Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its season opener in a hard-fought five set battle against Virginia Tech on Friday evening.
The Mountaineers (0-1) were led by freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who recorded 30 kills and 13 digs in her freshman debut. Longley’s 30 kills are the most by a Mountaineer since former student-athlete and assistant coach Anna Wagner recorded 31 on Aug. 26, 2011 against NC State.
Helping Longley to that total was setter Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) who tallied 54 assists on the night to go along with four kills of her own in the effort.
Redshirt freshman Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) tallied double-digit kills (11) in her first action for the Mountaineers after sitting out the 2015 season. Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) recorded eight kills, while Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) and Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) collected five a piece.
“Tonight, two good teams battled in a great match,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We had opportunities to put it away but Tech made some plays that we didn’t. This group played as one team tonight and, if that’s how we are going to start the season, it’s going to be a good one. The numbers show that we need some offensive support for Emma and we need to a bit more disciplined on defense. The result isn’t what we wanted, but I’m very happy with the effort on the court.”
App State took the early lead with a 25-22 set one victory - due in large part to Longley who came out on fire and collected 10 kills. With a slim 23-22 lead toward the end of the set, Appalachian received back-to-back kills from Longley and Brown to seal the set.
In the second set, App State found themselves down 21-15 and were able to claw back to a 24-24 tie. The Mountaineers would go back and forth with the Hokies (1-0) and would have two chances at a set point, including a 31-30 advantage. The Hokies would get two consecutive kills to take the marathon set 33-31.
After a brief intermission, the Mountaineers came out rejuvenized and got out to a quick 12-6 lead. Virginia Tech would battle back, however, taking a 23-20 lead. The Mountaineers used four attack errors to propel themselves to a 26-24 set victory and 2-1 match advantage.
Appalachian had its chances in the fourth set up 16-14, but allowed the Hokies to storm back for a 21-18 lead. The Mountaineers used kills from Shoff, Talbert and Longley to battle back to a 24-24 tie and force a Va. Tech timeout. The Hokies would win the set with consecutive kills.
In the fifth and decisive set, the Hokies proved to be too much for the Mountaineers and used a 6-1 run to open up the set and cruised to a 15-8 set victory to clinch the match.
The Mountaineers will have the chance to bounce back quickly tomorrow morning with a 10 a.m. match against Norfolk State. The Apps will follow that up with a 5 p.m. match against Siena to wrap up the Virginia Tech/Radford Invitational.
The Hickory Crawdads took advantage of some sloppy defense by the visiting Charleston RiverDogs Friday night, as the 'Dads used three 'Dogs miscues to score four unearned runs in the fourth inning en route to a 4-2 win in front of 6,064 fans at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads and RiverDogs entered the fourth inning in a scoreless tie, but Hickory was able to break the game open on the strength of three hits and three Charleston errors to take a 4-0 lead. The 'Dogs rallied for a pair of tallies in the seventh to cut the score to 4-2, but the visiting team ultimately left too many runners on base, 11, resulting in the 4-2 Hickory victory.
The fourth inning rally for the 'Dads began with a leadoff hit-by-pitch to Ti'Quan Forbes, who was quickly replaced at first base by Carlos Arroyo on a fielder's choice groundout. Yeyson Yrizarri followed an was able to reach on the first of the RiverDogs' errors, as third baseman Mandy Alvarez misplayed a groundball to put two runners on. One out later Charleston first baseman Chris Gittens made a diving stop to seemingly rob Sherman Lacrus of a hit, but the 6'4" defender's throw to first sailed wide resulting in an infield hit for Lacrus and an error that allowed Arroyo to score.
The bottom of the Crawdads lineup took advantage of the situation from there, as eighth place hitter Luis Silva delivered a 2-RBI double to left before Brallan Perez lined an RBI single to right to give the home team a 4-0 advantage.
The score remained the same until the seventh, when the 'Dogs broke through for a pair of runs on a 2-out, bases loaded single by Vicente Conde that cut the Hickory lead to 4-2. The RiverDogs were held off the board from there however, as Crawdads reliever Matt Ball finished the game with 2.1 scoreless innings to close out the 4-2 win.
Silva finished the game 1-3 with 2 RBI and a double while making his Hickory debut, while Perez ended the night 2-2 with an RBI and a walk.
'Dads starting pitcher Blake Bass (6-3) earned the win with five scoreless innings on six hits, two walks, and five strikeouts, while Ball (3) recorded the save for closing out the game. Charleston starter Adonis Rosa (1-5) took the loss after giving up four runs, all unearned, on six hits and six strikeouts during his six innings on the mound.
