Written by Ryan Bower
Wednesday, 19 September 2012 06:46
Appalachian State University volleyball picked up several big performances from its underclassmen in a dominating, 3-0 win over North Carolina A&T on Tuesday at the Holmes Center. The Mountaineers
(4-10), who played at home for the first time all season, led nearly the entire way as the Aggies (0-16) were not match for App State’s offensive onslaught.
With the teams tied at 7-7 early in the first set, Appalachian reeled off 10-straight points to jump out in front, 17-6. The run, which began with a kill by Jessica Eley (Kansas City, Mo./Bishop Miege), featured nine-straight points with Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) at the service line.
The Apps hit a blistering .357 in the first set and never led by less then nine points after the early run as they cruised to an easy 25-11 first-set victory.
North Carolina A&T was able to grab an early lead in the second-set, but it was short-live as the Mountaineers took control of the set thanks to 10-0 run midway through the set. The second-set run featured an impressive performance from Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley), who was at the service line the entire time as the Apps picked up a 25-11 set victory.
App State left little doubt as to who was the better team in the third and final set as it raced out to an 8-1 lead en route to a 25-14 third-set victory to clinch the match.
Lindsey Sauls (Prairie Village, Kan./Shawnee Mission East) led all players with 12 kills while Dalton Tolliver (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) tallied 11 kills and two solo blocks. Brown notched 25 assists and Courtney Rhein (York, Pa./Eastern York) chipped in with 12 digs.
The Mountaineers hit a staggering .338 on the attack while limiting the Aggies to a .185 hitting percentage. App State committed just 11 errors in 77 total attacks and finished with six blocks to A&T’s four. Appalachian State opens SoCon play this weekend when it travels to Chattanooga (Sept. 21) and Samford (Sept. 22).
MATCH NOTES: The Mountaineers improved to 29-4 in home openers dating back to the 1981 season... the Apps also improved to 8-0 all-time against North Carolina A&T... Tolliver tallied double-digits in kills for the eighth time this year while Sauls notched her sixth performance with 10 or more kills... Tolliver also set a season-high in solo blocks... Rhein needs just 284 more digs to become App State’s all-time leader... she has recorded 1,545 career digs and needs 155 more to move into second all-time.
Photo Courtesy: Dalton Tolliver, ASU Athletics