Wake Forest Suffers Four-Game Defeat to No. 23 Dayton

Sept. 7, 2007

Final Stats

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest opened the Black & Gold Challenge with a four-game loss at the hands of No. 23-ranked Dayton on Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Flyers downed the Demon Deacons 30-26, 26-30, 30-21, 30-20.

Wake drops to 0-4 with the loss, while UD improves to 8-0 on the year.

Junior Jessica Furlong continued her hot start to the season, posting her third double-double. Furlong had team-highs of 18 kills and 14 digs to go along with five block assists.

Fellow junior Natalie Mullikin turned in 11 kills and four block assists, while senior Jackie Lucas tied Furlong for the team lead with five block assists.

Freshman Megan Thornberry posted double-digit digs with 14, while classmate Kelsey Jones had nine digs and dished out 39 assists on the night.

Sophomore Abby Miller recorded eight digs and a pair of aces.

As a team, the Deacs did not do well at the service line, however. Wake committed 14 service errors total, including seven in game one alone.

Game one saw the Deacons erase an early eight-point deficit before the Flyers were able to put the contest away. Leading 6-4, Dayton used a 10-4 run to increase its margin to 16-8. However, Wake flipped the score on UD with a 16-8 run to tie the game at 24-24.

The Flyers put together three straight points for a 27-24 lead. After a Deacon timeout, Wake Forest pulled to within one, 27-26, but UD scored the final three points for the 30-26 win.



The Deacons were plagued by errors in game one, committing seven service errors and four ball handling errors in the contest. Furlong led Wake Forest with six kills, while Thornberry turned in six digs in game one.

Wake Forest once again found itself in an early hole in game two, but the Deacs were able to complete the comeback this time. Wake got out to a 6-3 lead before Dayton registered nine straight points for a 12-6 margin.

The Deacs closed to 12-10 with four straight points before a Dayton 8-3 run gave the Flyers a sizable 20-13 lead. The Deacons followed with a 13-5 run to re-claim the lead, 26-25.

After a Dayton timeout, the Flyers tied it on a Jamie-Lee Richards kill. However, Wake Forest took the last three points, capped by kills from Lucas and freshman Kristen White, for the 30-26 victory.

Furlong had eight kills and six digs in game two.

Game three was tight early, but Dayton pulled away from Wake midway through the contest and held on for the win. With the Deacons holding a 9-7 lead, the Flyers used an 8-1 run to take control of the game at 15-10.

Dayton increased its lead to 24-14 before Wake Forest used a 6-1 run to pull within five, 25-20. However, UD recovered to post a 30-21 win.

The Deacs hit -.048 in game three, finishing the contest with eight kills and 10 errors in 42 attempts. Wake Forest had eight total blocks, including two each from Furlong, Mullikin and White.

Dayton never trailed in game four, as the Flyers raced out to an 11-4 lead. The Deacons battled back to within two, 19-21, but Dayton followed with six straight points to take an insurmountable 27-19 margin. Dayton finished with a 30-20 win to clinch the match.

Lucas led the Deacs with four block assists in game four.

The Black & Gold Challenge resumes tomorrow with four matches. Dayton and Jacksonville will kick off the day at 10 a.m. Wake Forest will take on Radford at 12:30 p.m. and Jacksonville and 7 p.m.

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