BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University volleyball fell 3-1 to Samford on Friday night at the Holmes Center in four sets featuring scores of 22-25, 25-18, 22-25 and 24-16.
The Mountaineers got the early 7-3 lead in the first set before the Bulldogs would come charging back, scoring six straight points to pull ahead 14-10. Samford would not give up the lead for the rest of the set, taking the first 25-22.
The Apps would score seven straight points to begin the second set, taking the lead 11-4. Samford would rally to come within two points and make the score16-14, but the Mountaineers continue to score, winning the second set 25-18.
The third set began with two quick Appalachian points, but Samford would regain composure to pull ahead 6-3. Despite scoring four straight points to come within two points, Appalachian could not find the lead for the rest of the set, giving up the third-set win to Samford 25-22.
The fourth set would be a battle, featuring 14 tied scores throughout the set. Points woud be scored back-and-forth between the teams as one would attempt to pull ahead for good. With the score tied at 24, Samford would find two kills to win the set 26-24 and take the match 3-1.
Michaela Reesor tallied an impressive 20 kills on the match for Samford, while Chelsi Carter recorded a match-high 19 digs.
The Bulldogs hit just a .203 percentage, but held the Mountaineers to hitting .138 on the night. Samford blocked nine hits, while App State had seven.
The Mountainers will return to action on Saturday for a 7 p.m. match against Chattanooga in the Holmes Center. Appalachian will celebrate Senior Night by recognizing seniors Lauren Brown and Lindsey Sauls.