November 14, 2009
Tech downs Demon Deacons in four sets
Three Hokies record double-digit kill matches
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Wake Forest (9-19) 251719181
Virginia Tech (18-10) 222525253
  • Cassell Coliseum - 889

BLACKSBURG, Va. – After falling in the first set, the Virginia Tech volleyball squad stayed confident and reeled off three straight victories in the next three frames to defeat Wake Forest, 3-1 (22-25, 25-17, 25-19, 25-18), on Saturday night in Cassell Coliseum.

As a team, Tech (18-10, 8-9 ACC) hit .284 and held Wake Forest (9-19, 7-10 ACC) to a .197 hitting percentage. Both teams recorded eight blocks, but the Hokies totaled six service aces, while the Demon Deacons only mustered one in the contest.

Set one proved to be the most competitive of the match, as the two squads tied each other 17 times the entire stanza. No team led by more than three the entire period. A Demon Deacon service error tied the frame for the 17th time at 22-22, but Wake Forest then buried the Hokies with a 3-0 run. Following a Tech timeout, the Deacs’ Kristen White smashed a kill to capture the opening frame, 25-22.

The Hokies would respond in the second period. It appeared Wake Forest might take control of the match, sporting a 10-7 lead in set two, when Tech rallied to match the stanza at 13 apiece. Even at 16, the Hokies put together a huge 7-0 spurt to extend out to a 23-16 lead, and extinguish all Wake Forest momentum. Tech won the second set, 25-17, and the Demon Deacons would never get the momentum back from that point.

In set three, the Hokies raced out to an 11-4 advantage. The Demon Deacons tried to regroup, cutting the lead to two at 14-12, and stayed within striking distance until the Hokies went on a 4-1 streak to close the door in the third period. The Hokies carried the cushion to a 25-19 set three victory.

Wake Forest stayed more competitive in the early stages of the fourth set, but Tech captured four straight points to nab a 12-8 edge. The Deacs could not get closer than four points for the rest of the period, as the Hokies ran away with the fourth set, 25-18, and the match, 3-1.

Three Hokies recorded double-digit kill matches. Sophomore Justine Record led the way with 15 kills, while junior Felicia Willoughby and freshman Cara Baarendse added 13 and 12, respectively. Sophomore Erin Leaser dished out 52 assists in the affair, and senior Jill Gergen and junior Amy Wengrenovich registered 13 and 10 digs, respectively. Willoughby and Leaser each tallied five blocks in the match as well.

The Hokies embark on their final road trip of the season next weekend, heading south to take on Clemson at 7 p.m., on Friday, and Georgia Tech at 7 p.m., on Saturday. Results will be available on hokiesports.com.

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