The Deacs won three straight sets after dropping the first, 26-24.
Sept. 8, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team prevailed over William & Mary, 3-1, in its opening match of the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday night at LJVM Coliseum.
The Deacs (5-2) lost a hard fought first set, 26-24, but rebounded take each of the next three sets, 25-21.
Freshman Caroline Kuhn led the Demon Deacons with a career high 14 kills. Joining her in double figures were Katie Moore and Kylie Long, who added 11 apiece, while Caitlyn Della tallied 10. Della also led the team with seven blocks.
The first set was tightly contested, with neither side able to separate throughout the set. With the score tied at 24, the Tribe took the final two points to take a 1-0 lead in the match. Wake Forest outhit William & Mary .281 to .188 in the set, but also committed five service errors.
The Deacs controlled play in the second set, only trailing once. After the Tribe tied the score at 15, the Deacs took the next two points and led the rest of the way, taking the set, 25-21. Wake Forest delivered five total blocks in the set, compared to zero for William & Mary.
In the third set, the Demon Deacons kept the Tribe at bay, on their way to another 25-21 win. After the Deacs jumped out to a 10-7 advantage, they did not allow William & Mary to get within two points for the rest of the set, as they took a 2-1 lead in the match. Wake Forest outhit the Tribe .303 to .088 in the set.
With William & Mary reeling from dropping two sets, Wake Forest took advantage of the momentum and closed out the match in the fourth with another 25-21 win. Moore had an outstanding set, producing a team high five kills to go along with a .714 hitting percentage.
Overall, the Deacs outhit the Tribe, .261 to .143 for the match. However, the team's biggest advantage was at the net, as they had 18 total team blocks, while William & Mary had just five.
Up next, the Demon Deacons continue action in the Wake Forest Invitational, starting tomorrow at 10 a.m. against USC Upstate. Then, in the final match of the tournament, the team will take on Maryland Eastern Shore at 7:30 p.m.