WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Duke suffered a straight set road setback, falling at Wake Forest 3-0 (25-22, 25-23, 25-) Wednesday evening at Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum.
Wake Forest (12-15, 4-11 ACC) held Duke (16-10, 8-7 ACC) to a season-low .063 hitting percentage to capture the victory.
Junior Jessi Bartholomew paced the offense with 10 kills to record her eighth-straight match with double-digit kills. Senior middle blocker Anna Kropf had six kills and six blocks, while Samantha Amos contributed seven kills and four blocks.
Defensively, senior libero Nicole Elattrache had 21 digs to anchor the back line.
Duke led 15-9 at the midway point of the first set, but Wake Forest closed the frame on a 5-0 run for a 25-22 decision. Outside hitter Kylie Long totaled eight kills to spur the Demon Deacons to the 1-0 overall lead.
The second set came down to the wire before Wake Forest broke a 23-23 tie with two consecutive points.
Wake Forest jumped out to an early third-set lead and Duke was never able to completely erase the deficit. The Blue Devils pulled within three at 21-18, but could come no closer the rest of the way.
Long led all players with 18 kills. Katie Moore contributed 11 and libero Caroline Wolf picked up a match-high 23 digs.
Next up, Duke travels to Pittsburgh for a 1 p.m., match Sunday, Nov. 12 on ACC Network Extra.