Deacons' Win Streak Snapped With Five-Game Loss to Seminoles
Sept. 30, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Wake Forest saw its three-match winning streak come to an end with a five-game loss at Florida State Sunday afternoon at Lucy McDaniel Court. The Seminoles narrowly edged the Demon Deacons 28-30, 30-25, 30-27, 29-31, 15-11.
Wake Forest drops to 6-8 overall and 3-2 in the ACC, while FSU improves to 5-7 overall and 2-3 in the ACC.
The Deacons came into Sunday's mach having swept each of its last three ACC opponents for the first time in program history. However, Wake found itself in a tight battle with a formidable Seminoles squad.
The two teams were evenly matched, as the neither could gain much of an advantage all day. Fittingly, the match came down to a game five where Florida State was able to pull away in the end. Holding a slim 11-10 margin, the Seminoles scored four of the final five points for the 15-11 win. FSU took the final point on a Mira Djuric service ace, its 12th ace of the day.
White turned in the first double-double of her career with season-highs of 16 kills and 11 digs.
Junior Natalie Mullikin finished with a career-high 21 kills and also added four block assists and an ace.
Senior Michael Faulkner fell just short of a double-double with nine kills and 13 digs.
Junior Ashley Homitz and freshman Lauren McIntyre each recorded six blocks on the day. Homitz had a career-best two block solos, and McIntyre had one. McIntyre also chipped in nine kills and hit .350 with just two errors.
Freshman libero Megan Thornberry was in double digit digs for the eighth time this season with 15. Sophomore Abby Miller added nine digs in the loss.
The Seminoles took an early lead in game one, 8-3, which would turn out to be the biggest difference in the contest. The Deacons then doubled up the Noles with a 10-5 run that tied it at 13-13.
Wake continued the run to take a 20-16 margin before FSU re-claimed the lead with five straight points. It was back and forth from there, as neither team could get more than a two-point advantage.
Trailing 26-25, Wake Forest scored three consecutive points to take a 28-26 lead it would not relinquish. The Deacs held on for the 30-28 victory, extending their winning streak to 10 games.
Mullikin led Wake in game one with five kills and no errors in nine attempts. Homitz recorded three blocks assists in the contest.
Game two proved to be more of the same with neither team able to pull away. Florida State and Wake Forest were not separated by more than two points until the Seminoles took a 21-18 lead.
However, the Deacons used a 7-4 run to tie the game back up at 25-25. It was all Seminoles from there, as the home squad took the final five points for the 30-25 win.
White had five kills in the game, while Jones turned in nine assists and six digs for the Deacs.
The pivotal game three saw the Deacons take a big lead midway through, but the Seminoles erased it and came away with the win. With the contest tied 5-5, Wake doubled up FSU 14-7 to take a 19-12 margin, the largest difference between the squads all day.
However, a 10-3 Seminole run evened the game at 22-22. The Deacs were able to re-claim their lead, 24-22, but FSU out-scored Wake 8-3 the rest of the way for the 30-27 win.
Mullikin led Wake Forest with six kills in 10 attempts in game three.
The Deacs jumped out to an early 6-2 lead in game four before a 7-3 run by the Seminoles evened the score. Neither team could gain more than a two-point separation as they battled to a 22-22 stalemate.
Florida State then used a 6-3 run for a three-point lead, 28-25, only to see Wake tie it back up with three straight points.
Following a Seminole timeout, FSU took match point, 29-28, on a kill from Jordana Price. However, a kill from Mullikin and then two Seminole attacking errors gave Wake Forest the fourth game, 31-29.
Jones dished out 17 assists in game four, while Mullikin and McIntyre had six and five kills respectively. Faulkner tallied seven digs in the contest.
In the fifth game, Mullikin led the Deacs with three kills in four attempts, and Jones had five assists and four digs.
The Deacons have not won in Tallahassee since 2003, going 0-4 in the stretch. On Friday, Wake Forest posted its first win in the state of Florida since 2003, sweeping Miami in three games.
Wake is now 0-3 in five-game matches this season. Five of the Deacons' six wins have been sweeps.
Wake Forest is back in action on Thursday, Oct. 4, at North Carolina. The Deacons and Tar Heels are set to square off at 7:30 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on ACC Select.
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