Emily Corrigan posted 20 kills to pace Appalachian State, as the Mountaineers defeated UNCG 3-0 (25-19, 25-23, 25-11) on Friday to earn a spot in
Saturday’s semifinals of the Southern Conference Volleyball Tournament.
Corrigan hit .386 for the match, while teammate Lindsey Sauls posted a .407 hitting clip and 11 kills to lead ASU’s offensive attack. Paige Brown dished out 36 assists in the win. App hit .358, committing just eight errors in 109 attacks.
The Spartans hit just .164, committing 19 attack errors in a losing effort. Karrian Chambers’ led UNCG offensively with 11 kills and Katherine Santiago posted 14 digs. Appalachian State took a 10-9 lead in the opening set, before extending its lead to 17-12, highlighted by a pair of Emily Corrigan kills. Two Karrian Chambers’ kills and Sarah Hohman’s ace helped UNCG cut the lead to 19-16.
That was as close as UNCG would get, as ASU used Lindsay Sauls’ three kills and a Spartan service error to move the lead to 24-19 before Emily Corrigan’s kill gave the Mountaineers the set win.
The Mountaineers hit .679 in the opening frame, and were led by Sauls, who smashed seven kills on nine attacks. Chambers scored five kills for the Spartans, who as a team committed four blocking errors in the set.
In the second set, UNCG fell behind 14-9 before rattling off three straight points to cut the Mountaineer lead to three. The Spartans would shorten the lead to two points four different times throughout the second set, eventually battling back to make the score 24-23. Corrigan would get a kill to kill the comeback for the Spartans and give the Mountaineer’s the 25-23 win. ASU hit only .157 in the set, but held UNCG to just a .122 hitting percentage in the second frame.
ASU ran away with the final set, earning a 25-11. The Mountaineers used two four point runs to seal the win, the second of which pushed the lead to 21-9. Corrigan notched seven kills in the final frame to finish with 20 on the day.
The Mountaineers will face the winner of Georgia Southern and Elon in the semifinals at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Photo Courtesy: Emily Corrigan, ASU Athletics