

Beck was named the MVP of the tournament, with Carley and Kristin Grissom each earning All-Tournament honors as well. With the two victories, Wake Forest moves to 3-1 on the season.

The first match against Davidson proved to be full of drama with Wake Forest prevailing in five sets. Carley had a career night with 20 kills, 13 digs and two block assists and one solo block.

Beck continued to hit well this season. In addition to her 19 kills, she also assisted on three blocks with one solo block.

The Demon Deaoncs won a close first set 25-22. With the score tied 20-20, the Deacs rattled off three-straight point off an error from Davidson and a kill and a block from Beck. Kylie Hargreaves and Carley helped Wake Forest seal the win early on.

Carley registered eight kills in the second set along with Beck chipping in seven and Hargreaves putting up six, but the Wildcats prevailed 25-21.

After winning set three 25-21, Wake Forest responded with a dominating 25-12 win in the fourth set. Carley once again led the team with five kills in the frame with Beck converting four-of-five attack attempts. The Deacs led by as much as 21-9 before winning the set 25-12 off a service ace from senior Heather Kraft and a kill by Carley.

The tension-filled fifth set was close throughout, with both teams deadlocked at 15-15. A kill from Grissom and a block from Grissom and Hargreaves gave the Deacs the win in front of a roaring home crowd.

Megan Miller led the Deacs with 21digs while three other players including Carley, Hargreaves and Rosendall were in double-digits in digs as well.

Caroline Brown had 14 kills in the loss for the Wildcats.

In the match against Winthrop, Wake Forest got up early in the first set by as much as 11 points (21-10. A kill from freshman Taylor Dickens gave the Deacs the 25-17 win.

Keeping Winthrop to a hitting percentage of .065 in the second set, Beck put up six kills while Wake Forest took the set 25-15. The third set saw three players including Beck, Grissom, Hargreaves and Ashlee Rusk put up three kills each. Rosendall dished out 11 assists and had 4 digs to help the Demon Deacons win the set 25-14 and take the match.

Carley had six kills along with Grissom while Hargreaves posted seven. Rusk had five kills and Rosendall finished with four.

Winthrop hit -.057 in the third set and .081 for the match. The Deacs finished the match with a .404 hitting percentage and 12 team blocks. Jennica Mullins led the Eagles with 11 kills.

Wake Forest (3-1/0-0 ACC) heads to the Marquette Tournament next weekend and will face No.23 Michigan on Friday, followed by a match with Eastern Illinois.

Deacon Invitational All-Tournament Team:
Andrea Beck, Wake Forest MVP
Kristin Grissom, Wake Forest
Anna Carley, Wake Forest
Ariel Ley, Davidson
Caroline Brown, Davidson
Jennifer Mallard, UNCW
Amy Zimmer, Winthrop



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