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McCall Denny
McCall Denny had 18 kills for the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Drops Home Match to Coastal Carolina 3-1

The App State volleyball team fell to Coastal Carolina, 3-1, on Thursday in Boone.

The Mountaineers return to the court on Friday at 6 p.m. for their second bout with the Chanticleers. The match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

Senior McCall Denny led the Mountaineers in kills, tallying 12 kills on the night. Fellow senior Sam Bickley led the team in aces (2) as well as assists (22). Freshman Maya Winterhoff tallied a team-high of six blocks and fellow freshman Kenady Roper notched 19 digs.

As a whole, App State tallied 57 digs, 45 kills, 44 assists, seven blocks and five aces.

The Mountaineers came back from a two-point deficit early in the first set, overtaking the Chants with a 5-0 scoring run that included kills from Denny, senior Sarah Missroon, and sophomore Lulu Ambrose as well as an ace from Denny. The Chants answered with an eight-point run to take the lead 15-9. Steadily, the Black and Gold chipped away at Coastal Carolina’s lead, building off two three-point runs to tie the score at 17 all. With the Chants up by one (18-17), App State went on another 5-0 scoring run with an ace from Winterhoff and four errors from the Chants to take the lead 22-18. The Chants struggled to recover as junior Meghan Dombrowski and Missroon extended the lead to 24-21. Ambrose secured the set, 25-22, for the Mountaineers with a final kill.

The Chanticleers came out hot in the second set, scoring six unanswered points early. The Mountaineers managed to come within one of the Chants’ lead before CCU pulled away with another 3-0 run to push the lead to 11-6. CCU found momentum with a late 5-0 run to extend their lead to 21-11, and took the set 25-14.

Tied at one set each, the Mountaineers and Chanticleers went point-for-point early in the third set. A kill from Denny tied things up at 8-8 and the Mountaineers took the lead 10-9 with back-to-back kills from Dombrowski and Denny. The Mountaineers extended their lead of 15-13 with a kill from Ambrose and ace from Roper, and later lead 17-14 after another kill from Ambrose and error from the Chants. CCU went on a nine-point run to take the lead 23-17 and, despite a block from junior Cierra Huntley and Winterhoff as well as a kill from Denny, took the set 25-19.

Up two sets to one, Coastal Carolina built off an early lead. App State tied things up at 4-4 with a kill from Dombrowski and again at 9-9 with an ace from Bickley followed promptly by a CCU error. The Mountaineers took the lead (11-10) after back-to-back kills from Winterhoff and Dombrowski. Coastal Carolina went on a seven-point scoring run to extend its lead to 21-13. Facing an eight-point deficit, the Mountaineers chipped away at CCU’s lead, but it wasn’t enough as the Chants took the set 25-17, and the match 3-1.