App State notebook

CLEMSON, S.C. — Appalachian State’s volleyball team suffered a 3-1 loss to Radford in the first round of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (on Nov. 29 on the campus of Clemson.

The Mountaineers see their season come to a close with a 22-9 record. Radford improves to 22-6 and advances to take on either Clemson in the second round on Nov. 30. Result of that match was not available by presstime.

The Mountaineers conclude the season with 22 victories, marking the most for the program since the 2015 season. App State also won the Sun Belt East Division title for the first time since the conference moved to a division format in the 2016 season.

Kara Spicer paced the Mountaineer offense with 16 kills to go along with four total blocks (three assists, one solo). Emma Longley added 13 kills and nine digs.

Grace Morrison had eight kills, Amya Giger had seven kills and Victoria Wilform had six kills.

Becky Porter tallied her team leading 12th double-double of the season with 44 assists and 18 digs. Defensively, Emma Reilly finished with 19 digs, Sydney Hinds added 12 digs and Sydney Farthing chipped in with nine.

In the first set, the Mountaineers used a 5-1 run to open a 13-7 lead. App State continued to pull away and built a 21-12 lead. Radford used a late rally to cut the Mountaineer to 24-23, but a kill from Spicer gave the Mountaineers the opening set 25-23.

The Highlanders took control of Set 2, breaking an 8-8 tie with seven straight points to open a 15-8 edge. The Mountaineers pulled to within five points, but could get no closer, dropping the set 25-17.

In the third set, Radford broke a 7-7 tie with two straight points. The Highlanders held the lead and were clinging to a 21-20 lead, before winning the final four points to take the frame 25-20.

In the fourth set, App State scored three straight points early on to jump in front 4-3. Radford answered back with a 9-1 run to open a 12-5 lead, only to see the Mountaineers respond with five straight points to trim the deficit to 12-10. Trailing 21-19, the Highlanders reeled off four straight points to clinch the set and victory.

Women’s basketball

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. — The Appalachian State women’s basketball team suffered a 95-64 loss to ETSU (1-8) Nov. 29 in Brooks Gymnasium.

Madi Story was the lone Mountaineer who could get her offense going, scoring a team and season-high 20 points on 8-for-15 shooting from the field. It’s the third straight game in double figures for the redshirt-senior and her 12th-career game with at least 20 points.

Maya Calder led the team in rebounding with seven off the glass, while Ashley Polacek posted a team-high five assists.

What was working for the Mountaineers (4-3) over their four-game win streak, wasn’t in their favor Nov. 29. Appalachian allowed ETSU (1-8) to shoot 56.2 percent from the floor, while the Mountaineers shot just 34.3 percent from the field and 13-of-32 from the free throw line.

ETSU ended the final 3:18 of the first quarter with a 16-4 surge, hitting six of its next 10 shots to go into the second period with a 28-15 lead. App State started the second quarter making 7-of-9 shots from the field, including four straight field goals by Story, that dwindled the ETSU lead to 38-29.

But the Bucs kept App State from getting any closer when an 8-0 burst to finish out the first half pushed the ETSU lead to 46-29.

ETSU went 15-for-18 from the field in the third period, which kept Appalachian at bay and making sure it couldn’t mount a comeback.

Erica Haynes-Overton led three players in scoring with a game-high 35 points on 16-of-26 for the Bucs.

The Mountaineers host College of Charleston at the Holmes Center at 2 p.m.

on Dec.2.

East Tennessee State 95, App State 64

Appalachian State 64 (4-3)

Gosnell 2-6 1-2 6, Plummer 3-5 0-1 6, Stanley 1-5 0-0 2, Polacek 0-6 2-4 2, Calder 2-5 1-6 5, Wilson 3-12 2-2 9, Mathews 1-2 0-0 3, Hampton 1-4 1-4 3, Newton 0-0 1-2 1, Bigott 1-3 2-6 5, Jeffery 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 23-67 13-32 64.

East Tennessee State 95 (1-8)

Dean 4-7 0-0 8, Snowden 5-9 1-1 1-1 12, Tipps 1-5 1-2 3, Upton 3-7 0-1 6, Haynes-Overton 16-26 3-3 35, Lytton 1-4 0-0 3, Murphy 3-5 0-0 9, Adams 1-2 2-2 4, Spears 7-8 1-4 15, Stafford 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 41-73 8-13 95.

Appalachian State 15 14 14 21 — 64

East Tennessee State 28 18 31 18 — 95

3-point goals—App State 5-12 (Story 1-1, Bigott 1-1, Gosnell 1-2, Mathews 1-2, Wilson 1-4, Polacek 0-1, Jeffrey 0-1), ETSU 8-13 (Haynes-Overton 3-3, Murphy 3-5, Snowden 1-2, Lytton 1-3, Dean 0-1). Rebounds—App State 38 (Calder 7), ETSU 47 (Snowden 10). Assists—App State 15 (Polacek 5, ETSU 20 (Haynes-Overton 6). Turnovers—App State 18, ETSU 20. Total fouls—App State 21, ETSU 24. Fouled out—ETSU, Adams. Technical fouls—None. Att.—839.

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