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Appalachian State Volleyball Ends Season At Sun Belt Tournament
Lexi Kohut had nine kills in the match on Thursday.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Volleyball Ends Season at Sun Belt Tournament

App State volleyball fell 25-23, 25-18, 23-25, 25-13 to No. 12 Coastal Carolina at the Sun Belt Tournament on Thursday evening.

The Chanticleers (17-0) advance to the Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals with the victory and will take on Little Rock on Saturday. App State sees its season come to a close.

Lexi Kohut led the Mountaineers with nine kills. Grace Morrison finished with six kills and Kara Spicer and McCall Denny each had five kills.

Emma Reilly finished with a team-high 17 digs, with Denny adding eight and Grace Kinsch finishing with six. Sophie Cain dished out 19 assists for the Mountaineers (1-13).

In the opening set, App State broke a 6-6 tie with seven consecutive points to open a 13-6 edge. Coastal Carolina countered with a 7-0 run later in the set to jump in front 17-16. The Mountaineers came right back with a 7-2 spurt to build a 23-19 lead. From there, Coastal Carolina reeled off six straight points to take the opening frame 25-23.

The Mountaineers got back-to-back service aces from Morrison to begin the second set. Coastal Carolina answered with three straight points and used a 4-1 run later in the set to take an 11-8 advantage. The Mountaineers scored the next three points to knot the score at 11-11, only to see the Chanticleers respond with a 6-0 run to open a 17-11 edge. App State scored the next three points to pull within three, but could get no closer as the Chanticleers closed the set on a 4-1 spurt to take the set 25-18 and take a 2-0 lead.

Coastal Carolina took a 6-1 lead early in Set 3, but App State roared back to tie the score at 8-8. The score remained tight throughout the set and App State used a late 6-0 run, getting three service aces from Reilly along the way, to take a 24-20 lead. Coastal Carolina scored the next three points, before a kill from Morrison gave App State the set 25-23.

App State took an early 3-2 lead in the fourth set, before the Chanticleers responded with four straight points to open a 6-3 edge. Coastal Carolina then used a 7-1 run to expand its lead to 15-7. The Mountaineers pulled within seven points, but could get no closer the rest of the set, falling 25-13 and dropping the match 3-1.

Reilly sees her career close with the fifth most digs in program history, totaling 1,655. In addition, she also recorded 140 service aces, which ranks fifth all-time.

Spicer concludes her career with 1,040 kills and a .292 hitting percentage. Her hitting mark sits sixth all-time in program history.