Wake Forest Drops Match to Syracuse
Oct. 1, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

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

The Orange (11-6, 3-1 ACC) pulled away to win the first two sets convincingly and put the Demon Deacons (10-6, 2-2 ACC) in an early hole. While the Deacs rallied to take the third set, 25-18, Syracuse closed out the match with a dominating fourth-set victory.

Despite the loss, Wake Forest senior Kylie Long delivered an outstanding performance, leading the team with 16 kills and a .286 hitting percentage. Caroline Wolf led the Deacs with 15 digs, while freshman Madeline Holt paced the team with 35 assists.

With Syracuse leading, 10-8, early in the first set, the Orange proceeded to win eight of the next nine points to build a comfortable 18-11 lead. The Deacs hit a respectable .167 in the set, but the Orange hit .348 to take the set, 25-18.

The second set brought more of the same, as the Orange delivered a .304 hitting percentage. Wake Forest trailed, 15-7, midway through the set. However, the Deacs responded by cutting their deficit to 19-17 before the Orange took six of the next seven points to build a 2-0 lead in the match.

Trailing, 8-3, to open the third set, the Deacs fought back once again. However, this time, the team made it all the way back, as they took over the lead at 16-15 on Long's kill and won the next five points to build a 21-15 lead. The Demon Deacons took the set, 25-18, to send the match to a fourth set.

The fourth set belonged to the Orange, as they sprinted out to a 10- 3 lead to force a Demon Deacon timeout. With the Deacs reeling, Syracuse continued to pull away to claim the match with a 25-13 fourth-set victory.

Despite the loss, Wake Forest recorded 47 kills, compared to 41 for the Orange. However, the Deacs committed 33 attack errors and 11 service errors to contribute to the loss.

Up next, the Deacs take to the road for two matches next weekend, starting at NC State next Friday, Oct. 6 at 8 p.m. The match will be broadcast on RSN.



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