Wake Forest Taken Down by Virginia in Four Games
Oct. 19, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Natalie Mullikin moved within one block solo of the Wake Forest career record, but the Demon Deacons were defeated in four games by Virginia Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Cavaliers took down the Deacs 30-28, 31-29, 19-30, 30-24.
Wake Forest falls to 7-13 overall and 4-7 in the ACC with the loss. Virginia moves to 13-7 overall and 8-3 in conference play.
Mullikin recorded two block solos on the night, giving her 86 for her career. She is tied with Melinda Edwards (1983-86) for second on the Wake Forest career list, one back of Jenny Kraner's mark of 87 set from 1984-86.
Mullikin had eight total blocks on the night and a match-high 16 kills.
Freshmen Kelsey Jones and Kristen White turned in double-doubles for the Deacons. Jones dished out 38 assists and tallied 12 digs for her eighth straight double-double and ninth in her last 10 matches. White posted 13 kills and 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the season. White also had three aces in the match.
Senior Michael Faulkner joined the duo in double-figure digs with 11. Faulkner also had eight kills and four blocks on the night.
Junior Ashley Homitz came off the bench to record five total blocks, including a pair of block solos.
Freshman Lauren McIntyre had six total blocks, including five block assists, for Wake Forest.
The Deacs took an early lead in game one, 5-2, after three straight Virginia attack errors, but the Cavaliers quickly took control thereafter. With the score knotted at 9-9, Virginia scored five straight points to lead 14-9 and eventually extended the lead to a six-point margin, 20-14.
A kill by McIntyre sparked a 5-1 run for the home team to send Virginia into a timeout. Wake battled back and tied the score on four different occasions before taking a 28-27 lead after an attack error by Kendahl Voelker. The Cavaliers quickly tied the game with a kill by Shannon Davis and scored the next two points to take game one, 30-28
Mullikin led the team in the opening game with five kills, while Faulkner had a team-leading six digs and added one solo block. McIntyre added the other solo block in addition to her two block assists.
After a 2-2 score to open game two, Wake Forest took a sizable lead by scoring the next four points to go ahead 6-2. The Deacs held a three-point advantage several times and eventually led 16-13 before Virginia snuck up and scored four straight points to take its first lead of the game, 17-16.
Both teams battled back and forth before Wake moved ahead 27-22 and looked like it would take game two. But Virginia climbed back and scored four straight points on three kills and a service ace to pull within one, 27-26.
The two teams traded points until the Deacs led 29-28. With Wake serving for game point, Virginia was able to tie it at 29-all on a Kirkwood kill. The Cavaliers then won the next two points on Wake Forest errors to take a 2-0 lead in the match. Thornberry recorded nine digs in game two, while Miller, Faulkner and Jones had eight digs each. Mullikin and White had seven kills each and the Deacs took advantage of Virginia's 23 errors. Wake Forest dominated game three to avoid the sweep. After an attack error by McIntyre tied the game at 3-3, Wake Forest regained the lead and never relinquished it. From that point, the Deacs used a 9-3 run to push their lead to 12-6.
Virginia never got closer than three the rest of the way. After the Cavaliers pulled to within 18-15, back-to-back aces from White spurred Wake to a 7-0 run that put the Deacons in complete control. White finished off the game with a kill to give the home squad a 30-19 win.
Mullikin had five kills and a pair of blocks in game three. Miller turned in a team-best six digs, while Jones dished out 11 assists.
The momentum was short-lived for Wake Forest, though, as Virginia never trailed in game three. The Cavaliers jumped out to an 8-3 lead, forcing a Deacon timeout.
A kill from White pulled the Deacons to within four, 8-4, but that was as close as Wake Forest would get the rest of the way. The Deacons got within five late at 27-22, but UVa was able to come away with a 30-24 win.
Mullikin recorded a team-high four kills, and Thornberry had four digs to lead the Deacs in game four.
Wake Forest is back in action tomorrow night, hosting Virginia Tech at 6 p.m. The match with the Hokies will be the Deacons' second annual Dig for the Cure Night and will be broadcast live on ACC Select.