The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team jumped five placed to No. 11 in the NCAA Division II national poll. The Bears are a program-best 8-0 after defeating No. 20 North Georgia (2-0) and Queens (4-1) last week.
The Bears entered the top 25 last week as the No. 16 team in the nation. LR was also announced as the No. 2 team in the Southeast region for the second week in a row.
LR has a challenging week ahead, traveling to 2017 NCAA Division II National Runner Up Carson-Newman Wednesday night and a Lincoln Memorial team that ranked inside the top 10 earlier this season on the road Saturday.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Golf team finished in first place at the Myrtle Beach Intercollegiate Tournament. The Bears shot a 603 (+27) beat out seven other teams.
Playing in a field that consisted of four other South Atlantic Conference programs, the Bears beat the next closest SAC opponent Tusculum by 19 strokes.
Beatriz Espelosin led the Bears, finishing in 1st place while shooting 74-73--147 (+3). Espelosin birdied six holes on the tournament for her first career individual championship.
Megan Robb, Ainee O'Connor, and Katie Sibley were all right behind her finishing in the top 10. Robb and O'Connor improved in the second round with scores of 73 and 75 respectively.
The Bears captured their third Top Five finish of the year and second tournament win.
"The end result was great, we love to have team wins," said Gealy after the tournament. "It's what we play for each and every week. The main thing from this day is that we played for each other. We never know what the outcome is going to be, all we can do is control ourselves. The last nine holes went our way and we came out with a two-shot win."
The Bears will be back in action Oct 7th at the Patsy Rendleman Invitational.
LR Top 5
Beatriz Espelosin - 74-73--147 (+3) T-1st place
Megan Robb - 76-73--149 (+5) T-3rd place
Ainee O'Connor - 76-75--151 (+7) 6th place
Katie Sibley - 76-80--156 (+12) T-10th place
Patricia Asensio - 82-80--162 (+18) T-22nd place
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's golf team finished in 11th place at the University of North Georgia Fall Invitational. The Bears shot a 298 over the first 18 holes but bounced back to fire a 283 - their best round of the season - on Monday's final 18. The Bears then closed the final round strong finishing with a 284. The Bears combined score of 865 (+1) helped advance the Bears three places since round one. The 283 in the second round is the Bears best round since carding a 281 in the third round of the Donald Ross Intercollegaite on October 15, 2018.
Carson-Newman landed a first-place finish, leading the tournament with a score of 837.
Liam Waldron led the Bears, finishing tied for 10th shooting a 76-70-65--211 (-5). Waldon's score of 65 was the best final score anyone for LR. Tyler Hashimi contributed right behind Waldron, finishing tied for 23rd shooting a 70-72-72--214 (-2). Jack Alward also greatly improved shooting the second best final round score for LR with a 68. Alward finished T-38th with a 77-73-68--218 (+2).
LR returns to action Oct. 7th for the SAC Preview.
LR Top 5
Liam Waldron - 211 T-10th place
Tyler Hashimi- 214 T-23rd place
Jack Alward - 218 T-38th place
Dawson Walker- 224 T-58th place
Georg Hartmann - 228 T-65th place
The Appalachian State men's soccer team competed in its first overtime match this season, playing to a 1-1 draw with East Tennessee State Tuesday night. The Mountaineers move to 6-2-1, 5-1-1 at home. ETSU is now 3-3-2.
The Mountaineers were able to take the lead late in the first half, but a Buccaneer goal with five seconds to play in regulation sent the match into overtime.
Senior Austin Hill was the goal scorer for App State, streaking down the right side and sliding the ball past ETSU's goalkeeper, Josh Perryman, for his first goal of the season. Despite the Mountaineers taking a 1-0 lead into the half, App State and ETSU were even in shots at six apiece.
The Buccaneers saw more opportunities in the second half, taking 11 shots compared to eight by the Apps. With five seconds to go, ETSU took advantage of an App State foul outside of the box. Gilbert Miller was able to find the back of the net off a rebound.
During the first overtime, ETSU saw the majority of the scoring chances, taking four shots. App State held the advantage in the second period, taking two compared to one by ETSU.
Redshirt freshman Jacob Madden came up with five saves for the Mountaineers, with his backline adding three team saves. Perryman also made five saves during the 110 minutes of play.
