Oct. 21, 2016
By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest fell to Georgia Tech 3-2 on Friday night at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
The match was the annual "Dig Pink" night and featured a silent auction and headband giveaways while the Demon Deacons sported their pink jerseys and kneepads.
Wake Forest (8-12) and Georgia Tech (16-5) both came out swinging in the first set. The Yellow Jackets got off to a 2-0 start but the Demon Deacons quickly caught up. Throughout the set, neither squad led by more than two points until a huge kill from Caitlyn Della brought the lead for the Deacs 13-10. From there, the Deacs remained in control recording a .333 attack percentage and three total blocks. Katie Moore led the offense for the Deacs with five kills and no errors for a .714 attack percentage. The Deacs easily took the first set, 25-17.
The second set was volatile, complete with 10 tied scores and three lead changes. The Deacs tallied a .300 attack percentage with 15 kills and six errors but the Yellow Jackets played a cleaner set finishing with a .480 clip and only two attack errors. Caitlyn Della led the Deacs in the second set with six kills and no errors on eight swings for a .750 hitting percentage. However, with the set being a back-and-forth battle, Georgia Tech finished the set 25-23.
Both squads seemed nervous in the third set, recording a combined 16 attack errors. With the Deacs leading 17-14, Kylie Long recorded her eighth kill of the night and 1,000th career kill to force a Georgia Tech timeout. Caitlyn Della recorded another flawless set as she tallied four kills and no errors. After both teams settled in, neither would surrender as it would take extra points to determine a set victor. Ultimately, the Deacs took the set 27-25.
The fourth set was a struggle for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest recorded seven kills and seven errors for a .000 set attack percentage. Meanwhile, the Yellow Jackets were hitting a .281 clip with two team blocks. Georgia Tech took the lead at the first point and never looked back as they took the fourth set, 25-19, to force a fifth set.
Wake Forest found themselves in a fifth set for the third match in a row. However, Georgia Tech would prove to be the more experienced squad. The Yellow Jackets recorded a .300 attack percentage while the Deacs recorded six errors for a -.048 clip. Georgia Tech easily won the fifth set 15-8 and the match, 3-2.
The Deacs finished the match with a .172 attack percentage. Della recorded a career-high-tying 15 kills and only three errors. Moore also performed above the average with only four errors and 12 kills.
Bailey Shurbet recorded a quiet double-double with 41 assists and 13 kills. She now has three this season while Long recorded her sixth with 14 kills and 14 digs. Long's 14 kills on the night brought her career total to 1,006, just three shy of taking the number 10 spot on the career kills list. Long is the just the 11th Demon Deacon to hit the 1,000 kills mark.
The Demon Deacons wrap up a six-match homestand Sunday against Clemson. The match will begin at 1 p.m. in the Summit School.