The Deacs fell, 3-0, to Rice in the morning, before taking down Abilene Christian, 3-1 , in their second match of the day.
Sept. 1, 2017
Final Stats (Match 1) | Final Box Match 1 (PDF)
Final Stats (Match 2) | Final Box Match 2 (PDF)
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
BOULDER, Colo. – The Wake Forest volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday and moved its record to 4-1 on the season.
The Deacs fell to Rice, 3-0, in the morning before taking down Abilene Christian, 3-1, in their final match of the day.
Match 1 – Rice
In their first match of the Omni Invitational, Wake Forest was unable to create any momentum, falling to Rice, 3-0.
The Owls held a .250 to .031 hitting percentage advantage over the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest also had 27 kills, compared to 39 for Rice. The Deacs did record seven blocks in the contest, with Rice delivering just five.
Sophomore Caitlyn Della led all Wake Forest players with seven kills, while Caroline Kuhn, Kylie Long, and Caroline Rassenfoss recorded five each. Kuhn and junior Katie Moore tied for the team lead with four blocks apiece.
The Owls controlled the first set, never trailing on the way to a 25-19 win. After the Deacs tied the score at 4-4 early on, Rice reeled off five straight points to jump out to a 9-4 lead and never looked back.
Rice continued its momentum into the second set, winning 25-15 to take a commanding lead in the match. The Demon Deacons held a 1-0 lead after a Rassenfoss kill, but the Owls won four straight points to take control of the set.
Wake Forest responded to its 2-0 deficit by jumping out to a 13-10 lead in set three. However, the Owls took nine of the next 10 points to establish a 19-14 lead. The Deacs stormed back into the set, surviving two match points before Rice clinched the match at 25-23.
Match 2 – Abilene Christian
Wake Forest bounced back from its loss in the morning to take down Abilene Christian, 3-1, on Friday evening.
The Deacs lost the first set, but responded by winning three straight sets to take the match. Long led Wake Forest with 13 kills, while Moore added seven kills and had a team high .375 hitting percentage.
With the score tied, 10-10 midway through the first set, the Wildcats won eight of the next 11 points to take an 18-13 lead they held the rest of the set. The Deacs closed the gap to 21-19, but Abilene Christian won four of the next six points to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
In the second set, Wake Forest separated itself early and kept the Wildcats from threatening, rebounding with a 25-16 win and tying the match at 1-1. The Deacs had a hitting percentage of .333 in the set, compared to just .105 for the Wildcats.
The Deacs and Wildcats played another closely contested set in the third. With the match tied at 20-20, the Demon Deacons won the final five points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
Up 2-1 heading into the fourth, the Demon Deacons had to fight to clinch the win, as neither team created a lead larger than two points. With the set tied at 23-23, back to back kills by Long and Holt gave the Deacs a 25-23 win in set four and gave the Deacs a 3-1 match victory.
Overall, the Demon Deacons outhit the Wildcats .247 to .195. They also had 11.5 total team blocks, compared to just seven for Abilene Christian.
Up next, the Deacs return to action tomorrow, Sept. 2 at 3 p.m., with a true road match at Colorado.