The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-11, 2-6) suffered its fourth straight setback with a 3-1 loss to Coker (9-6, 3-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center.
The Cobras defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-23, 21-25 and 25-17 and won their second straight contest.
Coker was led by Bethany Prochnow (Wildomar, Calif.) with 13 kills while Madison Bingle (Grand Rapids, Mich.) added 10 kills and 22 digs in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite 19 kills and eight blocks from junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.). Freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) added 14 kills and senior right side hitter Tiffany Brooks (Kannapolis, N.C.) totaled five kills and a team-high 21 digs in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne tallied 12 blocks in the contest but was hit with seven service errors. Coker’s Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) added a double-double – 34 assists and 13 digs – and the Cobras totaled eight service aces in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host the first of three straight South Atlantic Conference matches at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., against Tusculum.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 55
North Iredell: 8
St. Stephens: 0
South Caldwell: 14
Fred T. Foard: 28
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 35
East Burke: 7
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 35
West Lincoln: 49
Bunker Hill: 12
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its first match of the weekend to UT Arlington in a straight-set sweep (15-25, 11-25, 14-25) on Friday night.
The Mountaineers (2-14, 0-3 Sun Belt) fell for the 13th consecutive game. Leading the way was Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) who finished with a team-high eight kills. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) collected a team-high 11 assists.
Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) tallied a team-leading eight digs.
In the opening set, an 8-2 run by the Mavericks (9-9, 3-0 Sun Belt) opened things up and gave UT Arlington a 12-6 advantage. Appalachian would close to within just three points at 18-15, but UTA finished the set on a 7-0 run to win convincingly 25-15.
The Apps would struggle again in the second set and would get down early to the Mavs. With a 12-6 lead, the Mavericks would push its lead to 14 with a 12-4 run and take the second set 25-11.
With a 2-0 lead in the match, UTA kept its foot not the gas in the third set. The Mavericks jumped out to a 14-7 advantage and finished off the Mountaineers 25-14 to clinch the match.
Appalachian will return to the court on Sunday, Oct. 2 when it travels to Texas State to finish its road swing in the state of Texas. First serve is set for 1 p.m.
The Wingate University Volleyball Team (16-0, 8-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 3-0 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-10, 2-5) Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Cuddy Arena.
The Bulldogs, ranked No. 25 in NCAA Division II, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-14, 25-18 and 25-21.
Wingate was led by Katie Bludau (Seabrook, Texas) with a match-high 17 kills while Rachel Lods (Lancaster, Calif.) and Rachel Alles (Tinley Park, Ill.) added 19 and 16 assists, respectively, in the victory.
Treslyn Ortiz (Texas City, Texas) totaled 12 digs for the Bulldogs, who remained in sole possession of first place in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which suffered its third straight setback, was led by freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) and junior middle blocker Samantha Bishop (Spring Hill, Fla.) with six kills each.
Sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added 19 assists for the Bears, who hit just .165 for the match.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Hartsville, S.C., to take on Coker beginning at 2:00 p.m.
Appalachian State field hockey slipped to the Davidson Wildcats 4-1 on Friday at the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field in Davidson, N.C. Freshman Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) scored App State’s lone goal on the night and currently leads the team in total goals with five on the season.
“Today was a tough loss,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “ The girls put in the work but we didn’t have the extra effort to put it in the goal. We had a ton of opportunities that we just needed to capitalize on and didn’t.”
Davidson (2-8) started their offensive strategy early with a quick goal in the 9th minute off a penalty corner. Despite the early deficit, the Mountaineers (1-8) did not panic and snatched a goal of their own, thanks to a polarizing shot sent in by Nobile assisted by Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C,/Cape Fear Academy) to even up the score at one a piece.
The two North Carolina squads continued to exchange offensive possessions until App threatened to score on a penalty corner with the clock winding down, but the ladies could not capitalize, and the half ended at 1-1.
Appalachian controlled the offensive stats in the first 35-minute half with seven shots and six on goal to Davidson’s four shots with three towards the cage. Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) enhanced the Mountaineer’s performance swatting away two of the Wildcats’ attacks.
App State started the second half strong with two penalty corners but could not find an opening to take the lead. After multiple back-and-forth possessions on the turf, the Wildcats found two back-to-back holes in the net to take the 3-1 advantage with 26 minutes left on the board. Four minutes later, Davidson would strike again on their second corner of the half from a batted-in shot provided by Leigha Nortier to stretch their lead to 4-1.
Appalachian continued to target the goal but could not strike up the right plays, and Davidson took the match 4-1.
For the second time this season, the Mountaineers dominated the offensive side of the field holding the advantage in shots (15-8), shots on goal (10-6) and in penalty corners (10-4).
Goalkeeper Gaines had a solid performance at net rejecting two of Davidson’s attacks and playing for 70:00 minutes.
App State will hit the pitch Saturday, Oct. 1 right back at the Carol Grotnes Belk Turf Field to face the Pacific Tigers. Game time kicks off at noon.
