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McCall Denny
McCall Denny had 14 kills and 10 digs for the Mountaineers.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State Volleyball Wins Final Contest at Virginia Tech Classic

The App State volleyball team wrapped competition at the Virginia Tech Classic on Friday with a 3-0 sweep of Norfolk State. Senior Sarah Missroon also landed on the All-Tournament Team for her efforts on the court this week.

“I’m really proud of the way we responded today,” said head coach Sarah Rumely Noble. “We worked really hard and were locked in. We had a great pre-conference segment of play and I can’t wait to get started in league play.”

Senior McCall Denny posted her second double-double of the tournament, leading the team in kills (14) and notching 10 digs. Fellow senior Sam Bickley also recorded a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs. Freshman Maya Winterhoff led the team in aces and blocks, totaling four each. Freshman Kenady Roper led the team in digs with 13.

App State outpaced Norfolk State in points (50-34), kills (39-26), aces (6-3), assists (37-24), and digs (54-40). The Mountaineers matched the Spartans in blocks with five apiece.

The Mountaineers took the first set, 25-18. The Black and Gold went point for point with Norfolk State until they were able to break away from a 12-12 tie, scoring three consecutive points off of kills from Missroon and Denny, and a Spartan error. The Mountaineers distanced themselves more with two more three-point runs that included kills from sophomore Lulu Ambrose and Winterhoff, a block from the duo of junior Meghan Dombrowsi and Winterhoff, and an ace from Bickley, to lead 22-16. An error from the Spartans and an ace from Winterhoff closed out the first set.

Trailing early in the second set, App State caught up to the Spartans, 4-4, with a kill from junior Madison Baldridge. Down by one (8-7), the Mountaineers went on a five-point run to take the lead, 11-8. The Black and Gold went on another run, racking up six unanswered points with kills from Ambrose, Winterhoff and Denny to lead 17-10. Denny posted four kills within the 6-0 run, three of which were consecutive. Up 21-17, App State posted three more consecutive points from a Spartan error, a block from Baldridge and Winterhoff, and a kill from Ambrose. A kill from Baldridge capped the set, 25-19.

In the third and final set, App State came out hot, posting a 6-0 run right of the bat, to lead 6-1. The Mountaineers’ momentum carried them to four more consecutive points, which included a kill from Denny and two service aces from Winterhoff, to extend their lead to 10-4.The Mountaineers posted three three-point runs to push the score to 23-11. Denny posted another kill to make the score 24-12 before the Spartans went on a three-point run of their own, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Mountaineers’ commanding lead. App State took the third set, 25-15.

App State will open conference action with a pair of matches against new SBC member, James Madison. The first match will take place Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. and the second will be Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.