Appalachian State University volleyball is 2-0 at the Appalachian Invitational after sweeping Tennessee Tech in three sets with scores of 25-18, 25-14 and 25-17.
The first set featured 14 tied scores as both team struggled to maintain a lead. With the score tied at 13, the Mountaineers slowly began to pull away, leading for the rest of the set. Jacqui Spurgeon recorded a kill to make the score 23-16 before several mistakes by the Golden Eagles helped the Mountaineers to a 25-18 victory.
Appalachian immediately jumped out to 5-1 lead in the second set as the Mountaineers recorded four-straight kills. Tennessee Tech slowly began close the lead, trailing by only two points with a score of 9-7, but the Mountaineers completely took over from there, scoring 12 of the next 14 points for a 21-9 score. The run helped the Apps easily take the second set, 25-14.
The Mountaineers scored first in the third, but the Golden Eagles came back for revenge, scoring six of the next seven points for a 6-2 lead. Appalachian took their second lead of the set off a kill from Emily Corrigan to make the score 9-8. The Apps maintiained the lead for the rest of the set, scoring eight of the last ten points for a 25-17 win, taking the match 3-0.
Corrigan led the team in kills for the second-straight match, tallying 13, while Lauren Gray followed with nine kills of her own and a .643 hitting percentage.
Spurgeon recorded eight kills on the match as Jess Keller notched seven. Paige Brown recorded a match-high 37 assists, while Meghan Mahoney and Olivia Reed each had eight digs to lead the team.
Kellie Williams led Tennessee Tech with 13 kills and Courtney Smith controlled the team defensively with 13 digs.
Appalachian hit .364 on the match, while the Golden Eagles hit .180. Tennesse Tech took the edge in blocks, recording four, while App State had three.
The Mountaineers finish off the Appalachian Invitational tonight at 7 p.m. when they take on the Tennessee Lady Vols at the Holmes Center.