Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Ben Winterrowd. BOONE, NC — Appalachian State University dropped its second-straight match of the Black and Gold Invitational in a five-set thriller against Wofford 3-2 (21-25, 25-20, 25-23, 21-25, 14-16) on Saturday.
The Mountaineers (2-3) were led by Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons), who finished with a double-double. Longley tallied a match-high 27 kills and collected 14 digs in the effort.
Two other Mountaineers finished with double-digit kills. Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) totaled 13 kills, while true freshman Mikel Coleman (Farmington Hills, Mich./Harrison) finished a career-high 10 kills.
Defensively, Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) led the way with a career-high 25 digs, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected 10 digs each.
Junior setter Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) tallied a double-double with 37 assists and 12 digs. Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) contributed 16 assists.
Appalachian fell behind in the first set and were down by as many as four at 20-16 – forcing a Mountaineer timeout. The Apps clawed to within two on three different occasions, but two costly errors sealed the set for Wofford.
In the second set, Appalachian State let a three-point advantage dwindle down to one at 21-20 before a 4-0 run keyed by a Longley kill tied the match at 1-1.
The Mountaineers found themselves down four points at 21-17 in a crucial third set before an 8-2 run gave the Apps a set victory and 2-1 lead in the match. The run was started by a Terrier service error and included kills from Longley, McMath and a combination of Terrier errors.
Early in the fourth set, App State held a slim advantage, but a 6-1 run by Wofford put the Terriers up 17-13 and they held on despite Appalachian pulling to within one point. With the 25-21 set win, Wofford set up a decisive fifth set.
Wofford dominated the early portion of the final set and led 10-3, seemingly ready to put the match away. App State crawled back with kills from both Longley and McMath, while a kill from Coleman coupled with Terrier errors brought the Apps to within one at 13-12.
With the match tied at 14-14, back-to-back Terrier kills clinched the set and match for Wofford.
Appalachian State will play once more in the Black and Gold Invitational this evening with a 7 p.m. showdown with the Ohio Bobcats.