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Kati Stammen (above) tallied a career-high 21 digs in a five-set loss to Georgia Southern on Sunday.
Courtesy: Tim Cowie
Volleyball Falls in Dreaded Fifth Set to Eagles
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 11/06/2016 (ET)

BOONE, N.C. –– Appalachian State University volleyball could not make it back-to-back wins over Georgia Southern and fell in a hard-fought five-set thriller 3-2 (25-22, 22-25, 17-25, 25-22, 11-15) on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.


The Mountaineers (4-23, 2-12 Sun Belt) were led by senior middle blocker Ashton Gregory who finished with 16 kills. Melissa McMath finished with 12.


Ashlyn Brown led the team again with 38 assists on the afternoon. Defensively, Kati Stammen tallied a team-high and career-high 21 digs, while Emma Longley finished with 15.


Appalachian seemingly picked up where the left off from Saturday night and midway through the opening set used an 11-3 run to open up a 21-13 lead. The run was keyed by a McMath kill and capped by an Eagle attack error that forced the Eagles (13-17, 5-9 Sun Belt) into their second timeout of the set.


Georgia Southern would battle back to within two points at 24-22, but a kill from McMath would seal a first set win for the Mountaineers.


The Eagles’ success in the second set mirrored the Mountaineers’ success in the first. With a 9-9 tie, the Eagles used an 8-3 run to build a 17-12 advantage - forcing Appalachian into a timeout. The Mountaineers would close to within just one point on two occasions - the last coming at 23-22. A kill from Katie Bange and an error from App State would give the Eagles a 25-22 set win.


Georgia Southern built off its momentum from the second set and raced out to an 18-7 lead over the Mountaineers. App State closed to within as many as six, but could not overcome the deficit and dropped set three 25-17.


Needing to force a fifth set, the Mountaineers needed a win in the fourth. Both App State and Southern battled back and forth in the early going and found themselves tied 8-8. A kill from Longley, coupled with an Eagle error opened a 10-8 lead for the Black and Gold.


Appalachian maintained its lead until the Eagles took a 17-16 lead. A 4-0 run put the Apps up 20-7 and the Mountaineers would not relinquish the advantage and a 25-22 set win would force a decisive fifth set.


Even with momentum entering the fifth set, the Eagles were the ones to jump on the Mountaineers early with a 6-2 lead. It would be a lead the Apps could not overcome even coming to within just there points at 12-9. Georgia Southern finished the fifth set with a 15-11 win to clinch the match.


Appalachian State returns to the court on Friday, November 11 when they face South Alabama at home. First serve is slated for 6:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

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