Mullikin Sets Wake Forest Career Block Solos Record in Loss at BC
Junior Natalie Mullikin is quickly re-writing the Wake Forest blocking records.
Junior Natalie Mullikin is quickly re-writing the Wake Forest blocking records.

Oct. 28, 2007

Final Stats

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. - Junior Natalie Mullikin established a new Wake Forest career block solos record in the Demon Deacons' five-game loss at Boston College Sunday afternoon at Power Gymnasium.

Mullikin came into the weekend tied with Jenny Kraner (1984-86) for the school record with 87 career block solos. Mullikin went without a block on Friday at Maryland but came through with one on Sunday against the Eagles. She got the record on the second play of game three, stuffing BC's Abigail Hasebroock for the record.

The Lebanon, Ind. native now has 88 career block solos, which breaks Kraner's 21-year-old record. Mullikin also ranks in the top four on Wake Forest's career lists for total blocks, block assists and blocks per game.

Despite Mullikin's record-setting day, the Deacons were unable to take advantage of a two-games-to-none lead against Boston College. The Eagles battled back for a 24-30, 28-30, 30-23, 30-22, 15-13 defeat of the Deacs.

Wake Forest falls to 7-16 overall and 4-10 in the ACC. BC improves to 11-13 overall and 5-9 in the conference.

After the Eagles won games three and four to tie the match, the fifth game came down to the wire. With Wake leading 12-10, Boston College scored three straight points to take a 13-12 lead.

The Deacons tied it on the next point, but the Eagles took the final two points of the game for the 15-13 win.

The five-game loss was Wake Forest's fourth of the season. The Deacons are 0-4 in five-game matches this year.

Mullikin had team-highs of 19 kills and nine total blocks to lead Wake Forest on the day.

Three Deacons turned in double-doubles in the five-game match. Freshman Kelsey Jones posted her 10th of the season, freshman Kristen White her fifth and senior Michael Faulkner her first.

 

 

Jones dished out a season-high 50 assists and also added 13 digs and four block assists.

White tallied 13 kills and 15 digs for a double-double but also chipped in four block assists.

With 10 kills and 15 digs, Faulkner recorded her first double-double since Nov. 18, 2004 against Maryland.

Freshman libero Megan Thornberry led the Deacons with 22 digs. Sophomore Abby Miller was also in double figures with 11 digs.

Junior Ashley Homitz came off the bench to record nine kills and four block assists.

Freshman Lauren McIntyre finished the day with six total blocks, including one block solo. McIntyre also had six kills.

As a team, Wake Forest posted 15.5 blocks, its third-highest total of the season.

In the first two games, the Deacons pulled away late for victory. In game one, Wake broke a 21-21 tie and finished with a 30-24 win. In game two, the Deacons scored the final two points of the game for a 30-28 win.

In game three, Wake Forest trailed big 20-10 but used a 7-0 run pull within three. However, BC was able to hold off the rally and finish with a 30-23 win.

In game four, the Eagles pulled away from a 19-19 tie by out-scoring the Deacons 11-3 the rest of the way for a 30-22 win.

Wake Forest returns home to host a pair of matches next weekend. The Deacons will take on Florida State Friday at 7 p.m. and Miami on Saturday at 6 p.m.

 

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