TROY, Ala. –– Appalachian State University volleyball fell to 0-9 in five-set matches this season with a 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 13-15) loss at Troy on Friday evening.
The Mountaineers (3-20, 1-9 Sun Belt) finished with four student-athletes having tallied double-digit kills. Ashton Gregory led the way with 17, while Sloan Evans collected 13 and Emma Longley and Melissa McMath each notched 12 kills.
"That was a big match and we needed to grab a win tonight,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We just didn’t make plays, and had too many errors, late in the sets we lost. We had two opportunities to take a two-point lead late in the fifth set but couldn’t capitalize. We will take Saturday and work on dialing everything in because we are running out of chances to get to the conference tournament.”
In the opening set, the Mountaineers were able to jump out to a quick 8-3 lead forcing a Trojan timeout. Leading to the timeout, App State got three consecutive kills from Evans, Gregory and Longley.
The Trojans (8-20, 2-9 Sun Belt) would tie the set on two occasions before taking a two point lead at 20-18. App State would battle back to a 22-20 lead and would win the set on three-straight Trojan attack errors.
Appalachian would hold a late 20-19 lead in the second set, but a kill from Symone Shaw and back-to-back attack errors would put the Trojans up 22-20. Troy used a kill and two errors to even the match at 1-1.
Troy carried its momentum from the second set into the third. The Trojans pushed its lead to as many as six and maintained a solid advantage over the Apps with the Mountaineers never coming closer than three points off the lead until a Longley kills brought them to within one at 24-23, but the Trojans got a kill from Shaw to take a 2-1 match lead.
Needing to win the fourth set, the Mountaineers built a solid lead at 18-12 - capped by a kill from Evans. The Trojans would claw their way back and tie the set at 21-21. With a 24-22 lead, an Evans kill leveled the set 2-2.
In the decisive fifth set, the Mountaineers would lead halfway through, 8-7, following an Alana Shoff kill. The Trojans went on a 6-2 run to take a 14-10 lead. The Mountaineers would score three-straight points, but it wouldn’t be enough and a Logan Page kill would clinch the match for Troy.
Appalachian will return to the court on Sunday, Oct. 30 when they travel to Mobile, Ala. for its last match of the weekend at South Alabama. First serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. ET.