Created on Wednesday, 29 August 2012 12:15
The ASU volleyball team dropped their fourth straight match as they fell in a clean sweep 3-0 to Winthrop.
WInthrop (3-1) won by a score of 25-23, 27-25 and 25-23.
Although ASU was leading for most of the first set, they had a 16-12 lead until the Eagles took a timeout that would change the rest of the game.
After the timeout, the Eagles jumped on the Mountaineers cutting the lead to two before going on a run to take a lead in the first set at 21-19.
App tied it at 21-21 before falling just short as the Eagles won three of the last five points to take the first set by a score of 25-23.
After a bitter loss in the first set, ASU stumbled at the start of the second set as Winthrop jumped out to an 11-3 lead.
The Mountaineers went on an 8-2 run to tie the game 23-23.
App had two set points but failed to close it out as Winthrop took the lead and won the second set 27-25.
The third set began well for the Mountaineers but their early lead was short lived as Winthrop went on an 11-2 run.
ASU trailed 21-13 before battling back to make it a one point game at 24-23; however, the Eagles held off the pesky Mountaineers to take the match in straight sets.
Sauls lead both team in kills with 14 and added six digs and four block assists.
Sophomore Jacqui Spurgeon put in an additional nine kills and five digs.
Senior Courtney Rhein lead all players with 19 digs upping her total dig total to 1,380 and needs just four more digs to take possession of third place on the all-time Appalachian State digs list.
ASU is back in action this weekend as they play in the Lipscomb Invitational in search of their first win.
The Mountaineers will play Lipscomb on Friday at 12:30 before taking on Houston at 5.
ASU wraps up the tourney with a 12:30 Sunday match against Missouri.
Story: JORDAN DEVERE, Intern Sports Reporter