Wake Forest Falls to NC State in Season Finale
Nov. 24, 2017

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By Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeVolleyball)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Wake Forest volleyball team fell to NC State, 3-1 (27-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-18), on Friday afternoon in the season finale at LJVM Coliseum.

The Demon Deacons (13-19, 5-15 ACC) dropped a hard-fought first set, 29-27, before answering back with a 25-20 second-set victory to even the match at 1-1. However, the Wolfpack (20-11, 15-5 ACC) responded with a late third-set run to take a 2-1 match lead before controlling play in the fourth and claiming the 3-1 victory.

In their final match at Wake Forest, seniors Kylie Long and Caroline Wolf delivered outstanding performances. Long produced 21 kills to lead all players and move into second place on the program's all-time kills list. Long also totaled a career-high eight total blocks. Wolf extended her career record for digs, leading the Demon Deacons with 21. After setting her career-high with 49 assists in Wednesday's match against North Carolina, setter Madeline Holt tallied 46 assists.

NC State led early in the first, but the Deacs answered back to close the gap late in the set. With Wake Forest up, 25-24, the Wolfpack took three points in a row to win the set at 27-25. The Demon Deacons held a .235 to .179 hitting percentage edge in the set.

In the second set, Wake Forest raced out to a 7-2 lead and never looked back. NC State never led in the set and the Deacs evened the match with a 25-20 second-set victory. Long delivered seven kills in the set.

While the Demon Deacons fell behind, 17-10, midway through the third, they mounted a late rally to tie the score at 22. From there, NC State won three of the last four points to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The Wolfpack took control early in the fourth set and never trailed on their way to a 25-18 set victory that gave them the match at 3-1. Although Wake Forest hit .286 for the set, NC State hit .481 on its way to the win.

Despite the loss, the Demon Deacons held a .212 to .206 hitting percentage edge. It marks the first time all season that the Deacs have lost a match with a better hitting percentage than their opponent. Wake Forest also had a 14.5 to 13 advantage in blocks.

Before the match, Wake Forest seniors Kylie Long, Bailey Shurbet and Caroline Wolf were honored for their contributions to the Demon Deacon program.



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