Deacs Drop ACC Opener at NC State
Sept. 19, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
RALEIGH, N.C. -Behind a stout defense, NC State defeated Wake Forest volleyball on Wednesday night 3-0 (20-25, 16-25, 16-25) in the ACC opener for the Demon Deacons.
NC State led early in the match, jumping out to a 6-3 advantage before Wake Forest it up at 6-6. With the Wolfpack leading 6-5, Grissom registered back-to-back solo blocks, putting the Deacs up 7-6 for their first lead of the match.
Later in the set, NC State went on a 9-1 run, eventually leading 20-12. Wake Forest rattled off a three-straight points, leading to a timeout from the Wolfpack. The Deacs rallied at the end of the set, but NC closed it out for a 25-20 final. Each team had four blocks in the set.
Wake Forest came out in the second set with a 3-1 lead, though both teams kept it close for the next several points. NC State would eventually retake the lead, pushing it to 19-10. The Wolfpack won the set 25-16, going up 2-0.
The Deacs led 3-0 in the third set that included a solo block and a kill from Grissom. NC State retook the lead, holding back the Demon Deacons attack. The Wolfpack won the set 25-16, sweeping the match 3-0.
Nikki Glass had 11 kills to lead NC State while Dariyan Hopper tallied nine.
Wake Forest (6-6/0-1 ACC) heads to Chapel Hill on Friday night for an ACC showdown against rival North Carolina at 7 p.m.