Deacons Open ACC Play With Loss at Duke
Sept. 18, 2007
DURHAM, N.C. - Wake Forest opened ACC play Tuesday evening with a three-game loss at the hands of defending conference champion Duke at Cameron Indoor Stadium. The Blue Devils defeated the Demon Deacons 30-13, 30-23, 30-27.
Wake Forest falls to 3-7 overall and 0-1 in the ACC with the loss. The No. 14-ranked Blue Devils move to 6-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
Junior Natalie Mullikin led the Deacons with 12 kills and a .417 hitting percentage. Mullikin had just two hitting errors in 24 attempts.
Freshman Lauren McIntyre turned in a team-best three blocks, including one block solo and two assists.
Junior Jessica Furlong finished the night with nine kills and eight digs.
Freshman setter Kelsey Jones dished out 31 assists and had two aces.
It was all Duke in game one, as the Blue Devils raced out to a 13-3 lead and never looked back. Duke cruised to an easy 30-13 opening-game victory.
Wake Forest battled back to take an early lead in game two. The Deacons scored the first five points of the contest before the Blue Devils used a 10-3 run to take a 10-8 lead they would not relinquish. Duke pushed its lead to as many as eight and ended up with a 30-23 win.
Mullikin had six of her 12 kills in game two, while Jones tallied 12 assists in the stanza.
Duke had to rally late to stave off Wake in game three. The Deacons erased a 15-10 Blue Devils lead with an 11-6 run. With the game tied 21-21, Duke scored five of the next six points to regain control. The Deacs fought back to within one, 27-26, but the Blue Devils held tight for the 30-27 win.
Jones dished out 13 assists in game three, and McIntyre recorded each of her three blocks in the final contest.
Wake Forest returns home with a pair of matches this weekend. The Deacs will host Boston College on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Maryland on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.