Deacons Earn First Win of Season With Sweep of Radford

Sept. 8, 2007

Final Stats

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest earned its first win of the season with a three-game sweep of Radford Saturday afternoon at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Demon Deacons took down the Highlanders 30-25, 30-20, 30-20.

Wake moves to 1-4 overall, while Radford drops to 2-7.

The Deacons were led by the sister duo of Michael and Dylan Faulkner. Michael, a senior making her first start of the season, finished with a team-best 12 kills and also added six digs. Dylan, a freshman setter, dished out 36 assists and also registered four kills, two aces and two block assists. Michael hit .346 (12-3-36), while Dylan hit .375 (4-1-8) on the day.

Juniors Jessica Furlong and Natalie Mullikin fell just short of double-digit kills, as each recorded nine. Mullikin led Wake Forest with five total blocks, including two block solos.

Junior Ashley Homitz came off the bench to hit .700 with seven kills and no errors in 10 attempts.

Freshman Megan Thornberry was the lone Deacon in double-digit digs with 12. Sophomore Abby Miller tallied five digs, and junior Mary-Margaret Langston had four.

Radford was in control of game one early, scoring the first five points of the contest. Wake used a 6-1 run to tie the game 6-6 before falling behind again, 10-7.

The two teams played back-and-forth before the Deacons were able to pull away in the end. With the game tied 23-23, Wake Forest scored four straight points to take a 27-23 lead. The Deacs put the game away on back-to-back kills from freshman Lauren McIntyre and Homitz for the 30-25 win.



Furlong had seven of her nine kills in game one, while Dylan Faulkner notched her two service aces in the contest.

Wake Forest was able to pull away from Radford early in game two. The Deacs broke a 3-3 tie with a 7-2 run, giving them a 10-5 margin. Wake continued the onslaught by opening up an 11-point margin on two occasions (21-10; 25-14) before settling for the 30-20 victory.

Michael Faulkner had five kills, and Mullikin had four to lead the Deacons in game two.

Wake never trailed in game three, scoring the first five points en route to an 8-1 lead. The Highlanders would not get closer than five the rest of the way, as the Deacs clinched the match with a 30-20 win.

Michael Faulkner totaled six of Wake's 14 kills in game three.

The Deacons are back in action tonight against Jacksonville at 7 p.m. Both Wake Forest and Jacksonville enter the match with 1-1 records at the Black & Gold Challenge. The winner of tonight's match will be the tournament runner-up behind champion Dayton, who finished the weekend 3-0.

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