Deacs Down Duke in Five Sets on Senior Night
Nov. 20, 2012
By Steven Wright, Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@SIDeacons)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest came from a set down on two different occasions and then overcame a 7-4 deficit in the decisive fifth set to defeat Duke on Senior Night on Tuesday evening at Reynolds Gym.
The Demon Deacons end their season with an 11-21 overall record and a 5-15 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils finished 2012 at 15-17 and 6-14 in the ACC. The Deacs took the match 32-34, 25-18, 20-25, 27-25, 15-11.
The match marked the end of the careers for both Andrea Beck and Heather Kraft, who are both set to graduate from Wake Forest. On the night, Beck delivered 16 kills and six total blocks - including five kills and a block in the fifth set - while Kraft recorded 10 digs in the back row.
Beck turned in one of the best four-year careers in Wake Forest history, ranking in the Top 8 in nine different statistical categories for a career. The Winston-Salem native finished fifth in points (1,493), sixth in kills (1,236), sixth in hitting percentage (.297), sixth in total blocks (349), tied for sixth in block assists (292), seventh in solo blocks (57), eight in kills per set (2.97), eight in attack attempts (2,826) and eight in blocks per set (0.84).
In addition to being Senior Night, the match also marked the first time in school history that Wake Forest has swept the season series from Duke. The Demon Deacons also defeated the Blue Devils 3-1 in Durham on October 16.
Three other Demon Deacons besides Beck registered double-figure kills on the night, as Jazmen Russell, Kylie Hargreaves and Ashley Rusk all recorded new career highs. Russell led the way with 21 kills, as Hargreaves and Rusk contributed 19 kills and 15 kills, respectively. Rusk also played big at the net with a career-best seven total blocks (1 BS, 6 BA), while Hargreaves had a double-double with 14 digs.
Orchestrating the offense was Danae Rosendall, who turned in her sixth double-double of the season. She did so by setting a new career high with 67 assists and tying her career high with 16 digs.
Megan Miller also had a solid night in the back row with 26 digs, marking the ninth time this season that she has had at least 20 digs in a match.
Down 7-4 in the fifth set, Wake Forest used a timeout to halt a 4-0 run by the Blue Devils and was able to break the momentum with a kill from Hargreaves. After Duke recorded a block to make the score 8-4, Wake Forest rattled off four straight on kills from Rusk, Beck and Russell and an error on the Blue Devils.
Duke tied the score at 9-9, but Wake Forest scored two straight and would never trail again en route to the 15-11 Set 5 victory.
Set 1 established the back-and-forth tone for the match with 18 ties and four lead changes. The Deacs had set point at 30-29 before Duke went on a 5-2 run take a 1-0 lead.
Wake Forest answered right away in Set 2 with early leads of 9-1 and 13-4, causing Duke to take both of its timeouts by that point. The Blue Devils would not die, though, and chipped away, cutting the lead to two points at 16-14. The margin would stay at two points until 19-17 before the Demon Deacons ended the set on a 6-1 run to tie the match.
Tied at 17-17 in Set 3, Duke scored the next five points and eight of the final 11 to inch one set closer to victory. However, Wake Forest answered in Set 4 and won a marathon set of its own, tying things at 2-2 with a 27-25 win.
Duke ended the night with 74 kills compared to 73 kills for Wake Forest, but the Blue Devils committed one more error on the night. Wake Forest hit .239 for the match, which was the eighth-highest hitting percentage of the season.
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