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Ashlyn Brown (above) finished with 47 assists in Appalachian State's five-set loss to Georgia State on Friday.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Volleyball Bested by Panthers in Five Set Thriller
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 11/04/2016 (ET)

BOONE, N.C. –– Appalachian State University volleyball moved to 0-10 in five-set matches this season after surrendering a 2-1 lead in the match to fall 3-2 (25-10, 22-25, 25-11, 22-25, 15-17) match to Georgia State on Friday night inside the Holmes Center.


The Mountaineers (3-22, 1-11 Sun Belt) had four finish with double-digit kills and four finish with double-digit digs. Ashlyn Brown led the Mountaineers with 47 assists.


Ashton Gregory led with 14 kills, while Sloan Evans, Melissa McMath and Mikel Coleman all tallied 11 kills each.


Evans led the defensive front with 18 digs, while Kati Stammen finished with 16, Olivia Reed tallied 15 and Brown finished with 11.


The Black and Gold came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set and took a quick 10-3 lead forcing the Panthers (10-14, 6-7 Sun Belt) into a timeout. Appalachian pushed its lead to 14 with a 23-9 advantage and won the set with a kill from Gregory, 25-10. The Mountaineers finished the set on a 15-7 run.


Georgia State seemed to try and stall the Mountaineer momentum from the first set and got out to a 7-1 lead in the second. Appalachian would claw its way back, however, and used kills from Emma Longley, Gregory, Evans and Cassidy Stephenson to tied the set at 15-15.


Both teams traded points until the Panthers got some breathing room with a 19-17 lead forcing a Mountaineer timeout. GSU increased its lead to four and never looked back - taking the set 25-22 and leveling the match at 1-1.


This time, App State was the one to get out to a good start in the third set. The Mountaineers raced out to an 8-3 lead and would not look back. With a 12-6 lead, the Apps would finish the set on a 13-5 run to blow out the Panthers 25-11.


Down 2-1, the Mountaineers would trade points early in the fourth set with the Panthers. Tied at 11-11, a 4-0 run by Georgia State would open a 15-11 lead. Georgia State would maintain a lead of at least two until App State came within one point on two occasions, including a 23-22 GSU lead.


After a timeout from the Panthers, Georgia State would get back-to-back kills to force a decisive fifth set.


Down 5-1 early, the Mountaineers rallied and used a 6-2 run to tie the set at 7-7. With the score tied again at 8-8, the Apps took their first lead with an error from the Panthers.


Appalachian would lead again at 13-12, but couldn’t find a way to get match point. App State would tie Georgia State two more times before an error and a Kristina Stinson kill would end the set at 17-15 in favor of the Panthers.


Appalachian State returns to the court Saturday, Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Holmes Center against Georgia Southern.

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