App State volleyball team sweeps UNCG
by Steve Behr Sports Editor
GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Appalachian State's volleyball team dominated the first round of the Southern Conference Tournament on Friday morning against UNC Greensboro by winning in three sets with scores of 25-19, 25-23 and 25-11.
Lindsey Sauls finished with 11 kills, while setter Paige Brown handed out 36 assists. Appalachian State's offense made just eight errors in 109 attacks.
Appalachian State takes on Georgia Southern, which beat Elon in the first round. Karrian Chambers' led UNCG offensively with 11 kills and Katherine Santiago posted 14 digs for the Spartans.
Appalachian State took a 10-9 lead in the opening set, before extending its lead to 17-12, highlighted by a pair of Emily Corrigan kills. Two Karrian Chambers' kills and Sarah Hohman's ace helped UNCG cut the lead to 19-16.
That was as close as UNCG would get, as ASU used Lindsay Sauls' three kills and a Spartan service error to move the lead to 24-19 before Emily Corrigan's kill gave the Mountaineers the set win.
The Mountaineers hit .679 in the opening frame, and were led by Sauls, who smashed seven kills on nine attacks. Chambers scored five kills for the Spartans, who as a team committed four blocking errors in the set.
In the second set, UNCG fell behind 14-9 before rattling off three straight points to cut the Mountaineer lead to three. The Spartans would shorten the lead to two points four different times throughout the second set, eventually battling back to make the score 24-23.
Corrigan would get a kill to kill the comeback for the Spartans and give the Mountaineer's the 25-23 win
ASU ran away with the final set, earning a 25-11. The Mountaineers used two four point runs to seal the win, the second of which pushed the lead to 21-9. Corrigan notched seven kills in the final frame to finish with 20 on the day.