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).
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.