Volleyball Falls to Wake Forest
Oct. 8, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -
NC State volleyball fell 3-1 at Wake Forest Friday, Oct. 8. The loss drops the Wolfpack to 12-6 overall and 2-4 in ACC play, but brings the Demon Deacons to 11-6 and 4-3 in the 2010 season.
The Pack was limited to a .150 attack percentage for the match, well below the season average of .208. However, junior Margaret Salata scored 11 kills on the match and hit at a .269 clip. Freshman Brie Merriwether paced the squad at an attack percentage of .400 while earning eight kills and Luciana Shafer and Becah Fogle both collected seven.
Megan Cyr continues to run the NC State offense, dishing out 34 of the Wolfpack's 39 assists.
Defensively, Alex Smith and Kelly Wood both earned double-digit digs, gathering 12 each in the match. Salata, Cyr and Merriwether each scored five assisted blocks in the match, contributing to the team total of 10.
In the first set, NC State fell to an early deficit, but fought back to take the lead 5-3 following a Shafer service ace and Fogle kill. After a 13-13 tie, Wake Forest rattled off six straight points to take the lead 19-13. Thanks to many NC State errors, the Demon Deacons took the set 25-16.
The Wolfpack responded in the second set, jumping out to a 5-0 mark. The squad maintained the lead the entire game, eventually winning 25-17.
The opposite scenario was true in the third set, where Wake Forest took an initial 5-0 lead, forcing NC State head coach Bryan Bunn to take a timeout. The Pack battled, though, knotting the score at 15-15 following Smith and Fogle kills. The squad was never able to take a lead, though, dropping the set 22-25.
In the final set, following four consecutive Wake Forest attack errors, the Wolfpack earned a 10-6 lead, forcing a Demon Deacon timeout. However, NC State struggled to find an offensive rhythm, hitting at just a .051 clip, and eventually fell 20-25.
The Pack hit the road again Saturday, Oct. 9 to take on Duke at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.C.