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The App State volleyball team fell 3-0 (13-25, 27-29, 24-26) to Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va. on Friday. The Mountaineers are 13-9 (6-5 SBC) after the Monarchs snapped the Black and Gold’s six-match win streak that spanned the month of October.
The Mountaineers return to the court for their second clash with ODU on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Senior McCall Denny posted a team-high 12 kills on the night. Denny tied with fellow senior Sarah Missroon and junior Meghan Dombrowski for the team-high in the blocks category, each posting two. Freshman Alyssa McBean led the team in aces with three, as well as digs, tallying 13. Leading the team in assists was junior Sophie Cain, who recorded 13 on the night.
ODU jumped to an early 5-3 lead in the first set after a 4-0 run. A kill from Missroon and block from Missroon and Denny tied things up at 5-5. The Monarchs went on another 4-0 run, followed promptly by a five-point run to extend the lead to 14-6. The Mountaineers answered with kills from Missroon and sophomore Lulu Ambrose, as well as a pair of aces from McBean to narrow ODU’s lead to four (14-10). Old Dominion jumped ahead to 21-10 after seven consecutive points, and despite a late kill from Ambrose and two errors from the Monarchs, ODU took the set, 25-13.
Early in the second set, App State tied things up at 3-3 after a block from Missroon and Denny, which was followed by a kill from Missroon and two ODU errors that bumped the Mountaineers up to a 6-3 lead. Tied at 10-10, the Black and Gold edged past the Monarchs with a block from Dombrowski and freshman Maya Winterhoff, followed by a kill from Winterhoff to take a tight 12-10 lead. The Mountaineers and Monarchs went point for point late in the set. After App State scored three consecutive points that included a kill from junior Madison Baldridge and back-to-back aces from Denny, Old Dominion tied things up at 24 all. A kill from Missroon tied the score at 25-25. Ambrose slammed down one last kill before ODU capped the set with a 3-0 run and score of 29-27.
The Mountaineers tied the score at 3-3 and 4-4 with kills from Denny to start off the third set. App State trailed for most of the set, coming within one after a pair of 3-0 runs (12-11), but couldn’t quite overtake the Monarchs, who expanded the deficit to 24-16. Fighting back, App State went on an impressive eight-point run that included two kills from Winterhoff, two kills from Denny, an ace from freshman Kenady Roper, a block from Dombrowski and Winterhoff, and a pair of ODU errors, to catch up with the Monarchs at 24-24. Despite the comeback, ODU took the set 26-24, and the match, 3-0.