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Volleyball: Mountaineers Climb Out of Early Deficit, Spoil Louisiana’s Return Home + Photo Gallery
10/5/2019 | 6:30 p.m.
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LAFAYETTE – Appalachian State staged comebacks in each of the final three sets to rally for a 3-2 (17-25, 13-25, 30-28, 25-23, 16-14) win and spoiled the Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns Volleyball team's return to Earl K. Long Gym.
The Ragin' Cajuns (5-11, 1-2 Sun Belt) came out the gates blazing on offense, scoring at least 16 kills in each of the first two sets while posting a .403 hitting percentage to lay claim to a 2-0 match lead.
App State (7-9, 3-0 Sun Belt) took advantage of six Louisiana attack errors in the back half of the third set to find new life and win in extra points. A resurgence on offense (19 kills) carried the Mountaineers in a back-and-forth fourth set and into the winner-take-all scenario.
Five quick kills had Louisiana in control early in the fifth set at 8-5, then later maintained its edge at 9-7 following a Celeste Darling kill. The Mountaineers reeled off four straight points to flip the momentum and that led to a third consecutive two-point win for the visitors.
LEADING THE RAGIN' CAJUNS
Darling and Kelsey Bennett each delivered a career-high in kills with 20 and 18, respectively. The duo combined for 18 kills in the Ragin' Cajuns fast start, with Darling scoring 11.
Dree'Ana Abram reached double digits in kills a third straight outing by scoring 14 kills. She also led the squad with six blocks.
Avery Breaux set her career-high in assists for the third straight match. She tallied 55 assists to push her collegiate career total past 1,000 (now at 1,050).
Breaux added 18 digs for her team-leading eighth double-double. She was one of five Ragin' Cajuns to hit double figures led by Milayne Danna's 20 digs.
Louisiana wraps up the brief homestand on Saturday with a 6:30 p.m. match against Coastal Carolina (13-2, 3-0 Sun Belt) at Earl K. Long Gym.
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