Wake Forest Defeats Duke 3-1
Oct. 16, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
DURHAM, N.C. - Wake Forest defeated Duke 3-1 (25-23, 26-24, 24-26, 25-20) behind 18 kills from Andrea Beck and 16 from Kylie Hargreaves. It is the first win for Wake Forest in Cameron Indoor Stadium since Sept. 30, 2003 when the Demon Deacons won 3-2.
Beck also had two service aces and one block assist. Hargreaves had 12 digs and one block assist. Megan Miller had a team-high 23 digs. As a team, Wake Forest limited Duke to a .197 hitting percentage in the match.
Beck began the first set with a kill off a feed from Danae Rosendall. Duke kept distance in the first set, going up 11-6. With Duke then leading 12-6, Wake Forest responded with a four-point run, forcing the Blue Devils to take a timeout. Down 15-13, Grissom and Rosendall came up with a block followed by a kill from Grissom to knot the game at 15.
Hargreaves buried a kill, putting the Demon Deacons up 16-15. After Duke took a 23-21 advantage, the Deacs rallied with four-straight points, taking the set 25-23. Hargreaves evened the set at 23 which was followed by two-straight attack errors from the Blue Devils to end the set.
The second set went back and forth with both teams exchanging early points. Duke led 4-2 before the Deacs rattled of a 7-0 run to lead 9-4. Grissom and Hargreaves both had kills in the run along with a service ace from Rosendall.
Duke rallied to even the set at 18 and took a 20-18 lead. Wake Forest then tallied three crucial points to pull ahead 21-20. With the score tied at 24, Ashlee Rusk registered a kill followed by a block from Grissom and Russell to win the set 26-24.
Wake Forest began the third set with two-straight points from Beck. The Deacs extended the lead to 5-1 before Duke scored two points to pull within two. Keeping the Blue Devils at bay, Wake Forest added onto its lead going up 11-6 after a kill from Russell. Grissom had a solo block putting Wake Forest up 16-11 before Duke once again rallied from a deficit to tie the set at 19.
Both teams were tied at 21 when a long rally ended with a kill from Beck, giving the Deacs a 22-21 lead. Miller had three digs in the rally alone. Duke came back and won the set 26-24.
Duke and Wake Forest once again played tight to start the fourth set. The Demon Deacons led 10-9 after coming back from an early deficit which was followed by a kill from Russell. Wake Forest eventually got some breathing room, going up 20-17 thanks to a kill from Beck and a Duke attack error.
Leading 24-20, Grissom and Rosendall capped the match with a block to win 25-20.
Christiana Gray led Duke (11-10, 2-7 ACC) with 18 kills while Chelsea Cook had 11. Jeme Obeimie had 10 kills for the Blue Devils.
Grissom had two solo blocks and six block assists for the Deacs.
Wake Forest (8-13, 2-7 ACC) heads to Virginia Tech on Friday for a match at 7 p.m. followed up with a match at Virginia on Saturday at 7 p.m.