Maryland Evens Season Series with Sweep of Deacons
Oct. 26, 2007
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - Maryland avenged an early season sweep at the hands of Wake Forest with a three-game defeat of its own Friday evening at Comcast Pavilion. The Terrapins downed the Demon Deacons 30-19, 30-21, 30-17.
Wake Forest drops to 7-15 overall and 4-9 in the ACC, while Maryland moves to 14-8 overall and 6-7 in conference play.
Junior Natalie Mullikin led the Deacs with 13 kills but went without a block solo on the night. Mullikin is currently tied for the Wake Forest career block solos record with 87. The Terps held her without a single block, marking the first time Mullikin has been shutout in that category in over two years.
Mullikin hit a team-best .346 with four errors in 26 attempts.
Freshman Lauren McIntyre had a team-high four blocks on the night, all of which were block assists. McIntyre also had seven kills for Wake.
Freshman Kristen White had three blocks, including one block solo, and 10 digs.
Freshman Megan Thornberry led the Deacons with 12 digs.
Freshman setter Kelsey Jones dished out 25 assists on the night, marking her lowest total of assists since Sept. 15. Jones added seven digs.
Senior Michael Faulkner chipped in six kills and five digs.
As a team, Wake Forest hit just .113 compared to Maryland's mark of .380.
The Deacs held the early advantage in game one. Wake led 10-7 before Maryland scored six straight points to take a lead it would not relinquish.
Wake Forest held tight, trailing 20-17 late in the game. However, the Terps rattled off seven consecutive points to gain control of the contest. Maryland finished with a 30-19 win.
Mullikin had five of her 13 kills in game one, while Thornberry recorded a team-best six digs in the contest.
The Terrapins continued the momentum into game two, as they never trailed in the contest. Wake Forest kept it close until Maryland was able to once again pull away with a big run.
Trailing 7-1 early, the Deacs used a 10-5 run to pull within one at 12-11. With Maryland holding a 17-16 advantage, the Terps scored six straight and eight of the next nine points for a 25-17 lead. Wake could not recover, as Maryland finished with a 30-21 victory.
McIntyre and White had two blocks apiece in game two. One of White's two was a block solo.
The Terps pulled away early in game three and cruised to the sweep. Leading 5-3, Maryland used a 14-3 run to take a 19-6 lead.
The Deacons could not get closer than 11 the rest of the way. Maryland earned a 30-17 match-clinching win.
Mullikin posted four kills with no errors in eight attempts in game three.
Wake Forest now heads to Boston College for its second match of the weekend. The Deacs and Eagles will square off on Sunday at 1 p.m.
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