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Appalachian State Volleyball Drops Two To Georgia State
McCall Denny had nine kills and add five digs
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Volleyball Drops Two to Georgia State

App State volleyball dropped a pair of matches to wrap up its three-match weekend series against Georgia State on Saturday.

The Panthers (4-9, 3-8 SBC) prevailed in the opening contest 25-23, 11-25, 25-20, 25-18 and won the nightcap 25-16, 25-14, 17-25, 25-22.

In the first match, Lexi Kohut tallied her second double-double of the season and third of her career with a career-high tying 20 kills and 10 digs. She also posted 20 kills during the 2017 season against Georgia State.

Kara Spicer added 12 kills on a .435 hitting percentage, while McCall Denny and Grace Morrison each had five kills.

Defensively, Emma Reilly led the way with 16 digs, while Denny posted double figure digs for the third time in her career with 12. Sam Bickley had 30 assists and Sophie Cain chipped in with nine.

Georgia State came out strong in the opening set and jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, only to see App State (1-5, 1-5 SBC) come right back with five straight points to knot the score at 7-7. App State used a quick 3-0 spurt to jump in front 12-11. The two teams continued to trade the lead and the Mountaineers used a kill and service ace from Kohut to tie the score at 23-23 late in the set. From there, the Panthers used a pair of kills to capture the opening frame 25-23.

In Set 2, App State jumped out to a 7-3 edge. Following a Panther point, the Mountaineers scored three consecutive points to build a 10-4 advantage. Later in the set, the Black and Gold used a 6-1 run to open a 19-9 lead and never looked back, taking the set 25-11 to even the contest at a set apiece.

Set 3 saw the Panthers take an 8-5 advantage, before the Mountaineers scored three straight points to tie things up at 8-8. Georgia State scored four of the next five points, but the Black and Gold answered with six consecutive points to take a 15-12 lead. The Panthers regained the lead at 18-17 thanks to a 4-0 run. With the set knotted at 20-20, Georgia State reeled off five consecutive points to take the frame and a 2-1 lead.

Georgia State used an 8-0 run early in the fourth set to jump out to a 10-2 lead. The Panthers pushed their lead to 14-4. App State chipped away at the lead and cut it to six, but could get no closer falling 25-18 and dropping the match.

The Mountaineers hit .228 in the contest, including a sizzling .500 in the second set.

In the second match, Denny paced the Mountaineers with a career-best 16 kills and nine digs. Victoria Wilform added a season-best 13 kills and Amya Giger added eight kills.

Cain recorded her first career double-double with team highs of 30 assists and 15 digs. Holli Smith added a career-best 10 digs and Reilly also had 10 digs.

Georgia State jumped out to a big lead in Set 1, building a 10-4 lead. The Panthers led by as many as 11 points and took the opening frame by a 25-16 count.

The second set saw the Panthers score eight straight points to turn a 10-8 edge into a 18-8 advantage, en route to a 25-14 victory.

The Mountaineers responded in the third set and broke an 8-8 tie with four straight points, getting a pair of kills each from Giger and Wilform. App State continued to pull away and used a Denny kill to win the frame 25-17 and force a fourth set.

In Set 4, App State used a Wilform kill to build a 10-5 lead. The Black and Gold opened a 13-8 edge, only to see the Panthers storm back and take a 15-14 lead. The score would end up tied five more times in the remainder of the set. Georgia State broke a 20-20 deadlock with a pair of points. Giger pulled App State within 22-21 on a kill and 23-22 on a block solo. From there, the Panthers won the final two points to clinch the set and victory.

App State will return to action next weekend with a pair of home contests against Sun Belt East Division leader Coastal Carolina. The teams will meet on Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. and on Oct. 31 at 1 p.m. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.