Wake Forest Volleyball Earns Hard-Fought Victory Over Virginia Tech

Nov. 18, 2010

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Kadija Fornah led the Wake Forest volleyball team to an important 25-22, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22 victory over Virginia Tech on Thursday evening at Reynolds Gym.

The win breaks a tie with the Hokies for seventh place in the ACC, as the Demon Deacons are now 18-11 overall and 10-8 in conference play. Wake Forest is now just a half game behind a four-way tie for third. Virginia Tech is now 18-10 on the year and 9-9 in the ACC.

Fornah was the only Demon Deacon to reach double-digit kills with 15 and a .258 hitting percentage. She was also a force behind the service line, keeping the Hokies out of system with her aggressive jump serve and recording two aces.

Seniors Kristen White and Megan Thornberry also did a nice job with their serves, recording two aces apiece. White added nine kills and 13 digs, and Thornberry had a match-high 17 digs.

Senior setter Kelsey Jones quarterbacked the offense with 42 assists, three kills and three digs.

Set 1 proved to be a battle of which team would make the fewest errors. Wake Forest and Virginia Tech combined to commit 18 hitting errors and six serving errors in the first frame alone. The Demon Deacons hit .077, while the Hokies hit .028. Fornah carried the Deacs through the set with five kills and just two errors.

Neither team led by more than two points until Wake Forest went on a 3-0 run with the score 19-19. Two attack errors and a set to no one in particular by VT allowed the Deacons to score the three points. The Hokies got within one at 23-22, but a kill by Fornah and a hitting error gave the Deacs a 1-0 lead.

Set 2 was exactly opposite of Set 1. The Demon Deacons hit .300 as a team with 12 kills and three errors on 30 attempts, but the Hokies were even better with a .471 hitting percentage on 19 kills, three errors and 34 swings.

Virginia Tech used their offense to build four-point leads at 12-8 and 15-11 midway through the set. A serving error by VT and a kill by Fornah forced the Hokies to call a timeout. After a kill by Justine Record pushed the lead back to three, Wake Forest would score three straight to tie the set. Senior Lauren McIntyre recorded back-to-back blocks, one with junior Carlin Salmon and one with sophomore Andrea Beck, and then recorded a kill to help knot the score.

The Demon Deacons pushed ahead at 20-19 following a solo block by Fornah, but Virginia Tech ended the set on a 6-2 run to tie the match at 1-1.

Wake Forest forced the Hokies into 11 hitting errors in Set 3 and posted its most dominant set victory at 25-18. The highlight of the set occurred just before Wake forced Virginia Tech to take its second timeout. White dug a hard hit ball that Jones was only able to send towards the bleachers. Junior Cambrey Oehler then left her spot in right back and made a diving, one-armed flail for the ball and sent it just over the net with her outstanding hustle. The point then ended on a hitting error on VT's subsequent attempt.

The Demon Deacons looked to put the match out of question at the beginning of Set 4 and made Virginia Tech take both of its timeouts very early after building its biggest lead of the night at 12-4. The Hokies battled back, though, and forced Wake to take a timeout at 16-10. The break in action failed to take away any Hokie momentum, as they scored three more points to cut the lead to 16-13.

After Wake's second timeout, Salmon was able to push the lead back to four with a kill on a back slide. The Demon Deacons maintained a lead and used some great individual efforts to capture the match. One of those points came when White got a huge touch on the block on a swing by VT's go-to hitter Cara Baarendse that allowed the Deacons to pass an easy ball and Beck to earn the kill to make the score 22-18.

Beck then gave the Deacons match point when she got a kill on a ball that Jones set from 10 feet off the net to the back pin. Virginia Tech denied Wake on two consecutive match points, but Fornah ended the set with a kill to give the Deacs the win.

Wake Forest will look for another win tomorrow when it hosts Virginia at 7 p.m.



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