Deacons Drops Four-Game Match to Clemson
Oct. 12, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Natalie Mullikin moved closer to the school's career block solos record, but Wake Forest could not keep up with a hot Clemson squad in a four-game loss at the hands of the Tigers Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. Clemson defeated the Demon Deacons 33-31, 26-30, 30-22, 30-24.
Wake Forest drops to 7-11 overall and 4-5 in the ACC, while Clemson improves to 14-2 overall and a perfect 7-0 in league play. It was the Tigers' 10th straight victory.
Mullikin finished the night with six total blocks, including a pair of block solos. She is now within four of the Wake Forest career record of 87, set by Jenny Kraner from 1984-86. Mullikin also turned in a team-high 21 kills, tying her career-best.
Junior Jessica Furlong and freshman Kelsey Jones posted double-doubles for the Deacons. Furlong returned from an injury that had sidelined her since late September to record 17 kills and 13 digs. It was her seventh double-double of the season and the 32nd of her career.
Jones tallied her sixth straight double-double and the seventh in her last eight matches. She dished out 48 assists, had 14 digs and also recorded five block assists on the night.
Freshman Lauren McIntyre led the Deacons in blocking, tying her season-high with eight. She had a season-best four block solos as well.
Freshman Megan Thornberry ended up with a match-high 29 digs, marking the fourth time this season she has had over 20 digs.
Sophomore Abby Miller turned in double-digit digs for the sixth time this season with 13.
As a team, the Deacs finished with a season-best 14.0 total blocks. However, the Tigers had an even better 19.5 blocks on the night.
Wake Forest got out to a quick start in game one, scoring the first four points of the contest. The Deacons increased their margin to 9-3 before the Tigers rallied back with four straight points to pull within two.
The Deacs maintained the lead until CU was able to tie the game at 17-17. Clemson continued by building a five-point lead, 24-19. Wake, however, used an 8-3 run to tie it up at 27-27.
The Tigers took game point, 29-28, but a kill from Mullikin and a Clemson hitting error gave the Deacons game point of their own at 30-29. The two teams traded points to a 31-31 tie before CU took the game, 33-31, with the final two points.
McIntyre had two block solos and a block assist in game one, while Mullikin and Furlong tallied seven and five kills respectively.
The Tigers held the advantage early in game two, but the Deacons fought back and pulled away in the end. Trailing 12-9, Wake Forest scored five straight points to take a 14-12 lead.
With the game tied 20-20, the Deacs took six of the next seven points for a 26-21 lead they would not relinquish. Wake led by as many as six before settling for the 30-26 win.
Mullikin led the Deacons in game two, recording eight kills, two block solos and block assist. Jones dished out 16 assists in the game, and Thornberry led Wake with seven digs.
The Tigers never trailed in game three after jumping out to a 6-0 lead. Clemson built its margin to as many as nine, 12-3, but Wake Forest battled back late. The Deacs cut the deficit to four, 25-21, but CU scored five of the next six points for the 30-22 victory.
As a team, Wake hit -.020 in game three with 10 kills and 11 errors in 51 attempts. McIntyre totaled four blocks in the contest, while Thornberry had 10 digs.
Game four was tight early before Clemson pulled away midway through. Holding a 7-6 lead, the Tigers used a 10-3 run to push their margin to 17-9. Wake Forest could not get any closer than five the rest of the way, as CU finished with a 30-24 win.
Jones dished out 12 assists and had two block assists in game four. Mullikin had a team-high five kills in the contest.
Wake Forest returns to action tomorrow, Oct. 13, when it hosts Georgia Tech at 6 p.m.