The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (12-4-1, 8-2-1) ended the regular season on a strong note with a 2-0 victory over Newberry (5-9-2, 4-7) on Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference match Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Senior forward Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) and junior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) both scored unassisted in the second half as the Bears improved to 6-0-1 in their last seven matches.
Alequine, a two-time All-American, opened the scoring in the 52nd minute with a goal from the top of the box. The goal was Alequine’s 10th of the season.
Smith rounded out the scoring with her fifth goal of the year at the 62:06 mark of the second half as the Bears held a 25-10 advantage in shots taken in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Loren Sterling (Colfax, N.C.) earned the shutout in goal in her first start of the season. Sterling made five saves as the Bears held their opponent without a score for the fifth straight contest.
Newberry’s Alexis Carrillo (La Puente, Calif.) suffered the loss after playing the second half and making eight saves.
Both teams qualified for the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Championship and will play in the quarterfinal round on Tuesday. Lenoir-Rhyne is the fourth seed and will host fifth-seeded Anderson while seventh-seeded Newberry travels to Wingate, the second seed.
The league’s championship semifinals and finals take place at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C., on Friday, November 6, and Sunday, November 8.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (16-7, 14-4) stayed red hot and ran its winning streak to four matches with a 3-1 win over Anderson (10-14, 8-10) Saturday morning at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears downed the Trojans by scores of 25-14, 19-25, 25-16 and 25-19 and swept the season series from Anderson.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with 18 kills and 13 digs while senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added a double-double – 25 assists and 18 digs – as the Bears improved to 9-1 at home this year.
Senior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) tallied 11 kills as well for Lenoir-Rhyne, who totaled 13 blocks on the day including a team-high five from junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.).
For Anderson, Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) led all hitters with 21 kills and Priscilla Irizarry (Laras, Puerto Rico) added 44 assists and nine digs in the setback. The Trojans, however, hit just .156 for the match in suffering their second straight loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road on Tuesday to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 7:00 p.m., in Mars Hill, N.C.
The Newberry College Football Team (5-4, 3-3) raced to a 28-point advantage in the first quarter on its way to a 52-14 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (4-4, 2-3) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium.
The Bears fumbled on three consecutive possessions in the first quarter which each leading to a Wolves’ touchdown as Newberry built a 28-0 advantage.
Lenoir-Rhyne lost four fumbles total for the contest with two returned for touchdowns by Newberry’s Jalen Hunter (Seneca, S.C.) and Josh Parker (Little Mountain, S.C.) in the first and third quarters, respectively.
Newberry took control early with a touchdown on its opening drive – a 20-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Raleigh Yeldell (Ware Shoals, S.C.) to Romelo Doctor (Summerville, S.C.) – and the Wolves never looked back.
Yeldell finished with 265 yards passing and four touchdown tosses in addition to 57 yards on the ground as Newberry finished with 469 yards of total offense. Braxton Ivery (Florence, S.C.) was Yeldell’s top target, totaling five catches for 113 yards and two scores.
Lenoir-Rhyne scored two fourth quarter touchdowns but it was too little, too late. Sophomore slotback Calvin Edwards (Salisbury, N.C.) rushed for an eight-yard touchdown while redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Williams (Fuquay-Varina, N.C.) added a one-yard score on the ground. Williams had 111 yards through the air.
Lenoir-Rhyne, the top-ranked team in NCAA Division II in rushing offense (407.4 yards per game), was limited to 196 yards on the ground. Senior slotback Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) led the way with 66 yards rushing in the losing effort. On defense, junior linebacker Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) led all tacklers with 12.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Brevard on Senior Day next Saturday in a South Atlantic Conference game at 2:00 p.m.
Zoe Huffman of Maiden claimed the singles championship in convincing fashion on Saturday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women’s tennis championships at the Cary Tennis Center.
Huffman took the state title with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Lauren Bush of Lake Norman Charter, after winning an earlier semifinal match Saturday morning of Rachel Rice of Durham School of the Arts 6-0, 6-4.
Olivia Archer and Hannah Archer of Lake Norman Charter made it two state championships in a row, as the Archers swept past Kayla Honeycutt and Kathyrn Rusher of Salisbury in straight sets at love.
Lake Norman Charter had two singles players and two doubles teams qualify for the state championships, and all advanced to Saturday semifinals with Bush in singles and the victorious doubles team getting to the finals.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2015 2-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center, Cary
Lauren Bush (Lake Norman Charter) def. Lauren Loveless (Lake Norman Charter) 6-2, 6-2; Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) 6-0, 6-2.
