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Maya Winterhoff
Sophomore Maya Winterhoff earns all-conference honors for the second time in her career.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Volleyball Swept by Marshall

The App State volleyball team fell to Marshall in three sets (3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-16)) on Friday in Huntington, W.Va. The Mountaineers return to the court at 2 p.m. on Saturday for a rematch against Marshall.

Sophomore Maya Winterhoff posted a team-high 12 kills in addition to the Mountaineers’ sole ace of the evening. Senior Sophie Cain recorded her sixth double-double this season (21st career double-double), with a team-high 16 assists and a team-high 12 digs. Redshirt freshman Katie Cruise recorded 15 assists, while sophomore Kenady Roper recorded 11 digs. Fifth year senior McCall Denny and junior Lauren Pledger posted three blocks and eight kills apiece.

A kill from Winterhoff kicked things off in the first set. The Mountaineers went on a 4-0 run that included a pair of back-to-back kills from Pledger. Back-to-back kills from junior Lulu Ambrose extended the Black and Gold’s lead to 8-4. Marshall chipped away at App State’s lead, meeting the Mountaineers at 11 all. The Herd and Mountaineers went point-for-point until Marshall took an 18-15 lead. Winterhoff posted a solo block to bring App State within three of Marshall’s 20-17 lead, but Marshall went on a 5-0 run to take the first set, 25-17.

Freshman Delanie Grevengoed opened the second set with a kill. Kills from Denny and Pledger as well as a Marshall error extended App State’s lead to 4-1. The Mountaineers took a 9-2 lead after a 5-0 run that included a pair of blocks from Pledger/Denny, and kills from freshman Ava Leahy, Denny, and Pledger. Marshall found momentum with a 5-0 run and managed to tie things up at 17 all. Despite a trio of kills from Winterhoff, Marshall took the set, 25-21.

A kill from Winterhoff opened the third and final set. The Mountaineers posted three consecutive kills from Ambrose, Denny, and Pledger to take a 5-3 lead. A kill from Denny gave App State a 7-6 edge. As Marshall built off a 9-7 lead, a kill from Ambrose tied things up at 12 all. Marshall built off a 5-0 run and 4-0 run to take a 23-15 lead. Denny managed one last kill before Marshall took the set, 25-16, and match, 3-0.