BLACKSBURG, Va. - The Virginia Tech volleyball team used a balanced attack and a strong defense to complete the season sweep of Wake Forest Wednesday evening, by scores of 30-14, 30-26, 30-22. Sophomore Betsy Horowitz led the Hokies to a season-high .307 attack percentage, hitting a career-high .714, landing 10 kills on 14 attempts, with no errors.
Horowitz also contributed a personal-best nine blocks, while sophomore Taylor Parrish landed a match-high 16 kills. Freshmen Felicia Willoughby and Amy Wengrenovich knocked down 8 and 6 kills, respectively.
Defensively, senior Amanda Cloyd dug 14 attacks to become the first player in program history to collect 600 digs in a single season. Sophomore Michelle Lang also made a mark in Tech's single season record books, distributing 42 assists to move her season total to 1,385, good for fourth place.
For Wake Forest, Ashley Homitz had eight kills, while Megan Thornberry collected a match-high 15 digs. Kelsey Jones dished out 28 assists and Natalie Mullikin had five blocks.
The Hokies took control of the opening game from the get go. A 7-0 run in favor of Tech put the Hokies up 16-7, before another 6-0 run gave Tech a 25-10 advantage, leading to a 30-14 game one win.
Game two was much closer, but a six-point run of Tech's pushed the Hokies ahead 26-19 late in the frame. The Demon Deacons rallied to cut Tech's lead to three at 26-23, but a block from Willoughby and Wengrenovich out of a Tech timeout snapped Wake's run, and saw the Hokies go on to win, 30-26.
The Hokies blocked three consecutive Deacon attacks early in game three to spark an 8-0 run, putting Tech up 10-2. Wake Forest used a 6-1 run to cut into the Hokies' lead, but kills from senior Cathy Jansen and Parrish, a Deacon attack error and a block by Parrish and Horowitz secured the 30-22 match win for the Hokies.
Tech (14-17, 8-12 ACC) will conclude its season this Fri., Nov. 23, at 1 p.m., in Cassell Coliseum, playing host to No. 24 Duke. The match will be the last for seniors Jen Albrecht, Cloyd and Jansen, and they will be recognized following the conclusion of the contest.