The Crawdads (32-29/70-61) will take on the RiverDogs (28-33/70-60) again on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Fred T. Foard: 34
East Burke: 18
South Iredell: 48
St. Stephens: 41
Bunker Hill: 14
West Caldwell: 44
South Caldwell: 0
Due to lightning and adverse weather in the Cincinnati area on Friday evening, the Appalachian State men’s soccer scheduled season opener against Cincinnati has been postponed.
A make-up date has not been announced. Any further scheduling updates will be announced on appstatesports.com.
The Mountaineers will now open the 2016 season at Bowling Green on Sunday, Aug. 28. Kickoff is scheduled for noon.
Appalachian State women’s soccer dropped their first match of the season when it fell 2-0 to High Point University on Friday evening.
“Today was a battle against a very good High Point team,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “While we had some great opportunities, their goalkeeper had several incredible saves. We definitely found some areas we need to improve before we start conference play. Despite the result, we saw some great attacking moments and huge opportunities created by Jenn Bass, Aubrey Fletcher, Jackie Niaradka, Jane Cline and Emmily Cowie.”
The match was deadlocked for most of the evening as both teams battled hard defensively. It wasn’t until the 79th minute when High Point’s Bailey Beattie scored off an over-the-top kick over goalkeeper Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) to put the Panthers up 1-0. HPU would put the game out of reach in the 90th minute on an unassisted goal by Tyler Gordon on a breakaway off an Appalachian free kick.
The Mountaineers were held to just eight shots and four on goal, but were led on multiple efforts by Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)), Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) and Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), who all kept the pressure on High Point’s goalkeeper. Leading App State in shots were Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and freshman Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert). Cline had two shots, both on goal, while Hanusek had two shots, one on goal.
Nieradka, Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) all finished with one shot, while Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) had one shot on goal.
Despite the two goals allowed, Steyl had a career-high seven saves in the match, as the Panthers launched 19 total shots on the evening.
The Mountaineers will play their second match of the weekend and the second of a three-match road trip at Radford on Sunday at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State dropped their season opener to future Mid-American Conference foe Ball State 3-1 on Friday afternoon at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.
Things were tight for much of the opening half until Ball State struck first in the 17th minute to take a 1-0 lead on a cross shot by Bryce Barnes. The rest of the first half remained at a standstill with the Cardinals leading by one.
The second half reigned with more aggression towards the goal line from both squads, but Ball State managed to find their rhythm early. BSU’s Lexi Kavanaugh stormed down the field to score an unassisted goal and later, teammate Mikayla Mooney would connect off of a double-assisted corner to extend their lead to 3-0.
Never giving up faith, the Mountaineers continued to fight throughout the second half and leaped onto the scoreboard in the 60th minute thanks to a stunning goal by Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) assisted by junior Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial).
The goal by the freshman sparked a fire into the Mountaineers and Appalachian was eager to shorten the Cardinal-gap, but the Apps ran out of time and Ball State took the match 3-1.
The Mountaineers applied their share of pressure on goal. BSU edged out the Apps in total shots 8-7 and shots on goal were even at four apiece.
Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines guarded the baseline for the entire 70 minutes of the match and made one great save to fend of the Cardinal’s attack to keep the bout close.
The Black and Gold will play their second-straight home game against Georgetown on Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Brandon & Erica M Adcock Field Hockey Stadium. Game time starts at noon.
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The Hickory Crawdads came away with a walk-off win Thursday night with some help from the visiting Asheville Tourists, as Carlos Arroyo scored the winning run for the 'Dads on a throwing error by Tourists reliever Javier Palacios for a 3-2 Hickory victory at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The Crawdads and Tourists entered the final frame in a 2-2 tie, with the 'Dads having not scored a run since putting up single tallies in the first and second innings. Arroyo got the rally started with a leadoff infield single, before Ricky Valencia was hit by a pitch to put two runners on with no outs. Yeyson Yrizarri followed with a sacrifice bunt back to the mound, but Palacios' throw to first sailed wide of the bag for an error that allowed Arroyo to come home for the winning run.
Prior to the late drama, Hickory's offense got off to a quick start on the night as Eric Jenkins led off the first inning with a single and a steal of second base before the speedster eventually scored on an RBI groundout by LeDarious Clark for a 1-0 'Dads lead. The advantage grew to 2-0 for the Crawdads in the second, as Yrizarri singled, moved to third on a base knock from Ti'Quan Forbes, and scored on a double play groundout by Chuck Moorman.
