Deacons Roll Past Boston College in Three Games

Sept. 21, 2007

Final Stats

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Spurred by a 15-1 run midway through game two, Wake Forest rolled past Boston College in three games Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Demon Deacons picked up a 30-24, 30-17, 30-25 win over the Eagles.

Wake moves to 4-7 overall and 1-1 in the ACC, while BC drops to 7-5 overall and 1-1 in conference play.

Junior Jessica Furlong and freshman Kelsey Jones posted double-doubles for the Deacons. Furlong turned in 11 kills and 10 digs for her sixth double-double of the season.

Jones recorded the first double-double of her career with 31 assists and a match-high 13 digs. The Deacons' setter also tallied three block assists and hit .444 with five kills on the night.

Junior Natalie Mullikin led the Deacs with a match-high 14 kills. Mullikin hit .522 with two errors in 23 attempts. She also recorded five total blocks, including one block solo and four block assists. Mullikin moved into fourth place on Wake Forest's career block assists list with 226.

Sophomore Abby Miller just missed double digits with nine digs, while freshman Megan Thornberry totaled eight.

Freshman Lauren McIntyre chipped in three total blocks, including one block solo, while classmate Kristen White had six kills in the win.

"I felt that we stuck to the game plan and that the girls were very controlled on our side of the net," said head coach Heather Kahl Holmes. "Our serving was more aggressive, and I just felt that we took care of our side and didn't worry about what the other side was doing. That was important for us.



"We worked a lot on defense and pursuit balls. I felt we did a lot of that tonight with our second efforts. I thought Kelsey [Jones] did a great job distributing the ball. Our passing was off a little bit, but she got the ball to the hitters."

The two teams traded punches early on in game one before Wake was able to pull away. With the scored knotted at 16-16, the Deacons used an 8-3 run to take control of the contest. The Eagles could not get closer than four the rest of the way, as Wake Forest earned a 30-24 win.

Wake and BC combined for six service errors in the game's first 10 points. The Eagles had four errors during the stretch and seven total for the game.

Game two was tight early before the Deacons pummeled the Eagles with a 15-1 run. After BC scored two straight to tie it 8-8, Wake took the next eight points for a 16-8 lead. A Deacon service error gave the Eagles their ninth point, but Wake Forest came right back with seven consecutive points to take a commanding 23-9 lead.

Boston College did not get closer than 10 (25-15) the rest of the game, as Wake cruised to a 30-17 win.

The Deacs benefited from 11 Eagle hitting errors, as BC hit -.132 in the game. Boston College had just six errors in 38 attempts. Jones dished out nine assists, while Miller tallied four of her nine digs in game two.

Wake Forest used the momentum to earn the sweep of BC. The Deacs never trailed in game three, getting out to a 10-5 lead. Wake led by as many as 11 (20-9) before settling for the 30-25 victory.

Mullikin hit .778 with seven kills and no errors on nine attempts in the stanza. As a team, the Deacons hit .348 with 20 kills in game three. Jones dished out 13 assists and had a pair of block assists.

The win was the Deacs' fourth in five all-time meetings with the Eagles.

Wake Forest started all four of its freshmen, including Thornberry at the libero spot.

The Deacons return to action tomorrow evening when it hosts ACC-rival Maryland at 7:30 p.m. Wake will then hit the road for four straight matches, beginning with Miami on Sept. 28.

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