NC State Sweeps Wake Forest
Freshman libero Dani Thompson

Oct. 19, 2011

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - NC State recorded 14 blocks and held Wake Forest to a .039 hitting percentage, as the Wolfpack defeated the Demon Deacons 3-0 Wednesday night at Reynolds Gym.

The win for the Wolfpack snaps a 25-match losing streak to Wake Forest and boosts their record to 15-8 overall and 3-7 in the ACC. The Demon Deacons are now 5-14 overall and 2-8 in conference play.

Both teams played a lot of defense on the night, as each squad ended the match with 61 digs. Wake Forest freshman libero Dani Thompson had the majority of the digs for the Deacs with a match-high 25 digs. That total is the most she has recorded in a three-set match and the second-most she has recorded in any match this year.

Senior Kadija Fornah also reached double-figures with 13 digs on the night, and she added eight kills. Junior Andrea Beck led the Wake Forest offense with 10 kills and tallied five total blocks.

Freshman setter Danae Rosendall flirted with a double-double, but she came up just a few digs short with 29 assists and eight digs on the night. She also had two kills and two blocks.

NC State was led by setter Megan Cyr who dished out 24 assists, recorded 16 digs and had five kills on just six attempts for an .833 hitting percentage. Dariyan Hopper also added 10 kills from the outside.

Wake Forest had a chance in Set 1, as the Deacons led 22-21 after a Fornah kill that prompted a Wolfpack timeout. NC State scored three straight out of the break to go up 24-22, and after the Deacs cut the lead to one after a service error, Nicole Glass finished the set with a kill.

Set 2 was all NC State, as the Wolfpack finished the set on a 12-3 run to win 25-12 and take a two-set lead.

As the end of Set 3 neared, it appeared as if NC State would again cruise down the stretch, but Wake Forest fought back. Down 22-17, the Demon Deacons scored four straight points to cut the deficit to one. Back-to-back kills by Kristin Grissom and Beck started the rally, and an ace by Cambrey Oehler forced NC State to take a timeout.

Out of the timeout, the Deacs tacked on another run with a block by Beck and Rosendall. The teams traded side outs to make the score 23-22 before the Wolfpack ended the match with a pair of blocks.

Wake Forest will be in action again on Friday when it hosts North Carolina at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Gym. On Friday, the Deacons will hold the Sixth Annual Susan G. Komen Dig for the Cure match to support the fight against breast cancer. Admission will be free for all spectators.

Information about Susan G. Komen Dig for the Cure

In partnership with the North Carolina Triad Affiliate of Susan G. Komen Dig for the Cure, the Wake Forest volleyball team will be soliciting donations from sponsors to either pledge money per dig recorded by the Deacons Friday night or make a flat donation to the cause. There will be a table setup in the lobby of Reynolds Gym for supporters to make donation, buy T-shirts or enter their names for a various number of raffle prizes.

The volleyball team has raised over $51,000 for the Susan G. Komen fund in the previous five years. Last season, the Demon Deacons recorded 62 digs and raised for than $8,300 to support the fight against breast cancer.

The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was established in 1982 by Nancy Brinker to honor the memory of her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died from breast cancer at the age of 36. Today, the Foundation is an international organization with a network of more than 75,000 volunteers working through local affiliates and events like the Komen Race for the Cure® to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease.

A global leader in the fight against breast cancer, the Foundation fulfills its mission through support of innovative breast cancer research grants, meritorious awards and educational, scientific and community outreach programs around the world. Together with its Affiliate Network, corporate partners and generous donors, the Komen Foundation has raised more than $900 million for the fight against breast cancer.

For more information about breast health or breast cancer, visit the Foundation's award-winning Web site at or call the Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273)



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