Mason Robicheaux ended the game with four shots for App State, two of which were on goal. Kieran Richards was the shot leader for ETSU with five total, two on goal.
The Mountaineers now hit the road for a Sunday matchup at Central Arkansas. This will be the first meeting between the two teams as Sun Belt opponents.
The third-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program remained unbeaten in conference play with a 3-0 victory against Wake Tech on the road Tuesday afternoon.
Set scores were 25-22, 25-8 and 25-13.
The Red Hawks, who improve to 15-2 overall and 7-0 in Region 10, extend their winning streak to 133-straight conference wins.
Middle hitter Emma Clark powered Catawba Valley in its 10th straight win with 16 kills and five blocks, while fellow middle hitter Sage Harrington added seven kills and two blocks.
CVCC setters Macy Pope (15) and Amber Barker (14) combined for 29 assists to help facilitate the Red Hawk offensive attack.
Defensively, Red Hawk libero Bre Myers tallied a team-high 11 digs.
The CVCC volleyball team returns to action on Friday and Saturday for its fifth annual Valley Invitational.
During the event, the Red Hawks will play defending Division III national champion Owens (Ohio), DI opponents Wallace State (Ala.) and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.) and traditional Division II rival Pasco-Hernando (Fla.).
Appalachian State men's golf finished second at the Wildcat Fall Invitational on Tuesday with a relentless, 2-under-par team effort.
The Mountaineers continued their improvement by posting of a cumulative team score of 850 (283-279-288), which was 14 strokes less than their first tournament action this fall at the Sam Hall Intercollegiate.Three App State golfers finished in the top 10 on the individual leaderboard.
Rhode Island finished just five strokes ahead of App State, which finished four shots ahead of third-place and ACC foe, Boston College.
Jake Lane's 5-under-par tournament performance was good enough for a top-three finish, which placed him only two strokes back of second place. Lane's 208 tournament total (68-69-71) ties the second-lowest 54-hole tournament score in school history.
Timothius Tirto Tamardi's second-round surge for a 6-under 65 marks his lowest collegiate tournament round. It also tied the school record for the lowest 18-hole tournament round. He now accompanies Casey Johnson, Josh Nichols, Casey Komline and Alex Burris in the App State men's golf record book with the same feat.
During the second round, Tamardi was 5-under through his first eight holes thanks to opening with three straight birdies. The round helped propel him to the third top-10 finish of his career, placing him ninth after shooting an even-par 213 (75-65-73).
Lukas Jönnson's opening-round 69 marked his lowest collegiate tournament round as well. Jönnson finished 10th at a 2-over-par 215 (69-74-72).
Nicholas Gunnell (72-72-75) and Dylan Lukes (74-73-72) both finished tied for 17th at a 6-over-par 219.
As an individual, Noah Schneider carded a tournament total of 223 (10-over) en route to a top-30 finish.
The Mountaineers led the tournament in birdies with 53, 12 more than what they recorded in the Sam Hall Intercollegiate. App State also recorded the lowest tournament stroke averages on the par 3s (3.07) and the par 5s (4.87).
The Mountaineers will compete next in the Phoenix Invitational hosted by Elon University. The opening round of the two-day invitational is set to begin on Oct. 14.
Final Team Tournament Results:
Rhode Island -7 (279-280-286 / 845)
Appalachian State -2 (283-279-288 / 850)
Boston College +2 (291-281-282 / 854)
Georgetown +4 (291-281-284 / 856)
Villanova +22 (288-289-297 / 874)
Delaware +26 (300-292-286 / 878)
St. John's +53 (308-304-293 / 905)
Junior Brady Gunter was named Sun Belt Defensive Player of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. This marks the defender's first career Sun Belt Player of the Week honor, and the Mountaineers' third defensive honor this season.
"We are very excited for Brady to be recognized for his efforts and production," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "He has done so many great things for us over the last two and a half years and has not gotten much credit outside our locker room. I am sure he will continue to grow with this recognition."
Gunter made an impact in App State's 1-0 win over UNC Asheville last Wednesday, playing all 90 minutes in the Mountaineers' fourth shutout of the season. The Kernersville, N.C. native has started every game in the backline for the Black & Gold this season and played all but 16 minutes over eight games.
