Friday, 14 September 2018 08:28

Appalachian State Volleyball Downs Furman

Emma Longley had 17 kills and was one of three players for the Mountaineers who had 15 or more kills Emma Longley had 17 kills and was one of three players for the Mountaineers who had 15 or more kills Appalachian State Athletics

Emma Longley, Victoria Wilform and Kara Spicer each tallied 15 or more kills as Appalachian State volleyball posted a 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22 win at Furman on Thursday evening.

Longley finished with a match-high 17 kills, while Wilform notched a career-high 16 kills and Spicer recorded 15 kills. It marks the first time the Mountaineers (7-4) have had three players register 15 or more kills in a contest since Sept. 9, 2017 against George Washington, when Lexi Kohut (19), Melissa McMath (17) and Spicer (17) all had over 15 kills.

App State opened up the contest strong, building an early 10-4 lead on a kill by Wilform. Furman (4-6) got no closer than four points the rest of the way as the Black and Gold took the opener 25-18.

After the Paladins captured the second set 25-20, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 11-7 lead in Set 3. Furman battled back to tie the score at 19-19, before a kill by Anna Kincaid and an attack error allowed App State to open a 21-19 edge. Following a point by the Paladins, Appalachian won four of the final points, capped off by a Wilform kill, to clinch the set 25-21 and open a 2-1 lead.

The fourth set saw a 3-0 run give the Mountaineers a 13-11 advantage midway through the frame. Furman answered and took a 17-15 lead, but the Black and Gold came right back with three straight points to take a 18-17 lead. The Paladins responded with three straight points, only to see App State grab the following three points to take a 21-20 advantage. Following a Furman point, the Mountaineers captured four of the final five points to clinch the set 25-21 and close out the 3-1 victory.

Reigning Sun Belt Setter of the Week Becky Porter recorded her team leading third double-double of the season with a match-high 52 assists and a season-best 14 digs. She also added five block assists.

Emma Reilly reached double figure digs for the eighth time in the last nine contests with a team-best 15. Sydney Farthing chipped in with 11 digs.

App State recorded 63 kills, marking the third time this season the Mountaineers have posted over 60 kills in a match. The Black and Gold also hit .300 in the victory, marking the second time the Apps have had a hitting percentage of .300 or better on the season.

Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround and will take on Winthrop at noon on Friday in a neutral site contest in Greenville, S.C.

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