App State volleyball libero Emma Reilly became the program’s all-time leader in career digs in the Mountaineers’ 3-0 loss at East Carolina on Saturday in their non-conference finale.
Reilly needed 15 digs entering Saturday’s contest to break the record. Early in the third set, she recorded the 1,870th dig of her Mountaineer career to move atop the all-time list, passing Courtney Rhein, who wore the Black and Gold from 2009 to 2012.
Reilly finished with 18 digs in the match and now has 1,873 digs in her App State career. She is just one of four players in program history to post 1,800 or more digs in their career.
Victoria Wilform paced App State (4-8) with 13 kills and seven digs. McCall Denny added 12 kills and four digs. Sophie Cain also reached double figures in digs with 10 and added 28 assists for her first double-double of the season.
ECU (4-5) opened a 12-8 edge in the first set, but the Mountaineers countered with four straight points, capped off from block assists by Lily Harvey and Denny, to tie the score at 12-12. The Pirates answered with the next two points and pushed their lead out to 23-17. The Mountaineers answered with the next five points to pull within 23-22, but ECU scored the next two points to win the opening set 25-22.
A kill from Wilform in Set 2 gave App State a 9-7 advantage. The score remained close before the Mountaineers broke a 17-17 tie on a Pirate attack error and Wilform kill. From there, ECU closed the set on an 8-1 run to win the second frame 25-20.
Harvey cut the Pirate lead to 12-11 in the third set with a kill, only to see ECU win five of the next six points to open a 17-12 edge. Following a Denny kill, the Pirates won four more points to take a 21-13 lead and closed out the set and match with a 25-16 victory.
Natalie Tyson paced the Pirate offense with 10 kills, while Bri Wood added nine.
The Mountaineers will return to the High Country next weekend and open Sun Belt play. The Black and Gold welcome Arkansas State on Friday evening at 6:30 p.m. and Little Rock on Sept. 26 at 12:30 p.m. Both matches will be streamed on ESPN+.