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Brevard: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 18-8.

Hendersonville: 3
Draughn: 0
Wildcats season ends at 18-3.

Maiden: 3
South Stokes: 0
The Blue Devils advance to the third round hosting Mount Pleasant Thursday.

Cox Mill: 3
St. Stephens: 2
Indians season ends at 14-12.

Hickory: 3
Forestview: 0
The Red Tornadoes host Cox Mill in the third round on Thursday.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015 23:13

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Gets By Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (14-7, 12-4) won its second straight five-set South Atlantic Conference road match, 3-2, over Brevard (9-13, 6-10) Tuesday night at Boshamer Gymnasium.

The Bears defeated the Tornados by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-22, 25-27 and 15-3 and remained in sole possession of third place in the league standings. In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne has won all six five-set matches against conference foes this year.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore outside Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with a career-high 23 kills and 28 digs while junior libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) added a career-high 36 digs as the Bears swept the season series from the Tornados.

Freshman setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 32 assists and 12 digs – and junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) finished with 11 kills and six blocks as the Bears set a team single-match record for digs with 148.

For Brevard, Fatima Gharachorloo (Mississauga, Ontario, CANADA) led the way with 25 kills and 31 digs and Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) finished with 53 assists and 20 digs despite the loss.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) also notched a double-double – 24 assists and 16 digs – as the Bears improved to 17-1 all-time against the Tornados.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Morgan Cooper has been voted to the 2015-16 All-South Atlantic Conference Women’s Basketball Preseason Second Team, league officials announced today.

Cooper, a junior forward from Virginia Beach, Va., is the Bears’ top returning scorer. Cooper averaged 11.3 points per game last season to go along with 5.4 rebounds per outing, 62 assists and 25 steals.

As a team, the Bears were picked sixth in the 2015-16 SAC Preseason Head Coaches Poll. Anderson, who went 27-5 last year and won the league regular season crown, was voted on to repeat after receiving four first-place votes and a total of 117 points. The Trojans advanced to the regional championship last spring as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne (12-16, 10-12) visits Appalachian State for an exhibition game on Saturday, November 7, at Noon in Boone, N.C. In addition, the Bears face Elon in an exhibition on Saturday, November 14, at 2:00 p.m., in Elon, N.C.

The Bears, under second-year Head Coach Katie Pate, open the season against Belmont Abbey on Wednesday, November 18, in Belmont, N.C., at 5:30 p.m.

2015-16 South Atlantic Conference
Women's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Anderson 117
2. Wingate 112
3. Catawba 112
4. Newberry 107
5. Carson-Newman 106
6. Lenoir-Rhyne 82
7. Lincoln Memorial 78
8. Mars Hill 60
9. Coker 43
10. Brevard 41
11. Tusculum 37
12. Queens 29

2015-16 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Women's Basketball Teams

Samantha Creed, Newberry
Bri Johnson, Catawba
Katie Williams, Brevard
Jasmine Franklin, Anderson
Tatum Burstrom, Carson-Newman
Madison Lenox, Brevard

Morgan Cooper, Lenoir-Rhyne
Jessica Simerly, Carson-Newman
Morgan Mcgee, Wingate
Alexis Dillard, Anderson
Jai Jai McLaughlin, Carson-Newman
Megan Pittman, Lincoln Memorial

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Will Perry has been named to the 2015-16 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason Men’s Basketball Second Team, league officials announced today.

Perry, a senior guard from Wake Forest, N.C., led the Bears in scoring (15.3 ppg), three-pointers made (60) and free throw percentage (.906) last year in addition to 53 assists and 27 steals. Perry’s free throw percentage was also second in the league last season as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne was picked ninth in this season’s conference preseason coaches poll. Lincoln Memorial, ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, received nine first-place votes and was picked to win the regular season title.

The Railsplitters were 30-3 last season including a 21-1 mark in league play and advanced to the second round of the national postseason tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne, under first-year mentor Ryan Odom, faces Clemson in an exhibition on Thursday, November 5, at 7:00 p.m., in Greenville, S.C. In addition, the Bears take on Davidson in an exhibition game as well on Saturday, November 7, at 7:00 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne (8-18, 6-16) will take on UNC Pembroke in its 2015-16 season opener on Friday, November 13, at 2:00 p.m., in the Peach Belt/South Atlantic Conference Challenge in Florence, S.C.

