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Appalachian State University women’s tennis got back on the winning track, picking up a 5-0 victory over visiting Presbyterian College on Saturday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club.

The Mountaineers (3-3) fought hard to pick up the doubles point and then never looked back as the Blue Hose (4-2) failed to pick up a singles match.

Saturday’s match saw just four of the six singles matches finish up as inclement weather made its way to the High Country, forcing the match to conclude before all matches could wrap up.

App State’s No. 1 duo of Mackenzie LaSure and Clare Cox were first to win their doubles match, 8-2, before Megan Mullen and Melissa Machado secure the doubles point with a 8-3 win at No. 3.

In singles play, Appalachian carried the momentum forward as Cox and LaSure made quick work of the first two spots. Cox won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 1, while LaSure won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2.

The closest match of the day came at No. 3 between Brianna Armellino and Demi Henschel. Henschel took a close first set 6-4, but Armellino roared back to take the second set handily, 6-2, to force a final set. She carried her energy into the third set, winning 6-2 to pick up the match-clinching fourth point.

Machado was able to handle No. 5 spot quickly as she won 6-3, 6-2, before matches at No. 4 and No. 6 went unfinished due to developing bad weather and Appalachian took the win with a 5-0 final.

The Mountaineers return for part two of their three-match homestand as they take on West Virginia State on Sunday at Yonahlossee Racquet Club. The match is slated to begin at 2 p.m.

Appalachian State 5, Presbyterian College 0
Feb 14, 2015 at Boone, N.C. (Yonahlossee Racquet Club)

Singles competition
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. RANSOM, Greer (PCW) 6-2, 6-2
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. NUTTALL, Brittany (PCW) 6-0, 6-1
3. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. HENSCHEL, Demi (PCW) 4-6, 6-1, 6-2
4. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) vs. ANDREWS, C.M. (PCW) 7-5, 3-2, unfinished
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. deLOACH, Caroline (PCW) 6-3, 6-2
6. Megan Mullen (APP) vs. MCBRIDE, Sara (PCW) 3-0, unfinished

Doubles competition
1. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. RANSOM, Greer/HENSCHEL, Demi (PCW) 8-2
2. Megan Mullen/Melissa Machado (APP) def. NUTTALL, Brittany/ANDREWS, C.M. (PCW) 8-3
3. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) vs. deLOACH, Caroline/MCBRIDE, Sara (PCW) 6-5, unfinished

Match Notes
Presbyterian College 4-2
Appalachian State 3-3
Order of finish: Doubles (1,2); Singles (2,1,3,5)
Official: Nick Wilson T-3:46 A-59

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (0-3) suffered a 5-4 setback to Pfeiffer (6-0) Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Tennis Center.

Lenoir-Rhyne seniors Marvin Mueller (Hagen, GERMANY) and Robin Hochguertel (Erlensee, GERMANY) prevailed at both singles and doubles despite the loss for the Bears.

The duo won at first doubles by an 8-6 score over Pfeiffer's Oscar Van Koch (Sollentana, SWEDEN) and Axel Woerner (Stuttgart, GERMANY) while Marvin defeated Van Koch at No. 1 singles - 6-0 and 6-3 - and Hochguertel got by Woerner at second singles, 7-6, 6-7 and 14-2.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road on Thursday when the Bears travel to Ettrick, Va., to face Virginia State beginning at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Pfeiffer 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
February 14, 2015
Misenheimer, N.C.
Knapp Tennis Center
Singles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller (LR) def. Oscar Van Koch (PFEIFFER), 6-0, 6-3
2. Robin Hochguertel (LR) def. Axel Woerner (PFEIFFER), 7-6, 6-7, 14-12
3. Bjorn Barwinski (PFEIFFER) def. Patrick Bauer (LR), 6-3, 6-2
4. Anthony Brennan (PFEIFFER) def. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 6-3, 6-2
5. David Weir (PFEIFFER) def. Matthew Ledford (LR), 6-2, 6-1
6. Sebastian Wernecke (PFEIFFER) def. John Christian Reid (LR), 6-2, 6-2
Doubles competition:
1. Marvin Mueller/Patrick Bauer (LR) def. Oscar Van Koch/Axel Woerner (PFEIFFER), 8-6
2. Bjorn Barwinski/Sebastian Wernecke (PFEIFFER) def. Matthew Ledford/Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR), 8-5
3. Robin Hochguertel/John Christian Reid (LR) def. David Weir/Orlando Castillo (PFEIFFER), 8-6
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-3), Pfeiffer (6-0)

Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:52

App State Men's Tennis Edged Out By Winthrop

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Despite wins in three singles matches, Appalachian State University men’s tennis dropped its seacond-straight, 4-3 decision in a loss at Winthrop on Saturday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (3-4) were able to push two singles matches to third sets, but could not climb out of an early hole against the Eagls (3-2).

