App State volleyball team crush Aggies
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
The Mountaineers won the first game 25-9 and followed with 25-11 and 25-5 in the next two games. App State broke a three-match losing streak incurred in a three-match series at Baylor last weekend.
"We executed very well on our side of the net," Mountaineers coach Matt Ginipro said. "Part of that was that the kids wanting to get off the losing streak. They were bummed about the weekend because we were right there, especially against Colorado."
Appalachian State (7-4) went into the Baylor Invitational with a 6-1 record, but lost 3-0 to Baylor, 3-2 to Colorado and 3-0 to Northwestern State. The Mountaineers felt they had a chance to beat Colorado, but made key mistakes down the stretch of the fourth game, which allowed the Buffaloes to force a fifth and deciding set.
"We were coming off a three-match losing streak, so we were glad to be back at home in Boone," App State outside hitter Emily Corrigan said. "We were playing a team that we had the upper hand on, but we wanted to show who we are, get off that losing streak and end on a good note going into our own tournament this weekend."
Outside hitter Jess Keller agreed.
"We were really excited for this game because we were coming off a three-game losing streak," Keller said. "We were trying to come in hot before our tournament."
Appalachian State hosts the Black & Gold Challenge today and Saturday at Varsity Gym. The Mountaineers play East Carolina at 7 tonight and future Sun Belt opponent UT Arlington at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. App State plays Denver at 7 p.m. Saturday.
To avoid going into that tournament with a four-game losing streak, the Mountaineers have to beat North Carolina A&T (1-10). Appalachian State claimed big leads in all three games against North Carolina A&T, but especially in the third game. The Mountaineers went up 11-2 after a service ace from Meghan Mahoney capped the run.
Keller picked up six of her 10 kills in the first game that saw the Mountaineers take a 7-1 lead. App State converted 19 sets into points in the first set.
Ginipro said the Mountaineers respected North Carolina A&T even though the Aggies have had problems this season.
"We knew we were going to be stronger than A&T, but they did some things on their side of the net that we haven't seen," Ginipro said.