Huffman (Maiden) def. Bush (Lake Norman Charter) 6-0, 6-4.
Kayla Honeycutt-Kathyrn Rusher (Salisbury) def. Zoe Panizza-Emily Chrisman (Lake Norman Charter) 6-1, 6-1; Olivia-Archer-Hannah Archer (Lake Norman Charter) def. Sarah Yuan-Annie Xie (NCSSM) 6-1, 6-0.
O. Archer-H. Archer (Lake Norman Charter) def. Honeycutt-Rusher (Salisbury) 6-0, 6-0.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 43
St. Stephens: 14
South Caldwell: 79
Fred T. Foard: 14
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 30
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 6
East Lincoln: 56
West Caldwell: 7
Bunker Hill: 25
Looking to remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play and extend its winning streak to 14, Appalachian State University volleyball succeeded on Friday night with a straight-set sweep of the UL Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns at the Holmes Center.
“Good win for us tonight. We committed too many errors for my liking, but played well enough to keep our streak going,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “As we get closer to the Sun Belt championships, we need to keep improving in everything we do. We need to celebrate this win and then get ready for a good South Alabama team on Sunday.”
The Mountaineers (18-4, 11-0 Sun Belt) were led by three student-athletes with double-digit kills on the night. Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee), Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) and Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) all finished with 12 kills each.
Each Mountaineer kill was mainly set up by reigning Sun Belt Setter of the Week Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy). On the night, Brown tallied 36 assists, while also recording her 13th double-double with 17 digs. Corrigan also recorded a double-double and notched 16 digs.
Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) led the defensive effort with a team-high 18 digs, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) tallied 14.
Appalachian jumped out to a quick 5-1 lead in the opening set, but the Ragin’ Cajuns (5-20, 1-11 Sun Belt) found points right away and battled back to knot the score at 6-6. The Mountaineers then went on a 10-2 run fueled by back-to-back-to-back kills from Gregory and Corrigan to start the run, while Gregory would pick up two more kills and Keller would add one.
After a Corrigan kill made it 22-13 in favor of App State, the Ragin’ Cajuns committed three errors at the end of the set and the Apps would go ahead 1-0.
Much like the first set, App State and UL Lafayette played close in the early moments and would found themselves tied 4-4. Appalachian then went on a 5-0 run to open things up a little bit. The run was highlighted by a kill from Corrigan, back-to-back kills from Gregory and a kill from Keller.
The Ragin’ Cajuns would try and claw back into it, but even at 13-8, App State shut it down with consecutive kills from Keller and Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic). App State would lead 19-11 before UL Lafayette called timeout to regroup. Out of the timeout, the Ragin’ Cajuns would find some points and get to within six at 23-17, but kills from Keller and Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) sealed the set and a 2-0 match lead for the Black and Gold.
The most interesting set of the evening became the third set. App State raced out to a commanding 8-2 advantage and seemed to be in control. The Ragin’ Cajuns kept coming at the Apps and got the deficit to within one point before a Keely Hayes service ace knotted the score at 15-15.
Appalachian responded with a kill from Brown, but a service error tied the score again at 16-16. The Mountaineers built a two-point lead at 18-17 with a kill from Keller and an attack error from the Ragin’ Cajuns. The Black and Gold would then snap off seven-straight points to end the set 25-17 and the match 3-0.
As a team, App State held UL Lafayette to an astounding .015 hitting percentage in the win.
The sweep marked the Mountaineers’ 12th of the season as they improved to 9-1 on their home floor this season.
App State returns to action on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m. when they square off against South Alabama from the Holmes Center.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (15-7, 13-4) made it three consecutive wins with a 3-0 sweep of Newberry (8-14, 4-12) Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Bears defeated the Wolves by scores of 25-20, 25-19 and 25-17 to sweep the season series from Newberry and maintain sole possession of third place in the league standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Ashley Wells (Lovingston, Va.) and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 11 kills each.
Senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 20 assists for the Bears, who limited the Wolves to just a .083 hitting percentage in addition to making nine blocks on the night.
