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

App State Volleyball Falters at Coastal Carolina

The App State volleyball team fought through a tough four sets against Coastal Carolina, who took the match 3-1 (25-21, 25-17, 25-23, 25-17) on Saturday in Conway, S.C.

Fifth year senior McCall Denny posted her 25th career double-double with a team-high 14 kills in addition to 11 digs. Redshirt freshman Katie Cruise and senior Sophie Cain recorded 19 assists apiece, while four Mountaineers recorded double-digit digs, led by sophomore Kenady Roper who had 21 on the afternoon. Sophomore Maya Winterhoff and freshman Ava Leahy both totaled four blocks. Winterhoff had two solo blocks and two assists, while Leahy had four block assists. Leahy also posted a hitting percentage of .467, slamming down eight kills on the afternoon.

App State matched Coastal Carolina in the digs category with 72 apiece. The Black and Gold totaled 45 kills, seven aces, seven blocks, and 44 assists.

The Mountaineers came out strong in the first set, as junior Lulu Ambrose broke a 3-3 tie with back-to-back kills. Kills from Winterhoff and Ambrose, as well as a Winterhoff ace extended App State’s lead to 8-4. After Coastal Carolina managed to catch up and take an 11-10 lead, App State answered with a kill from Denny that restored the lead to the Mountaineers (12-11). Another 3-0 run that included a kill from Denny as well as a kill and solo block from Winterhoff put App State up, 15-12. The Black and Gold maintained its steady lead, jumping ahead, 22-17. As the Chanticleers caught up, back-to-back kills from Winterhoff and Denny sealed the set, 25-21 for App State.

Coastal Carolina started the second set with a 4-0 run that the Mountaineers promptly answered with a 4-0 run of their own to tie things up at 4-4. Going point for point, Coastal Carolina posted four consecutive points to take a 13-8 lead. App State worked to close the deficit with kills from freshman Delanie Grevengoed, Denny, Winterhoff, and Leahy, but the Chanticleers jumped ahead 21-13. The Mountaineers went on a late 3-0 run after a Coastal Carolina error and back-to-back kills from Ambrose, but the Chanticleers took the second set, 25-17.

Sophomore Alyssa McBean opened the third set with an ace. Coastal Carolina answered with three consecutive points to take a 3-1 lead. Kills from Denny and Leahy as well as a block from Winterhoff/Ambrose and Chanticleer error, gave App State a 7-6 edge. CCU tied things up at 7-7, but App State answered with a 4-0 run that included two blocks from Leahy/junior Lauren Pledger that gave the Mountaineers an 11-7 lead. The Chanticleers met the Mountaineers at 17 all, going on a 5-0 run to take a 21-17 lead. App State went on a pair of 3-0 runs to tie the score at 23 all, but Coastal Carolina took the third set, 25-23.

In the fourth and final set, Grevengoed kicked things off with a kill. The Black and Gold broke a 1-1 tie with a 4-0 run that included kills from Winterhoff and Denny, an ace from Cain, and a solo block from Winterhoff. Kills from Ambrose and Leahy extended App State’s early lead to 8-5. Kills from Grevengoed and Denny gave App State a 10-9 edge after Coastal Carolina met the Mountaineers at 8-8 and 9-9. A 4-0 run put the Chanticleers ahead, 13-10. App State worked to close the deficit with a pair of kills from Denny and a pair of kills from Ambrose, but Coastal Carolina took the set, 25-17, and match, 3-1.

App State will host Georgia State on Oct. 6 and 7. Friday’s match is set for 6 p.m. and will be Pink Day. Saturday’s match at 1 p.m. will be Season Ticket Holder and Officials Appreciation Day. Both matches will be available to stream on ESPN+.