|ASU Falls At Western Carolina|
|Written by Staff Reports|
|Wednesday, 09 November 2011 07:45|
Appalachian State volleyball dropped its second-straight match in a 3-1 loss to arch-rival Western Carolina on Tuesday, Nov. 8 at the Ramsey Center.
Appalachian seemed to be in the driver’s seat early, snagging a 14-11 lead midway through the first set, but Western Carolina reeled off a 6-2 run to take a 17-16 lead. The Catamounts would not trail the rest of the way and picked up a 25-19 first-set win.
The Apps rallied back in the second set to take a quick 3-0 lead before WCU scored four-straight to take the lead back. Both teams would battle throughout the set, which saw the lead change hands four times.
Appalachian State led by as many as five points (21-16) but the Catamounts scored four-straight to make it 21-20. The Mountaineers held on for a 25-23 to tie the match at a set apiece.
Western Carolina responded with two-straight set wins to take the match by a 3-1 final. The Catamounts overcame a three-point deficit (17-14) late in the third set to pick up a 25-23 win and rallied from a one-point deficit (18-17) to take a 25-22, match-clinching fourth set win.
As a squad, the Mountaineers hit just .104 while the Catamounts fared slightly better at .194. ASU’s attack percentage was its third-lowest total of the season as the team committed 38 attack errors to WCU’s 18. Appalachian State totaled just seven blocks in the contest while Western Carolina finished with 14.
The Mountaineers saw two players pick up double-doubles as outside hitters Kelly Rhein and Anna Wagner each accomplished the feat.
Wagner had a match-high 17 kills to go along with 17 digs while Rhein tallied 15 kills and 12 digs. Kasey Sauls had 36 assists to move her career total to 3,132. Courtney Rhein led all players with 26 digs and passed Kris Zubey for sixth-place in ASU history with 2,000 career digs.
Appalachian State wraps up the regular season with two road matches this weekend against Chattanooga (Nov. 12) and Samford (Nov. 13).
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