Georgia Tech Downs Wake Forest in Four Games
Oct. 13, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Wake Forest had a season-high 16 total blocks, but the Demon Deacons fell in four games to Georgia Tech Saturday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Yellow Jackets powered past the Deacons 30-18, 30-27, 28-30, 30-18.
With the loss, Wake falls to 7-12 overall and 4-6 in the ACC. Georgia Tech moves to 11-7 overall and 5-3 in the conference.
Freshman Kelsey Jones posted her seventh straight double-double and eighth in her last nine matches. Jones dished out 40 assists and had 15 digs. The Ada, Mich. Native also hit .583 with seven kills and no errors in 12 attempts.
Junior Natalie Mullikin tied her season-high with nine blocks, turning in her highest total since the season opener against Pittsburgh. Mullikin had one block solo which moved her to within three of the Wake Forest career record.
Mullikin also had 10 kills and fell just one block short of her first double-double in almost two years.
Freshman Megan Thornberry led the Deacs with 20 digs, marking the fifth time this season she has had 20+ digs.
Freshman Lauren McIntyre turned in seven total blocks, including a pair of block solos. McIntyre also had seven kills on the night.
Freshman Kristen White fell just shy of a double-double with nine kills and 10 digs.
The two teams played evenly early in game one, but the Yellow Jackets were able to pull away midway through. Holding a 17-16 lead, Georgia Tech scored 11 straight points to open a commanding 28-16 margin. The Jackets ended up with a 30-19 game one victory.
Thornberry recorded nine digs in the opening contest, while Furlong had a team-best four kills. Mullikin and Homitz had two blocks apiece.
Game two remained tight up until the end. The two teams were not separated by more than four points, as Wake Forest opened a 17-13 lead. However, Georgia Tech came back with four straight points to tie it up.
Neither team could pull away, as they played to a 26-26 stalemate. It was then that the Yellow Jackets took control, scoring three straight points for a 29-26 lead. One point later, Georgia Tech took the game 30-27.
Mullikin had three block assists, and Homitz had two. Furlong, Jones and McIntyre turned in three kills each.
The Deacons were able to avoid the sweep with a close victory in game three. Trailing 10-6, Wake scored four straight points to tie the game up.
Neither team could gain more than a two-point advantage the rest of the way. Wake Forest, however, was able to come through in the end. The Deacs broke a 26-26 stalemate with two straight points. Wake then traded points with Georgia Tech until the Deacs came out on top, 30-28.
Mullikin and White led the Deacons with six kills each in the third game. Jones dished out 15 assists, while Thornberry and White had five digs apiece.
The Yellow Jackets never trailed in game four, cruising to victory in the match-clincher. Georgia Tech jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead and continued to steadily build its margin. The Jackets took the final five points of the game for a 30-18 win.
Jones had six digs for the Deacons, but not one player had more than two kills in the game. McIntyre posted two block assists, while Mullikin had a block solo.
Wake Forest returns to action with a pair of matches next weekend. The Deacons will host Virginia on Friday at 7 p.m. and then Virginia Tech on Saturday at 6 p.m. The match with the Hokies will be Wake Forest's second annual Dig for the Cure Night. Both weekend matches will be broadcast live on ACC Select.