WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Down 2-1 overall, Duke put together an 11-0 fourth-set run then dominated the final stanza to rally for a 3-2 (17-25, 26-24, 20-25, 25-18, 15-5) victory over Wake Forest Wednesday evening at Reynolds Gym.
Setter/hitter Andie Shelton finished a dig shy of her fourth triple-double of the season, contributing 12 kills, 20 assists and nine digs to go along with five blocks. Shelton was one of three Blue Devils in double-figure kills, joining outsides Payton Schwantz (14) and Ade Owokoniran (11).
Wednesday’s match marked Schwantz’ ninth of the season and fourth in a row with 10 or more kills.
Freshman Alex Springate stepped into the lineup in the second and totaled a team-high 21 assists to go along with eight digs and a service ace to provide a spark for the Blue Devils.
Defensively, Duke outblocked Wake Forest 14.0-10.0. Leah Meyer led the way with eight while lily Cooper had six including two solo stops.
The first set belonged to the Demon Deacons, who totaled 14 kills on a .423 hitting percentage for the eight-point victory.
Duke’s slow start did not carry over to the second as the Blue Devils led by three much of the way before the Demon Deacons caught up late. Tied 24-24 in the second, Shelton hammered home a kill before Owokoniran snuck one of her own inside the line to give Duke the 26-24 decision and tie the match 1-1 overall.
Duke was unable to hang on to the momentum, falling behind early in the third before ultimately giving way, 25-20.
The Blue Devils fell behind 6-0 to start the fourth, but mounted a 9-0 rally with Mackenzie Cole behind the service line. Cole had three aces in that stretch which ended with a 15-9 Blue Devil advantage. Wake Forest was unable to catch up and Duke won the fourth, 25-18, to force a fifth and final frame.
Duke then ran away with the fifth, totaling eight kills while hitting .471 without an attack error. The Blue Devils jumped out to a 6-1 lead and never allowed Wake to come closer than five the rest of the set.
Duke travels to Blacksburg, Va., for its second road match of the week, taking on Virginia Tech at 1 p.m., Sunday, October 21 on ACC Network Extra.