Wake Forest Picks Up Ninth Straight Sweep of NC State
Oct. 6, 2007
RALEIGH, N.C. - Junior Natalie Mullikin recorded 20 kills, and Wake Forest held NC State to just nine points in the third game as the Demon Deacon swept the Wolfpack Saturday evening at Reynolds Coliseum. Wake took down State 30-26, 30-23, 30-9.
The Deacons snap their two-match losing streak and move to 7-9 overall and 4-3 in the ACC. The Wolfpack fall to 3-14 overall and 0-7 in conference play.
Mullikin led Wake to its 18th-straight defeat of NC State. The Lebanon, Ind. native finished the night with 20 kills and just one error in 28 attempts for a .679 hitting percentage. Mullikin also added a pair of aces and three blocks for the Deacs.
Freshman setter Kelsey Jones posted her fourth straight double-double and the fifth in her last six matches. Jones dished out 38 assists and tallied 10 digs.
Freshman Kristen White fell just short of a double-double with 10 kills and eight digs. White, however, had five blocks including one block solo.
The Deacons never trailed in game one, but the Wolfpack kept it close throughout. Wake Forest's largest lead was five at 7-2.
NC State pulled to within one late, 26-25, but Wake scored four of the final five points for the 30-26 win.
Mullikin had 10 of her 20 kills in game one, hitting .769 with no errors in 13 attempts. Jones dished out 16 assists, and Thornberry had eight digs in the contest.
State took its only leads of the night early in game two, but it was all Wake Forest after that. Trailing 7-6, the Deacons scored four straight to take a 10-7 lead they would not relinquish.
Wake pushed its margin to eight, 21-13, before NC State managed to cut the deficit in half, 22-18. The Deacs maintained the four-point lead, 24-20, and then doubled up the Wolfpack the rest of the way for the 30-23 win.
Mullikin recorded six kills and two blocks in game two, while Jones tallied 11 assists.
The Deacons rolled in game three, jumping out to a 10-2 lead and never looking back. Wake Forest took the final seven points of the contest to come away with the 30-9 win.
Wake hit .414 as a team in game three, finishing with 14 kills and two errors in 29 attempts. The Deacs had just one other error, a service error, in the contest.
The sweep was Wake Forest's ninth straight over NC State. The Deacons have garnered sweeps in 14 of the teams' last 18 meetings. The last time the Wolfpack took a game from the Deacs was in 2002.
Wake Forest returns to action on Tuesday at home against ACC leader and No. 13-ranked Duke. The Blue Devils swept the Deacons earlier this season in Durham. Tuesday's match is slated to start at 7 p.m. at Reynolds Gymnasium.
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