Appalachian State University volleyball started the 2014 campaign with a victory, sweeping Cleveland State in three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 29-27.
The first set started close as Appalachian struggled to maintain a lead, but a kill from Emily Corrigan set the tone for the rest of the game as the Mountaineers pulled ahead 5-4. The Apps would keep the lead for the rest of the set, letting the Vikings come within three points on several occasions.
With the score at 23-19, Corrigan took control, slamming down two kills to help App State take the set 25-22.
Appalachian immediately took a 2-0 lead in the second set and would not give up the lead for the rest of the game as Cleveland State trailed by as much as 11 points. The Mountaineers held the commanding lead, defeating the Vikings in the second with a score of 25-12.
The Vikings came back for revenge in the third set, scoring the first two points of the game. The Mountaineers were able to tie the score at three, but from there the lead would flip back-and-forth for the rest of the set.
The third game featured 12 tied scores as the teams battled to reach 25 points. With Appalachian leading 19-15 it looked like they had control of the set, but the Vikings would not go down easy, tying the score at 20.
The set continued with six more tied scores before Appalachian finally pulled ahead for good, winning the set 29-27 and taking the match 3-0.
Corrigan led the team on offense, tallying 15 kills on the night and .433 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, for the second-most on the team. Jess Keller recorded 11 kills in the win, while added Lauren Gray eight with .312 hitting percentage.
Paige Brown assists 39 kills, while Meghan Mahoney led the team on defense with 15 digs.
Grace Kauth led the Vikings with 10 kills and Ally Beck recorded a team-high nine digs.
Appalachian hit .312 on the night, while Cleveland State hit just .118 percent. The teams each tallied six blocks in the match.
The Mountaineers return to action at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow to take on Tennessee Tech, before playing Tennesse at 7 p.m.