Robby Hamman | November 9, 2017
Notre Dame (17-8, 7-7 ACC) got back on track on Sunday afternoon, picking up a thrilling 3-2 (25-12, 20-25, 25-12, 24-26, 15-13) road win at Wake Forest (11-15, 3-11 ACC). The victory improves the team's record to an impressive 8-4 in matches away from home in 2017.
Senior Sydney Kuhn had a monster performance against the Demon Deacons, tallying a career-high 20 kills to lead the Irish to victory. Sophomore Jemma Yeadon (14) and junior Rebecca Nunge (12) also finished with double-figure kills. Senior Natalie Johnson thrived from the service line, matching her career high for aces with six.
In the victory, junior Ryann DeJarld moved up to second place (1,655 digs) on the Notre Dame career all-time digs list, passing Christy Peters (1,640 - '95). DeJarld finished with a team-high 31 digs in the match.
HOW IT HAPPENED
Notre Dame set the tone for the first set from the service line, as the Irish totaled a remarkable seven aces in the first frame to gain the early lead. Johnson led the charge with five aces and Yeadon added two. Notre Dame cruised to a 25-12 victory in the first and never trailed. The key stretch for the Irish came on a 9-1 run, which gave the squad a 20-8 lead.
The Irish held a 9-7 advantage in the early stages of set number two but then the Demon Deacons put together their first big run of the afternoon to take control of the set. Wake Forest won nine of 10 points to build a 16-10 advantage. Notre Dame tried to fight back into the stanza, twice cutting the Wake Forest lead to three points, but were unable to complete the comeback, as the hosts took the second by a score of 25-20 to level the match at 1-1.