App State Sports News.... (2018-09-02 13:37:09)

MSOC: App State 2, VMI 1

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's soccer improved to 3-0 for the first time since 2008 with a 2-1 victory over VMI (0-3) on Saturday evening in the home opener at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

App State has outscored its opponents, 7-3, in the first three contests of the season while it improves to an impressive 37-2-1 against the Keydets after the triumph.

"It feels great to be 3-0," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "It's where everyone wants to be after three games, and were fortunate enough to be 3-0. Each game has been very challenging, asks questions and our guys have shown a resiliency that no matter what it takes, we find a way to win."

Leading 1-0 in the second half, VMI's Wilson Tuck tied up the game in the 64th minute, 1-1. However, the game wasn't tied for long when Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) fed Justin Pruitt (Matthews, N.C./Weddington) a nice ball and then needed to beat just one defender in the box and did so before slipping the shot in the right corner. Pruitt's first goal of the season gave App a 2-1 lead in what became the first-game winning score of his career.

VMI didn't threaten the Apps the rest of the way, as the lone shot it attempted was the match-tying score. App State held a dominating 17-1 edge for a season high in shot attempts and a favorable 8-1 advantage in shots on goal. The Black and Gold is boasting a solid .522 SOG percentage (24-46) through the first three games.

Appalachian struck first at 35' when Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) took advantage of a VMI foul and found the back of the right corner off a free kick for his first goal of the season to give the Black and Gold a 1-0 lead.

Pruitt led the way with two shots on goal while six other Mountaineers registered a shot on target. Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Julius-Echter-Gymnasium), Zeiko Harris (Sandys Parish Bermuda/South Kent), and Brady Gunter (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) played all 90 minutes to help anchor a backline that limited the Keydets to a season low in shot attempts. Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) played all 90 minutes between the posts and got the win as the goalkeeper.

App State will look for a 4-0 start to the season against Belmont on Monday at 1 p.m.

Volleyball Falls to Clemson and Mississippi State on Final Day of Appalachian Invitational

BOONE, N.C. -- The Appalachian State volleyball team suffered defeats at the hands of ACC foe Clemson and SEC opponent Mississippi State on the final day of the Appalachian Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (4-2) dropped a highly contested five-set contest to invitational champion Clemson (4-2) 25-22, 19-25, 21-25, 26-24, 15-10. App State fell to Mississippi State (2-5) 27-25, 25-23, 25-18 in the final match against the weekend.

For her efforts on the weekend, Emma Longley was named to the All-Tournament Team. She totaled 41 kills on a .254 hitting percentage and 19 digs over three matches.

Against Clemson, it was the Tigers taking the opening frame 25-22. In Set 2, App State raced out to a 7-1 lead and built a 17-10 edge. The Tigers would pull within three points, but a kill by Lexi Kohut gave the Mountaineers the frame 25-19 to even the set score at 1-1.

In Set 3, the Black and Gold started quickly again and opened a 13-8 advantage. Clemson would pull within one point at 15-14, before three straight Mountaineer points pushed their lead back to 18-14. After the Tigers cut the App State lead to 22-20, the Mountaineers scored three of the final four points to clinch the set 25-21 and build a 2-1 advantage.

Appalachian State jumped out to an 7-1 lead in the fourth frame, only to see Clemson storm back and take a 16-15 lead. The Tigers appeared to win the set 25-23, but a challenge by head coach Matt Ginipro overturned the potential clinching point and tied the score at 24-24. The Tigers rebounded by winning the next two points to force a fifth and deciding set by a 26-24 count.

In the final frame, a kill from Kohut gave the Mountaineers a 10-9 lead. From there, the Tigers reeled off six consecutive points to clinch the set and match by a 15-10 score.

Four players reached double figure kills, led by Longley, who had 19. Melissa McMath added 16 kill, Kohut had 14 and Kara Spicer tallied 10.

Becky Porter posted a double-double with 54 assists and 10 digs. Emma Reilly finished with a season-high 20 digs and Sydney Farthing added 11.

In all, App State tallied a season-best 64 kills and hit .228 in the match.

Against Mississippi State, the Mountaineers jumped out a 16-9 lead in the opening frame. The Bulldogs would chip away at the Black and Gold lead and used a late 4-0 run to take a 23-22 advantage. The teams would trade the next five points and with the score knotted at 25-25, Mississippi State got a kill and an attack error from Kohut to take the opening set 27-25.

In Set 2, the Bulldogs scored five straight points to turn a 9-7 deficit into a 12-9 lead. App State came right back with the next six points to take a 15-12 edge. Mississippi State used a late 4-0 spurt to take a 22-20 lead. With the score tied at 23-23, the Bulldogs captured the final two points to win the set 25-23 and take a 2-0 lead.

In the third set, Mississippi State jumped out to a 12-8 lead. Appalachian State was unable to get within four points the rest of the way, as the Bulldogs took the set 25-18.

Longley paced the Mountaineers with 11 kills and just one error, finishing with a .233 hitting mark. Spicer had eight kills and McMath finished with seven.

Porter dished out 33 assists to go along with four kills. Reilly posted another double-digit dig effort, finishing with 10.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday and Saturday at the N.C. State/Campbell Tournament. On Friday, the Black and Gold will take on Utah Valley at 11 a.m. at N.C. State and will battle Wright State at 2 p.m. and Campbell at 6 p.m. on Saturday at Campbell.