Wake Forest Drops Four-Game Match at Houston

Sept. 15, 2007

Final Stats

HOUSTON, Texas - In its final non-conference match of the season, Wake Forest suffered its second loss of the day, falling in four games to Houston Saturday evening at the Athletics/Alumni Center. The host Cougars posted a 27-30, 30-24, 30-24, 30-28 comeback defeat of the Demon Deacons.

Earlier in the day, Wake Forest was swept by Stephen F. Austin in three games. The pair of losses drops the Deacons to 3-6 on the year. Wake finished the Houston Tournament with a 1-2 record, with its only win coming against Rice on Friday evening. Houston won the invitational with a 3-0 mark, improving to 6-6 on the season.

Freshman libero Megan Thornberry turned in a season-best 23 digs in the loss. Sophomore Abby Miller added 17 digs, while junior Jessica Furlong had 16.

Furlong posted her fifth double-double of the season, adding 15 kills on the night.

Junior Natalie Mullikin was also in double-figure kills with a team-high 17.

Freshman Lauren McIntyre chipped in nine kills and a team-best eight block assists. McIntyre hit .389 on the night with just two errors in 18 attempts.

Freshman Kelsey Jones led Wake Forest with 28 assists, while sophomore Dylan Faulkner was right behind with 23 assists.

Freshman Kristen White, who made her second start this season, recorded nine kills and seven digs.

Junior Ashley Homitz came off the bench to tally five block assists.

Houston got out to a quick 4-1 lead in game one before Wake Forest used an 11-7 run of its own to take its first lead, 12-11. The Deacs continued to hold the slight advantage until they began to pull away late in the contest.



Wake used a 5-1 run to put Houston in a 25-20 hole they could not climb out of. The Cougars pulled to within three, 27-24, but the Deacons held on for the 30-27 opening-game victory.

In game two, Houston broke an early stalemate with a 6-1 run for a 10-5 margin. Wake fought back to tie the game at 11-11, but UH scored five of the next six points to re-take the lead. The Deacs could not even the score back up, as the Cougars came away with the 30-24 defeat.

Houston used a 10-1 run early in game three to break the contest wide open. Trailing 14-5 at that point, Wake Forest could not keep up with UH the rest of the way. The Deacs got to within four, 24-20, but the Cougars held off the rally for a 30-24 win.

Game four was tight throughout, even though Houston held the advantage most of the way. The Deacons could not manage to pull even with the Cougars, getting as close as one late in the game.

With UH holding a 24-20 lead, Wake used a short 4-1 run to pull within 25-24. However, the two teams traded points the rest of the way before the Cougars were able to squeak out the 30-28 match-clinching win.

The Deacons open ACC play this week, traveling to defending champion Duke on Tuesday, Sept. 18. Wake Forest returns home to host Boston College and Maryland next weekend at Reynolds Gymnasium.

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