Wake Forest Rolls Over Miami For Third Straight ACC Sweep

Sept. 28, 2007

Final Stats

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Wake Forest swept its third straight ACC opponent for the first time in program history with a three-game defeat of Miami Friday evening at the Knight Sports Complex. The Demon Deacons rolled past the Hurricanes 30-18, 30-25, 30-26.

Wake moves to 6-7 overall and 3-1 in the ACC, while Miami drops to 8-5 and 2-2 in league play.

The Deacons won for the first time in the state of Florida since 2003 and picked up their third consecutive conference sweep. Wake Forest downed Boston College and Maryland last weekend in Winston-Salem and continued the momentum in Coral Gables, marking the program's best-ever three-match ACC stretch.

The last time the Deacs swept three opponents in a row was Oct. 25-28, 2003, when Wake defeated Florida State, Virginia and North Carolina A&T.

Against Miami, the Deacons hit .298 as a team and had three players with double-digit kills and three with double-digit digs.

Freshman Kristen White led Wake Forest with a season-best 14 kills, while junior Natalie Mullikin and senior Michael Faulkner turned in 12 and 11 kills respectively.

Freshman libero Megan Thornberry posted a match-high 16 digs, and sophomore Abby Miller was right behind with a career-best 15. Freshman setter Kelsey Jones chipped in 11 digs on the night.

Jones posted her second double-double of the season by dishing out a season-high 41 assists.

Jones helped the Deacon offense hit .298 in the match, as Wake pounded out 52 kills against 15 errors in 124 attempts. Mullikin led the charge by hitting .524 with just one error in 21 attempts.

Junior Ashley Homitz, a Florida native, hit .833 with five kills and no errors in six attempts, and freshman Lauren McIntyre hit .333 with seven kills.



Wake Forest had 12 total team blocks, led by Mullikin's seven. Mullikin had two block solos and five assists. Jones tallied four block assists, and McIntyre added three. White turned in two block assists and a block solo.

The Deacs hit .400 in game one and cruised to the opening-round victory. Wake jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never looked back.

The Deacons went up 20-10 before the Canes pulled to within six, 21-15. That was as close as UM would get, though, as Wake Forest scored six of the final seven points for a 30-18 win.

Mullikin recorded four of her blocks in the contest with three block assists and a block solo, while Jones tallied 10 assists.

Wake Forest did not have it as easy in game two. The Deacons had to battle back from an early deficit to pick up the win. With Miami holding an 11-8 advantage, Wake used a 9-3 run to go up 17-14.

The Deacs would not relinquish the lead, building their margin to as many as seven (28-21) before settling for a 30-25 victory.

Miller finished game two with eight digs, and Jones turned in 13 assists. Mullikin led Wake with five kills, while McIntyre and White had four each in the contest.

Game three was tight throughout before Wake Forest was able to pull away late for the sweep. The Deacs took an early 4-1 lead before a 7-2 Hurricane run gave the home squad an 8-6 advantage.

Wake fought back to re-take the lead with four straight points. The Deacs increased their margin to five, 19-14, before a 6-1 run by Miami tied it 20-20.

With the game tied 21-21, Wake Forest rattled off five consecutive points to take command. Miami could not get closer than three the rest of the way, and the Deacons earned the 30-26 win.

White hit .375 with seven kills and one error in 16 attempts to lead Wake. Jones dished out 18 assists in the game, helping the Deacs to hit .300 as a team. Thornberry had eight digs, and Mullikin had three blocks for Wake Forest.

The Deacons came in winless in Coral Gables but were able to pick up their first win in four tries, dating back to 2004.

Wake's previous best showing in a three-match conference stretch was a 9-1 mark, doing so in 2000 and 2001. In 2000, Wake Forest swept NC State, defeated North Carolina in four games and swept Duke. In 2001, the Deacs swept Clemson and NC State and defeated North Carolina in four.

Wake Forest looks to keep the winning streak alive against Florida State on Sunday. The Deacons and Seminoles are set to tangle at 1 p.m. in Tallahassee. The match will be broadcast live on ACC Select.

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