Despite highly accurate shooting by the team, Appalachian State University women’s soccer couldn’t overcome the three-goal deficit set in place by Arkansas State, falling 3-0 on Friday afternoon.
“Today was difficult,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “Any time you play against a team that is well organized defensively and the opportunities you have are unlucky, it is tough to overcome. Some days you realize are not going to be your day. Arkansas State is a very good team and held South Alabama to the final minutes. In the future, we have to play with the fire and intensity that we found in the second half from the initial whistle. We will continue to work and prepare for UL Monroe on Sunday.”
The Mountaineers (5-6-2 (0-3-2 Sun Belt)) fell behind early in the match as the Red Wolves (3-5-3 (1-3-1 Sun Belt)) put up a goal in the 10th minute when Katherine Padgett found a breakaway opportunity. App State had its second highest on-goal percentages of the season (.545), firing away a season-high 12 of 22 on target, but was just unable to get one past the line, whether from a shot hitting the crossbar or A-State’s Ponder making the save.
The 12 shots on goal for Appalachian is the most by the team since Oct. 16, 2015 at UL Monroe (13).
Later on in the first half, Padgett was again able to laser in a free kick awarded to the Red Wolves in the 23rd minute for her second goal of the match. The final goal was scored just 12 minutes later when Taylor Schneider headed in a corner from Tayler Carter that was redirected by Jackqueline Greer.
Leading the Mountaineer effort during the match was Kelly Flanders (Huntersville, N.C./Hopewell) who found many opportunities to come out of the backfield to get in on the offense, finishing with five shots on the game, three on goal. Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had all four of her shots on goal while Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) had two of her three total shots on frame.
Sarah Moon (Cornelius, N.C./W.A. Hough) once again provided a lot of energy off the sidelines, having two shots total and one on goal in her 26 minutes. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) also was able to find opportunities to help offensive from the backline, getting one of her two total shots on goal. Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams (Clemson)) also put up a shot on goal while Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough), Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day), Kristin Brown (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) and Sarah Peatross (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) also had one shot.
Splitting the time between the posts for Appalachian was Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) and Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge). Steyl played in the first 45, making one save and allowing the three goals while Ray played the second half, getting one save.
The Mountaineers will stay on the road this weekend as they head to UL Monroe on Sunday. Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University will add four members to its Sports Hall Of Fame as Marguerite “Meg” Broadwell, Roman Davis, Craig Keith and Craig Sizemore make up the Class of 2016.
The Hall Of Fame induction ceremony will be part of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Homecoming Weekend and will take place in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on LR’s campus at 11:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 8, 2016.
The four will also be honored at halftime of Lenoir-Rhyne’s Football Game with UNC Pembroke, which begins at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.
Broadwell (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1984) played four years on the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team from the 1980-81 season through the 1983-84 season. Broadwell totaled 1,023 career points – 17th-best all-time – and led Lenoir-Rhyne to the 1980-81 and 1981-82 NCAIAW State Championships and a berth in the 1981 AIAW National Final Four in Dayton, Ohio. The 1980-81 squad, Region II Champions with a record of 27-8, is considered one of the best in school history.
Broadwell is also ranked fifth in rebounds (713), seventh in field goal percentage (51.0), and third in blocks (129) on the school’s all-time lists as well. As a senior and co-captain in 1983-84, Broadwell led the team in scoring (17.1 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg) and was named the Team Most Valuable Player. Broadwell was also a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team for two years and graduated Cum Laude.
Broadwell received her MBA from Wake Forest University in 1986 and lived in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area ever since. Broadwell, a current resident of Alexandria, Va., has enjoyed a distinguished career in NASA since 1990 and has served in various capacities at its headquarters in the District of Columbia.
Davis (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2005) also played four years on the Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (2001-05) and became the first-ever South Atlantic Conference two-time Player Of The Year (2003-04 and 2004-05). Davis, a three-time All-SAC First-Team honoree, was the 2001-02 SAC Freshman Of The Year and led the Bears to two conference regular season championships and two berths in the NCAA Division II Playoffs (2002-03 and 2003-04) and the 2003 Food Lion SAC Tournament Title.
Davis ranks seventh all-time in program history in both points scored (1,619) and field goal percentage (55 percent) and his 147 career blocks rank No. 4 all-time as well. Davis was inducted into the South Atlantic Conference Hall Of Fame this past June.
Davis has also played overseas in Montenegro in FIBA for Team Kosarkaski. Davis was named the 2008 Imola Summer League Player of the Year as a member of Indesti Fabriano in Italy. Davis has also played in Mexico and toured with the Harlem Globetrotters for five years. In the offseason, Davis works for Novant Health in the organization’s insurance sector.
Keith (Lenoir-Rhyne, 1995) was an outstanding football player for Lenoir-Rhyne (1990-92) who was later drafted by the National Football League’s Pittsburgh Steelers in 1993. Keith, a two-time All-South Atlantic Conference selection (1991-92), also had stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars (their inaugural season in 1995), the Miami Dolphins and the San Francisco 49ers.
Keith totaled 62 receptions for 723 yards and four touchdowns in three years with the Bears and was named a 1992 NAIA Division I honorable mention All-American.
