Wake Forest Topples NC State in Five Sets

Oct. 26, 2012

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By Nick Sebesta, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -Just when it seemed out of reach, Wake Forest battled back from a fifth-set deficit to defeat NC State 3-2 (26-28, 25-22, 25-19, 17-25, 16-14) in front of 831 raucous fans in Reynolds Gym.

Friday night's match was the annual `Dig for the Cure' match which helped raise money for breast cancer research with all donations going to the Triad chapter of the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Through donations from fans, $11,725 was raised.

Following four hard-fought sets, Wake Forest fell into a 4-0 hole in the fifth set before storming back and winning 16-14 and taking the match 3-2.

"We knew we had to keep our energy high," said Jazmen Russell. "Being down in the fifth set we knew we had to bring a lot of energy. Our defense and blocks were amazing."

Andrea Beck led the Demon Deacons with 20 kills in the match, followed by Jazmen Russell and Kylie Hargreaves who each had 15. Kristin Grissom added 10 in the match. Megan Miller had a team-high 27 digs.

From the start both teams fought and scrapped for each point. Beck had five kills in the set which was matched by Alesha Wilson for NC State who had five also. With neither team leading by more than a couple throughout the set, the Wolfpack edged the Deacs 28-26 for the first set win.

In the second set, Wake Forest once again had to come from behind after falling down 13-9. With the score tied at 21, the Deacs capitalized on errors from the Wolfpack and won the set 25-22 off a blistering kill from Beck.

Wake Forest in the third set fell down 5-1 and then ratcheted off a 15-2 run, eventually leading 16-7. The Deacs held the Wolfpack at bay, taking the set 25-19 while leading the match 2-1.

NC State came back in the fourth set with a balanced attack, hitting .333 as a team. Grissom and Hargreaves each had four kills, but the Wolfpack took the set 25-17 sending it to a decisive fifth set.

After falling behind 4-1, an attack error from NC State was followed by two straight kills from Beck to even the score. The Wolfpack again took a daunting 13-10 lead but, Russell and Beck each had kills along combined with an attack error from the Wolfpack to make it 13-all. After trading points, Beck closed out the match with two kills to end the set 16-14.

Danae Rosendall had 60 assists in the match while Hargreaves and Russell each had 17 digs. Kraft had 13 digs as well.

NC State (19-4, 9-3 ACC) was led by Dariyan Hopper who had 15 kills and Nikki Glass who had 14.

Wake Forest (9-15, 3-9 ACC) hosts North Carolina on Sunday at 1 p.m. in Reynolds Gym. The match will be broadcast live on Fox Sports South and is free to attend.



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