Appy trips Lady Bucs

from staff reports
BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State University volleyball overcame a shaky first game and went on to cruise to a 26-30, 30-17, 30-25, 30-18 victory over East Tennessee State in Appalachian's home and Southern Conference opener Tuesday night at the Holmes Center.
It appeared the Appalachian was in for a long evening when it came out of the gates by committing as many errors as it had kills (10) in the opening game. ETSU (2-12, 0-2 SoCon) capitalized on the early ASU mistakes and outhit the Mountaineers .135 to .000 to claim the game one win.
However, ASU shook off the game one setback and answered with a dominating performance in the 30-17 game two victory. Nineteen of Appalachian's 30 points in the game came on kills, while the Mountaineer committed just 3 errors.
Appalachian (3-10, 1-0) continued to hit at a torrid clip in games three and four to seal its first victory in seven matches. Led by a match-high 18 kills from junior Samantha Giudici, the Mountaineers posted a .383 hitting percentage (50-12-99) over the final three games to turn the match around.
Senior middle blocker Jackie Jennings added 14 kills for Appalachian, while fellow senior Katherine Dean led three Mountaineers in double figures with 13 digs. Setter Amber Mangrum added 43 assists to help ASU move to 13-6 in home openers since 1985.
Appalachian will look to move to 2-0 in SoCon play when it hosts league-foe Chattanooga at 7 p.m. Saturday evening at the Holmes Center.