Wake Forest Defeats Maryland in 3-1 Thriller

Oct. 6, 2012

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Andrea Beck had 16 kills on Saturday night as Wake Forest defeated Maryland 3-1 (25-15, 13-25, 25-23, 25-23) in a thrilling match for the Deacs first ACC win of the season.

Beck also had two block assists and one solo block. Ashlee Rusk had 10 kills while Kylie Hargreaves and Kristin Grissom had seven kills each.

"It was a hard-fought match," said setter Danae Rosendall. "It wasn't easy; we came back from a loss in the second game, we really fought hard."

The Deacs took the first set easily, winning 25-15. After going up as much as six with a 9-3 lead, Wake Forest added on, extending it to a 20-10 advantage. Hargreaves capped the set with a kill as the Demon Deacons went up 1-0.

Maryland answered back by taking the second set 25-13 leading to a fierce third and fourth sets. The Terps went up 9-3 early in the third set, before Wake Forest rushed back to eventually tie the game at 16. After the Terrapins took a timeout, Maryland went up 19-16. Wake Forest responded with six-straight points which involved two kills from Beck.

Both teams were tied at 22, but a kill each Beck and Carley put the Deacs at set point. Adreene Elliot of Maryland tallied a kill, but an attack error from the Terps led to a 25-23 Wake Forest win.

The Deacs led early in the fourth set, going up 5-1. Maryland used a late rally to even the score at 16, which led to several back and forth points. With the score tied at 22, the Deacs had an attack error which put Maryland up 23-22. Following a timeout from Wake Forest, the Terps committed a service error to even the score. An attack error from Maryland coupled with a kill from Beck led to a 25-23 win for the Deacs and their first conference win of 2012.

Rosendall had 40 assists in the match while Heather Kraft had four service aces. Four players had double-digit digs in the match. Megan Miller had 20, Hargreaves registered 15 while Anna Carley had 13 followed by Kraft who had 11.

Ashleigh Crutcher led Maryland (10-8/2-5 ACC) with 15 kills while Elliott had 12. Catie Coyle added 10 kills in the match.

Wake Forest (7-11/1-5 ACC) hosts Georgia Tech on Friday night in Reynolds Gym at 7 p.m. followed by a match against Clemson on Saturday at 5 p.m. at home.



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