Deacs Stumble in 3-0 Loss to Louisville
Nov. 3, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest volleyball team stumbled to a 3-0 loss against Louisville on Friday afternoon at LJVM Coliseum.

Louisville (17-6, 11-2 ACC) separated itself and pulled away midway through each of the three sets to claim the match over Wake Forest (11-14, 3-10 ACC).

The Deacs were led by Kylie Long, who delivered a match-high 15 kills and a .250 hitting percentage. Freshman Jaclyn Childress totaled a career-high six kills and hit a team-best .545. Madeline Holt tallied 17 assists while senior Bailey Shurbet added nine.

Louisville began to pull away midway through the first set, forcing two Wake Forest timeouts after taking a 14-8 lead. The Cardinals continued to extend their lead throughout the set, eventually winning, 25-16. Despite losing the set, Wake Forest delivered a strong offensive performance, hitting .290. However, Louisville hit .567 and added two service aces to swing momentum to its side.

The second set was more of the same, as the Cardinals controlled play and pulled away in the middle of the set. The Demon Deacons trailed, 9-8, early on before Louisville took seven of the next eight points to establish a commanding 17-9 lead. Down 21-11, Wake Forest won three consecutive points, but it was too late, as the Cardinals recovered to win the set, 25-15. Childress produced three of her six kills in the second set.

The Demon Deacons jumped out to an early 4-1 lead in the third set thanks to two kills by Long. The Cardinals responded to retake the lead at 7-6 before the Deacs tied the score at 9-9. The teams battled back-and-forth until Louisville went on a 6-1 run to establish a 20-14 lead. Although Wake Forest held off two match points, the Cardinals took advantage of a Demon Deacon service error to claim the victory. The Deacs held the Cardinals to a match-low .176 hitting percentage in the third set.

Overall, Louisville tallied a .320 hitting percentage, compared to .130 for the Deacs. The Cardinals also held significant advantages in kills (46-32), assists (39-30) and digs (48-32).

Up next, Wake Forest will stay at home to host Notre Dame this Sunday, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m.



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