Wake Forest Looks to End Season on High Note at Duke
Nov. 21, 2011
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest will be looking to finish the 2011 season on a three-match winning streak when the Demon Deacons take on Duke at 7 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
The Deacs recently defeated Boston College and Maryland, each in four sets, on Friday and Sunday of last week. The pair of victories improved the team's record to 9-20 overall and 6-13 in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Blue Devils enter the contest with a record of 20-8, 14-5 ACC.
One of Duke's losses came in the ACC opener against Wake Forest on Day 1 of the Black & Gold Challenge in Winston-Salem.
Seniors Carlin Salmon and Kadija Fornah were dominant for the Demon Deacons in the matchup earlier in the season, as both players turned in 21-kill performances. Salmon hit at a .576 mark, while Fornah ended the match with a .367 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kristin Grissom also contributed greatly in the win, adding 10 kills and five blocks.
Fornah, who has already set a personal record for kills in a season, will be looking to become just the 10th player in school history to record at least 400 kills in a season. She is currently at 389 for the year.
Salmon has been a force on both offense and defense with 285 kills and a team-leading 121 blocks. Her block total is the ninth most for a season in school history.
Junoir Andrea Beck will be playing Duke for the first time this season and should provide a spark, as she is second on the team by averaging 3.42 kills per set. She missed the first 10 matches of the season due to an injury, but she has stormed back offensively and is third on the team with 263 kills on the year.
Duke is led by Sophia Dunworth and Christiana Gray on offense. Dunworth has a team-high 320 kills, while Gray has 292 kills and is hitting .392 on the year.
Wake Forest will finish the ACC season in ninth place, as the Demon Deacons are two matches behind Georgia Tech and NC State (8-11) and two matches ahead of Virginia (4-15) with just one match remaining for each team.