Wake Forest Falls in Five-Set Heartbreaker to Notre Dame
Nov. 5, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Notre Dame on Sunday afternoon at LJVM Coliseum.

After the Fighting Irish (17-8, 7-7 ACC) easily took the first set, the Demon Deacons rallied back to win the second set, 25-20. With the match tied, 1-1, Notre Dame again took control, winning the third, 25-12. Wake Forest answered back by fighting off multiple Fighting Irish match-points to take the fourth set, 26-24. In the team's fourth five-setter of the season, Notre Dame outlasted the Deacs to take the fifth set, 15-13, and win the match, 3-2.

Numerous Wake Forest players had career-days. Kylie Long tallied her fifth double-double of the season, recording 18 kills to go with a career-high 25 digs. The senior outside hitter also tied her career-high with five total blocks. Senior libero Caroline Wolf led the Deacs with 29 digs, while Hailey Brooke McFadden added a career-best 18 digs. Freshman Jaclyn Childress delivered another solid performance, tying for the team lead with five total blocks.

Notre Dame started the first set with a 3-0 run and never looked back. The Fighting Irish began to pull away midway through the set to establish a commanding 17-7 lead. At the end of the set, Wake Forest and Notre Dame traded points, but it was too late as the Fighting Irish took the set, 25-12. Notre Dame held a .270 to .061 hitting percentage advantage in the set.

At the beginning of the second set, Notre Dame had the lead at 9-8. The Deacs went on a 6-1 run to take a 14-10 lead and they kept that momentum until the end of the set. Notre Dame began to close the gap, but Wake Forest held them off to close out the second set, 25-20, as Long led the Deacs with six kills in the set.

Notre Dame answered back in the third by racing out to an early 7-2 lead. The lead only increased from there, as built an insurmountable advantage and took another set by a 25-12 margin. Wake Forest struggled offensively, as the team was held to a .000 hitting percentage.

The Fighting Irish started the fourth set with an 8-4 lead, but the Deacs went on a run to close their deficit to one at 13-12. After going on another run, Wake Forest took a 17-16 lead. The Fighting Irish pulled back ahead with a 24-21 advantage. However, the Deacs rallied to stand up against three consecutive match-points, eventually winning five-straight points to take the set, 26-24, and send the match to a fifth.

Although the Demon Deacons started off the fifth set with a 3-0 lead, Notre Dame quickly rallied to tie the set at 6-6. With the Fighting Irish leading, 14-11, the Deacs fought off two more match-points before Notre Dame sealed the match on Rebecca Nunge's kill.

The loss drops the Deacs to 2-2 in five-set matches this season.

Overall, the match was evenly played, with Notre Dame holding slight advantages in hitting percentage (.186-.112), kills (55-50) and digs (92-88). The teams each recorded 51 assists.

Up next, Wake Forest concludes its three-match home stretch by hosting Duke this Wednesday, Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m.



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