The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team wrapped up a four-game road trip to open the season and ended the stretch with a 61-49 victory against the Chowan University Hawks on Saturday afternoon.
Kendall Toineeta led the Bears in scoring with 15 points and was aggressive on the floor as she added five rebounds, led the team with three assists, two steals and a block. Three different Bears scored eight points – senior Ashley Rodriguez, freshman Hanna McClung and sophomore Olivia Nunn.
The Bears were active on the defensive end with three players having multiple steals – Toineeta, Madi Suddreth and Allie Wagner. Toineeta, Suddreth and Karlie Bearden also added one rejection a piece.
LR only shot 34.4 percent from the floor and 23.8 percent from long range but were active and efficient from the charity stripe making 14-of-17, good for 82.4 percent. The Hawks only shot 30.9, 17.6 and 63.2 percent respectively.
The Bears had the advantage on the glass, winning the rebounding battle by a count of 43-38. This led to a 19-7 count in points off turnovers, in favor of the Bears.
Seven of the 11 players to step on the floor for the Bears put up at least five points in the game.
Suddreth's double-digit scoring streak came to an end today after six games, dating back to last season. In losses the senior is averaging 20.5 per contest, and in wins she has put up 8.5 per game, allowing for a more balanced scoring attack for the Bears.
Toineeta's point total has allowed her to lead LR in scoring for the second straight game, and she is averaging 16.5 points per contest in that stretch.
LR evens their record to 2-2 on the season. The Bears will play at home for the first time this season and open South Atlantic Conference play this Tuesday, Nov. 20 against Newberry at 5 p.m.
Appalachian State volleyball advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament finals with a 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 30-28, 25-23) victory over Arkansas State on Saturday afternoon.
The second seeded Mountaineers (22-7) will take on top seed Texas State on Sunday at 1 p.m., with the winner earning an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
App State will make its second ever appearance in the Sun Belt Tournament finals. The Mountaineers played in the championship match in 2015, falling to Arkansas State 3-2.
The teams were gridlocked at a set apiece as the Mountaineers won the first set 25-20, while the Red Wolves (21-13) grabbed the second 25-21.
In Set 3, Arkansas State jumped out to a 15-12 lead, only to see App State answer back with five straight points to take a 17-15 edge. The Mountaineers built a 21-19 advantage, but Arkansas State responded with four straight points to take a 23-21 lead. The Black and Gold tied the set at 23-23 and saved four set points to knot the set at 27-27. A kill by Kara Spicer gave the Mountaineers a 28-27 lead, but the Red Wolves came right back with a point to tie the score at 28-28. Victoria Wilform put the Apps back in front with a kill and block assists by Spicer and Wilform on a Red Wolves attack clinched the set for App State by a 30-28 count.
Arkansas State took a commanding 20-15 lead in Set 4. The Mountaineers countered with seven of the next eight points to jump in front 22-21. The Red Wolves won the next point, but App State got a kill from Emma Longley and an attack error by Arkansas State to open a 24-22 edge. Following a Red Wolves point, Amya Giger clinched the victory with a kill to give App State the set by a 25-23 count.
Three players posted at least 15 kills for the Black and Gold. Longley tallied a team-high 18 kills on a .326 hitting mark to go along with 10 digs. Spicer added 16 kills and Giger posted a career-high 15 kills on a .560 hitting percentage.
Becky Porter notched a double-double with 57 assists and a career-high 19 digs. She also recorded her 1,000th assist of the season in the victory. Emma Reilly also reached double figures in digs with 20.
Behind 22 points from Zach De La Cruz and 20 points from Isayah Johnson, the Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team rallied for a 94-81 victory against host Lees-McRae on Friday night.
CVCC (4-1) trailed 46-44 in the first half against Lees-McRaem and Johnson led the first-half charge for the Red Hawks with 13 points.
Despite trailing at halftime, Catawba Valley rallied behind the play of De La Cruz and guard Dezure Moulden, who scored 13 and 12 second-half points, helping the Red Hawks outscore the Bobcats 50-35 during the half en route to its victory.
