Apps Drop Saturday Match to Missouri

Published Tuesday, September 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Sept. 4, 2012. Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its final match of the 2012 Lipscomb Invitational, 3-0, to Missouri on Saturday at Allen Arena. The Mountaineers (1-6) ended the weekend with a 1-2 record while the Tigers (5-1) finished the weekend with a 3-0 record and did not drop a set in defeating the Apps 25-13, 25-13 and 25-10.

App State was able to grab early leads in both the first and third sets, but Missouri dominated the vast majority of each set to pick up its third-straight win.

After snagging a 2-0 lead in the first set, the Mountaineers fell behind after the Tigers mounted a 5-0 run and forced the Apps to call a timeout. Despite the stoppage in play, Mizzou did not miss a beat as it built a lead as large as 10 points late in the set to grab a 25-13 first-set win.

The second set would play out much the same as Missouri strung together several impressive runs after building a an early lead and, after jumping out in front 14-4, never led by less than seven points en route to another 25-13 set win. The Tigers dominated the third and final set of the contest, using a an 11-0 run to take a 13-2 lead, as they led by as many as 19 points (22-3) and were never really in danger of surrendering the lead.

Appalachian was led on offense by Dalton Tolliver’s (Ortonville, Mich./Notre Dame Prep) 10 kills while Courtney Rhein (York, Pa./Eastern York) had a match-high 19 digs. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) finished with a team-best 13 assists.

Missouri was paced by Taylor Simpson’s 11 kills and Lisa Henning finished with five total blocks. Molly Kreklow led all players with 30 assists.

The Apps hit just .191 on the attack while the Tigers posted a hitting percentage of .370 and finished with eight blocks to Appalachian’s four. App State continues tournament play this coming weekend at the VCU Invitational where it will face Georgetown, Virginia and Virginia Commonwealth.

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