Appalachian State edges ETSU 3-1 on day two of the JMU Coca-Cola Classic

Saturday, September 17, 2011

HARRISONBURG, Va. (September 17, 2011) – The Appalachian State quartet of Maggie Seeds, Alison Blasingame, Kelly Rhein and Meghann Forshey combined for 45 kills to propel the Mountaineers past ETSU, 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 28-26, 25-18), Saturday on day two of the JMU Coca-Cola Classic at Sinclair Gymnasium.

With the victory, Appalachian State evens its record to 6-6 on the season, while ETSU falls to an even 6-7 on the year.

Seeds and Blasingame each recorded 14.5 points and 12 kills for ASU. Rhein chipped in 11 kills and eight digs, while Forshey added 10 kills. Appalachian State out-hit ETSU .250-.156 in the contest.

Sophomore Megan Devine (Kingsport, Tenn.) led the way for the Buccaneers by recording a game-high 17 kills for the match, while also adding 10 digs for her fifth double-double of the year. Kayla Williams (El Paso, Texas) filled up the stat sheet by dishing out 42 assists, while also adding nine digs, eight kills and three blocks. Krista Hughes (Williamsburg, Va.) came off the bench to record seven kills, three service aces and a block for 10.5 points. Kiley Tamblyn (Torrance, Calif.) and Katie Muey (Alexandria, Ind.) combined for 25 digs to lead the ETSU defense. Muey also added four assists and two service aces.  

The first significant run in the opening set came after ETSU pulled within two at 12-10 following a Barber kill. Appalachian State then went on a 7-0 run to extend the lead to 19-10. ETSU could not get much closer as the Mountaineers clinched the set, 25-17.

ETSU jumped out to a quick 6-1 start in the second set thanks to three kills by Devine. Appalachian State battled back to cut the lead to one on two different occasions but the Bucs never relinquished the lead. ETSU went on to claim the set, 25-22, to even the match up at one apiece.

In the third set, Appalachian State was in control early as the Mountaineers got out to a quick 12-7 advantage. After ETSU reeled off four straight points to cut the lead to one, ASU took the next two points to extend the lead back out. The Bucs again had an answer as they went on a crucial 6-0 run to take a 17-14 lead. ETSU remained in front and had set point at 24-20. Appalachian State would provide the turning point of the match by winning the next four points to tie the score at 24 apiece. After an ETSU kill by Chentel Pate (Nashville, Tenn.) gave the Bucs set point once again at 25-24, an Appalachian State kill tied the score and extended the match. Once again, ETSU had set point after a Hughes kill made the score 26-25, but a timely block by ASU tied the match back up. A kill and a block in succession finally broke the tie and gave Appalachian State the set victory, 28-26.

The momentum from the third set victory carried over for Appalachian State in the fourth set as the Mountaineers led from the outset. ASU hit .361 in the set to take the frame, 25-18, while also clinching the match.

The Bucs close out the JMU Coca-Cola Classic at 5 p.m. against Georgetown.

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