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ASU Volleyball Drops Season Opener PDF Print
Written by Ryan Bower   
Saturday, 25 August 2012 12:35


Appalachian State University volleyball fell by a 3-0 final in its season-opening match at the James Madison Days Inn Invitational on Friday at Sinclair Gymnasium. The Mountaineers (0-1) were downed by the Dukes (1-0) by scores of

25-8, 25-18 and 25-21, dropping the season-opener for the first time since 2009. JMU snagged a quick 2-0 lead before the Apps drew within one on a kill from Courtney Rhein (York, Pa./Eastern York), but the lead would increase quickly as the Dukes reeled off 10-straight points to make it 12-1. Appalachian would never trail by less than 10 points for the remained of the first set as James Madison dominated on the attack, hitting at a blistering clip of .455 in the first set.
The Apps seemed to turn the tide in the second set when, after falling behind early, they reeled off a 6-1 run to take a 14-11 lead midway through the set. JMU would claw its way back, taking an 18-17 lead as it finished the set on an 11-1 run to snag a 25-18 second-set victory. In the third set, the Dukes would again race out to an early lead, but App State was able to keep things close in the early stages before JMU scored four-straight points to take an 18-10 lead.
The Mountaineers would close the gap to just three points (23-20) late in the final set, but James Madison was able to hang on for the 25-21 set victory and a three-set sweep. Lindsey Sauls (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) led the Apps with six kills on the night while newcomer Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) tallied five to go along with one block assist. Lauren Gray (Round Rock, Texas/Round Rock) posted four kills and three block assists and Rhein led all players with a match-high 15 digs.
The Dukes were paced offensively by Natalie Abel, who tallied a match-high 13 kills to lead four Dukes who posted double-digit kill totals. Meghan Niski notched a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. The Mountaineers hit just .029 percent for the match while James Madison posted a .289 attack percentage. App State finished with eight total blocks while the Dukes notched six.
Appalachian State concludes action at the JMU Days Inn Invitational tomorrow when it takes on Seton Hall at 10 a.m. before facing No. 16 Minnesota at 5 p.m.
MATCH NOTES: Rhein upped her career-dig total to 1,325 and needs just 59 more digs to move into third-place in Appalachian State history... the loss snapped a three-match winning streak against JMU dating back to Sept. 9, 1994... the Apps dropped to 173-159 all-time in regular-season tournament action and 6-5 in matches played in Harrisonburg... tomorrow’s match against Seton Hall will mark the first-ever meeting between the Mountaineers and Pirates.

 


Photo Courtesy: Lauren Gray, ASU Athletics

 

  
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