Catawba Valley was aided in Friday’s non-conference game by strong performances at the free throw line. The Red Hawks made 31 of their 36 attempts at the charity stripe, including De La Cruz making nine of his 10 free chances.
Off to its best start since the 2015-16 season, the Catawba Valley men’s basketball team returns to action next Sunday for the second of three-straight road contests.
The Red Hawks travel to Gaffney, S.C. for a 6:30 p.m. contest against the Limestone JV squad.
Trojans advance to the second round hosting West Stokes
East Henderson: 0
Panthers advance to the second round hosting South Point
West Stokes: 36
Fred T. Foard: 27
Tigers season ends at 6-6.
East Rutherford: 17
Blue Devils season ends at 8-4
Panthers season ends at 6-6.
Patriots season ends at 9-3.
Alexander Central: 21
Cougars season ends at 9-3.
A pair of wins by the 10th-seeded Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team has the program on the cusp of history.
The Red Hawks defeated Northern Virginia Community College and Lake-Sumter State College on Friday at the Charleston Civic Center to reach the ninth-place match of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII tournament.
CVCC (35-10) also has a chance to win three matches at the national tournament for the first time in program history.
Catawba Valley volleyball head coach Shannon Hudson said the new goal of winning three tournament matches was one brought to the table by Red Hawks Athletic Director Nick Schroeder following the team’s first-round tournament loss on Thursday.
“That’s been our new goal,” Hudson said. “We are almost there. We get to play on Saturday, which is a huge accomplishment, especially for such a young group. I’m so proud of how they played together today.”
A balanced offensive attack against the 15th-seeded NOVA Nighthawks helped propelled Catawba Valley to a 3-0 victory in the Red Hawks’ first consolation match of the tournament on Friday.
Freshmen middle hitter Emma Clark drove down a team-high eight kills in the match, and teammates Meredith Patterson and Siena Naotala weren’t far behind with seven kills apiece.
CVCC also received 11 digs and four aces from Madi Bolch, 14 digs from libero Emily Williams and 14 assists each from setters Emilee Webber and Macy Pope.
In the nightcap, the Red Hawks faced a second set of Hawks — this time the 11th-seeded LakeHawks of Lake-Sumter State College (Fla.).
The three-headed offensive attack of Siena Naotala, Clark and Patterson helped Catawba Valley pull ahead 7-1 in the first set against LSSC, and despite a late charge by the LakeHawks, the Red Hawks were able to win the set, 25-19.
After powering ahead early in set two and eventually holding on to win the set 25-22, the Red Hawks were in firm control of their second consolation match and one set away from advancing.
However, Lake-Sumter State (16-14) roared back, taking a commanding 14-3 lead in set three after some early mistakes by CVCC.
Despite falling behind early, the Red Hawks received a fortunate break though when a computer at the scorer’s table malfunctioned, forcing a short delay that allowed CVCC’s players and coaches to gather themselves.
“It gave us a chance to talk to the girls and kind of regroup,” Hudson said of the break. “We didn’t come back and win that (third) set, but we got really close and got the momentum that we needed going into the fourth set.”
Despite going on to lose set three by a score of 25-22, Catawba Valley managed to regain some its edge during the set, which proved to be pivotal in set four.
CVCC trailed by two points for a majority of the fourth set before making a late run. Down 16-13 to the LakeHawks, the Red Hawks won 12 of the final 14 points, winning the set 25-18 to advance to Saturday’s ninth-place match.
Four Red Hawks tallied double-digit kills against Lake-Sumter State, including Patterson (12), Naotala (11), Clark (10) and Sage Harrington (10).
“They are a really good team,” Hudson said of the LakeHawks. “We knew which rows we needed to score on, but we just couldn’t. We kept making silly errors or small mistakes — a ball off the block barely or one of their hits was barely in-bounds. We were kind of battling from one or two (points) behind the entire match, but we knew if we could just kind of get that push and get a couple of aggressive serves to get them out of system just a bit that we could get that run that we needed to kind of finish the game.”
