MOBILE, Ala. – Appalachian State volleyball won its eighth straight contest by a 25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 25-17 score over South Alabama in its regular season finale on Sunday.
The Mountaineers conclude the regular season with a 21-7 mark and a 13-3 record in the Sun Belt. The 13 conference victories are tied for the most wins for the program in Sun Belt play since joining the league in 2014.
In the opening frame, the two teams found themselves knotted at 15-15. From there App State won six straight points to open a 21-15 edge. The Mountaineers never looked back, winning the set 25-17.
In Set 2, App State raced out to a 5-0 advantage. South Alabama (13-16, 7-9 SBC) battled back and took its first lead of the set at 15-14. With the Mountaineers trailing 21-20, the Jaguars won four of the last five points to win the set and knot the contest at 1-1.
In the third set, the two teams found themselves deadlocked at 20-20. South Alabama jumped ahead 23-22, only to see App State respond with a kill from Amya Giger to tie the score at 23-23. The Black and Gold would then benefit from a pair of attack errors by the Jaguars to clinch the set 25-23.
In the fourth set, the Black and Gold jumped out to an 8-4 lead and pushed its advantage to 14-6 on a service ace from Jana Owens. The Jaguars would get no closer than five points the rest of the set and a kill from Melissa McMath clinched the set and victory for the Mountaineers.
McMath paced the Mountaineer offense with 15 kills and a .448 hitting mark. Kara Spicer also reached double figures in kills, tallying 11. Grace Morrison and Victoria Wilform each finished with seven kills.
Owens posted a career-high 36 assists, while adding eight digs and five kills.
Defensively, Emma Reilly had a match-high 22 digs, while Sydney Farthing chipped in with nine.
App State hit .240 in the match and registered 56 kills.
Appalachian State will now shift its focus to the Sun Belt Tournament. The Mountaineers will enter the tournament as the second seed and will play in the semifinals on Nov. 17 at 2:30 p.m. against an opponent that has yet to be determined.