No. 13 Duke Defeats Wake Forest in Four Games
Oct. 9, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest got double-doubles from freshmen Kelsey Jones and Kristen White, but it was not enough as the Demon Deacons fell in four games to No. 13-ranked Duke Tuesday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Blue Devils took down the Deacs 30-18, 30-32, 30-25, 30-26.
With the loss, Wake Forest drops to 7-10 overall and 4-4 in the ACC. Duke moves to 13-3 overall and 8-0 in conference play.
Jones and White continued to turn in all-around performances for the Deacs with their sixth and third double-doubles respectively. Jones has posted double digit assists and digs in five straight and six of her last seven matches, while White has had double figure kills and digs in three of her last four contests.
On Tuesday, Jones dished out a season-high 49 assists and had 15 digs. White turned in 14 kills and a season-best 17 digs.
Junior Natalie Mullikin led Wake Forest with 16 kills. Mullikin also had a pair of block assists and tied her career-high with five digs.
Freshman libero Megan Thornberry tallied a team-best 21 digs, marking the third time this season she has eclipsed the 20-dig barrier.
Duke was in control throughout game one. The Blue Devils used an early 9-3 run to take a 10-5 lead that proved insurmountable for the Deacons. Duke steadily cruised to a 30-18 opening-game victory.
Jones and Thornberry led the Deacs with five digs each in game one.
Early on in game two, it looked as if Duke might run away with that contest as well. The Blue Devils raced out to a 15-8 lead before the Deacons called a timeout. Wake Forest came out of the break and used an 11-5 run to get back in the game only trailing by one, 20-19.
The Deacons continued to hang tough, battling with the Blue Devils until Wake could finally tie it at 27-27. Following a Duke timeout, the Blue Devils took game point with two straight scores.
However, the Deacons were able to knot it back up with two straight points. Wake Forest then won the game, taking three of the next four points for a 32-30 victory.
Mullikin led Wake with five kills in game two, while Jones dished out 14 assists. White tallied eight of her 17 digs in the second game.
The Deacs stayed close for most of game three, but the Blue Devils managed to pull away in the end. With Wake Forest holding an 8-7 margin, Duke used an 8-3 run to take a 15-11 lead.
Wake was able to get back to within one, 17-16, but that was as close as the Deacs would come. After a Blue Devil service error pulled Wake to within 27-25, Duke scored the final three points, the last two on aces, for the 30-25 win.
White and Jones had six digs each in game three. White also had six kills, and Jones dished out 13 assists in the game.
Duke got out to a big lead in game four and then held off Wake Forest late for the victory. The Blue Devils opened up an 18-10 margin midway through, but the Deacons steadily climbed back in the game.
Wake Forest used a 14-6 run to pull within two, 26-24. However, Duke out-scored Wake 4-2 the rest of the way for the 30-26 win.
Mullikin and McIntyre had five and four kills respectively in game four. Michael Faulkner and Thornberry each tallied six digs, while Jones finished with 13 assists.
Wake Forest is back in action this weekend, hosting Clemson and Georgia Tech. The Deacons will take on the Tigers on Friday at 7 p.m. and then face the Yellow Jackets on Saturday at 6 p.m. Friday's match will be broadcast live on ACC Select.