Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a pair of matches at the Wake Forest Black & Gold Challenge on Saturday at Reynolds Gymnasium. App State finished the weekend with a 1-2 record after earning a win over Campbell on Friday before falling to both Toledo and tournament-host Wake Forest in three sets.
Toledo 3, App State 0
The Mountaineers (3-10) fell to the Rockets (6-6) by scores of 25-20, 25-20 and 25-18 in what was each squad’s second of three matches this weekend. Appalachian led for much of the first set before Toledo was able to take command by virtue of a late 7-1 run that gave the Rockets a 15-13 lead they would never relinquish.
In the second set, the Apps again led for a vast majority of the time until the Rockets reeled off yet another late run of the 8-1 variety to pick up a second-set win. The third and final set was all Toledo as it led the entire time en route to its first of two sweeps of the day. The Rockets also downed Campbell, 3-0, later in the day.
Lindsey Sauls (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) led App State with 11 kills while Courtney Rhein (York, Pa./Eastern York) finished with a match-high 22 digs. The sister duo of Paige (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) and Lauren Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) combined for 30 assists in the contest.
Dakota Harkins and Jordan Kielty led the Rockets with 14 and 13 kills, respectively, while Adria Pryor notched a match-high 77 assists. The Apps hit an impressive .279 on the attack but Toledo’s offense put up a gaudy .333 hitting percentage as it committed just 11 errors in 96 attempts.
Wake Forest 3, App State 0
In Saturday’s second contest, the Mountaineers again fell in three sets as Wake Forest (6-5) was able to avenge last year’s loss in Boone by scores of 25-20, 25-22 and 25-20. Wake Forest jumped out to an early lead in the first set and, despite several runs by the Mountaineers, was able to hang on for a first-set victory.
The second set of the evening featured perhaps the most competitive set of the day as fans saw three lead changes and 17 ties. Neither squad held a lead of more than two points until the Demon Deacons used a 3-1 run in the late stages to go ahead 2-0.
In the third set, Wake Forest dominated by racing out to a 12-3 lead. Appalachian was able to make it close with several late runs, but ultimately could not seal the deal and fell for the second-straight match.
Jacqui Spurgeon (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) paced the Mountaineers with 10 kills in the match while P. Brown notched 21 assists and Rhein added 15 digs. Andrea Beck (17) and Anna Carley (14) led the Demon Deacons in kills while Danae Rosendall notched a match-high 39 assists.
Wake Forest hit .278 on the attack while limiting the Mountaineers to a .149 attack percentage. The Mountaineers will face North Carolina A&T at 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the 2012 home-opener from the Holmes Center. The match can be seen live on GoASU TV as Molly Cotten will call the action.
MATCH NOTES: The Mountaineers dropped to 176-167 all-time in regular-season tournaments... Rhein increased her career-dig total to 1,533... she needs 296 more digs to become App State’s career digs leader... Spurgeon has tallied double-digit kill totals in four matches this season.