BLACKSBURG, Va. – With a 3-0 victory against Norfolk State, the App State volleyball team concluded play at the Virginia Tech Classic on Friday. Due to her performance on the court this week, senior Sarah Mission was also named to the All-Tournament Team.
“I’m proud of the way we responded today,” said head coach Sarah Rumely Noble. “We worked hard and were locked in. We had a great pre-conference segment of play and I can’t wait to get started in league play.”
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App State 3, Norfolk State 0
McCall Denny, a senior, recorded her second double-double of the competition while leading the squad in kills (14) and recording 10 digs. Sam Bickley, a fellow senior, also had a double-double with 19 assists and 11 digs. With four aces and four blocks, Maya Winterhoff, a rookie, led the team in both categories. With 13, rookie Kenady Roper led the club in digs.
In terms of points (50-34), kills (39-26), aces (6-3), assists (37-24), and digs (24), App State defeated Norfolk State (54-40). With five blocks each, the Mountaineers and Spartans were tied.
The opening set was won by the Mountaineers, 25-18. The Black and Gold battled Norfolk State point after point until they were able to break the stalemate at 12-12 by scoring three straight points on kills from Missroon and Denny and a mistake by the Spartans. With two further three-point runs that included kills from sophomore Lulu Ambrose and Winterhoff, a block from the team of junior Meghan Dombrowski and Winterhoff, and an ace from Bickley, the Mountaineers increased their advantage to 22-16. The opening set was concluded by a Spartans fault and an ace from Winterhoff.
With App State behind early in the second set, junior Madison Baldridge’s kill helped the team tie the Spartans at 4-4. The Mountaineers, who were down by one (8-7) launched on a five-point run to go ahead, 11-8. With kills from Ambrose, Winterhoff, and Denny, the Black and Gold went on another run, scoring six consecutive points to take a 17-10 lead. Within the 6-0 run, Denny had four kills, three of which were consecutive. With the score at 21-17 in their favor, App State scored three more points in a row thanks to a Spartan mistake, a block from Baldridge and Winterhoff, and a kill by Ambrose. The set ended with a kill by Baldridge, 25-19.
With a 6-0 run to start the third and final set, App State quickly took the lead, 6-1. With a kill by Denny and two aces from Winterhoff, the Mountaineers scored four more straight points to increase their advantage to 10-4. The Mountaineers scored three runs of three points to increase the margin to 23-11. Before the Spartans embarked on their three-point run, Denny added another kill to make the score 24-12. However, it wasn’t enough to overcome the Mountaineers’ dominant advantage. App State prevailed 25-15 in the third set.
App State will open conference action with a pair of matches against new SBC member, James Madison. The first match will take place on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. and the second will be on Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.