Catawba Valley faces No. 13 seed Moraine Valley (31-7) — 3-2 winners against No. 9 North Dakota State College of Science (31-4) — in Saturday’s ninth-place match at 9 a.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.
This will make the third time that the Red Hawks and Cyclones have met in the NJCAA DII tournament. CVCC won 3-0 in the second round of consolation action in 2012, but Moraine Valley returned the favor in 2013 with a 3-1 victory in the first consolation round.
“We saw them play just for a little bit today,” Hudson said of the Cyclones. “Moraine is a very consistent team. They don’t make many errors so we are going to have to play clean tomorrow and stay aggressive, but be really careful about the errors that we’re making. I think our girls can come out with a win.”
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Swimming Team finds themselves in third place with 250 points while the Women’s Swimming Team is currently in seventh place with 141 points after night one of the 2018 Sheraton Le Meridien Fall Frenzy at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center.
The men started out the night by breaking the school record in the 200-yard freestyle relay. The team consisting of sophomore Spencer Ashby (Spartanburg, S.C.), junior Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.), freshman Jacob Greene (Lewisville, N.C.), and junior Seth Hurst (Clover, S.C.) finished fifth with a time of 1:24.43. Ashby also broke his own school record in the 50-yard freestyle with his eleventh-place finish in a time of 21.11. Other top finishers for the men tonight included freshman Alex Ballard (Winston-Salem, N.C.) in the 500-yard freestyle (seventh place, 4:38.63) and Queen in the 200-yard individual medley (fifth place, 1:51.55).
The women had two record-breaking finishes in both the 200-yard freestyle and 400-yard medley relays. The 200-yard freestyle relay team consisting of sophomore Lauren Rutherford (Bel Air, MD), freshman Elizabeth Bowman (Thomasville, N.C.), junior Jaime Fullerton (Apex, N.C.), and junior Jessica Myers (York, S.C.) finished seventh, posting a time of 1:38.45, while the 400-yard medley relay team consisting of sophomore Kiana Schumacher (Fort Branch, Ind.), freshman Kimberly Scheiber (Pleizenhause, Germany), Bowman, and Rutherford finished in seventh with a time of 3:55.67. Rutherford broker her own record in the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 24.32, while Schumacher broke her own 100-yard backstroke record in a time of 58.74.
The competition continues Saturday with the 200-yard medley relay, 400-yard individual medley, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard freestyle, 100-yard breaststroke, 100-yard backstroke, and 800-yard freestyle relay.
2018 Sheraton Le Meridien Fall Frenzy
Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
Host: Queens University of Charlotte
George Washington University 537
University of North Carolina Asheville 312
Bellarmine University 202
Wingate University 178
Gardner-Webb University 150
Lenoir-Rhyne University 141
Mars Hill University 92
Catawba College 72
Converse College 57
King University 50
Chowan University 40
Lees-McRae College 10
Pfeiffer University 2
Queens University of Charlotte 608
George Washington University 499
Lenoir-Rhyne University 250
Mars Hill University 209
Gardner-Webb University 190
Wingate University 186
Bellarmine University 184
King University 96
Catawba College 94
Lees-McRae College 89
Chowan University 56
St. Andrews University 41
Justin Forrest poured in a season-high 28 points, but Appalachian State men's basketball fell to Wichita State 82-76 on the second day of the Charleston Classic.
Forrest went 9-of-15 (60.0 percent) from the field and 4-of-5 (80.0 percent) from beyond the arc. He also pulled down a season-best seven rebounds (three offensive) and dished out two assists.
Ronshad Shabazz added 17 points and recorded a season-best five rebounds. Hunter Seacat tied his career-high with nine points, while adding four rebounds, three assists and a steal.
Markis McDuffie had a team-high 24 points for Wichita State (2-2). Jamarius Burton and Samajae Haynes-Jones each finished with 14 points.
The Shockers jumped out to an early 8-2 lead, only to see App State (1-3) counter with 10 consecutive points to take a 12-8 lead. A jumper from Forrest at the 7:27 mark of the first half gave the Mountaineers a 31-25 edge. From there, Wichita State closed the half on a 19-4 run to take a 44-35 advantage into the break.
