October 2, 2009
Hokies drop four-setter to Wake Forest
Record notches 16 kills to lead Tech
Virginia Tech (11-4 (1-3 ACC)) 252510221
Wake Forest (5-10 (3-1 ACC)) 142725253
  • Reynolds Gym - 417

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – After dominating the first set of the match, the Virginia Tech volleyball squad dropped three sets in a row to fall to Wake Forest, 3-1 (25-14, 25-27, 25-10, 22-25) in Reynolds Gymnasium in Winston-Salem, N.C., on Friday night.

The Hokies (11-4, 1-3 ACC) hit .231 in the match, while the Demon Deacons (5-10, 3-1, ACC) struck at a .295 clip. Five service and six receiving errors doomed Tech in the contest. Sophomore Justine Record tallied 16 kills in the affair to pace the Hokies, while junior Felicia Willoughby and freshman Cara Baarendse added 11 and 10, respectively. Sophomore Erin Leaser recorded 47 assists, and senior Jill Gergen earned 23 digs.

Tech started out the match strongly against the Demon Deacons. In a close 8-7 stanza, the Hokies exploded on an 11-1 run to push out to a 19-8 advantage. Wake Forest never mounted another challenge, as Tech captured the first frame, 25-14. The Hokies hit .500 in the set.

The momentum of the match swung in the second period. The Hokies led in the early stages of the set, opening up an 8-3 advantage. Wake Forest evened up the stanza at 12 apiece, and from there the two squads tied each other three more times, until Tech extended out to an 18-15 lead. Wake Forest again battled back to tie the match at 25 apiece, and received back-to-back kills from Kadija Fornah and Andrea Beck to steal the second set 27-25.

Wake Forest seized control of the contest in the third set. The Deacons set out on a 10-0 run to gain an 18-8 advantage. The Hokies could not put together a rally as Wake Forest won the third frame, 25-10.

The Demon Deacons led most of the way in the fourth set, though the Hokies stayed within four points for all of the period. Tech could never close the gap though, and Wake Forest sealed the set, 25-22, and the match 3-1.

Tech ends its ACC-opening, five-match road trip tomorrow against Duke in Cameron Indoor Stadium. The match is scheduled for 7 p.m., after the Tech/Duke football game. Results will be available on hokiesports.com.

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