Winthrop was able to seize early momentum when it snagged 8-6 wins at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to earn the first point. App State’s No. 2 duo of Jack Maddocks and Scott Webster were able to grab a 9-7 win at No. 2, but Appalachian failed to secure a second doubles win.

In singles play, Oliver Casey grabbed a first set win at No. 1, but eventually fell by a score of 6-7, 6-1, 6-1. Jan-Willem Kleynhans also snagged a win in his first set at No. 5, but also lost by a score of 6-7, 6-1, 6-3.

Maddocks, Webster and Trey Morries earned wins at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6, respectively, but Winthrop’s win at the No. 2 spot would prove to be the difference as Appalachian State lost by the slimmest of margins.

The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Feb. 21 against NJIT. The match, which will be played once again in Rock Hill, S.C., is slated for a noon start time.

Winthrop Men’s Tennis 4, Appalachian State 3
Feb 14, 2015 at Rock Hill, SC (Winthrop Memorial Tennis Courts)

Singles competition
1. MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-7, 6-1, 6-2
2. COMERFORD, Dylan (WUM) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-4, 6-0
3. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. PATRICK, Steven (WUM) 7-6, 6-4
4. Scott Webster (APP) def. NAGOVNAK, Peter (WUM) 6-3, 6-1
5. CHEN, Michael (WUM) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-7, 6-1, 6-3
6. Trey Morris (APP) def. FRANZANTI, Ruben (WUM) 7-5, 6-7, 6-2

Doubles competition
1. COMERFORD, Dylan/NAGOVNAK, Peter (WUM) def. Oliver Casey/Zach Bost (APP) 8-6
2. Scott Webster/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. PATRICK, Steven/MITCHELL, Tremayne (WUM) 9-7
3. CHEN, Michael/FRANZANTI, Ruben (WUM) def. Trey Morris/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-6

Match Notes
Appalachian State 3-4
Winthrop Men’s Tennis 3-2

Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Takes Two Games on Saturday

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Softball Team moved to 8-0 on the season with victories over King, 4-3, and eighth-ranked Armstrong State, 13-5, Saturday afternoon at Armstrong Field.

Lenoir-Rhyne 4, King 3
The Bears scored two runs in the top of the seventh inning capped off by senior outfielder Brittany Coursen’s (Virginia Beach, Va.) game-winning RBI single with one out in the frame.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman shortstop Madison Carter (Bessemer City, N.C.) drove in two runs while junior pitcher Maryann Hoskins (Havelock, N.C.) improved to 4-0 on the year after striking 12 batters in the victory.

For King, Chrissy Melcher (Orlando, Fla.) hit a two-run home run in the first inning while Morgan Lowe (Damascus, Va.) fell to 1-1 after taking the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne 13, Armstrong State 5 (six innings)
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman third baseman Averi Miller (Taylorsville, N.C.) finished with four hits including a two-run home run and five runs batted in as the Bears run-ruled the Pirates.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore first baseman Sydney Landreth (Disputanta, Va.) also drove in four runs as the Bears pounded out 17 hits in the victory. Junior Brandi Hole (Sandy Ridge, N.C.) (4-0) earned the victory for the Bears as well.

Armstrong State’s Alexis Mercer (Rincon, Ga.) hit two home runs but Jane Trzaska (Glen Ellyn, Ill.) took the loss and fell to 2-2 on the season.

Appalachian State University men’s track and field concluded the Samford Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountaineers had many standout performances over the weekend – highlighted by Patrick Quinn (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) finishing in second place in the pole vault. Quinn cleared 15-5.00 feet.

In the throwing events, Nathan Milch (Longwood, Fla./Lake Brantley) took third in the shot put with a throw of 52-10.75 feet, while John Leonard (Fayetteville, N.C./Terry Sanford) claimed ninth in the weight throw with a throw of 51-5.50 feet.

Henry Bustle (Statesville, N.C./South Iredell) took eighth in the long jump with a jump of 22-3.75 feet. Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) finished in fifth in the 800 meter run with a personal-best time of 1:54.19 and Raphael Rojas (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) took seventh in the 400 meter dash with a time of 49.24.

In the 3,000 meter run, Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) finished in sixth with a season-best time of 8:29.64, while Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard/LaSalle) ran a time of 4:21.30 in the mile and took 14th. William Buckley (Durham, N.C./East Chapel Hill) finished in 14th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 22.41.