Keith, who earned his MBA from Lenoir-Rhyne in 2000 as well, served as Special Assistant to the Athletics Director at LR (1998-00) and was an Associate Director for the Center for Student Leadership, Ethics and Public Service at North Carolina State University (2000-02). Currently, Keith owns Bull City Carwash in Durham, N.C., and has plans to expand the business in the near future.
Sizemore (Lenoir-Rhyne, 2002) was a member of the Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (1999-02) and is still considered one of the best offensive players in school history. Sizemore is the Bears’ all-time career leader in runs scored (206), hits (269), doubles (70) and total bases (445). Sizemore also finished his career with a .373 batting average, 32 home runs and 186 runs batted in while his 46-game hitting streak over two seasons (2001 and 2002) was a NCAA Division II record at the time.
Sizemore was a three-time All-South Atlantic Conference pick (2000-02) and a 2001 NCAA Division II All-South Regional honoree who led the Bears to the 2000 and 2001 Food Lion SAC Tournament Championships and the 2001 SAC Regular Season Title. The Bears also earned a berth to the 2001 NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2001.
Sizemore is currently a business partner for CHP, Inc., one of the largest hardwood flooring companies in Southeastern Virginia.
St. Stephens: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Kings Mountain: 3
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 0
Fred T. Foard: 2
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 2
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 5
East Burke: 1
Southern District 7:
West Caldwell: 4
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (5-2-2, 2-1-1) stayed in the South Atlantic Conference race with a 1-0 victory over Carson-Newman (7-2, 3-1) Wednesday night in a key league battle at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) scored the lone goal of the match at the 73:57 mark of the second half in the victory for the Bears.
The Eagles, ranked No. 14 in NCAA Division II, saw their five-match winning streak come to an end as well.
Smith scored her team-leading fifth goal of the year after receiving a pass from senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) and running the ball down the right side and shooting past the goalkeeper for the score. Feronti was credited with the assist.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) picked up second shutout victory of the year. Leano made six saves while Carson-Newman’s Jacqueline Burns (Cookstown, NORTHERN IRELAND) suffered the loss in goal despite allowing just one score with five saves.
Carson-Newman held a 13-11 advantage in shots taken in the setback as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Queens in a league match on Saturday night at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (5-3-1, 2-2) took control early with three goals in the first 16 minutes of the contest on its way to a South Atlantic Conference victory over Carson-Newman (4-4, 1-3), 4-2, Wednesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored the first of his two goals just 9:42 into the match on a penalty kick and the Bears led by a 3-0 advantage at the 15:34 mark of the first half when Noumansana finished off a pass from junior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY).
Noumansana has a team-leading eight goals on the year and his second score of the contest came just a minute after a goal from sophomore midfielder Romain Lopez (Cannes, FRANCE).
Carson-Newman’s Marius Staalby (Trondheim, NORWAY) scored both of the Eagles’ goals – one on a corner kick in the first half and one on a penalty kick after intermission – but the deficit was too great for the visitors to overcome.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Jens Roessler (Ettlingen, GERMANY) rounded out the scoring for the Bears in the 71st minute while junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win after making six saves.
The Eagles lost despite holding a 22-14 advantage in shots taken while Joe Boyd (Nottingham, ENGLAND) made three saves but took the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Queens in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
For the first time in his career, Appalachian State University men’s cross country runner Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) was named the Sun Belt Conference Men’s Runner of the Week by the league’s coaches on Wednesday. His recognition marks the fourth Runner of the Week honor awarded to a Mountaineer in the 2016 season, the most so far of any Sun Belt Conference institution.
“I am very proud of Andrew,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “He has had to deal with some health issues that kept him from racing at the Mountains to Sea Duals at home. I know he really wanted to be a part of that. He was very patient and worked his way up through a pretty talented field last Friday. With the weather being fairly hot for us, he really played it smart and got pretty close to his pr on a tough course.”
In his first 8k race of the season, Vandenberg placed 42nd at one of the most competitive cross country meets in the nation competing against a field of 113 runners and four of the top 15 teams in the country. The Boone native sprinted past the finish line in 25:26.90 and was the first Mountaineer to cross the tape at the Panorama Farms Invitational.
Vandenberg ran a great race moving up 27 spots to end at 42nd. At the 2k split, he held the 69th position but moved up to 48th at the 5k mark. The Watauga High School product continued to push himself throughout the challenging course to land inside the top 50.
Caleb Farley of Maiden High School has been named as one of two recipients of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Performance of the Week awards, powered by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.
Each week two athletes, one male and one female, in North Carolina High School Athletic Association competition are selected for this award from nominations received from media and school administrators.
Farley, a senior quarterback at Maiden, was responsible for 8 touchdowns, five through the air and three on the ground in Maiden’s 60-7 win over Bunker Hill. He completed 16 of 23 passes for 312 yards while rushing 13 times for 225 yards. In the last two games, Farley has accounted for more than 1,000 yards of total offense.
North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
West Caldwell: 0
West Lincoln: 0