ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Nine sets play, nine sets won. After sweeping past The Citadel on Friday, Appalachian State volleyball completed a perfect weekend to open the 2018 season with 3-0 sweeps of Coppin State and UNC Asheville on the final day of the UNC Asheville Invitational.
The Mountaineers (3-0) are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2014 season, when they started 13-0. The three sweeps marks the first time App State has started a season with three consecutive 3-0 victories since 2014.
Emma Longley was named Tournament MVP, with Becky Porter and Emma Reilly earning All-Tournament Team honors.
In the first contest of the day against Coppin State (0-2), the Mountaineers hit a sizzling .364, totaling 37 team kills against just nine errors. They also held their second straight opponent to a negative hitting percentage, limiting the Eagles to a -.014 mark after holding The Citadel to a -.065 hitting percentage on Friday.
Five players registered at least four kills, led by Longley, who registered a match-high 11 kills, against just one error, for a .556 hitting mark. Kara Spicer added seven kills on a .353 hitting mark, while Porter had six kills on six attempts for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage. Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohut each added four kills in the victory.
Porter dished out a match-high 18 assists, while adding two block assists. On defense, Reilly had a match-high eight digs, Sydney Farthing had six and Longley had five.
The teams were tied at 10-10 in the opening set, before the Mountaineers were able to take a 14-11 lead. From there, the Black and Gold won 11 of the final 13 points to grab the opening set 25-14.
In Set 2, a kill by Porter gave Appalachian an early 7-2 lead. The Eagles would roar back and take an 11-10 edge, only to see the Apps counter with the next four points to take a 14-11 advantage. Leading 15-14, the Black and Gold won 10 straight points, getting two kills apiece from Porter and Spicer, to run away with the second set 25-14.
The Mountaineers took control of the third set building an early 10-3 lead. Appalachian State never let Coppin State get within seven points the rest of the way, cruising to a 25-13 victory to finish off the sweep.
In the match against UNC Asheville (2-1), the Black and Gold got three straight kills from Spicer to take a 15-14 lead in the opening set. With the set knotted at 18-18, the Mountaineers won five straight points to build a 23-18 lead, eventually winning the set 25-20.
The second set saw the Mountaineers score five straight points to erase an early 9-4 deficit and tie things at 9-9. The Apps would score five straight points again later in the set to break a 14-14 tie and take a 19-14 advantage. A kill from Kohut and an attack error from the Bulldogs gave App State the second frame 25-19.
In Set 3, the score was tight throughout before a six-point spurt allowed Appalachian to build a 23-14 edge. Clinging to a 24-18 lead, the Mountaineers got a kill from McMath to finish off the set and clinch the 3-0 sweep.
Five players recorded at least six kills in the victory, led by McMath, who tallied a match-high 10. Longley had eight kills, with Kohut and Spicer each finishing with seven. Anna Kincaid chipped in with six kills.
Porter finished with a game-high 30 assists and seven digs, while Reilly posted a match-high 11 digs.
The Black and Gold finished with 40 kills and hit .250 in the match. UNC Asheville posted 30 kills and a .178 hitting percentage.
Appalachian State will return home next weekend to host the Appalachian Invitational inside the Holmes Center on Friday and Saturday. The Mountaineers will take on Davidson on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host ACC foe Clemson at 12:30 p.m. and SEC opponent Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.