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Lulu Ambrose
Lulu Ambrose led the Mountaineers, with 16 kills.

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Louisiana-Monroe

The App State volleyball team swept ULM, 3-0 (25-20, 25-14, 28-26), on Friday at the Holmes Convocation Center. The win marked a second consecutive sweep, following up last Saturday’s sweep of Georgia State, as well as the team’s eighth on the season.

App State will return to the court on Saturday at 1 p.m. for their second match against the Warhawks. The Mountaineers will honor their seniors, Meghan Dombrowski, McCall Denny, Alec Quinn, Sophie Cain, and Madison Baldridge for Senior Day.

Cain recorded her 20th career double-double, leading the team in assists (18) and digs (10). Cain also posted a team-high three aces on the night. Redshirt freshman Katie Cruise posted 13 assists as well as a kill. Junior Lulu Ambrose recorded a team-high 13 kills while Denny recorded nine. Sophomore Maya Winterhoff posted a team-high four blocks.

App State led ULM in kills (42-41), aces (4-3), blocks (6-4), and assists (36-32).

The Mountaineers took a 4-2 edge in the first set after a pair of back-to-back kills from Winterhoff and an ace from Cain. As the Warhawks tried to catch up, the Mountaineers extended the deficit to 8-5 after a kill from Ambrose. As ULM closed in on App State’s lead, cutting the deficit to 12-11, the Mountaineers went on an 8-0 run to jump ahead, 20-11. After kills from Winterhoff and freshman Ava Leahy, App state led, 23-15. An Ambrose kill brought the Mountaineers to set point (24-17). ULM held App State to three set points, but a kill from Ambrose broke through the defense and clinched the set, 25-20, for the Mountaineers.

In the second set, App State took a 6-1 lead with a 6-0 run that featured a trio of kills from freshman Delanie Grevengoed, a kill from Denny, and a block from Winterhoff/Grevengoed. App State posted two 3-0 runs shortly after, holding ULM to 15-4. A kill from junior Lauren Pledger brought App State to an 18-6 lead. A kill from Baldridge extended the deficit to 22-11. ULM chipped away at App State’s lead with a 3-0 run, but it wasn’t enough, as back-to-back kills from Ambrose closed out the set for the Mountaineers, 25-14.

ULM scored the first point of the third set and found momentum to take a 6-3 lead. The Black and Gold tied things up at 7-7 and at 13-13. App State came within one of the Warhawks’ lead after a kill from Leahy and Warhawk error (16-15). As ULM maintained its edge, App State kept pace, cutting the deficit to 23-21 after a kill from Ambrose. ULM reached set point, 24-21, but the Mountaineers answered with a kill from Ambrose, a block from Pledger/Cain, and a kill from Pledger to tie things at 24 all. After ULM edged ahead, 25-24, an Ambrose kill tied things up at 25 all. ULM managed one last kill before the Mountaineers took the set (28-26) and match (3-0) after a kill from Denny and a pair of consecutive kills from Winterhoff.