Mountaineers close out tournament with win
by Staff Reports
Appalachian State's volleyball team swept its competition on the second day of the North Carolina State Midtown Courtyard Classic at Reynolds Coliseum. Appalachian managed a pair of 3-0 victories over Towson and Binghamton to wrap up its second regular-season tournament.
Following the evening victory, the Mountaineers are now 6-1 overall, while Binghamton dropped to 0-6 after being defeated 25-16, 25-18 and 25-15 by the Mountaineers. The Bearcats are now 0-2 all-time versus Appalachian State.
All-tournament selection Lauren Gray boasted a team-high 16 kills for a .556 hitting percentage and 20 points. Meghan Mahoney chipped in 16 digs, while outside hitter Jess Keller added two blocks.
Senior middle Grace Vickers had a team-high nine kills for the Bearcats, while junior setter Amanda Dettmann handed out 22 assists and senior libero Xiomara Ortiz collected a team-best 14 digs.
A 7-1 run by Appalachian State in the first set handed the Mountaineers a 12-6 advantage, but Binghamton managed to cut the deficit to three following a pair of kills from Grace Vickers. The Mountaineers extended their lead to eight, however, forcing a Binghamton time out before closing the set on an 8-1 run.
Appalachian extended its momentum into the second set, edging ahead with a 14-7 lead. The Bearcats attempted a comeback, but Appalachian's match-best .452 hitting percentage would prevent any chance as the Mountaineers took the frame, 25-18.
The final set saw the Mountaineers hold Binghamton to a negative hitting percentage as App State jumped out to a 12-5 lead and never looked back. A quick shot from Binghamton, along with a pair of Allison Hovie kills, pulled the Bearcats within three, but Appalachian connected on 10 terminations, while committing just one attack error to take the final set at 25-15.
Appalachian hit at a .340 clip with 41 kills and just eight errors, while Binghamton hit .051 for the match and put down just 28 kills compared to 23 attack errors.