Deacs Fall to No.23 Michigan, Eastern Illinois in Marquette Tournament
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - The Wake Forest volleyball team played No.23 Michigan tough on Friday afternoon in the Ambassador Hotel Golden Eagle Classic at Marquette but fell to the Wolverines 3-0 (18-25, 24-26, 18-25). In the night match, the Demon Deacons lost to Eastern Illinois 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 20-25, 20-25).
Freshman Anna Carley led the Deacs in hitting with 10 kills in the first match against Michigan, followed by Andrea Beck who had seven. Megan Miller had 15 digs, while Carley chipped in eight. Junior Kristin Grissom assisted on four blocks.
Against Michigan, Wake Forest held tough in the first set, leading 5-2 after a service ace from Beck. With the score tied at 16-16, the Wolverines outscored the Deacs 9-2 in the next 11 points to win the first set 25-18. Carley and Kylie Hargreaves led Wake Forest with four kills each.
Michigan held the early edge in the second set, until the Deacs staged a furious rally down 19-13. After narrowing the score to 23-16, the Demon Deacons scored seven straight-points under the serving of Carley. Using kills from Grissom and Rusk along with a block from Hargreaves and Grissom, Wake Forest nearly won the second set, but the Wolverines came back to win 26-24.
The Deacs once again held tough in the third set, coming within one point of tying it up at 18-18 after back-to-back hitting errors for Michigan. But the Wolverines closed the match out with a 7-1 run, winning the third set 25-18.
Carley led the Deacs in hitting with 10 kills in the match, followed by Beck who had seven. Megan Miller had 15 digs, while Carley chipped in eight. Grissom assisted on four blocks.
Molly Toon had 11 kills for Michigan, followed by Kelly Murphy who chipped in nine.
In the nightcap against Eastern Illinois, the Deacs were led again by Carley who had 15 kills and Beck who had 13. Hargreaves chipped in 13 as well with Grissom tallying 10 kills. Hargreaves registered 13 digs while senior Heather Kraft had 10.
Wake Forest and Eastern Illinois battled in the first set, with both teams tied at 22 after a kill from Carley. However the Panthers finished out the set with a 25-23 win.
The Deacs rebounded in the second set with a 25-21 victory. Both teams were knotted at 15, but using kills from Beck and Grissom, Wake Forest tied the match at 1-1.
Following the break, Eastern Illinois pulled away from the Deacs early. Sitting at set point 24-16, Wake Forest rallied for four-straight points to narrow the set, but the Panthers finished with a 25-20 win.
In the fourth set, both teams played even with Eastern Illinois leading 10-9 early. But the Panthers pulled away, winning 25-20 in the set and finishing out the match with a win.
Beck and Grissom each had two solo blocks in the match.
Renyae Hutchinson led the Panthers with 14 kills while Abby Saalfrank and Kelsey Roggemann each had 12.
Wake Forest (3-3/0-0 ACC) play two matches on Saturday beginning with a match against No.25 Northern Iowa at 11 a.m. (EST). The Deacs will follow with a night match against host Marquette at 8 p.m. (EST).
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