In the second half, the Mountaineers chipped away at the Wichita State lead and tied the score at 57-57 on a free throw by Shabazz with 10:57 to play. Following a dunk by Wichita State, the Black and Gold scored the next three points to open a 61-60 lead.
Two free throws from Isaac Johnson at the 6:18 mark of the second half gave the Mountaineers a 66-61 edge. The Shockers countered with a 12-2 spurt to retake the lead 73-68.
Shabazz hit a pair of free throws with 44 seconds left to cut the App State deficit to two points at 77-75. The Mountaineers fouled on the Shockers next possession and Erik Stevenson made his first free throw, but missed the second. McDuffie grabbed the rebound and was fouled with 10 seconds left. He drained both of his free throws to push the Shocker lead to 80-75 and put the game away.
App State went 26-of-55 (47.3 percent) from the field and 11-of-24 (45.8 percent) from deep. Wichita State shot 30-of-59 (50.8 percent) from the field and went 9-of-20 (45.0 percent) on three-pointers.
The Mountaineers will close out play at the Charleston Classic on Sunday at 11 a.m. versus Ball State on ESPN3. Appalachian State will then play next on Nov. 26 inside the Holmes Center at 7 p.m. against Winston-Salem State.
The Hickory Crawdads and Texas Rangers have scheduled their 2019 Winter Caravan Luncheon for Thursday, January 10th at the Hickory Metro Convention Center, with the event set to run from 12:00pm - 1:30pm.
The luncheon will feature a slate of Rangers personnel and members of the Crawdads coaching staff. The details of the attendees are still developing and will be announced in the coming weeks.
"The Rangers always do a great job with this event," said Crawdads General Manager Mark Seaman. "We are excited to launch the 2019 season with our annual Winter Caravan Luncheon."
Tickets for the Winter Caravan Luncheon are available now for $25. Ticket price includes the main event and a picnic-style buffet. For more information or to order tickets, call the Crawdads front office at (828) 322-3000 or stop by the 'Dads front office at L.P. Frans Stadium. The office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm.
Thursday night, in a game that had been delayed twice due to the weather of this week, Newton-Conover went on the road and downed Salisbury 4-2 in penalty kicks in the Western Regional Finals. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, forcing overtime. No goals were scored, so the game was decided on penalty kicks.
With the win, the Red Devils advance to the 2A soccer championship on Saturday. Newton-Conover will face Clinton at NC State University's, Dail Soccer Field at 11am tomorrow morning. Clinton is 25-1 on the season and the Red Devils are 23-3-1. Newton-Conover is making championship appearance number four, and are the defending state champions. They also won the 2A state title in 2007 and 2014. Meanwhile, Clinton is making their first Championship Appearance.
2A MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP STATE CHAMPIONSHIP PAIRING
Saturday, November 17, 2018 - NC State University, Dail Soccer Field -11:00 a.m.
#2 Clinton (25-1-0) vs. #4 Newton-Conover (23-3-1)
For the second-straight season, Catawba Valley women’s basketball head coach Tisha England reached another career milestone on Thursday.
England’s Red Hawks fended off the Montreat JV team to earn a 75-70 victory in overtime at the Tarlton Complex — recording the sixth-year head coach’s 100th career coaching win.
The victory comes one season after England passed mentor Tommy Edwards for the most coaching wins in CVCC women’s basketball program history.
“It means a lot,” England said of her 100th victory. “To be honest, I don’t think about wins and losses in that sense as far as trying to reach that peak. My desire is that these young ladies take these life skills and life lessons with them wherever they go and to be productive citizens through the game of basketball. I want to impact their lives in a positive way so when they take these teachings to wherever they go in life that they’ll be able to hold on to them and be able to overcome adversity. That is my desire. I love the game of basketball. The Lord has blessed me to use this as a tool for them to be productive citizens and to get to know them and push them to be the best that they can be.”
