WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Toledo (5-6) rebounded from Friday night's disappointing performance with a convincing 3-0 (25-20, 25-20, 25-18) sweep over Appalachian State (3-9) on Saturday morning. The contest was the Rockets' first of two matches today at Wake Forest's Black & Gold Challenge.
"We played relaxed and with much more enthusiasm this morning," Toledo Head Coach Greg Smith said. "It was good to see us rebound, but we still need to shore up our blocking and serving."
Junior MB Dakota Harkins spearheaded UT's attack with a career-high 14 kills and .550 attack percentage. Junior OH Jordan Kielty also was in double figures with 13 terminations and a .242 hitting mark.
"Dakota and Jordan really stepped up for us this morning," Smith said. "We hit .333 as a team, and it was a good overall team effort."
Senior libero McCall Paynter led Toledo defensively with 13 digs.
Lindsey Sauls was Appalachian State's offensive lead with 11 kills and a .526 ATK%.
The Rockets trailed midway through Set 1 by a 13-10 margin, but an 8-1 burst gave UT a four-point cushion it wouldn't relinquish. Keying the run were three kills from Kielty, two from Harkins and a pair of aces from junior S Adria Pryor.
Toledo broke free from the Mountaineers in the second set by scoring five straight points when the score was tied 17-17. Set 3 saw the Rockets lead the entire way after ASU had scored the first point of the set.
UT will wrap up play in the tournament at 4:30 p.m. with a matchup against Campbell.