App State volleyball

SAN MARCOS, Tex. — Appalachian State volleyball fell to UT Arlington 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-21, 25-17) in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on Nov. 21.

The sixth-seeded Mountaineers see their season come to a close with a 13-17 mark, while the seventh-seeded Mavericks improve to 17-12 and advance to play third seed South Alabama Nov. 22.

App State outside hitter Emma Longley finished with a match-high 17 kills on a .256 hitting percentage, to go along with seven digs. She concludes her career with 1,340 kills, which ranks seventh in program history.

Teammate Kara Spicer added 13 kills on a .360 hitting percentage and Victoria Wilform added 12 kills.

Emma Reilly tallied a team-high 14 digs, while Sydney Farthing added 11 digs. Reilly concludes the season with 550 digs, which ranks as the sixth most in single-season history.

In the opening set, UT Arlington jumped out to a 17-11 lead, only to see the Mountaineers storm back with seven straight points to take an 18-17 lead. The Mountaineers tied the set at 21-21, but the Mavericks won the next two points to take a 23-21 edge. App State pulled within a point at 24-23, but a ball handling error gave the Mavericks the opening set 25-23.

In Set 2, the Mountaineers held a 21-19 lead, before the Mavericks scored two straight points to tie the score at 21-21. App State scored four of the last five points to win the set 25-22 and knot the match at a set apiece.

A 5-1 run by UT Arlington in Set 3 gave them a 14-9 lead. Following a Spicer kill, the Mavericks scored two more points to build a 16-10 edge. UTA pushed its lead to 24-17, but four straight Mountaineer points trimmed the Mavericks lead to 24-21. The Mavericks won the next point to take the set 25-21 and a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth set, UT Arlington jumped out to a 10-2 lead. App State chipped away at its deficit and cut it to 14-9. The Mavericks responded with three of the next four points, but App State came right back with four consecutive points to cut the UTA lead to 17-14. From there, the Mavericks closed out the set and match on an 8-3 spurt to win the four-set contest.

The Mountaineers registered 53 kills and hit .231, while the Mavericks hit .319 and had 61 kills.

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