Newberry was led by Madison Darby-McClure (Colorado Springs, Colo.) with seven kills while Maggie Marsh (Charleston, S.C.) finished with 17 assists but the Wolves dropped their second straight match.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which hit .250 in the contest, also improved to 8-1 at home this season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Anderson tomorrow in a South Atlantic Conference match at 11:00 a.m. Newberry, meanwhile, takes on Brevard in Brevard, N.C., Saturday at 6:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University junior Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy) has been tabbed as an official candidate for the 2015 Ray Guy Award, the Augusta Sports Council announced on Friday. The Ray Guy Award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate punter.
Critcher enters Saturday’s game versus Troy with a 43-yard punting average this season, just 2.2 yards per punt off the Sun Belt Conference’s best average (Georgia State’s Wil Lutz - 45.2 avg.).
In addition to his ability to flip the field with his leg, Critcher has proven to be an invaluable cog in Appalachian State’s trickery on special teams this season, as he has helped the Mountaineers pick up first downs on two fake kicks. On a fourth-and-five play against Wyoming on Oct. 3, Critcher quarterbacked an option run on a fake field goal that picked up six yards. Two games later at UL Monroe, he threw a 14-yard first-down pass on a fake punt. Both successful fakes led directly to Appalachian State touchdowns.
The presentation of the 2015 Ray Guy Award will be made during the Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 10 in Orlando.
Critcher and the Mountaineers (6-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) look to extend their Sun Belt winning streak to 10 games when they square off against Troy on Saturday. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brianna Belsky has been named to the 2015 Academic All-District III women’s soccer first team for NCAA Division II.
Belsky, a senior defender from Egg Harbor Township, N.J., earns Academic All-District accolades for the second straight year. Belsky, a chemistry major with a 3.94 grade point average, was Academic All-American in 2014 as well.
Belsky is a two-time First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference and All-Southeast Region honoree (2012 and 2014) who also earned honorable mention All-American accolades as a freshman.
Belsky is a four-year starter who has seven goals, 12 assists and 26 total points for her career and has been a member of three SAC Regular Season Championship and NCAA Division II postseason teams (2012-14) and the 2012 Food Lion SAC Tournament Championship squad.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-4-1, 7-2-1) hosts Newberry (5-8-2, 4-6) in a South Atlantic Conference match for Senior Day on Saturday afternoon beginning at 1:00 p.m.
The Academic All-District™ teams include the student-athletes listed on the following pages and are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada.
This is the fifth year of the expanded Academic All-America® program as CoSIDA moved from recognizing a University Division (Division I) and a College Division (all non-Division I) and has doubled the number of scholar-athletes honored. The expanded teams include NCAA Division I, NCAA Division II and NCAA Division III participants, while the College Division Academic All-America®
Team combines NAIA, Canadian and two-year schools. The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 DII and DIII Academic All-America® teams program.
First-team Academic All-District™ honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
2015 Capital One CoSIDA NCAA Division II
Academic All-District III Women’s Soccer Teams
(Peach Belt, South Atlantic Conference and Conference Carolinas)
Goalkeeper - Maylyn Parsons, COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY, Jr., Greenville, S.C., 4.00, Engineering Studies
Midfielder - Kaitlyn Brunworth, WINGATE UNIVERSITY, Jr., Littleton, Colo., 4.00, Biology
Midfielder - Maria Marti Bartis, CLAYTON STATE UNIVERSITY, Gr., Girona, Spain, 4.00, Health Administration (graduate)
Midfielder - Ally Barys, GEORGIA COLLEGE, Sr., Ladera Ranch, Calif., 4.00, Exercise Science
Defender - Brianna Belsky, LENOIR-RHYNE UNIVERSITY, Sr., Egg Harbor Township, N.J., 3.94, Chemistry
Defender- Shelby Rolling, COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY, Sr., Stayner, Ontario, 3.95, Health Science
Defender - Macy Franklin, WINGATE UNIVERSITY, Jr., Conover, N.C., 3.73, Athletic Training
Defender -Carlie Thornber, TUSCULUM COLLEGE, So., Oshawa, Ontario, 4.00, Biology (Pre-Medicine)
Forward - Nicole Corcione, COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY, Jr., Candler, N.C., 4.00, Nursing
Forward - Chelsea Person, COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY, Sr., Decatur, Ga., 3.94, Communication
Forward - Nikki McWilliams, CARSON-NEWMAN UNIVERSITY, Gr., Saintfield, Northern Ireland, 3.80, MBA
Zoe Huffman of Maiden advanced into the singles semifinals with a pair of convincing victories in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 2-A women’s tennis championships on Friday at the Cary Tennis Center.
