Duke Downs Wake Forest, 3-0, in Season Finale
Nov. 22, 2011
DURHAM, N.C. - Duke avenged a conference-opening loss to Wake Forest with a sweep of the Demon Deacons on Tuesday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
Wake Forest and Duke split the season series, as the Deacs defeated the Blue Devils 3-1 on Day 1 of the Black & Gold Challenge on September 16.
The Demon Deacons end their season with a 9-21 overall record and a 6-14 record in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Duke is now 21-8 overall and 15-5 in conference action.
The Blue Devils turned in an unbelievable offensive performance with 56 kills and a .489 hitting percentage in just three sets. Wake Forest was only able to muster 28 kills as a team, while hitting at a .173 mark.
As has been the case for the majority of the season, Wake Forest was led on offense by the trio of Kadija Fornah, Andrea Beck and Carlin Salmon. Beck led the way against Duke while eight, while Salmon and Fornah had seven kills and six kills, respectively.
Beck also added two aces for Wake Forest, and setter Danae Rosendall dished out 25 assists.
Duke also controlled the game on defense as well, as the Blue Devils ended with 53 digs and five total blocks. Wake Forest recorded just 20 digs and one block - a solo block by Jazmen Russell.
The Blue Devils claimed the victory without Wake Forest ever scoring more than 19 points in the three sets. Duke won 25-18, 25-13, 25-19.
Wake Forest went down early 7-3 in Set 1 but battled back to tie the set at 10-10. The score remained tied at 11-11 after a kill by Fornah, but the Blue Devils opened up 17-14 lead after a 6-3 run. The Deacs remained within three at 21-18, but Duke scored four straight points to end the first set.
The Demon Deacons scored the first point of Set 2 before the Blue Devils scored the next four and seven of the next eight points to take a 7-2 lead and force a WF timeout. Duke cruised to the set victory, as they scored the final seven points of the frame.
Duke never trailed in Set 3 after scoring the first four points and captured the final set of the regular season 25-19.
After earning six ACC wins during the 2011 season, Wake Forest will finish the year ninth in the conference.