Balanced Offensive Attack Helps Wake Beat Maryland, 3-1
Nov. 20, 2011
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Wake Forest had four players reach the double-figure kill mark and completed the road sweep this weekend after handing Maryland a 3-1 loss Sunday afternoon at Comcast Pavilion.
The Demon Deacons are now 9-20 on the year and 6-13 in the ACC, while the Terrapins fall to 9-22 and 3-16 in conference action.
Beck led the way with 20 kills, marking the third time this season that she has reached the 20-kill mark. Fornah added 14 kills, while Salmon and Grissom each had 10 apiece. For Grissom, this match was the fourth time this season that she has reached double figures, as her last 10+ kill match came against High Point (11) on September 17.
Dani Thompson and Kylie Hargreaves continued to lead the Wake Forest with 17 digs and 16 digs, respectively. Each player has now recorded at least 10 digs in eight consecutive matches, while Thompson has also done so in 16 of the last 17 matches.
Danae Rosendall turned in another superb all-around performance from the setter position, dishing out 56 assists to go along with seven digs, three blocks and five kills.
Wake Forest jumped out to an impressive 2-0 lead in the match. The Terrapins were able to capture the third set, but the Deacs regrouped and closed out the match in Set 4.
Maryland held the lead for the majority of the early part of Set 1, but Wake Forest was finally able to take its first lead of the set at 11-10 after an attack error by the Terps. Beck responded with another kill, forcing Maryland to take a timeout. After the break, Maryland got a kill, but the Demon Deacons rattled off four straight, capped off by a kill from Salmon, to take a lead they would not relinquish.
Set 2 was close throughout the beginning as well, but with the score tied 11-11, Wake Forest scored five in a row and nine of the next 10 to take a commanding lead and cruise to the 25-17 victory.
The Terrapins finally broke through in the third set and used a run down the stretch to inch within a set. The score was tied at 20-20 before Maryland was able to end on a 5-2 run.
The Demon Deacons bounced right back, though, and jumped out to a 10-5 lead after surrendering the first two points of Set 4. Maryland did not get within two points until 19-17 and cut the lead to one at 23-22. After a Wake timeout, the Terps scored one more point to tie the set at 23-23, but a kill by Grissom and a solo block by Salmon ended the match in favor of the Deacs.
Wake Forest will finish up the 2011 season on Tuesday when the team travels to Durham to play Duke at 7 p.m.