The Appalachian State defense currently leads the Sun Belt in goals allowed (6) and goals against average (.75). The Apps' four shutouts also lead the conference, doubling the next best team. Coastal Carolina and Georgia State have each recorded two shutouts.
App State was recently ranked 6th in the Southeast region by United Soccer Coaches, ahead of Sun Belt opponents Georgia State (7th) Central Arkansas (10th). The 6-2-0 Mountaineers are back in action tonight, hosting East Tennessee State at 7 p.m.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
West Iredell: 3
East Burke: 2
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Bunker Hill: 0
West Caldwell: 2
West Iredell: 4
East Burke: 2
South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
East Lincoln: 7
North Lincoln: 0
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program made history on Monday, earning its highest-ever national ranking.
The Red Hawks (14-2, 6-0 in Region 10) were named the No. 3 team in the country by the NJCAA in its Division II poll, setting a new program-best mark.
“I am really excited and so proud of the girls for all of their hard work this year and what they’ve been able to accomplish together,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “This group of girls have really worked hard together. We’ve had some injuries the past few weeks so we’ve had to switch some things around. They’ve just worked so well as a team to be able to come out, remain competitive, get the wins and do their best on the court.”
Catawba Valley won both of its volleyball matches played last week, including a rematch of last year’s District championship against Walters State last Tuesday.
The Red Hawks also defeated conference opponent USC Salkehatchie last Wednesday, winning its 132nd consecutive Region 10 match.
CVCC returns to the court Tuesday for another conference match — this time at Wake Tech (10-2, 4-0) in Raleigh.
Finishing off their week, the Red Hawks host their second and final tournament of the fall — the Valley Invitational at the Tarlton Complex.
Among the teams coming to play CVCC are defending Division III national champion Owens (23-3) and 12th-ranked Division I opponent Wallace State (24-0)).
“We like that competition,” Hudson said. “We learn things. It helps us to grow as a team, improve and get better. These are all teams we’ve built relationships with over the past few years. It’s always fun for them to come in. We are able to work together to try to make our programs better. That’s what we are looking forward to.”
In just its first year of existence, the Catawba Valley Community College bass fishing team already has its first national representative.
Red Hawks angler Nathan Dellinger won the non-boater division of the B.A.S.S. North Carolina State Team Qualifier on the Roanoke River this past weekend, qualify for the 2020 North Carolina BASS State Team.
“Going to college is a dream come true even at the age of 36. It is never too late to get an education. However, going to college and getting to do something you have a passion for is beyond a dream,” Dellinger said. “I have always had a passion for bass fishing and never thought I would have a chance to fish on a college team. Coming out of this tournament with a win and being the first student to represent CVCC on the state team is an awesome feeling — way more than I expected. I would like to say thanks to my coaches Angela and John (Mayo) as well as my awesome teammates for pushing each other to do our best. We have a ton of motivation and support behind the team with my wife being the biggest fan.”
Dellinger won the event despite a slow start, which included battery issues in the boat of the angler he was partnered with — David Swain.
Fighting through those issues and also a mild cold front, Dellinger finished the first day of competition on Friday in seventh place, catching two bass for a total weight of 5.05 pounds.
His first day finish put him only 1.2 pounds away from second place.
“After seeing the day one results, I knew I was not out of it yet,” Dellinger said. “We had three other guys from CVCC still in contention to finish in the top three. We all try to help each other. That's what teammates do. So we all conversed back at the hotel about how our day went and what we are going to do different for day two. I just wanted to be relaxed and just go fishing. That's what I did.”
Feeding off his day one results, Dellinger responded in a big way, catching five bass with a total weight of 21 pounds, finishing the tournament with a total weight of 26.05 pounds — more than eight pounds ahead of second place.
“I knew I needed to have a decent day — roughly 15 pounds to earn a spot on the state team,” Dellinger said. “We made about a 25-mile run up the Roanoke River to Williamston where we put the trolling motor down and started flipping. We started off slow catching a lot of smaller fish. The bigger bites were far and few between at least from the first part of the morning.”
Most of Dellinger’s day two success started to happen around 9 a.m. when he and Swain figured out where the larger fish would be.
