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Mountaineer volleyball splits weekend series

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Fifth year senior outside hitter McCall Denny goes up for a slam against Old Dominion Oct. 27. Denny recorded her 1,000th kill against the Monarchs.

App State volleyball split the weekend series on Oct 26 and 27 against Old Dominion, winning the first match 3-0 and losing the second 1-3. 

The first set was knotted early at five with kills from freshman right side Ava Leahy and sophomore middle blocker Maya Winterhoff. The Mountaineers then took a 15-9 lead due to kills from junior middle blocker Lauren Pledger and junior outside hitter Lulu Ambrose. 

The Black and Gold maintained control of the set and won 25-12. The lowest point total the Mountaineers allowed in a set since Sept. 1, when they held Bethune-Cookman to 11 points. 

To begin the second set, the Monarchs took a 7-4 lead. A 4-0 App State run highlighted by an ace from redshirt freshman setter Katie Cruise and a pair of kills from Winterhoff gave the Black and Gold a 13-11 advantage. Ambrose and Pledger recorded a pair of kills adding to the Mountaineer lead, 21-17. 

App State went on to win the second set 25-19. The Mountaineers started with a pair of aces from sophomore libero Kenady Roper to jump to a 9-6 lead. The Mountaineer lead extended to 17-9 due to a 5-0 run. 

Winterhoff recorded a kill and solo block to give the Black and Gold a 23-14 lead. App State continued to remain in control by winning the set 25-16 and the match 3-0. 

In the second match, fifth-year senior McCall Denny recorded her 1,000th kill, but it wouldn’t be enough as the Mountaineers fell to the Monarchs 1-3. 

A pair of aces from sophomore libero Alyssa McBean helped propel the Mountaineers to a 12-5 lead to begin the first set. Kills from multiple Mountaineers extended the lead to 18-11 allowing the Black and Gold to take the first set 25-17. 

A kill from Denny gave the Mountaineers a 3-1 lead over ODU, but the Monarchs took a 13-6 lead. Kills from Leahy and Ambrose shrunk the deficit to 13-10. 

Old Dominion maintained momentum and won the second set 25-15. In the third set, the Monarchs took an early 11-8 lead despite an ace from McBean. App State responded with kills from Denny and tightened up the set at 11-10. 

Three kills from Ambrose gave back the Mountaineers the lead with a 17-15 advantage. Kills from Grevengoed and Denny extended the lead to 22-19. However, a late Monarch push helped them capture the set 26-24. 

Old Dominion opened up the final set with a 5-2 advantage, but shrunk to 6-4 as Winterhoff recorded a kill. 

The Monarchs extended their lead to 12-4, until a 6-0 Mountaineer run with kills from Winterhoff and Leahy shrunk the deficit to 14-12. 

The Monarchs held their lead and took the set 25-22 and the match 3-1.  

The Mountaineers head to Statesboro, Georgia to face Georgia Southern Nov. 3-4. Friday’s match is slated for 6 p.m. and Saturday’s for 1 p.m. Both matches can be streamed on ESPN+. 

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