Appalachian State University volleyball split two five-set matches on Saturday at the North Dakota State Invitational in Fargo, N.D. The Mountaineers defeated George Washington (19-25, 25-23, 25-20, 20-25, 15-10) in the first match at 3:30 p.m. before falling to the host NDSU (25-16, 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, 14-16) at 8 p.m.
GEORGE WASHINGTON MATCH
Lexi Kohut, Kara Spicer and Melissa McMath led the Mountaineer offense against the Colonials and combined for 53 of App State's 63 kills.
Ashlyn Brown recorded a career-high 57 assists along with 15 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Olivia Loeffler accumulated 23 digs and was followed by Emma Reilly who finished with a career-high 20 digs.
The Mountaineers dropped the first set to the Colonials before claiming set two and three to take a 2-1 advantage. George Washington commanded the fourth set, never allowing App State to get a lead forcing a deciding fifth set.
In the final set, with the score knotted at 3-3, the Mountaineers went on a 5-0 run to go up 8-3. That would end up being the final margin as App State came away with the victory, 15-10.
NORTH DAKOTA STATE MATCH
The Mountaineers took the first set over the Bison by a nine-point margin before dropping the next two sets. Late in the fourth set, up 18-17, App State went on a 6-2 run to force a set point. A kill by Courtney Sullivan sealed the fourth-set victory and sent the teams to a decisive fifth set.
Neither team got a lead higher than two points in the fifth set as they traded points for much of the set. Sullivan and Brown teamed up for a block to tie the set at 14-14, but the Bison would gain the final two points to claim the set and the match.
McMath led App State with 17 kills while Kohut tallied 12 kills. Brown snagged her tenth double-double with 44 assists and 11 digs.
Defensively, Sullivan set a career high with six blocks while five different Mountaineers collected double-digit digs.
Appalachian will play its final tournament next weekend in the Charleston Invitational with its first match coming against the host College of Charleston on Friday, Sept. 15 at 7 p.m.