BOONE – Appalachian State defeated the North Carolina A&T volleyball team 3-0 (25-9, 11, 5) Wednesday evening at the Holmes Center.
The Aggies fell to 1-11, while the Mountaineers improved to 7-4. The win snapped a three-game losing streak for Appalachian.
The Mountaineers made it tough for the Aggies in the first set as they registered 20 kills off 35 attacks for a hitting percentage of .457.
A&T tried to respond in the second set as Liz Martino opened the game with a service ace. ASU answered but a kill from Jade Boone helped the Aggies take a 2-1 lead. The Mountaineers tied the game and took the lead which they held for the remainder of the set.
ASU jumped to a 7-2 lead in the third set and never let A&T get within reach. The Mountaineers hit .412 throughout the entire match.
Martino tallied nine assists and Ashley Johnson finished with 12 digs.
“This was definitely not our best effort,” head coach Hal Clifton said. “It was a challenge to play these matches back-to-back. We did not meet the challenge as a whole and will work on the weaknesses. The experience will prove to be beneficial as we move towards conference play. The process is coming together mentally but we have to have better execution.”
The Aggies will compete at the High Point University Classic and will face High Point on Friday, Sept. 20. A&T will take on Davidson and Murray State on Saturday, Sept. 21 on the final day of the tournament.