Appalachian State University volleyball is 2-0 at the Appalachian Invitational after sweeping Tennessee Tech in three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17.
The first set featured 14 tied scores as both team struggled to maintain a lead. With the score tied at 13, the Mountaineers slowly began to pull away, leading for the rest of the set. Jacqui Spurgeon recorded a kill to make the score 23-16 before several mistakes by the Golden Eagles helped the Mountaineers to a 25-18 victory.
Appalachian immediately jumped out to 5-1 lead in the second set as the Mountaineers recorded four-straight kills. Tennessee Tech slowly began close the lead, trailing by only two points with a score of 9-7, but the Mountaineers completely took over from there, scoring 12 of the next 14 points for a 21-9 score. The run helped the Apps easily take the second set, 25-14.
The Mountaineers scored first in the third, but the Golden Eagles came back for revenge, scoring six of the next seven points for a 6-2 lead. Appalachian took their second lead of the set off a kill from Emily Corrigan to make the score 9-8. The Apps maintiained the lead for the rest of the set, scoring eight of the last ten points for a 25-17 win, taking the match 3-0.
Corrigan led the team in kills for the second-straight match, tallying 13, while Lauren Gray followed with nine kills of her own and a .643 hitting percentage.
Spurgeon recorded eight kills on the match as Jess Keller notched seven. Paige Brown recorded a match-high 37 assists, while Meghan Mahoney and Olivia Reed each had eight digs to lead the team.
Kellie Williams led Tennessee Tech with 13 kills and Courtney Smith controlled the team defensively with 13 digs.
Appalachian hit .364 on the match, while the Golden Eagles hit .180. Tennesse Tech took the edge in blocks, recording four, while App State had three.
The Mountaineers finish off the Appalachian Invitational tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Tennessee Lady Vols at the Holmes Center.
Volleyball Domintates Lady Vols in Three Sets
Appalachian State University volleyball went undefeated at the Appalachian Invitational after a victory against Tennessee, winning in three sets with scores of 25-15, 25-21 and 25-14.
The first set began with five tied scores as each team battled to maintain the lead. With the score tied at 7, Appalachian finally pulled ahead for good, scoring the next three points.
Although the Lady Vols stayed within one point for most of the set Appalachian continued to lead, eventually creating distance when they scored eight-straight points to pull ahead 22-13.
The Mountaineers finished off the first set off a Tennessee service error, taking the victory with a score of 25-15.
Appalachian looked as if they take the second set easily when they five-straight points to take a 11-3 lead at the beginning. Tennessee slowly crawled back, scoring 11 of the next 16 points to make the score 16-14. The Mountaineers were able to keep control the game, taking the third with a score of 25-21.
The Mountaineers immediately scored in the third set and were able to lead until the Lady Vols tied the score at seven.
From there the Mountaineers gained momentum, jumping out to a 13-9 lead. The Apps dominated the rest of the third set, scoring five-straight points and getting the 25-14 victory with a kill from Lauren Gray.
Emily Corrigan led the Mountaineers on offense for the third-straight match with 16 kills, while also adding eight digs on the night. Jess Keller followed with 13 kills of her own.
Paige Brown tallied a match-high 39 assists, while Meghan Mahoney led with a team-high 14 digs.
The Lady Vols were led by Jamie Lea, who tallied eight kills in the match, while Bridgette Villano recorded 14 digs.
The Mountaineers hit .351 in the match and Tennessee hit .147 as each team notched four blocks.
Corrigan was named the MVP of the tournament, while Keller and Brown were also named to the all-tournament team. Appalachian did not lose a set the entire weekend.
Appalachian Invitational All-Tournament Team
Emily Corrigan (MVP) - Appalachian State
Jess Keller - Appalachian State
Paige Brown - Appalachian State
Iesha Bryant - Tennessee
Bridgette Villano - Tennessee
Kellie Williams - Tennessee Tech
Ally Beck - Cleveland State
Photo Courtesy: Emily Corrigan, App State Athletics