In his first performance during the indoor track and field season, Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) finished in 13th in the 3,000 meter run with a time of 8:37.59. Ellis had a standout season on the Mountaineer cross country team and was an all-conference performer.

The 4x400 meter relay team of Joshua Hanna (Webster, N.Y./The Aquinas Institute), Kimani Hoffman (Raleigh, N.C./Knightdale), Hastings and Rojas bettered their time from earlier this season at the Penn State Invitational. They ran it nearly three seconds faster this weekend with a time of 3:19.94 and took fourth.

The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend when they host the App State Open.

Appalachian State University women’s track and field also finished up the Samford Invitational on Saturday.

The Mountaineers were led over the weeked by Brianna Tate (Summerfield, N.C./Grimsley). The senior thrower took fourth in the shot put with a throw of 48-4.75, while placing ninth in the weight throw with a distance of 54-8.25 feet.

In the high jump, Hunter Welborn (Booneville, N.C./Starmount) and Janet Watson (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) both cleared 5-3.00 feet and took eighth and ninth place, respectively. In the pole vault, Debra Dombermuth (Boone, N.C./Watauga) placed ninth and cleared 11-5.75 feet.

Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) ran a personal-best time in the mile, crossing the finish line in a time of 5:02.87. For her efforts, Ratcliffe placed seventh.

In the 4x400 meter relay, the team of Taryn Stern (Harrisburg, N.C./Hickory Ridge), Catherine Crawford (Gastonia, N.C./Forestview), Brooke Brekke (Neillsville, Wis./Neillsville) and Marie Atwater (Charlotte, N.C./Rocky River) finished in seventh with a time of 3:56.03. Of the three formed teams to run the 4x400 this season, the time this weekend was the fastest.

The Mountaineers will return to action next weekend when they host the App State Open.

Sunday, 15 February 2015 23:44

L-R Women's Tennis Swept by Pfeiffer

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (0-2) fell by a 9-0 score to Pfeiffer (4-1) Saturday afternoon at the Knapp Tennis Center.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Ettrick, Va., to face Virginia State beginning at 3:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Pfeiffer 9, Lenoir-Rhyne 0
February 14, 2015
Misenheimer, N.C.
Knapp Tennis Center
Singles competition:
1. Olivia Nelms (PFEIFFER) def. Zorica Djuric (LR), 6-0, 6-4
2. Taylor Lindsay (PFEIFFER) def. Dominique Bruce (LR), 0-6, 6-0, 10-4
3. Valeria Mendoza (PFEIFFER) def. Lucy Stofberg (LR), 6-3, 7-6
4. Hannah Wilson (PFEIFFER) def. Lela Sparks Thompson (LR), 6-7, 6-1, 11-9
5. Mylene Petipas (PFEIFFER) def. Jessica Rumple (LR), 2-6, 6-1, 10-1
6. Mara Hofstetter (PFEIFFER) def. Maggie Brown (LR), 2-6, 6-1, 10-1
Doubles competition:
1. Olivia Nelms/Hannah Wilson (PFEIFFER) def. Zorica Djuric/Lucy Stofberg (LR), 8-2
2. Taylor Lindsay/Valeria Mendoza (PFEIFFER) def. Lela Sparks Thompson/Dominique Bruce (LR), 8-3
3. Mara Hofstetter/Mylene Petipas (PFEIFFER) def. Maggie Brown/Jessica Rumple (LR), 8-2
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2), Pfeiffer (4-1)

The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (10-0, 3-0) remained unbeaten on the year and ran its winning streak to a school-record 19 games with the doubleheader sweep of Tusculum (4-6, 3-3), 9-4 and 7-2, Saturday afternoon in South Atlantic Conference action at Bears Field.

Game One – Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Tusculum 4
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outfielder Josh Murphy (Hudson, N.C.) broke a 4-4 tie with the game-winning, solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to lift the Bears to the win.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outfielder Marcus Shoemaker (Colfax, N.C.) finished with a career-high five hits and senior second baseman Brantley Rumford (Rock Hill, S.C.) and junior outfielder Will Thompson (Spartanburg, S.C.) both drove in two runs in the victory.

On the mound, the Bears’ pitchers limited the Pioneers to just three hits while senior Landon Elks (Shelby, N.C.) (2-0) was credited with the win in the second straight game.

For Tusculum, Zach Slagle (Powell, Tenn.) took the loss while Scott Gibson (Erwin, Tenn.) and Kevin Victoriano (Bronx, N.Y.) each drove in a run in the losing effort.

