Mullikin Ties Career Block Solos Record in Wake's Loss to Virginia Tech

Oct. 20, 2007

Final Stats

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Junior Natalie Mullikin tied the 21-year-old Wake Forest career block solos record in the Demon Deacons' four-game loss to Virginia Tech Saturday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. The Hokies prevailed over the Deacons 30-27, 30-15, 18-30, 30-23.

Wake Forest falls to 7-14 overall and 4-8 in the ACC, while Virginia Tech improves to12-10 overall and 6-6 in conference play.

Mullikin finished with one block solo to tie Jenny Kraner (1984-86) for the school record with 87 block solos apiece. The Lebanon, Ind. native entered the season with 64 career block solos and now has added 23 more in 21 matches this year.

Saturday's match with Virginia Tech was also Wake Forest's second annual Dig for the Cure Night. The Deacs finished with 67 total digs, led by freshman Megan Thornberry's match-high 19.

Senior Michael Faulkner and sophomore Abby Miller were also in double-figure digs, adding to the cause with 14 and 13 respectively. Faulkner also turned in three aces in the match.

Freshmen setter Kelsey Jones saw her string of eight straight double-doubles come to an end. Jones finished the evening with 37 assists and five digs.

Mullikin led Wake Forest with a match-high 17 kills. She also added five total blocks and an ace.

Junior Ashley Homitz posted a career-best 10 kills for the Deacons. Homitz hit .348 for the match with two errors in 23 attempts.

Freshman Kristen White was also in double-digits for kills with 10. Classmate Lauren McIntyre chipped in seven kills and three block assists.



The Deacons opened the first game with a quick 5-0 run that included back-to-back services aces by Faulkner. With Wake holding a 9-3 advantage, the Hokies tallied four consecutive points, thanks in part to two kills by Jen Albrecht.

VT continued to play from behind until it was able to tie the match at 15-15. A Wake Forest attacking error and a subsequent kill from Taylor Parrish gave the visitors their first lead, 18-16, and prompted a Deacon timeout.

The Hokies, however, would not relinquish the lead the rest of the way, staving off a pesky Deacon squad late. Wake tied the match, 21-21, but could not get over the hump.

Later the Deacs were within one, 28-27, but Virginia Tech got back-to-back kills from Parrish to earn a 30-27 win.

Mullikin led the Deacons in game one with five kills and two block assists, while Faulkner had a team-best five digs.

Virginia Tech never trailed in game two and rolled to victory. Holding a 12-9 margin, the Hokies went on a 13-2 run to take command of the game. VT would finish with a 30-15 win.

Wake Forest hit -.182 with just six kills in the game. White tallied four of the Deacons' kills, and sophomore Dylan Faulkner came off the bench to dish out five assists.

Wake regrouped coming out of the break and avoided the sweep with a win in the third game. The Deacs never trailed and steadily built their margin throughout the contest.

The Deacons scored the final four points of the game for the 30-18 win.

Mullikin tallied her record-tying block solo in game three. With the Deacs holding a 24-15 advantage, Mullikin stuffed Michelle Lang for her 87th career block solo.

Homitz and Mullikin had four kills each in game three. Homitz was perfect with four kills in four attempts. Miller and Thornberry each had seven digs, while Jones dished out 11 assists.

Game four was tightly contested until Virginia Tech was able to pull away midway through. With the Hokies holding a slim 17-16 lead, VT used a 7-2 run to take control of the game.

Wake Forest could not get closer than four (24-20) the rest of the way, as Virginia Tech took the match with a 30-23 win in game four.

Mullikin had eight of her 17 kills in the fourth game, while Jones tallied 15 assists.

The Deacs have now lost five straight matches, all of which have been four-game setbacks.

Wake Forest hits the road next weekend for a pair of matches up north at Maryland and Boston College. The Deacs will face the Terps on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 p.m. and the Eagles on Sunday at 1 p.m.

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