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.
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.