GREENSBORO, NC – Kayren Finney had a match-high 13 kills and Catherine Hanners had 15 digs and four aces as UNC Greensboro swept Appalachian State in three sets by scores of 25-19, 25-20 and 25-14, in Southern Conference volleyball action Saturday evening.
The Spartans hit .237 for the match to earn the victory. UNCG (16-9, 8-4 SoCon) swept the regular season meetings from Appalachian State for the first time since 1995.
In the opening set, the Spartans used an 8-4 run to extend a 12-10 advantage to 20-14. Finney capped off the run with her sixth kill of the set, forcing the Mountaineers to call a timeout. Appalachian State, however, could not close the gap to less than four.
In the second, the Mountaineers (5-22, 1-12) scored six of the first eight points and jumped out to a 10-5 lead. But UNCG came roaring back with an 11-4 run to take the lead. It remained a tight match through 20-20. However, the Spartans scored the last five points, capped off by a Branagan Fuller kill, to win the second set.
UNCG closed it out with a dominating performance in the third, limiting the Mountaineers to just four kills. Three straight aces by Hanners gave the Spartans a 4-0 lead. A kill by Alissa Beaudway ran the lead to 10-3 before Appalachian State put together a spurt to get back in it. Consecutive attack errors by the Spartans gave Appalachian State an 11-7 lead. The margin was still four at 14-10 when UNCG scored eight of the next 10 points, capped off by Kayleigh Knerr's service ace. UNCG coasted home from there, closing it out with a kill by Emily Lindborg.
The Spartans return to action Sunday when they host Western Carolina at 12 noon.
UNCG def. Appalachian State 25-19,25-20,25-14
Appalachian State (5-22, 1-12) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Maja Jechorek 6-0-0; Maggie Seeds 5-0-2; Becca Norris 4-0-1; Caroline Sedon 4-0-1; Lauren Swecker 3-0-3; Charissa Clearman 1-1-0; Carla Durham 0-0-4; Cassie Engelgau 0-1-0; Totals 23-2-6.0. (Assists) - Charissa Clearman 10; Kasey Sauls 10. (Dig leaders) - Charissa Clearman 9; Heather Kale 9
UNCG (16-9, 8-4) (Kills-aces-blocks) - Kayren Finney 13-0-1; Kaitlyn Nortz 8-0-3; Branagan Fuller 5-0-2; Caley Redden 4-0-0; Alissa Beaudway 4-0-2; Billi Baker 2-0-1; Emily Lindborg 2-0-0; Kimiko Naito 1-0-0; Lisa Fawell 1-1-0; Kayleigh Knerr 0-1-0; Catherine Hanners 0-4-0; Totals 40-6-5.0. (Assists) - Lisa Fawell 17; Kimiko Naito 13. (Dig leaders) - Catherine Hanners 15; Caley Redden 8
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