“The keeper fish were up shallow on logs that were close to deep water,” Dellinger said. “When we figured that out, I knew it was going to be a good day on the water. We would come up to a log on a bank that fit the description and one of us would say that ‘there is going to be a fish right there.’ That’s when it really started to happen for me.”
Dellinger caught two more fish that were just over five pounds and another that was four pounds. He also improved on an earlier catch, replacing a 14-inch bass with a 15-inch bass.
“At that time, I didn't realize how much weight I actually had,” Dellinger said. “I thought I had somewhere around 17 pounds. As we were on the way back to the boat ramp to weigh our fish, I started thinking about the fish I had in the live well, adding the weights up in my head. It was 20 pounds. There is just no way I have 20 pounds.”
When the results came in, Dellinger’s calculation was right.
He was only one of three anglers who caught more more than 10 pounds of bass on either of the first two days of competition.
“We pulled up at the dock and tied off. All my teammates were there waiting to see what I was going to pull out of the live well,” Dellinger said. “I opened the live well and began to put my fish in the weigh bag — one five-pounder, two five-pounders, three five-pounders. My teammates were so excited that someone from CVCC had a chance to make the top three. When I went to the scales, the weigh master dumped my fish out in the sink and said “wow, this is going to be a good bag.’ They sat them on the scales and said 21 pounds even with a 5.59-pound big fish. Having know idea of how things were going to shake out, I was excited that I busted 21 pounds.”
Dellinger’s performance highlighted a CVCC bass team that had six total anglers finish among the top 20 at tournament and four of those among the top 10 finishers, including Garrett Poovey in fifth place, Adam Seagle in eighth place, Jeremy Dellinger in ninth place, Lane Bailey in 15th place and Caleb Lonca in 18th place.
“I am extremely pleased with the results of the North Carolina B.A.S.S. Nation State Team Qualifier,” said CVCC bass fishing coach Angela Mayo. “The Roanoke River is unlike any body of water that our anglers have fished before, and I felt this would be an excellent opportunity for our team to gain some valuable experience fishing a tournament on unfamiliar water.”
With his win, Dellinger, along with Mayo and 18 other anglers from across the state, will travel to Florida to compete in the B.A.S.S. Nation Southeast Divisional.
The top boater and top co-angler from each state will move on to the B.A.S.S. Nation National Championship.
The CVCC bass fishing team returns to action on Oct. 12 for an intrasquad tournament before preparing for its biggest tournament of the fall — the FLW College Series on Nov. 1 on Lake Hartwell, S.C.
Appalachian State volleyball setter Sam Bickley has been named Sun Belt Volleyball Freshman of the Week and libero Emma Reilly has been tabbed as Sun Belt Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week the league announced on Monday.
Bickley posted 92 assists (11.50 a/s), 18 digs (2.25 d/s) and 8 kills (1.00 k/s) in a pair of Mountaineer victories over Georgia State and Georgia Southern this weekend.
In Friday's win 3-1 win over Georgia State, she tallied her fourth double-double of the season with 44 assists (11.00 a/s) and 11 digs (2.75 d/s), to go along with six kills (1.50 k/s) on a .600 hitting percentage. On Sunday, she posted 48 assists (12.00 a/s), seven digs (1.75 d/s), a pair of kills and a pair of blocks in a 3-1 victory over Georgia Southern.
On the season, Bickley leads the league with 561 total assists and sits second in the Sun Belt in assists per set, averaging 10.39.
Reilly, who earned Sun Belt Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week honors earlier this season, posted a pair of 20-plus dig efforts on the weekend, tallying a total of 45 (5.63 d/s). Against Georgia State on Friday, she finished with a match-high 22 digs (5.5 d/s) and two service aces. In Sunday's victory over Georgia Southern, she posted a match-high 23 digs (5.75 d/s) and added three service aces.
Also during the weekend, Reilly moved into the top-10 in program history in career digs and now sits in eighth place all-time with 1,197.
Reilly currently leads the Sun Belt in total digs with 291 and is the lone player in the league averaging over 5.00 digs per set, averaging a league-best 5.20. In addition, she leads the league in service aces with 32 and is tied for the conference lead in service aces per set, averaging 0.57.
App State, who stands at 6-9 on the season and 2-0 Sun Belt play, will begin a five-match road trip on Friday at Louisiana at 7:30 p.m. EST.