Special Report to Blowing Rock News from App State Sports. By Ben Winterrowd. September 19, 2015. MOBILE, AL — bAppalachian State University volleyball concluded its road trip and opening of Sun Belt Conference play at 2-0 with a 3-1 win at South Alabama on Saturday evening.
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For the Mountaineers (9-4, 2-0 Sun Belt), Emily Corrigan andPaige Brown recorded their fourth and seventh double-doubles, respectively, in the victory. Corrigan notched 21 kills and 12 digs, while Brown tallied 47 assists and also contributed 12 digs.
Cassidy Stephenson recorded a season-high 13 kills and hit a team-high .425 for the match. With both Corrigan and Stephenson reaching double-digit kills, Jess Keller was the third Mountaineers with double-digit kills with 17.
Corrigan tallied four kills in the opening moments of the first set to help App State build an early 10-4 lead. After a South Alabama timeout, the Jaguars (5-6, 0-2 Sun Belt) would find points to get to within one point at 18-17. Appalachian would use 7-3 run capped off by a Corrigan kill to end the set at 25-20.
In the second set, both teams traded points early on which led to five ties before a Stephenson kill gave the Mountaineers a 9-8 advantage. Stephenson’s kill was followed by back-to-back kills from Corrigan. At 15-11, South Alabama called a timeout but Appalachian State rallied off a 10-4 run to down the Jags 25-15.
The third set went in favor of the Jaguars. With the set tied at 12-12, the Jags used a 5-0 run to open up a 17-12 lead, which led to a Mountaineer timeout. Out of the timeout, App State started to climb back into it and used kills from Stephenson, Corrigan and Courtney Sullivan to help get within two points at 19-17. App State would tie the set at 21-21, but the Jaguars used two errors and two kills to win 25-22.
With just one set needed for the road victory, the Black and Gold came out firing on all cylinders in the fourth set. The Mountaineers got out to a quick 8-1 lead behind five Jaguar errors and kills from Keller, Corrigan and Stephenson. Both teams matched points through the middle part of the set, which led to an 18-9 App State lead.
The Mountaineers never allowed their lead to dip below five points the rest of the way and finished off the Jaguars 25-17 to finish the weekend at 2-0. Leading the Appalachian defense all night was Meghan Mahoney, who finished with a season-high 30 digs, while three other Mountaineers finished with double-digit digs, including 10 from Kati Stammen.
The Black and Gold finished the match hitting .319 and held South Alabama to just a .185 hitting percentage. In all, App State recorded 61 kills, 57 assists and 72 digs. There were two lead changes and 10 tied scores.
Appalachian State will next be in action on Saturday, Sept. 26 when it hosts Texas State. First serve is slated for 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.