Wake Forest Holds Off Clemson in Four Sets
Sept. 24, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team defeated Clemson, 3-1, on Sunday afternoon at LJVM Coliseum.

The Deacs (9-5, 1-1 ACC) were forced to go past 25 to take each of the first two sets, winning the first, 27-25, and the second, 26-24. Then, after Wake Forest built a sizeable lead in the third, the Tigers (5-9, 0-2 ACC) rallied to take the set, 25-22. The Deacs rebounded to take the match with a 27-25 fourth-set victory.

Wake Forest recorded 55 kills for the match, compared to 48 for Clemson. The Deacs also had 52 assists, while the Tigers totaled 44.

Kylie Long led the Deacs with 17 kills. She was joined in double figures by sophomore middle blocker Caitlyn Della, who tallied 14. Freshman Madeline Holt and senior Caroline Wolf tied for the team lead with 10 digs each. Holt recorded 44 of the team's 52 total assists.

The first set was closely contested, as neither side built a lead of more than two points. With the score tied, 25-25, the Deacs took the next two points to take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Deacs jumped out to a quick lead in the second set, but Clemson quickly rallied to close the gap. With the scored tied at 24-all, the Demon Deacons benefitted from two Tiger errors to take the set, 26-24, and build a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

The third set was a different story, as the Deacs built a 20-16 lead. However, the Tigers won seven straight points to establish a 23-20 advantage and take the set, 25-22.

The Deacs and Tigers battled closely in the fourth set, with the Tigers taking a 24-21 lead. Wake Forest answered by winning three straight points, capped by Long's kill to tie the score at 24-all. After Clemson staved off one match point, the Deacs clinched the match on their second, as the Tigers committed an attack error. Long had a strong fourth set, recording five kills and hitting a team-best .714.

Up next, the Deacs will stay at home, as they host Boston College next Friday, Sept. 29 at 6:30 p.m.



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