The Deacs outlasted USC Upstate in five sets in the morning, before winning in three sets against UMES
Sept. 9, 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)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team swept two matches on Saturday against USC Upstate and Maryland Eastern Shore to win the Wake Forest Invitational championship. After the Deacs battled in the morning to take down USC Upstate, 3-2, the team cruised to a 3-0 win over Maryland Eastern Shore in the tournament finale.
"We played much better tonight," head coach Bill Ferguson said. "We had to struggle and grind to win the match this morning. In the second match, I thought our passers did an exceptional job. We won the serve-pass battle and that made things a lot easier for us offensively."
Caroline Wolf was named tournament MVP. The senior libero totaled a season best 37 digs against USC Upstate and led the team in the nightcap with 15 digs. Joining Wolf on the all-tournament team were junior Katie Moore and senior Kylie Long.
Match 1 - USC Upstate
In its first five-set match of the season, Wake Forest outlasted USC Upstate, 3-2, in its first match of the day.
The Demon Deacons took the first, third and fifth sets to take the match.
Long paced the Deacs with 16 kills. Caroline Rassenfoss added 14 kills to go with a team-high four service aces.
The Deacs jumped out to a quick 6-3 lead early in the first set. Although the Spartans rallied back to make the set close, Wake Forest pulled away late to win, 25-22. The Demon Deacons had 17 kills in the set, while USC Upstate totaled just seven.
USC Upstate responded with a strong second set. The Spartans raced out to an early lead and never looked back, dispatching the Deacs, 25-17, to even the match. USC Upstate outhit Wake Forest, .297 to .100. Through the first two sets, Rassenfoss and Long led the Deacs with eight kills each.
In the third set, the Deacs answered by building a 6-1 early lead. However, the Spartans roared back to close the gap quickly. In the end, the Demon Deacons prevailed, thanks to a strong set from Caroline Kuhn, who gave the Deacs two set points with timely kills. In the end, Long closed out the set with her 12th kill of the match.
USC Upstate battled in the fourth set to even the match at 2-2 with a 25-23 win.
Pushed to a fifth set for the first time this year, the Deacs took care of the Spartans easily, pulling away to win, 15-7. Kuhn was outstanding in the fifth set, delivering five kills to help lead the Deacs to the victory.
Match 2 - Maryland Eastern Shore
Wake Forest took care of Maryland Eastern Shore, 3-0, in what turned out to be the championship match of the tournament.
The Deacs seized control early in the first set, establishing a lead and not letting it go. Wake Forest took the set, 25-20. The team benefitted from seven Hawks service errors. The Demon Deacons also hit .640 in the set.
Wake Forest was solid in the second set as well. The team never trailed and closed out the Hawks, 25-19. Long led the Demon Deacons with 10 kills through the first two sets. She also held a .444 hitting percentage.
With UMES reeling in the third set, the Deacs took advantage and cruised to a 25-20 set win, which gave them the match at 3-0.
For the match, Long led the Deacs with 16 kills and an outstanding .500 hitting percentage. Rassenfoss, Della and Moore pitched in with seven kills apiece.
Up next, Wake Forest hits the road again to participate in the Penn State Classic in University Park, Pa. First, the Deacs take on Ohio next Friday, Sept. 15 at 5 p.m. Then, on Saturday, the team will play two matches, starting at 10 a.m. against Penn State, and finishing with a 4 p.m. match against Yale.