Large Crowd Backs Wake Forest Volleyball Despite Loss
Sept. 25, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -Wake Forest volleyball fell to Furman 3-0 (17-25, 19-25, 20-25) on Tuesday, but the Deacs were supported all night by a loud and supportive crowd of over 500 in Reynolds Gym.
Despite the loss, the crowd comprised of many Wake Forest student-athletes, staff, coaches along with others wore pink and cheered loud to support the team and head coach Heather Kahl Holmes who was diagnosed with breast cancer this summer. She was later presented a quilt signed by the entire athletic department.
With a loud roar, the fans in attendance cheered every point from the very start when Beck buried a kill. Furman led 15-14 midway through and used a 4-0 run to distance themselves and eventually win 25-17.
Beck and Hargreaves had four kills each in the second set, but the offense of Natalie Braun was too much as she had seven kills off nine attempts. The Paladins won the set 25-19.
In the third set, Furman pulled away early but the Deacs chipped away at the lead. Taylor Dickens capped off a long and furious rally to pull the Deacs within five as Furman led 21-16. Eventually the rally fell short and the Paladins won 25-20 and earned the match victory.
Braun had 16 kills while Chandler Ambrester had 14 for Furman (12-4).
Megan Miller had 14 digs to lead the Deacs.
Wake Forest (6-8/0-2 ACC) heads to Florida on Friday to play No.14 Florida State at 7 p.m. before taking on Miami on Sunday at 1 p.m. in a match that will be televised on ESPN3.