Montreat led CVCC 33-29 at halftime behind nine first-half points from Kendal Marlowe, but Catawba Valley (2-1) answered back, outscoring the Cavs 23-10 in the third quarter, including seven points from sophomore forward Sherry Johnson.
“We started out great and then we had our rocky spots, but they fought back,” England said of her players. “They had heart at the end. We made some turnovers, and at the end, they just fought back hard. It was all or nothing tonight to gain our pride back. The girls did a wonderful job.”
The Cavaliers were able to return the favor in quarter four, out-gaining CVCC 19-9 during the stanza to force overtime.
During the extra session, it was six more points from Johnson that would help the Red Hawks gain the advantage en route to England’s history-making win.
Johnson recorded a double-double with a team-high 28 points and 14 rebounds in the contest, while teammates Ivy Eller and Zharia Brown also reached double figures in scoring with 11 and 10 points, respectively.
England is proud of her team for fighting back from a difficult loss on Tuesday against Clinton to come through with a momentum-building win on Thursday.
“It makes me feel that they are learning how to overcoming adversity, and that’s what I want,” she said. “I want us to overcome adversity. At the end, it took everything that we had. It was all about heart tonight.”
England will try to add win No. 101 to her impressive coaching resume on Sunday when the CVCC women’s basketball team hosts Belmont Abbey for a 6 p.m. non-conference contest at the Tarlton Complex. Admission is free.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (1-2) earned a gritty 68-65 victory over UNCG (1-2) on Thursday evening in the home opener at the Holmes Center.
Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) went a stellar 8-for-8 from the charity stripe with three buckets en route to a team and season-high 14 points with five boards. Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) stepped up with 13 points and also went unblemished with a 6-for-6 showing from the charity stripe and five rebounds. Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) rounded out the leading scorers with a season-best 11 points, led the team with seven rebounds and shot 7-of-7 from the line.
Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF) led the team with four assists and tallied nine points including a 4-of-4 outing at the line. The quartet of Gosnell, Stanley, Story, and Polacek went a remarkable 25-of-25 from the charity stripe.
On a night when the Mountaineers weren't hitting their shot attempts, shooting under 33 percent from the field and 25 percent from 3-point land, they needed to hit their free throw more than ever. The Black and Gold finished 25-of-28 (89.3%) highlighted by a 10-of-10 stretch over the final 2:56 of the game that played a pivotal role in the Apps' 11th straight win against UNCG dating back to the 2009-10 season.
In a thrilling finish that saw App State hold on to the victory, the Spartans made it interesting over the final 18 seconds of the game. With Appalachian leading 64-60, Nadine Soliman hit a 3-pointer to cut the App lead to just one, 64-63. Polacek stepped up cashing a pair at the line that capped off four straight foul shots to give the Black and Gold a 66-63 edge. App State and UNCG traded free throws on both ends including another critical set of freebies from Story to push the lead to 68-65 before stopping UNCG from getting off a clean look at the tie.
It was a close second half with neither team holding a lead by more than four points. After coming out of the break with a 31-28 lead, App State put together an 11-6 run over the first 4:23 of the third period to take a 39-37 lead. After the Spartans went up 37-34, a 5-0 spurt highlighted the run thanks to a 3-pointer by Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./RJ Reynolds) and a layup from Gosnell that capped off the surge. Both teams went back and forth over the last half of the third frame.
UNCG went up by three once again before Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) canned a trey that tied up the game. Neither team gained separation with the score tied up going into the fourth quarter, 48-48.
Leading 53-52, Stanley hit her only 3-pointer of the game from the right corner to extend the edge to four, 56-52. But the Spartans scored the next four points to tie up the game. Polacek and Gosnell collected the next four points to give App the lead for good, 60-56 before the Mountaineers hit their barrage of free throws to pull away.
UNCG held the lead for a majority of the first half thanks to a 14-5 start in the opening 4:48 of the game. But the bench gave a spark to the offense with Wilson hitting her one of two 3-pointers to bring App to within six and Mathews finding Maya Calder (Landover, Md./National Christian Academy) in transition followed by a Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) layup that put the mark on a 7-0 run. App went into the second period trailing by just two points, 18-16.
