BOONE, N.C. –– In its season finale, Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its 13th five-set match of the season in a 3-2 (21-25, 27-25, 28-26, 16-25, 11-15) to Troy on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.
Appalachian fell behind midway through the opening set 17-12 after a 7-2 run from the Trojans (10-23, 4-12 Sun Belt) opened up some breathing room for Troy. The Mountaineers would close to within one at 22-21, but three-straight points in favor of the Trojans gave Troy a 25-21 win.
Needing to even things up, the Mountaineers battled back in the second set and led 13-6 - forcing a Troy timeout. Troy would answer with a 7-1 run to knot things up at 14-14 with both teams trading leads until App State scored consecutive points to go up 20-18.
The Mountaineers pushed their lead to four at 23-19, but the Trojans fought back again and even took a 25-24 lead. However, back-to-back kills from Ashton Gregory and a kill from Amanda Krahl rallied the Mountaineers to a 27-25 set two win.
With momentum on their side, the Mountaineers weren’t the ones to come out extremely strong in the third. Tied 11-11, Troy would instigate a 9-2 run to lead big 20-13 late in the set. A 7-0 run keyed by an Emma Longley kill and capped by a kill from Talbert tied the score at 20-20.
The Trojans would lead by two points on two occasions before App State would find a way to tie the score twice and take a 26-25 lead. Tied 26-26, a Trojan service error and a kill from Longley sealed the set for App State to give the Apps a 2-1 match lead.
In the fourth, both teams battled to a 13-13 tie midway through. A 7-0 run from Troy would put the Trojans up 20-13, much like the third set, but this time Troy would finish off the Mountaineers 25-16 to force a fifth set.
Prior to Sunday, the Mountaineers were 0-12 in matches decided in five sets this season. In the early going, both teams kept it close and were tied 8-8. Appalachian overcame a 10-8 deficit to knot the score at 10-10, but a 5-1 run clinched the match for Troy.