Huffman won both of her matches in straight sets and lost only one game in the process. She will play Rachel Rice of the Durham School of the Arts in one semifinal, while Lake Norman Charter teammates Lauren Bush and Lauren Loveless square off in the other semifinal match.
In fact, Lake Norman Charter had two singles players and two doubles teams qualify for the state championships, and all have advanced to Saturday semifinals. Defending doubles champs Olivia Archer and Hannah Archer of Lake Norman Charter had little trouble in their two victories, dropping only one game in four sets.
Four of the eight opening round doubles matches went the full three sets, with the team that dropped the opening set coming back to win in three of those.
Semifinal matches are scheduled to start Saturday morning at nine o’clock.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2015 2-A WOMEN’S TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Cary Tennis Center, Cary
Peyton Beaman (Greene Central) def. Jessika Barber (Wilkes Central) 6-3, 6-1;Lauren Bush (Lake Norman Charter) def. Rachel Watlington (Yanceyville Bartlett Yancey) 6-3, 6-1; Maria Capito (Salisbury) def. Maddie Brannan (Dixon) 6-3, 6-0; Lauren Loveless (Lake Norman Charter) def. Hannah Watlington (Yanceyville Bartlett Yancey) 6-4, 6-2; Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) def. Annabelle Webb (Hendersonville) 6-0, 6-1; Caroline Cowan (Kill Devil Hills First Flight) def. Julia Honeycutt (Salisbury) 6-2, 6-1; Zoe Huffman (Maiden) def. Emily Easthorn (Carrboro) 6-0, 6-0; Sarah Dover (Currituck) def. Kaley Williford (Monroe Central Academy) 7-5, 6-3.
Bush (Lake Norman Charter) def. Beaman (Greene Central) 6-4, 7-6(4); Loveless (Lake Norman Charter) def. Capito (Salisbury) 6-3, 6-4; Rice (Durham School of Arts) def.. Cowan (First Flight) 6-2, 6-1; Huffman (Maiden) def. Dover (Currituck) 6-1, 6-0.
Lauren Bush (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Lauren Loveless (Lake Norman Charter)
Rachel Rice (Durham School of the Arts) vs. Zoe Huffman (Maiden)
Kate Whichard-Ellie Rinehart (Edenton Holmes) def. Sommer Chilton-Mallory Wilmoth (Surry Central) 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-5; Zoe Panizza-Emily Chrisman (Lake Norman Charter) def. Jennifer Zou-Katherine Li (Durham N.C. School of Science and Math) 6-2, 6-4; Kayla Honeycutt-Kathyrn Rusher (Salisbury) def. Danielle Duckwall-Nechelle Everette (Washington) 6-0, 6-0; Abby Rader-Emine Arcasoy (Carrboro) def. Kylee Leonhardt-Heather Truesdale (West Lincoln) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2; Sarah Yuan-Annie Xie (Durham N.C. School of Science and Math) def. Abbey Parsons-Annie Bean (West Caldwell) 6-0, 6-0; Maggie Lancaster-Emerson Hayes (Lexington) def. Rachel Jones-Sidney Swindell (North Lenoir) 6-7 (4), 7-5, 6-1; Olivia Archer-Hannah Archer (Lake Norman Charter) def. Sarah Morse-Marshall Phillips (Siler City Jordan-Matthews) 6-1, 6-0; Haley Beamon-Grace Sullivan (Wilson Beddingfield) def. Sydney Gray-Jessie-Lynn Ward (Mount Pleasant) 6-3, 4-6, 6-1.
Panizza-Chrisman (Lake Norman Charter) def. Whichard-Rinehart (Holmes) 6-4, 7-5; Honeycutt-Rucker (Salisbury) def. Rader-Arcasoy (Carrboro) 6-2, 6-0; Yuan-Xie (NCSS) def. Lancaster-Hayes (Lexington) 6-1, 6-3; Archer-Archer (Lake Norman Charter) def. Beamon-Sullivan (Beddingfield) 6-0, 6-0.
Zoe Panizza-Emily Chrisman (Lake Norman Charter) vs. Kayla Honeycutt-Kathyrn Rusher (Salisbury)
Sarah Yuan-Annie Xie (NCSSM) def. Olivia-Archer-Hannah Archer (Lake Norman Charter)