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Appalachian State completed a straight-set sweep of Georgia Southern on Saturday night.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Volleyball Subdues Eagles in Straight-Set Sweep
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Saturday 11/05/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. –– In dominating fashion, Appalachian State University volleyball eradicated Georgia Southern on Saturday night in a straight-set sweep (26-24, 25-20, 25-19).

 

The Mountaineers (4-22, 2-11 Sun Belt) were led by Melissa McMath who registered 13 kills, while Ashton Gregory tallied 12. 

 

Ashlyn Brown drove the Mountaineers’ bus on offense and collected 33 assists. Defensively, Brown completed the double-double with a team-high 13 digs, while Kati Stammen notched 10.

 

Both the Mountaineers and Eagles (12-17, 4-9 Sun Belt) traded leads in the early going in the opening set. Up 16-15, the Apps went on a 5-0 run keyed by a Gregory kill and capped by a kill from McMath for a 21-16 advantage.

 

However, the Eagles would battle back to a 22-22 tie and eventually take a 23-22 lead forcing an Appalachian timeout. Back-to-back kills from Mikel Coleman and Sloan Evans put the Black and Gold up 24-23.

 

Georgia Southern tied it again at 24-24, but consecutive kills from Coleman and Gregory ended the set in the Mountaineers’ favor, 26-24.

 

With momentum on their side, the Mountaineers weren’t the ones to come out strong early in the second set. The Eagles opened the set on a 6-2 run, which was erased with a 5-0 run from App State to give the Mountaineers a 7-6 lead.

 

The Eagles would regain the lead and push it to as many as four on two occasions - the last a 17-13 Eagle lead. The Apps closed to within one after a Gregory kill at 18-17. Gregory then served five-straight points and App State took a 22-18 lead and were able to fend off the Eagles and grab a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-20 set win.

 

Appalachian used a 6-2 run with the score knotted at 10-10 to take a 16-12 lead over midway through the third set. The Eagles closed to within one at 17-16, but App State was able to push its lead to four at 20-16 following two Eagle errors and a kill from Cassidy Stephenson.

 

Up just two points at 20-18, the Mountaineers closed on a 5-1 run, which included kills from Evans and Gregory to complete the sweep.

 

Appalachian State returns to the court on Sunday, Nov. 6 when it faces Georgia Southern for the second match of a back-to-back. First serve is set for 4 p.m. from inside the Holmes Center.



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