Georgia Southern trips ASU's volleyball team
by Staff Reports
The Mountaineers (5-15, 1-5 SoCon) were able to bounce back after losses in the first two sets to grab a third-set victory, but the Eagles (13-6, 4-1) steadied themselves to close the Mountaineers out in four sets by scores of 25-20, 25-15, 21-25 and 25-19.
Lindsay Sauls led the Mountaineers with 15 kills, while Jacqui Spurgeon and Dalton Tolliver added 12 and 10 kills respectively. Courtney Rhein had 15 digs and Lauren Brown dished out 42 assists.
Georgia Southern snagged an early 9-4 lead in the first set before the Mountaineers reeled off a 5-0 run to knot the match at 9-9. The teams would trade blows throughout the remainder of the set before the Eagles prevailed by a score of 25-20.
In the second set, Georgia Southern struck early and raced out to an 8-1 lead. The Mountaineers were never able to really threaten as the Eagles cruised to a 25-15 second-set win.
Appalachian came out strong in the third set as it never trailed after snagging a 3-0 lead early on. The Mountaineers would turn back Georgia Southern at every point throughout the remainder of the set to take a 25-21 set victory.
The elation would be short-lived, however, as the Eagles took the fourth and final set of the night by a 25-20 final. The Mountaineers were able to hang on early, but Georgia Southern pulled away late for the set victory and a 3-1 match win.
Georgia Southern was paced my Meredith Paskert’s match-high 16 kills, while Nicole Jeschelnik finished with 13. Kate Van Dyke recorded a match-high 43 assists.
The Eagles hit .262 on the attack while limiting the Mountaineers to .158 and tallied 13 blocks to Appalachian State’s four.
Appalachian State plays at Wofford on Saturday and at Furman on Sunday.