Trailing 28-22 late in the second half, Stanley helped app scored six of the next nine points with four of her own and Dominique Jeffery (Tallahassee, Fla./FAMU DRS) ending the half with a layup to give App some momentum going into the locker room.
Appalachian's defense held the Spartans' leading scorer in Soliman in check. Soliman came into the game ranked 8th in the nation averaging 28 points per game and 49 percent shooting to just 15 points on 5-of-13 from the floor. Aja Boyd led the visitors with 18 points, Te'Ja Twitty posted 17 points.
The Mountaineers for the third straight game outrebounded their opponent with a 44-37 edge, highlighted by five different Mountaineers pulling down at least five boards.
Appalachian's bench outscored UNCG, 17-2, with Calder and Wilson chipping in with six points and Mathews being responsible for nine points (3 points, 3 assists) and Jeffery tallying a field goal.
The Mountaineers will look to keep the momentum alive on Saturday as they face Davidson with a 7 p.m. tip on the road.
"We've been working at our free throw shooting during the offseason, and it really paid off tonight. The way we finished from the line down the stretch shows the hard work the players have put in
the gym with their free throw shooting. This was a gritty win for us and a great experience to close out a game like this that came down to the wire." - Head Coach Angel Elderkin.
- The 25 free throws made are the most since the 2016-17 season when the Apps hit 26 against ULM
- App State assisted on 12 of its 19 (63.1 percent) field goals
- Story led the team with a plus-11
- Appalachian is 34-28 all-time against UNCG and 25-12 in home openers
- Story is now 100 points away from the 1,000-point club
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team have been battled tested so far this season, and relied on veteran leadership for the first victory of the year, 63-58 over UNC Pembroke, on Thursday night. Senior Madi Suddreth scored the Bears' first points of the game, eclipsing the 1,000 career points mark.
After trailing at the end of the first quarter, 16-7, the Bears put the pressure on the Braves and went on a 17-5 scoring run to end the half. The Bears held the home team to just 25.8 percent shooting from the field in the first half and 31.6 percent for the game.
The Bears failed to get to the charity stripe as much as the Braves, but used them at the most critical time to secure the victory at the end of the game, hitting five of their 12 free throw makes in the final two minutes to close out the game.
LR managed to outshoot the home team, hitting 38 percent from the floor while the Braves were limited to just under 32 percent. The Bears also managed to shoot well from beyond the arc, hitting 46 percent of their long range shots while UNC Pembroke only hit 32 percent from that distance.
The Bears were outrebounded on the road, 43-36, but committed 15 turnovers as the Braves had 17 of their own, resulting in 16 points off those turnovers for LR.
Kendall Toineeta led all scorers with 18 points on the night, one of three Bears to score in double-figures. Ashley Rodriguez put up 12 while Madi Suddreth scored 10 of her own. Suddreth flirted with a double-double with eight rebounds to lead the team.
It was Suddreth's time to shine as the senior went over the 1,000-mark in points in her LR career with her first basket of the night. She is the 21st player in school history to reach this mark.
Suddreth also has scored in double digits in six-straight games dating back to last season, even with her scoring well below her 20.5 points per game this year in the first two contests.
Toineeta's 18 points is her third-highest scoring effort, and the most since last year's 25-point career-high performance against Catawba on Jan. 3, 2018.
11 made three pointers is the most for the Bears since last season's 90-79 win against Mount Olive on Nov. 11, 2017, when LR knocked in 12.
LR is 1-2 on the season. The Bears close their four-game road trip against Chowan on Saturday, Nov. 17 at 2pm.
Appalachian State men's basketball opened play at the Charleston Classic with a 92-70 setback to No. 23-ranked Purdue on Thursday evening.
The Mountaineers fall to 1-2 on the season, while the Boilermakers remain perfect at 3-0.
Justin Forrest paced the Black and Gold with a team-high 14 points, including a perfect 8-of-8 shooting from the free throw line, and four rebounds.
Off the bench, Joseph Battle tallied a career-high 11 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting and Adrian Delph finished with 10 points on 4-of-6 (66.7 percent) shooting.
