Appalachian State University volleyball dominated the Appalachian Invitational, winning their third game against Norfolk State 3-0 Saturday evening at the Holmes
Center to sweep the tournament, 3-0.
Appalachian 3, Norfolk State 0
The Mountaineers (3-0) beat the Spartans (2-1) in their final match on day two of the season opening tournament..
The first set yielded a tight battle between both squads as Appalachian took an early lead, but NSU fought back. A kill by Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) proved to be the difference and gave the Mountaineers a 25-18 win. The Apps hit a tournament-high .457 on the attack led by Corrigan with nine kills.
It was all App after the first set. Putting together runs of four, five and six, Appalachian did not let down and took a 25-11 victory in the second set, continuing its domination on the attack to shoot an astounding .500 percent.
The Mountaineers showed the strength of their young squad, sealing the match with a 25-14 third-set victory. The Black and Gold shot a commanding .435 on the attack in the third set alone, while holding Norfolk State to .114 percentage. Appalachian never allowed a Spartan lead in either of the final two sets as App scored the first four points in the third set and did not commit a single error on 23 total attacks.
Corrigan posted double-digit numbers in kills (12) and added 11 digs. Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) recorded nine kills and three blocks, while Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) chipped in with a season-high 37 assists. Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) tallied 12 digs of her own.
The Mountaineers committed just four errors on 74 total attacks, while Norfolk State recorded 23 errors on 96 total attacks.
App finished the tournament winning all games and not dropping a single set.
Appalachian 3, Sam Houston State 0
The Mountaineers, who are now 3-0 to open the season, recorded a second-straight shutout with a 3-0 victory over Sam Houston State earlier on Saturday morning at the Holmes Center.
App State (2-0) clenched straight sets against the visiting Bearkats (0-2) in their first match of the day.
Though the two squads traded points in the first set, Appalachian managed the close win (25-23), holding Sam Houston to .094 percent on the attack. Emily Corrigan led the Apps with four kills and two digs.
In a second round of point rallies, neither the Mountaineers nor Bearkats would exceed a four-point lead with App State eventually pulling ahead to a 24-23 second set victory.
The Bearkats simply did not have an answer for App State’s attack and were unable to crack the Mountaineers defense. Corrigan and Jess Keller added three kills apiece in the Mountaineers’ second set.
The Black and Gold closed the third go after shooting a set-high .182 attack percentage while holding the Bearkats to just -.024 percent to pull the 25-20 win and seal the match victory.
Both Keller and Corrigan led all players with nine kills, while Hailey Kerr (Collierville, Tenn./Collierville) tallied seven of her own. Paige Brown led the team with 27 assists and Meghan Mahoney chipped in with 21 digs.
The Mountaineers committed 16 errors on 117 attacks and finished with 5 blocks. Sam Houston State had 20 errors on 115 total attacks and tallied only four blocks.
Keller was responsible for 11 total points on the night, while Corrigan tallied nine and a half points.
The victory over Sam Houston State was Mahoney’s second-straight game tallying more than 20 digs.
Appalachian will be back in action Sept. 3, to take on Presbyterian in Clinton, S.C at 7 p.m.
Appalachian Invitational All-Tournament Team
Appalachian Invitational Most Valuable Player
Meghan Mahoney, Appalachian State
Emily Corrigan, Appalachian State
Jess Keller, Appalachian State
Taylor Gray, Sam Houston State
Mindy Maloney, Loyola
Simone Reid, Loyola
Tori Tullensru Norfolk State
Marcy Moore, Norfolk StateDeveney Wells-Gibson, Sam Houston State