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Olympic Sports Weekly Update 9.1.14

Blogger So Dear takes a look at the Olympic Sports that are underway for Wake Forest.

The football game didn't go quite like we wanted, but there are several other sports that are also underway for Wake Forest too. Here is a quick wrap-up of the week for those sports.

Men's Soccer (0-2)

The No.11 men's soccer team had two tough opponents visit Spry Stadium this weekend in No. 4 UCLA and No. 7 Cal. Unfortunately for the Deacs they fell short in both of these games. No. 4 UCLA defeated the Deacs 3-1 on Friday night, and No. 7 Cal defeated Wake 4-1 last night.

The defense in both games was extremely concerning, as the 4-3-3 has yielded long ball after long ball over the top. As Quzybuk talked about in his very well done Fanpost on the soccer team, Wake is loaded in the midfield and have maintained a lot of possession in the games I have attended. The problem is the defending of opponent's counter-attacking, where the back line appears to not be on the same page.

Overall the team is young, so I fully expect Coach Vidovich to get the team where they need to be as the year progresses. Wake welcomes No. 8 UConn to Spry Stadium on Friday night, so there is no rest for the weary there.

Women's Soccer (1-2)

The women's soccer team also came into the season ranked, but has suffered the same fate as the men's team so far in the season. Coach da Luz packed the schedule in early too, as the Deacs have played three games already. They started their season with a 1-0 win over Wright State. On Friday, the James Madison Dukes came to Winston-Salem and got a 2-1 upset victory. Yesterday the Deacs flew to Lawrence, Kansas and got a 4-1 beatdown at the hand of the Jayhawks,

Much like the men's team the women's team is very young and will continue to improve under the tutelage of Coach da Luz.

Field Hockey (1-1)

Coach Averill is looking to get the field hockey team back to the level they were in the early 2000's, and the team is off to a solid start. Ranked No.11 in the preseason polls, the Deacs dropped the season opener 4-1 to No. 11 Iowa. They bounced back with a 3-2 win over No. 14 Michigan to split the pair of games vs. Big Ten opponents. Both games were played in Chapel Hill.

Volleyball (2-1)

The volleyball team is attempting to use last year as a springboard for success moving forward. Coach Ken Murczek is in his second season as Wake Forest head coach. Last year the Deacs got off to the best start in school history at 11-1, and finished 16-16, surpassing the prior two seasons win totals.

The Deacs started out the season in Texas, competing in the University of Houston Classic. They defeated Texas State on Friday night 3-2. They followed that up with a 3-0 win over Lamar, and then dropped a 3-2 nailbiter to Houston in the 3rd game.

Jazmen Russell was named the Tournament MVP, and Caroline Wolf and Ashlee Rusk also made the All-Tournament team. The season looks to be a good one, and the Deacs will be back in action in the Deacon Invitational next weekend.