Boone, N.C. – Second-year Citadel outside hitter Ise d'Angelo had her sixth double-digit kill performance of the season when she tallied 14 against Appalachian State on Saturday evening, but it was the host Mountaineers that earned the 25-13, 25-14, 17-25, 25-19 victory over the Bulldogs.
The Citadel posted 46 kills as a team, highlighted by d'Angelo's second double-figure kill effort of the Southern Conference slate. She was joined by teammates Rachael Farrell, Jessica Maxwell and Bailey Kernodle, who finished with seven kills apiece. Libero Erin Bucherl topped the Bulldogs lineup with 17 digs, while Farrell added 14. Maxwell also made her presence known defensively with four assisted blocks. The Citadel moves to 4-22 overall and 0-10 in SoCon play following the match.
Appalachian State earned its second Southern Conference victory of the season behind a pair of 14-kill efforts by Lindsey Sauls and Jacqui Spurgeon. The Mountaineers (6-18, 2-8 SoCon) converted 56 kills in 144 attempts to finish with a .271 hitting percentage. Defensively, ASU was anchored by the tandem of Courtney Rhein (24 digs) and Sauls (18 digs), who completed the double-double, while teammate Jessica Eley finished with five assisted blocks.
A series kills by Amanda Rudnik and Jessica Maxwell placed The Citadel in a 3-3 tie, early in the first set, only to see Appalachian State score 15 of the next 21 points and move in front 18-9. ASU took advantage of three kills by Sauls and one by Dalton Tolliver to complete the 25-13 win.
The two teams again battled for an early advantage as The Citadel witnessed kills by Rudnik, Farrell and d'Angelo to make for an 8-7 score. Appalachian State responded with two kills by Spurgeon and used a service ace by Brown to move in front 14-9. Kills by Rudnik and Maxwell kept the Bulldogs within striking distance, 15-11, before five straight points with Sauls in serve pushed the Mountaineer advantage to 21-12. ASU completed the 25-14 victory behind points from Rhein, Keller and Brown to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Citadel's front row of Maxwell, Farrell, Hurt and d'Angelo all recorded early kills as the Bulldogs set the tone in a 10-7 lead early in the third set. This placed Emily Dalton in serve, which pushed the lead to five, and following a kill by Kernodle and points in serve by Mikaela Tracy, the Cadets held a 16-8 advantage. Appalachian State drew within four points of the lead on just one occasion as four kills by d'Angelo in the final six points of the game made for the 25-17 victory.
Sauls responded with three kills among the first 11 ASU points as the Mountaineers assumed an 11-8 lead. The Bulldogs continued to apply pressure, coupling kills by Farrell, Kernodle and d'Angelo with two unforced errors as Appalachian State held a slim 16-14 advantage. Five points later, in front by a score of 19-16, a kill by Eley led to six ASU points as the host Mountaineers clinched the 25-19 win.
The Citadel returns for a three-game homestand at McAlister Field House this week when the Dogs host N.C. A&T, Georgia Southern and Davidson. The 6 p.m. match against N.C. A&T on Tuesday evening is the annual "Dig Pink" match, so fans are reminded that they can purchase pink Citadel volleyball t-shirts for the price of $10. All proceeds will be donated to breast cancer research. For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.