RALEIGH, N.C. — Appalachian State University volleyball was unable to match tournament host NC State, as the Wolfpack defeated the Mountaineers in three sets on Friday evening at Reynolds Coliseum.
The Mountaineers recorded their first loss of the season, falling to 4-1 overall after State won 25-19, 25-21, and 25-10 and improves to 4-0 on the season.
Sophomore Emily Corrigan continued to lead Appalachian's offense, as the outside hitter paced the squad with 12 kills and 13 of the team's 32 points.
What began as a point rally in the first set led to the 'Pack taking a 22-16 lead en route to a six point win (25-19).
The Mountaineers fought through the second set as NC State held a 10-4 early advantage. Appalachian appeared poised for a comeback win as Corrigan, Paige Brown, and Lauren Gray combined to pull the Apps within two (22-20), but a pair of kills and a service error would provide NCST with its final points and halt the Appalachian win.
Following the second set, NC State's 2-0 advantage would provide enough momentum to shut down the Mountaineers in the third and final game.
The Black and Gold could not keep pace with the Wolfpack, who unleashed on a six point run, earning a 20-5 lead off a combined effort from Rachel Buckley, Alesha Wilson, and Nikki Glass.
A series of errors would lend a hand in Appalachian's final five points, but it would not be enough as the Mountaineers' effort would fall short, 25-10, in the third set.
Uncharacteristically low hitting percentages challenged the Mountaineers, who posted a .122, .235, and .043 percentage (five or more kills) compared to NC State's .286, .412, .261, and .350 percentages.
Sophomore libero Meghan Mahoney offered up 19 digs for Appalachian, while middle blocker Lauren Gray put up six kills and eight points for the night. Junior Lindsey Sauls chipped in five kills and 5.5 of the Mountaineers' total points.
The Apps will return to the court tomorrow to wrap up the NC State Tournament as they face Towson at 10:30 a.m., followed by Binghamton later that same evening at 5 p.m.