Wake Forest Falls to Virginia
Oct. 20, 2012
By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. - Jazmen Russell paced Wake Forest with 12 kills on Saturday, but the Demon Deacons fell to Virginia 3-1 (21-25, 25-27, 25-17, 23-25) in Memorial Gym.
The first set began with both teams playing to a five-all tie. Virginia then broke away to lead 11-6. Despite the deficit, the Deacs fought back to make it a 13-11 set after a kill from Russell.
After an attack error from the Cavaliers, the Demon Deacons tied the match at 16. Virginia eventually took the set 25-21. Russell had three kills to lead the Deacs in the set.
Wake Forest took a 5-3 lead in the second set after a booming kill from Hargreaves. Holding onto a 14-13 advantage, Beck and Rosendall registered a block to give the Deacs a two-point lead. A block from Ashlee Rusk and Grissom put Wake Forest up 19-16 though the Cavaliers eventually tied the set at 25 and won the set 27-25.
The Deacs raced out to a 7-3 lead in the third set and extended the lead to11-4. Wake Forest then used a balanced offense and stout defense to keep Virginia at bay through the end of the set. Rusk capped off the set with a kill to win 25-17.
Virginia pulled away from the Deacs, leading12-8 in the fourth set. Wake Forest battled back in the set to tie it at 23 but fell 25-23.
Natalie Bausback led the Cavaliers (7-15, 1-10 ACC) with 22 kills and six block assists. Kayla Sears added 19 kills.
Wake Forest (8-15, 2-9 ACC) heads home next week to play NC State on Friday at 7 p.m. in Reynolds Gym. The match which is the annual `Dig for a Cure' match, will also be broadcast live on ESPN3.