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McCall Denny
McCall Denny had 18 kills for the Mountaineers.
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App State Volleyball Posts Five Set Win Over Georgia State

The App State volleyball team emerged victorious from a five-set battle against Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga. on Thursday, defeating the Panthers, 3-2.

“I’m really proud of this group for the intensity they played with and the confidence in the fifth set today,” said head coach Sarah Rumely Noble. “It was a battle and we stayed true to who we are all the way through the match. We get better as a team every time we play and I’m excited to get to play again tomorrow.”

The Mountaineers return to the court for an afternoon match with Georgia State on Friday at 1 p.m. Live stats will be available.

Senior McCall Denny posted a team-high 14 kills on the night, followed by freshman Maya Winterhoff, who tallied 11. Sophomore Lulu Ambrose led the Mountaineers in aces, serving up three, while senior Sarah Missroon totaled seven blocks during the match. Senior Sam Bickley posted a double-double, hitting double digits in assists (23) and digs (13). Bickley led the Mountaineers in the assists category and tied with freshman Alyssa McBean in the digs category.

The Mountaineers outpaced GSU in aces (8-5), blocks (13-9), and digs (60-55).

Down 5-1 in the first set, the Mountaineers caught up to the Panthers, tying things up at 7-7. Tied at 8-8, the Black and Gold went on a 4-0 scoring run that included a kill from junior Madison Baldridge and a block from Meghan Dombrowski and Missroon to put the Mountaineers up 12-8. App State built off its lead throughout the set, leading 19-16 before scoring six consecutive points to take the set, 25-16. Within the 6-0 run, Ambrose recorded an ace, and Dombrowski and Denny made back-to-back kills.

The Mountaineers and Panthers went back and forth early in the second set until App State broke a 9-9 tie, taking an 11-9 lead after back-to-back kills from Ambrose and Dombrowski. The Panthers stayed within range, catching up to the Mountaineers with a 3-0 run to take the lead 15-14, before the Mountaineers answered with a 3-0 run of their own to retake the lead, 17-15. App State extended its lead to 23-21 before GSU went point-for-point, eventually taking the set, 28-26.

Tied at one set each, App State came out strong in the third set, leading 4-1 after a pair of GSU errors, a kill from Dombrowski and an ace from McBean. Leading 9-8, the Black and Gold posted seven unanswered points, which included three consecutive kills from Ambrose, Denny, and Missroon, a block from the duo of Dombrowski and Missroon, a pair of aces from Ambrose, and a second kill from Missroon, to lead 16-8. The Mountaineers went on a 3-0 run, which featured a kill and an ace from Winterhoff, to extend the lead to 24-17, taking the Mountaineers to match point. With a kill from Missroon, the Mountaineers secured the third set, 25-17.

In the fourth set, App State posted a 5-3 lead before GSU caught up and surpassed the Mountaineers with a 7-0 scoring run, taking the lead, 10-5. App State answered, steadily chipping away at the Panthers’ lead with a 4-0 run of its own to come within one. Down 11-9, App State posted three more points from a GSU error and back-to-back blocks from the duo of Missroon and Dombrowski, to take the lead 12-11. Georgia State managed to tie things up at 12 all before retaking the lead. App State regained the lead at 19-18, after blocks from Winterhoff/Baldridge and Baldridge/Missroon, as well as a kill from Ambrose. The Panthers broke a 21-21 tie and, despite a kill from Missroon, went on a 4-0 run to take the fourth set, 25-22.

The Mountaineers took an early lead in the final set, earning four unanswered points to lead 4-1. GSU tried to catch up, but the Mountaineers broke a 5-5 tie with a kill from Denny and extended their lead to 8-5 after a GSU error and kill from Baldridge. The Black and Gold went on a 4-0 run, which included a block from the duo of Missroon and Ambrose, as well as a kill from Ambrose, to lead 12-6. A final kill from Denny clinched the set 15-10, and secured the match for the Mountaineers, 3-2.