Nov. 22, 2017
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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- The Wake Forest volleyball team took down North Carolina, 3-1 (25-22, 27-29, 25-23, 25-22), on Wednesday afternoon at LJVM Coliseum.
After holding off the Tar Heels (14-13, 11-8 ACC) to take the first set, the Demon Deacons (13-18, 5-14 ACC) dropped a hard-fought second set, 29-27. Then, with the match even at 1-1, the Deacs closed out the third and fourth sets with late runs to clinch the match. The win is Wake Forest's first over North Carolina since Nov. 20, 2009.
Kylie Long had another outstanding game for the Demon Deacons, finishing one short of a career high with 25 kills. She now needs 11 kills to move into second place on the program's all-time kills list.
Caroline Rassenfoss broke out with 14 kills, an ACC season-high for the sophomore. Caroline Wolf led the Deacs with 22 digs while Caitlin Clarke added a career-high 17. Freshman setter Madeline Holt totaled a career-high 49 assists.
The Demon Deacons raced out to a 10-3 lead in the first and eventually held a 20-13 advantage before the Tar Heels made a late rally. Although North Carolina held off four set points, the Deacs closed out the set at 25-22.
In the second set, North Carolina jumped out to an early 10-4 advantage, but Wake Forest answered with a rally to cut its deficit to 18-17. From there, the set was closely contested until the Tar Heels finally took the set at 29-27 to tie the match at 1-1.
The Demon Deacons responded by winning a competitive third set, 25-23. The match was close from start to finish with a match-high six lead changes and 12 tie scores. With the score tied at 23-all, Long delivered back-to-back kills to give Wake Forest a 2-1 match lead.
Down 14-11 in the fourth, the Deacs won seven points in a row to take an 18-14. Wake Forest did not trail after that point, winning the match on Long's 25th kill.
Overall, Wake Forest held a .154 to .108 hitting percentage edge. They also had a 59-43 assist advantage and a 61-44 lead in kills.
Up next, the Deacs play their final home match of the season, as they host NC State this Friday, Nov. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Before the game, Wake Forest will honor Long, Wolf and Bailey Shurbet on Senior Day.