2015-16 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Lincoln Memorial 128
2. Carson-Newman 115
3. Queens 113
4. Wingate 97
5. Newberry 93
6. Catawba 93
7. Coker 61
8. Anderson 60
9. Lenoir-Rhyne 57
10. Tusculum 51
11. Mars Hill 30
12. Brevard 27

2015-16 All-South Atlantic Conference
Preseason Men's Basketball Teams

Carson Brooks, Carson-Newman
Luquon Choice, Lincoln Memorial
Rob Lewis, Queens
Sean Morgan, Queens
Chase Mounce, Tusculum
Charles Clark, Carson-Newman

Jerrin Morrison, Catawba
Gerel Simmons, Lincoln Memorial
Donte Samuels, Coker
Miles Leathers, Brevard
Will Perry, Lenoir-Rhyne
Javon Price, Tusculum

Championships in singles and doubles in four different classifications are up for grabs this weekend as the North Carolina High School Athletic Association holds its annual women’s tennis tournament championships at three different sites.

Semifinalists in both singles and doubles at the regional level qualify for the state championships.

The 3-A championship will be held at the Burlington Parks and Recreation Tennis Center. The 2-A championship is set for the Cary Tennis Center.

Action will get underway on Friday morning with the opening round of play at 9 a.m. Two rounds will be played on Friday, with the semifinals Saturday morning and the championship matches on Saturday afternoon.

Local competitors and their first round opponents include:

2A singles:
Zoe Huffman of Maiden will go up against Emily Easthorn from Carrboro

2A doubles:
The team of Abbey Parsons and Annie Bean of West Caldwell takes on the team of Sarah Yuan and Annie Xie of the North Carolina School of Science and Math

3A doubles:
The team of Ellie Hunt and Jenny Kerley of St. Stephens goes up against Mary Beth Jackson and Kailee Haymore of Union Pines

North Piedmont Conference:
North Iredell: 2
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 3
St. Stephens: 0

Hickory: 5
Freedom: 1

Patton: 2
South Caldwell: 1

Watauga: 4
Fred T. Foard: 1

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 3
R-S Central: 2

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 2
West Lincoln: 1

Newton-Conover: 2
Maiden: 1

West Caldwell: 6
Bandys: 4

Following an ultra-successful weekend as a team and individually, Appalachian State University volleyball’s senior outside hitter Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) was named Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week and senior setter Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) was named Setter of the Week, according to the league’s coaches as announced by the conference on Monday.

“Jess had a monster weekend for us in Georgia. To have over six kills a set, while hitting nearly .300, is a big reason why we won both matches,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “She’s just proving that I should have moved her over to the left side significantly sooner than I did last year. As for Paige, she just keeps being Paige on the court. How she’s playing this year is a huge reason why we’re winning. She’s the best setter I’ve had the opportunity to work with during my career.”

Keller, the fourth Mountaineer to earn a Sun Belt weekly honor, has led the Sun Belt in total kills and kills per set seemingly all season and had an outstanding weekend for the Mountaineers that saw the Black and Gold post two more conference road victories and extend their winning streak to 13 games and move to 10-0 in conference play.

Over the weekend, Keller dominated opponents to the tune of 44 total kills, 6.29 kills per set and a hitting percentage of .299 in matches at Georgia Southern and Georgia State. In App State’s match against the Eagles, Keller notched 19 kills with an impressive 6.33 kills per set and a .283 hitting percentage in a sweep of Georgia Southern.

The next day Keller continued her dominance with a 25-kill performance in a 3-1 victory at Georgia State. Keller’s performance was just as impressive as the night before as she recorded 6.25 kills per set and hit .314 for the match. The senior’s 25 kills against the Panthers tied both a season and career-high.

For her career, Keller remains a mere 75 kills away from cracking the all-time top ten list for career kills in program history. Keller has tallied 1,057 career kills to date.

Brown, now a six-time winner of the award this season, enjoyed another monstrous weekend for the Mountaineers. Brown tallied 33 assists in a straight-set sweep of rival Georgia Southern last Friday. She averaged 11.0 assists per set and also managed one kill and three service aces in the effort. During the match, Brown went over 4,000 assists in her career.

Against Georgia State, Brown came within two assists of tying a season-high and finished with an impressive 57 assists, including a staggering 14.2 assists per set in a 3-1 win over the Panthers. Brown’s assist percentage was .456 and aided Keller to tie her career-high of 25 kills. For the weekend, Brown amassed 90 assists - good for 12.8 per set and also contributed five kills.

In her career, Brown now has 4,065 career assists and sits fourth all-time as just the fourth student-athlete to achieve 4,000 career assists. She remains 344 assists from breaking the all-time record.

The Mountaineers return home for the first of four-straight home matches on Friday, Oct. 30 when they square off against the Ragin’ Cajuns of UL Lafayette. App State will then host South Alabama on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 12:30 p.m. Both matches will be played at the Holmes Center.

Appalachian State University women’s golf completed the final round of the Winthrop Intercollegiate on Sunday afternoon. Coming into the day as the field leaders, App State fell into third place after shooting a 315 in round two.

Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School), entering the round as the field leader, shot a 3-over 75 in the final round. Wood ended the tournament in a tie for first place with Gardner-Webb’s Taylor Dodson and Winthrop’s Chelsea Dantonio. All three golfers finished with a total of 148.

Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) and Joliana Elias (Jamestown, N.C./Penn-Griffin School for the Arts) both finished with a 156 over two rounds. Stinson shot 77 on day two while Elias carded an 81. The two Mountaineers finished tied for seventh place.

Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) finished the tournament tied for 25th after a final round 82. Davis carded a 163 over two rounds. Lily Yatawara (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) shot an 87 in the final round to finish tied for 36th.

The Apps led the Winthrop Intercollegiate after day one at the Rock Hill Country Club. Defending its title from a season ago, Appalachian shot a 308 as a team. Winthrop was one stroke back with a 309 while Gardner-Webb was in third with a 315.

Wood was the field leader after a 1-over round one 73. Elias carded a 3-over 75 in her first round. Elias was in a tie for second place.

Stinson was the third Mountaineer in the top ten after day one with a 79. At 7-over par, Stinson was tied for ninth place.

Davis sat in a tie for 22nd place after a round one 81 while Yatawara shot an 86 an was tied for 33rd place.

The tournament wrapped up the fall slate for the Mountaineers. The Apps will be back on the course in February to start the spring championship season.

Appalachian State University women’s soccer honored nine seniors on Sunday in its final regular season match of the season. The Mountaineers fell to Georgia State, 1-0, after surrendering a goal 69 seconds into the match.

The Mountaineers recognized seniors Jenn Bass (Burlington, N.C./Williams) (Clemson), Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams), Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County), Jenni Loveless (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater), Abbey Nolte (Kennesaw, Ga./Kennesaw Mountain), Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Carrie Taylor (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor), and Kate Ward (Atlanta, Ga./St. Pius X Catholic) for all their accomplishments at Appalachian before kickoff. The Georgia State seniors were also honored and given a rose by head coach Sarah Strickland.

“Blessed is the only word I can use to describe how I feel about this group, said Strickland. “They are an amazing group. They have fully embraced every aspect of this program and invested in each step of the journey. It is truly an honor and a privilege to lead this group of young women.”

The Panthers (10-5-3, 4-4-1 Sun Belt) jumped on top of the Mountaineers (9-6-3, 5-3-1) in the second minute when Ashley Nagy fired a shot from the left side of the box across goal, into the right right of the net.

The Apps defended well for the duration of the match after giving up the goal but were unable to draw back level.

The Mountaineers had their chances and out shot Georgia State 11-6. All six of the Panther shots were on goal. Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) led Appalachian with three shots on goal.

Roberson made five saves in her final home game and ended the regular season with a record of 7-5-2.

App State ended the regular season with 16 Sun Belt points and will receive a No. 4 seed in the 2015 Sun Belt Tournament. The tournament will be held in Atlanta, Ga. from Nov. 4-8. The Mountaineers will have an opening-round match against No. 5 Little Rock. on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

For the first time in eight years, Appalachian State University football has received votes in this week’s Associated Press College Football Top 25 poll, which was released on Sunday afternoon. Appalachian State received a total of six points in this week’s AP poll, good for eighth in the “also receiving votes” category (33rd overall).

Appalachian State (6-1, 3-0 Sun Belt) enters the AP poll on the strength of a five-game winning streak, which includes last Thursday’s nationally televised 31-13 dismantling of Sun Belt Conference rival Georgia Southern. The Mountaineers are the only team to rank among the top 20 nationally in both total defense (7th - 277.0 ypg) and total offense (20th - 482.0 ypg).

App State’s six wins have come by an average score of 43-7 and its only loss was a 41-10 defeat at Clemson (ranked No. 3 in this week’s AP poll) on Sept. 12. The Mountaineers stood toe-to-toe with Clemson for much of the game, aside from a disastrous six-play stretch that saw them commit three turnovers, which led to a 28-point second quarter for the Tigers.

“It’s an honor for everyone associated with our program to be considered one of the nation’s top teams by some of the people that follow college football the closest,” Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield said. “However, there is a lot of football still to be played and a lot more goals for us to accomplish. Our focus is completely on getting ready to face a very good Troy team on Saturday.”

The acknowledgment by AP voters is a first for Appalachian State since joining the NCAA Division I FBS ranks in 2014. However, it is not the Mountaineers’ first foray into the AP balloting.

When still a member of NCAA Division I FCS in 2007, the Mountaineers’ historic 34-32 victory over No. 5 Michigan prompted the AP to make all NCAA Division I teams (FCS and FBS) eligible to receive votes in its Top 25 poll. Prior to Appalachian’s historic win at Michigan, voters could only include FBS teams on their ballots. The new policy was dubbed the “Appalachian State Rule” by some.

Following the policy shift, App State went on to votes in the AP Top 25 poll on three occasions in 2007, including seven points in the season’s final poll, good for a tie for ninth in the “also receiving votes” listing.