The Tourists got on the board in the top of the fourth, as Mylz Jones singled before stealing second and third base. Following a walk by Sam Hilliard, Jones came home on a double steal to cut the score to 2-1. The game remained the same until the eighth, when Asheville shortstop Carlos Herrera came home on a throwing error Valencia to tie the score at 2-2.
That set the stage for the 'Dads rally in the ninth, with the error-assisted rally giving the home team the walk-off win and a 2-1 series victory.
Arroyo led the Crawdads offense with a 4-4 game including a double and a run scored, while Jenkins finished 1-4 with a run scored and his league-leading 51st steal of the season.
Hickory reliever Jacob Shortslef (1-1) earned the win thanks to a perfect top of the ninth, while Palacios (1-4) took the loss for the Tourists.
The Crawdads (31-29/69-61) will now host the Charleston RiverDogs for a 3-game series at L.P. Frans Stadium, beginning Friday night with a 7:00 pm first pitch.
The Texas Rangers, major league parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have announced that 'Dads infielder Josh Altmann been promoted to the High Desert Mavericks (Class-A Advanced), becoming the sixth Crawdad this season to move up in the organization.
Altmann, 22, leaves Hickory after batting .260/.349/.427 (AVG/OBP/SLG) with 6 home runs, 16 doubles, 2 triples, and 30 RBI. The versatile defender appeared at eight different positions for the 'Dads, including every spot on the infield and outfield in addition to pitching for the team in emergency relief. A 22nd round selection by the Rangers in the 2015 MLB Draft out of Olivet Nazarene, Altmann played a total of 71 games in Hickory after joining the team on May 12th.
Altmann becomes the sixth Crawdad to move up in the Rangers system this season, joining OF Eduard Pinto (Double-A Frisco), INF Dylan Moore (High Desert), INF Andy Ibanez (Frisco), OF Chris Garia (Frisco), and RHP Tyler Davis (High Desert).
Appalachian State University wrestling finalized its 2016-17 schedule, head coach JohnMark Bentley announced on Thursday.
The 16-match slate includes home events against Belmont Abbey, Oregon State, North Carolina, Campbell, the Citadel, Clarion, Gardner-Webb and Chattanooga while the Mountaineers will also host their annual Appalachian Open. The schedule also features road contests at Virginia Tech, NC State, Davidson, Sacred Heart, SIUE, Missouri, Duke, VMI and Ohio.
Appalachian will also hold the Black and Gold (Exhibition) prior to the start of the 2016-17 season on Nov. 2.
“We have an outstanding schedule this year. It should help prepare our guys for the National Tournament,” Bentley said. “We have some outstanding dual meets that will continue to create an awesome environment in Varsity Gym.”
The Mountaineers will open their 2016-17 schedule on the road at the Hokie Open in Blacksburg, Va. on Nov. 6 before returning home for their home opener on Saturday, Nov. 12 when they host Mountaineer Duals against Belmont Abbey and Oregon State at noon and 2 p.m., respectively. App State will then host North Carolina on Nov. 27 at 3 p.m. before finishing the month of November on the road against another ACC foe in NC State at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30.
December opens against Davidson and Sacred Heart, both played in Davidson, N.C. at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. before a brief home appearance on Dec. 14 against Campbell at 7 p.m. The Mountaineers will finish off the 2016 year on the road against SIUE (Dec. 18) and Missouri (Dec. 20) before taking part in the Southern Scuffle in Chattanooga, Tenn. on Jan. 1-2 to kick off the new year.
From then on, Appalachian wrestles four out of five opponents on the mountain as they host the Citadel and Clarion on Jan. 8 before going to Durham, N.C. to play Duke. Last year, the Mountaineers took down then-ranked No. 24 Duke on their way themselves to being ranked in the top 25 nationally. App State then comes back home to face Gardner-Webb (Jan. 24), host the Appalachian Open (Jan. 28), and Chattanooga (Feb. 5) before facing their final opponents of the season, VMI (Feb. 8) and Ohio (March 4).
Appalachian is coming off an incredible year for wrestling. The Mountaineers won the Southern Conference Championship and had Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and coach Bentley win SoCon Wrestler of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. The team sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championship and 20 to the University Freestyle Nationals Tournament.
The Mountaineers’ USA Today/NWCA Top 25 ranking was the first time, outside of App State football being ranked in the FCS poll, that any of App State sports teams have been ranked in the top-25 of a major national poll since App State baseball was ranked No. 24 in Baseball America’s May 14, 2012 poll.
Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase tickets by visiting appstatesports.com/tickets or by clicking HERE, in person at the athletics ticket office located inside the Holmes Center or by calling (828) 262-2079.
Season tickets for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) and Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.
2016-17 APPALACHIAN STATE WRESTLING SCHEDULE
Date - Opponent - Location - Time
Nov. 2 - Black and Gold (Exhibition) - Boone, N.C. - All Day
Nov. 6 - Hokie Open - Blacksburg, Va. - All Day
Nov. 12 - Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) - Boone, N.C. - 12 p.m./2 p.m.
Nov. 20 - Keystone Classic - Philadelphia, Pa. - All Day
Nov. 27 - North Carolina - Boone, N.C. - 3 p.m.
Nov. 30 - NC State - Raleigh, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 3 - Davidson*/Sacred Heart - Davidson, N.C. - 11 a.m./1 p.m.
Dec. 14 - Campbell* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Dec. 18 - SIUE* - Edwardsville, Ill. - 5 p.m.
Dec. 20 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 1-2 - Southern Scuffle - Chattanooga, Tenn. - All Day
Jan. 8 - The Citadel*/Clarion - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m./4 p.m.
Jan. 17 - Duke - Durham, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 24 - Gardner-Webb* - Boone, N.C. - 7 p.m.
Jan. 28 - Appalachian Open - Boone, N.C. - All Day
Feb. 5 - Chattanooga* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 8 - VMI* - Lexington, Va. - 7 p.m.
Feb. 17 - Ohio - Athens, Ohio - 6 p.m.
Mar. 4 - SoCon Tournament - TBA - All Day
Mar. 16-18 - NCAA Tournament - St. Louis, Mo. - All Day
* Denotes SoCon Opponent
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Kings Mountain: 3
Bunker Hill: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Fred T. Foard: 1
St. Stephens: 1
West Iredell: 3
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 5
East Burke: 0
Fred T. Foard: 7
Bunker Hill: 3
Avery County: 2
St. Stephens: 2
South Iredell: 2
The Hickory Crawdads offense was active all game long Wednesday night with 13 hits against the visiting Asheville Tourists, but 12 of the 'Dads hits were singles which limited Hickory to three runs in a 6-3 loss at L.P. Frans Stadium.
10 different batters picked up at least one hit for the Crawdads, including a 3-4 game from Yeyson Yrizarri. Yrizarri's sixth inning double proved to be the 'Dads only extra-base hit of the night however, as Hickory left seven runners on base. The Tourists were similarly limited with 10 of their 11 hits resulting in singles, but the visiting club was able to take advantage of three Crawdads errors and four walks to score three more runs for the 6-3 final.
Asheville jumped on Hickory starting pitcher Luke Lanphere in the first, with the Tourists scoring three runs, two earned, on four hits and an error by Lanphere to take a 3-0 lead. The 'Dads responded with a run of their own in the bottom of the frame, as Eric Jenkins singled, stole his league-leading 50th base of the season, then scored on a two-out RBI single from Tyler Sanchez to cut the score to 3-1.
The Crawdads then took their singles-happy offense to the extreme in the fourth, as the team lined six straight base knocks to score two runs to tie the game at 3-3. LeDarious Clark singled to center to open the frame, but the speedster was thrown out trying to steal second base for the first out. Chuck Moorman, Josh Altmann, and Yrizarri all followed with singles to load the bases for Ti'Quan Forbes, who delivered a 2-RBI base knock to right. Ricky Valencia came through with yet another single to left after that, but Yrizarri was thrown out at the plate to prevent the 'Dads from taking the lead.
The Tourists slowly pulled away from there, with the visiting team plating single runs in the fifth, sixth, and eighth innings for the final 6-3 score.
Lanphere (1-2) took the loss for Hickory with four runs allowed, two earned, on six hits one walk and two strikeouts over five innings pitched. Asheville starter Devin Burke (4-6) earned the win after giving up three runs on nine hits and four strikeouts during his five frames on the mound, while reliever Alexander Guillen (15) collected the save after tossing a scoreless ninth.
The Crawdads (30-29/68-61) and Tourists (28-30/62-65) will play the rubber match of their three game series Thursday night, with first pitch scheduled for 7:00 pm.
Davie County: 3
Alexander Central: 0
St. Stephens: 0
North Iredell: 3
West Caldwell: 3