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Melissa McMath (above) tallied a team-high 18 kills in a 3-1 loss at South Alabama.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Volleyball Stumbles at South Alabama in 3-1 Loss
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 10/30/2016 (ET)
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MOBILE, Ala. –– Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a four-set defeat, 3-1 (25-20, 23-25, 16-25, 25-27), to South Alabama on Sunday afternoon.


The Mountaineers (3-21, 1-10 Sun Belt) were led by Melissa McMath who finished with a team-high 18 kills. Ashton Gregory also finished with double-digit kills with 13.


Ashlyn Brown ran the offense and finished with 41 assists for the match. Defensively, Kati Stammen collected a team-high 22 digs, while Brown finished with 16 and Kennedy Wilson totaled 13.


"We showed a lot of fight today and played much better than we did on Friday night," said head coach Matt Ginipro. "Considering we had to change our lineup yet again due to injury, I was proud of how we battled today. We are facing a ton of adversity this season but we will keep going after it on the court and keep getting stronger."


Appalachian got off to a good start in the opening set. The Mountaineers got out to an early 14-7 lead behind kills from McMath and Gregory. The Black and Gold would increase its lead to as many as eight at 20-12.


The Jaguars (14-11, 5-7 Sun Belt) would close to within five, but the Apps would take the first set, 25-20.


In the second set, the Mountaineers held a late 20-18 lead following a kill from McMath. Two-straight kills from Kristina Alabastro forced an App State timeout with the score tied 20-20. It would be tied two more times, before two errors from the Mountaineers sealed a second set win for the Jags, 25-23.


App State fought hard in the third set and found themselves tied with the Jaguars at 15-15 after a kill from Cassidy Stephenson. The Jags would open a two-point lead and would maintain it until an 8-0 run gave South Alabama a crucial 25-16 set three win.


In the fourth set, the Apps would hold a late 24-22 advantage after a Jaguar error and a kill from Sloan Evans. With the score tied at 25-25, a kill and a Mountaineer error would clinch the match for South Alabama.


The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday, Nov. 4 when they host Georgia State. First serve from the Holmes Center is set for 6:30 p.m.

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