Mountaineers Sweep Norfolk State at the Virginia Tech Classic.

Mountaineers Sweep Norfolk State at the Virginia Tech Classic.

BLACKSBURG, Va. – The App State volleyball team wrapped up the competition at the Virginia Tech Classic on Friday with a 3-0 win over Norfolk State. Senior Sarah Missroon also joined the All-Powerful Tournament Team for her on-field efforts this week.

“I’m really proud of how we reacted today,” said head coach Sarah Rumely Noble. “We’ve been working really hard and we’ve been locked in. We had a great run ahead of the convention and I can’t wait to start playing in the league.”

App State 3, Norfolk State 0 Senior McCall Denny got his second double of the tournament, leading the team in kills (14) and made 10 digs. Senior Sam Bickley also scored twice with 19 assists and 11 digs. Rookie Maya Winterhoff led the team in ace and block, for a total of four each. Freshman Kenady Roper leads the team in digs with 13.

App State outpaced Norfolk State in points (50-34), kills (39-26), aces (6-3), assists (37-24), and digs (54-40). The Mountaineers matched the Spartans in blocks with five apiece.

The Mountaineers won the first set, 25-18. Black and Gold split points with Norfolk State until they were able to get away with a 12-12 draw, scoring three in a row killing Missroon and Denny and a Spartan bug. The climbing team went further with two more three-point runs, including wins by second-year Lulu Ambrose and Winterhoff, a block from junior duo Meghan Dombrowsi and Winterhoff, and an ace from Bickley, to lead 22- 16. An error from Sparta and an ace from Winterhoff closed the first set.

Trailing early in the second set, App State caught up to the Spartans, 4-4, with a kill from junior Madison Baldridge. Down by one (8-7), the Mountaineers went on a five-point run to take the lead, 11-8. The Black and Gold went on another run, racking up six unanswered points with kills from Ambrose, Winterhoff and Denny to lead 17-10. Denny posted four kills within the 6-0 run, three of which were consecutive. Up 21-17, App State posted three more consecutive points from a Spartan error, a block from Baldridge and Winterhoff, and a kill from Ambrose. A kill from Baldridge capped the set, 25-19.

In the third and final set, App State came out hot, posting a 6-0 run right of the bat, to lead 6-1. The Mountaineers’ momentum carried them to four more consecutive points, which included a kill from Denny and two service aces from Winterhoff, to extend their lead to 10-4.The Mountaineers posted three three-point runs to push the score to 23-11. Denny posted another kill to make the score 24-12 before the Spartans went on a three-point run of their own, but it wasn’t enough to overtake the Mountaineers’ commanding lead. App State took the third set, 25-15.

Up Next
App State will open conference action with a pair of matches against new SBC member, James Madison. The first match will take place Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. and the second will be Sept. 24 at 1 p.m.

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