BOONE, N.C. — Four players recorded at least eight kills as Appalachian State volleyball improved to a perfect 4-0 on the season with a 25-23, 25-19, 25-19 victory over Davidson on the first day of the Appalachian Invitational.
The Mountaineers have now posted four straight 3-0 victories for the first time since 2014. App State also has won its first four contests to open a season since the 2014 campaign. It also marks the first time in program history that Appalachian State has opened with the season with four straight sweeps.
Kara Spicer led the Black and Gold offensive attack with 12 kills and a .346 hitting mark, to go along with eight digs. Emma Longley also reached double figures in the kills department with 11, while recording seven digs. Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohut each tallied eight kills.
As a team, the Mountaineers hit .287 in the win, registering 48 total kills against just 15 errors.
The opening set was tight, featuring 12 ties and six lead changes. After Davidson (3-2) opened up a 11-8 lead, App State rallied to jump in front 13-12 on a kill from Kohut. With the score knotted at 22-22, the Black and Gold went in front 23-22 on a kill from Porter. An attack error by the Wildcats expanded the Mountaineer lead to 24-22. Following a Davidson kill, the Apps clinched the first set on a Wildcat service error.
Appalachian State never trailed in the second set, jumping out to a 11-4 advantage. Davidson would pull within four points, but the Mountaineers got a kill from Kohut and an attack error from Davidson to win the frame 25-19.
Set 3 saw the Black and Gold use a quick 4-0 spurt to build a 14-9 edge. Davidson would trim the Mountaineer lead to four points, but a service error and a kill by Longley gave the Mountaineers the final two points of the set to finish off the sweep.
Appalachian State will be right back at it on Saturday, playing its final two matches of the Appalachian Invitational. The Mountaineers will take on ACC foe Clemson at 12:30 p.m., followed by a 7 p.m. contest against SEC opponent Mississippi State to close out the tournament. Both matches will be broadcast on ESPN+.