Wake Forest Drops Road Match at Georgia Tech
Oct. 29, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

ATLANTA, Ga. - The Wake Forest volleyball team fell, 3-1, to Georgia Tech on Sunday afternoon in Atlanta.

After the Yellow Jackets (11-12, 6-6 ACC) pulled away to take the first set, 25-19, the Demon Deacons (11-13, 3-9 ACC) responded by winning a hard-fought second set to pull the match even. In the third set, Georgia Tech raced past the Deacs with a 25-10 win to take a 2-1 lead. However, Wake Forest played the Yellow Jackets close in the fourth, forcing the set past 25 before falling, 28-26.

Freshman Paige Sebesta broke out to record a career-high 12 kills for the Demon Deacons. She was tied for the team lead, as Kylie Long also had 12 kills. Madeline Holt delivered 49 assists as the setter and added 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season, tied with Long for the most on the team. Caroline Wolf paced the Deacs with 22 digs.

The first set was closely contested until Georgia Tech pulled away late to take a 1-0 lead. With the Yellow Jackets up, 15-14, Wake Forest dropped 10 of the next 15 points to dig itself an early hole. The Demon Deacons were held to an .086 hitting percentage for the set.

Wake Forest's offense came alive in the second set, led by Sebesta's five kills. Trailing, 23-21, the Deacs took the final five points to take the set on Sebesta's kill. Wake Forest hit .344 for the set.

The third set was dominated by Georgia Tech, as they won the first eight points and never looked back on the way to a 25-10 victory to move within one set of taking the match.

After falling behind, 10-6, early in the fourth, Wake Forest responded to tie the set at 14 apiece. The Yellow Jackets answered with a 5-0 run to take a 19-14 lead before won four straight of their own to cut their deficit to 19-18. Georgia Tech was first to 25, but the Demon Deacons fought off two set points, but eventually fell, 28-26, to allow the Yellow Jackets to claim the victory.

Overall, Georgia Tech owned a .244 to .122 hitting percentage edge over Wake Forest. The Yellow Jackets also held slight advantages in kills (54-49) and assists (50-44). However, the Demon Deacons did have 52 digs, compared to 50 for Georgia Tech.

Up next, Wake Forest finally returns home for a three-match stretch, starting Friday, Nov. 3 with a 3 p.m. match against Louisville.