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Lulu Ambrose
Lulu Ambrose was one of two Mountaineers with 12 kills.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Volleyball Sweeps Louisiana

The App State volleyball team swept Louisiana on Friday, 3-0 (25-23, 25-20, 26-24), improving to 17-9 (10-5 SBC). The Mountaineers have won 10 of their last 11 matches, which is the best stretch of play for App State since a program-record-tying 16 straight wins during the 2015 campaign.

“I couldn’t be prouder of our team tonight in earning the sweep over Louisiana,” said head coach Sarah Rumely Noble. “Our offense was balanced and we fought hard on defense.”

The Black and Gold returns to the court Saturday at 1 p.m. for round two against the Ragin’ Cajuns. There will be free t-shirts for fans and the Mountaineers will be honoring seniors Sam Bickley, Sarah Missroon, and student assistant coach Morgan Flores after the match.

Senior McCall Denny and sophomore Lulu Ambrose split the team lead in kills, posting 12 each. Denny also led the team in digs with nine. Missroon posted a team-high four blocks, while Bickley recorded a team-high 20 assists. Bickley, junior Sophie Cain, and freshman Alyssa McBean each served up an ace.

App State outpaced Louisiana in points (60-51), kills (48-36), blocks (9-7), assists (43-33), and digs (45-44).

After going point-for-point early in the first set, App State broke a 6-6 tie with a kill from Ambrose, which was followed by a block from the duo of Ambrose and freshman Maya Winterhoff and a kill from McBean to put the Black and Gold ahead 9-6. Another three-point run that included kills from Winterhoff and junior Meghan Dombrowski, the Mountaineers took a 12-7 lead. Louisiana mustered a comeback matching the Mountaineers at 20-20. Back-to-back kills from Missroon and Denny put App State ahead by one (22-21), but the Ragin’ Cajuns tied things up at 23 all. Ambrose slammed down a kill to clinch the set for the Mountaineers, 25-23.

The Mountaineers’ momentum carried into the second set as they went on a seven-point run, jumping ahead, 9-2. Kills from Denny and Ambrose extended App State’s lead to 12-4. With App State up 23-15, the Ragin’ Cajuns posted four consecutive points to close the deficit, but it wasn’t enough, as a pair of kills from Winterhoff sealed the second set for App State, 25-20.

In the third and final set, the Black and Gold jumped to a 5-1 lead after kills from Denny, Missroon (two), and Dombrowski. After a three-point run that included back-to-back kills from Denny, App State took an 8-4 lead. A kill from junior Madison Baldridge, a block from the duo of Winterhoff and Baldridge, and an ace from McBean put App State up 12-7. The Ragin’ Cajuns fought back with a 7-0 run, taking a 14-12 lead. The Mountaineers tied things up at 21 all after kills from Denny and Baldridge and a Ragin’ Cajun error. A kill from Ambrose and ace from Bickley gave App State a 24-23 edge. Louisiana responded with a kill of their own to tie things up at 24-24. App State took set and match point after a block from Missroon and Dombrowski.