Demon Deacons Fall Short at Virginia Tech
Oct. 19, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Despite a 25-23 win in the first set, Wake Forest fell to Virginia Tech on Friday night (25-23, 19-25, 22-25, 17-25) in Cassell Coliseum.
Nearly every early point of the first set was highly contested with Wake Forest jumping out to a 4-3 lead. Virginia Tech opened its lead to 8-5 before a service error from the Hokies and a service ace from Danae Rosendall brought the Demon Deacons to within one.
Virginia Tech held the lead until Wake Forest went up 12-11 off a kill from Ashlee Rusk. After going back and forth until late in the set, the Deacs took a 22-21 lead off a kill from Russell. With the score tied at 23, Rosendall capitalized on an attack to give the Deacs set point. On the ensuing play, Grissom and Rosendall tallied a block as Wake Forest won set one 25-23.
Leading 3-1 to start the second set, Beck registered a solo block followed by another kill from Rosendall to open the lead up to 5-1. Virginia Tech eventually narrowed the lead and took a 12-9 lead. Facing a 17-10 deficit, the Deacs rallied to make the score 20-18 but the Hokies closed out the set winning 25-19.
In the third set, both teams battled but Virginia Tech took a slight edge and eventually went up 18-13. Wake Forest once again cut the lead, shaving the Hokies advantage to 19-17 and won the set 25-22.
Set four began with close play from each team again as Russell powered the Deacs offense early. Though, with a balanced attack, the Hokies defeated Wake Forest 25-17 in the set and took the match 3-1.
Rosendall finished the match with five kills, 34 assists and five digs. She also had three block assists. Megan Miller had a team-high 22 digs.
Victoria Hamsher led Virginia Tech (12-8, 5-5ACC) with 15 kills while Jennifer Wiker had 12.
Wake Forest (8-14, 2-8 ACC) heads to Charlottesville, Va. on Saturday to play Virginia at 7 p.m.