Game Two – Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Tusculum 2
The Bears spotted the Pioneers a 2-0 advantage then reeled off seven straight runs to sweep the doubleheader and match their best start to a season in 19 years.

Lenoir-Rhyne took the lead for good with a three-run fourth inning highlighted by a two-run single from sophomore catcher Ray Plymette (Virginia Beach, Va.).

Senior outfielder Ivan Vieitez (Miami, Fla.) added two runs batted in and Shoemaker tallied three hits in the nightcap as the Bears put the Pioneers away with four more runs in the sixth inning.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Thomas St. Clair (Winston-Salem, N.C.) improved to 2-0 on the year after limiting Tusculum to just one earned run in six innings of work to go along with eight strikeouts.

Tusculum’s McKenly Berry (Elizabethton, Tenn.) fell to 0-1 after taking the loss while Jim Tolle (Pal Bay, Fla.) and Jeremiah Tullidge (Tuscaloosa, Ala.) drove in runs for the Pioneers.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Limestone on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., in Gaffney, S.C. Tusculum plays North Greenville in Tigerville, S.C., on Tuesday beginning at 4:30 p.m.

The fourth and final day of the 2015 Bluegrass Mountain Conference Championships took place Saturday at the Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center with the Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams finishing 10th and 12th overall, respectively.

The men's squad totaled 243 points while the women's team picked up 210 points. Queens won both the men's and women's conference titles with 1,548 and 1,518 points, respectively.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.) broke the school record in the men's 200-yard backstroke (1:54.61) one day after qualifying nationally with a "B" cut performance in the men's 400-yard individual medley.

The 2015 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships take place on March 10-14 in Indianapolis, Ind.

2015 Bluegrass Mountain Conference
Swimming Championships
February 11-14 – Final Results
Charlotte, N.C. – Mecklenburg County Aquatic Center
1. Queens 1,518
2. Wingate 1,271
3. Johns Hopkins 1,155
4. Carson-Newman 866
5. Limestone 747
6. Savannah College of Art & Design 493
7. Catawba 405
8. Pfeiffer 276
9. West Virginia Wesleyan 263
10. Converse 232
11. Davis & Elkins 219
12. Lenoir-Rhyne 210
13. Fairmont State 208
1. Queens 1,548
2. Wingate 1,095.5
3. Limestone 1,013.5
4. Johns Hopkins 819
5. Catawba 621
6. Carson-Newman 607
7. Savannah College of Art & Design 489
8. Fairmont State 387
9. Pfeiffer 365
10. Lenoir-Rhyne 243
11. Davis & Elkins 242
12. West Virginia Wesleyan 193

The Lincoln Memorial Men’s Basketball Team (23-1, 17-1), ranked No. 5 in NCAA Division II, won its third consecutive South Atlantic Conference Championship outright with a 69-37 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (8-14, 6-12) Saturday at Tex Turner Arena.

Curtis McMillion (Fayetteville, N.C.) finished with 17 points while Luquon Choice (Laurens, S.C.) added 15 points as the Railsplitters swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne and beat the Bears for the 10th straight time.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior guard Will Perry (Wake Forest, N.C.) with 12 points but did not have another player score in double figures in the contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne, which lost for the seventh time in the last eight games, was limited to just 25 percent (14-of-56) shooting for the day. Lincoln Memorial also limited Lenoir-Rhyne to just 16 first-half points in building an 18-point lead at the break.

Lincoln Memorial also won its third straight game while 10 players scored for the Railsplitters, who also held a 42-32 advantage in rebounding and blocked seven shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Tyler Crouch (Taylorsville, N.C.) came off the bench to score eight points in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face long-time rival Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday at 8:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (8-14, 7-11) pulled out a 57-56 victory over Lincoln Memorial (12-12, 9-9) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Tex Turner Arena.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman forward Cheyenne Logan (Arden, N.C.) hit the game-winning free throw with four seconds left and senior guard Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) led all scorers with 20 points as the Bears swept the season series from the Lady Railsplitters.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Jordan Hiatt (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 11 points as the Bears pulled out the victory in a contest which featured 11 ties and 14 lead changes.

Lincoln Memorial was led by Josey Harding (Middletown, Ohio) with 14 points but was the lone player to score in double figures for the Lady Railsplitters, who suffered their third straight loss.
The Bears, which won their second game in their last three contests, forced the Lady Railsplitters into 17 turnovers and 37 percent shooting (19-of-51) for the contest.

Lincoln Memorial did hold a 40-35 advantage on the boards while Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore forward Morgan Cooper (Virginia Beach, Va.) added nine points, seven rebounds and five assists in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference game on Wednesday beginning at 6:00 p.m.