Volleyball Defeats Wake Forest, 3-1, for First ACC Win
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.-Junior Tobi Farrar (Arlington, Texas) hit .600 and classmate Beth Wildermuth (San Clemente, Calif.) directed the offense with 56 assists to lead the Virginia volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over Wake Forest Friday night at Memorial Gymnasium. The win marked UVa’s first ACC triumph of the season.
Virginia improved to 7-9 on the season and 1-5 in conference action, while the Demon Deacons fell to 4-12 overall and 1-6 in league play.
“It was a full effort and we did a nice job of playing together,” head coach Lee Maes said. “Tonight was indicative of how well we can play when we do those two things.”
Four Cavaliers earned double-digit kills, led by Farrar, who had 13 with only one error, and senior Simone Asque (Chicago, Ill.), who had a match-high 22 kills.
With her 56 assists, Wildermuth passed the 1,500-assist mark and has moved into eighth place in UVa’s record book with 1,541 career assists.
Sophomore Emily Rottman (Santa Barbara, Calif.) tallied a double double with 16 digs and 11 kills, while Jessica O’Shoney (Austin, Texas) hit .304 with 12 kills.
In the first, UVa, who was down 21-19, forced a timeout after tying the set at 21, but Wake Forest responded with four straight points to take the frame, 25-21.
The ‘Hoos jumped out to a 7-1 lead in the second set and never looked back, taking the game, 25-18.
In a third set that featured 13 ties and eight lead changes, UVa hit .394 to the Demon Deacons’ .243 and won the final four points to win, 25-21.
Asque took over in the fourth, hitting nine kills with no errors, and Virginia erased an early Wake Forest lead to win the set, 25-20.
The Cavaliers hit .324 compared to Wake’s .277 and led in kills, 67-56.
Kadija Fornah led the Demon Deacons with 15 kills.
The win marked Maes’ 50th career victory.
The ‘Hoos return to action Saturday evening when they face ACC rival Duke at 7 p.m. at Mem Gym.