Deacons Drop Three-Game Match to Seminoles
Nov. 2, 2007
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Florida State swept the season series with Wake Forest for the second straight year, as the Seminoles handed the Demon Deacons a three-game loss on Friday evening at Reynolds Gymnasium. FSU downed Wake 31-29, 30-21, 30-25.
Wake Forest falls to 7-17 overall and 4-11 in the ACC, while Florida State moves to 12-11 overall and 9-6 in conference play.
Junior Natalie Mullikin continued to the lead the Deacons. Mullikin turned in a team-high 13 kills and hit .391 on the night. She also added two block solos and a block assist.
Mullikin was honored in a pre-game ceremony. Head coach Heather Kahl Holmes presented her with a game ball in tribute of Mullikin breaking the school's career block solos record last weekend at Boston College.
Freshman Kristen White posted eight kills, five digs, two aces and two block assists.
Junior Mary-Margaret Langston, a native of Tallahassee, Fla., also chipped in with two service aces on the night.
Freshman setter Kelsey Jones dished out 29 assists to go along with three kills and three digs.
Freshman Lauren McIntyre had six kills and two block assists.
Game one went down to the wire with Florida State pulling out a come-from-behind victory. With the match tied 21-21, Wake Forest used a 5-1 run, capped by back-to-back kills from Mullikin, to take a comfortable 26-22 margin.
The Deacs maintained the lead holding on at 28-26. However, FSU scored each of the next three points to take game point, 29-28. Wake tied it on a kill from Ashley Homitz, but the Seminoles took the game with the next two points, 31-29.
Mullikin had eight of her 13 kills in game one and also chipped in two blocks. Faulkner recorded eight digs, and Jones dished out 13 assists
The Seminoles pulled away early in game two and cruised to victory. FSU broke a 7-7 tie with a 9-2 run for a 16-9 lead.
The Deacons could not get closer than four the rest of the way, as Florida State finished with a 30-21 win.
White had a team-best five kills in game two, while Jones tallied 10 assists.
Game three saw the `Noles build a margin midway through and then hold off the Deacs late. Holding a 20-19 lead, FSU scored five straight points to push its margin to 25-19.
Wake Forest took the next three points to get within three, 25-22, but that was as close as the Deacons could manage. Florida State clinched the sweep with a 30-25 win.
McIntyre, Mullikin and White were the only Deacons to record kills in game three, as Wake Forest finished with just eight kills in 39 attempts. Langston and White each tallied a pair of service aces.
Wake Forest returns to action tomorrow evening when its hosts Miami at 6 p.m. The Deacons will hit the road for a pair of matches next weekend, traveling to Clemson and Georgia Tech.