The Demon Deacons took the match in three sets for the team's first win over Duke since 2012.
Nov. 8, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team cruised past Duke in three sets on Wednesday night at LJVM Coliseum.
After falling behind early in the first, Wake Forest (12-15, 4-11 ACC) roared back to take the set and establish momentum that carried the team the rest of the way. In the second set, the Demon Deacons pulled away late to win, 25-23, before jumping out to a big lead in the third and holding off the Blue Devils (16-10, 8-7 ACC). The win is the first for Wake Forest over Duke since 2012.
Kylie Long delivered another outstanding performance for the Deacs, leading all players with 18 kills. Caroline Wolf added 23 digs, two short of a program record for digs in a three-set match. Wolf also finished the match just one dig shy of passing Trina Maso de Moya for the school's all-time dig record. Katie Moore had 11 kills and hit a team-best .409
The match started out on the wrong end as Duke raced out to a 16-9 lead early in the first set. The Deacs answered back by gradually cutting into Duke's lead in the late stages of the set. Down 22-20, Wake Forest reeled off five-straight points to take the set thanks to three consecutive kills by Long, who paced the team with eight during the set.
The second set was closely contested throughout, with 15 ties and six lead changes. The set produced ties from 17-all through 23-all, but the Demon Deacons won the last two points to win the set, 25-23. Wake Forest held Duke to an .071 hitting percentage in the set. Moore tallied four kills for the Deacs.
With Duke reeling from dropping the first two sets, Wake Forest jumped out to a 9-4 lead and never looked back. After the Demon Deacons took a 17-9 lead, Duke rallied to cut into its deficit, but it was too late, as the Deacs closed out the match at 25-21. In the deciding set, Wake Forest held a .222 to .077 hitting percentage advantage.
The Demon Deacons played a strong defensive match, holding the Blue Devils to an .063 hitting percentage. The Deacs remain undefeated this season when hitting a higher percentage than their opponent. Wake Forest also held significant leads in kills (45-32), assists (42-29) and blocks (11.0-8.5).
Up next, the Deacs hit the road and will battle co-conference leader Pittsburgh this Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.