Purdue jumped out a early 13-2 lead and built a 39-21 advantage late in the first half. App State trimmed the lead to 11 points at 43-32 on back-to-back three-pointers from Breki Gylfason. The Boilermakers scored the final three points of the half and took a 46-32 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, Purdue built its lead up to 20 points at 55-35 with just over 17 minutes left in the game. The Black and Gold answered with a 10-2 spurt to pull within 57-45 with 14:25 remaining. From there, the Boilermakers used a 16-4 run to open a 73-49 edge and put the game away.
Carsen Edwards led four Boilermakers in double figures with a game-high 25 points. Ryan Cline added 21 points and Nojel Eastern and Matt Haarms each finished with 10 points.
Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround and will take on Wichita State on Friday on ESPNU at 4:30 p.m. on the second day of the Charleston Classic.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program will have to wait another year for its first-ever national championship.
The 10th-seeded Red Hawks fell to seventh-seeded Grand Rapids in three-straight competitive sets during the first round of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) DII tournament on Thursday morning at the Charleston Civic Center.
Set scores were 25-21, 25-21 and 25-23.
Despite the loss, Catawba Valley Community College head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson isn’t disappointed with the performance of her players.
“We knew it would be tough competition going in,” Hudson said. “Our girls played well. We had a few more errors in the first set than we typically do. That kind of hurt us. It took away some of the momentum going into the match. They fought back hard so I can’t be upset. They worked hard together. It was a little too late. It was a tough loss, but we are excited about our next matches. We’ve got a chance to come back and play some more volleyball. We’re trying to look to that and take the focus off the loss this morning.”
Emma Clark and Rachel Delcamp paced Catawba Valley (33-10) with 10 kills apiece in the contest.
The Red Hawks tried to fight off not only the Raiders (30-6) in set one, but also some nerves, which led to five missed serves during the set. Grand Rapids was able to capitalize to take a competitive back-and-forth first set.
“They just played really nervous that first set and missed some key serves,” Hudson said of her players. “It’s just hard to get going whenever you work hard to get the ball back and then you miss your serve. That was a struggle for us.”
In set two, CVCC led Grand Rapids 17-14, but the Raiders would utilize a short serve and stout play in the middle to win 10 of the next 12 points and seize control late en route to closing out the set victory.
“In the second set, we played better, but so did Grand Rapids,” Hudson said. “It was back and forth. We were up by a couple of points. Their big ball in the middle is something we typically don’t see. We had a difficult time defending that.”
Tied 8-8 in the third set, Grand Rapids reeled off three-straight points to take a small lead that they would carry into the final stages of the contest.
A kill by Delcamp helped pull Catawba Valley within 24-23 during the closing moments of set three, but another kill — this time by the Raiders’ Autumn Severn — snuffed out any potential for a Red Hawk rally, ending the match.
“I think we made some nice adjustments in the third set and came within one right there at the end, but it just was not quite enough to get over that hurdle and send us to a fourth set,” Hudson said.
While a national championship isn’t attainable for her program in 2018, Hudson is setting her player’s sights to another goal — winning three matches at the national tournament for the first time in program history and finishing as high as they can, which is ninth place.
The Red Hawks face 15th seed Northern Virginia Community College (17-13) in their first consolation match on Friday morning at 10 a.m. The losing team is eliminated from the tournament.
A victory against the Nighthawks would put CVCC in the 4:30 p.m. match Friday afternoon against the winner of No. 14 Oakland (20-10) and No. 11 Lake Sumter State (15-13) with the winner of that contest playing in the ninth-place match at 9 a.m. on Saturday.
“We’ve been saying since the beginning of the year that we’ve got such a young group and to make it to the tournament this year is a huge stepping stone for us heading into next season when we’re going to have mostly experienced players,” she said. “For them to get to be here, play in huge games like this and feel what it’s like and get past some of the nerves, I think it’s definitely good for our program. Our goal for the rest of the tournament is to go out and play our best and hopefully come out with three wins, and I think we have the potential to do that if we keep fighting hard and together.”