Appalachian State University field hockey had just five total shots to Ohio’s 22 as the Bobcats handed the Mountaineers their first shutout loss of the season, 4-0.
With the defeat, App State dropped to 1-5 on the season while Ohio got back to .500 at 3-3 and notched its first home win of 2015. The home team also held the advantage in corners 17-5 while Appalachian State tallied 12 saves to the Bobcats’ three.
The hosts scored once in the first half before three second-period goals, two of which came from Adele Sammons. Those two scores were her first two of the season, one of which came on the final play of the game.
Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) was the lone Mountaineer with multiple shots as she attempted to score twice and in goal, Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) was busy all day as she racked up 12 saves aside from the four goals allowed.
Next up, App State will finally host its 2015 home opener on Friday, Sept. 18 in Boone against James Madison beginning at 3 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (3-1), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, won its second straight match with a 6-0 triumph over Union (Tenn.) (0-4) Sunday afternoon at Tusculum College’s Upper Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) and senior All-American midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) each scored three goals in the win. Mullins tallied her second consecutive match with a hat trick as well.
The Bears put the match away early with five first-half goals. Mullins scored just 2:21 into the contest on a pass from Alequine, who was credited with the assist, and scored three goals before intermission for the second straight contest as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman Loren Sterling (Colfax, N.C.) each played a half to earn the combined shutout victory in goal. Each player had two saves while Leano was credited with the win.
Union goalkeeper Kristen Francis (Edwardsville, Ill.) made five saves but suffered the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 28-8 advantage in shots taken and notched its second straight shutout.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Carson-Newman in its South Atlantic Conference opener on Wednesday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 5:00 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads claimed the Northern Division Title and punched their ticket to the South Atlantic League Championship on Saturday night, as the 'Dads shutout the West Virginia Power 1-0 in the decisive game of the Northern Division Championship Series at L.P. Frans Stadium.
In the winner-take-all game 3 of the NDCS, the Crawdads pitching trio of Collin Wiles, Luis Ortiz, and Scott Williams combined to twirl the club's 11th shutout of the season while sending the 'Dads to their first SALCS since 2004. The dominant pitching performance saw the Hickory hurlers strike out 10 combined batters while holding the Power off the scoreboard on six total singles. The men on the mound received ample help from their defense as well, as the Crawdads league-leading "D" turned in several highlight reel plays to keep West Virginia at bay.
The only run of the ballgame came in the bottom of the 4th, when Dylan Moore led off the frame with a double to left, moved to third on a groundout from Jose Trevino, and ultimately scored on an RBI sacrifice fly to left by Luke Tendler for a 1-0 Hickory advantage. The one run would be all the 'Dads would need, as Wiles threw 6 shutout innings, Ortiz followed with two scoreless frames, and Williams ended the game with one shutout inning pitched to seal the win.
Wiles (1-0) earned the win with no runs allowed on four hits, three walks, and four strikeouts over 6 shutout innings pitched. Power starter Yeudy Garcia (0-1) took the loss despite only giving up one run on four hits, one walk, and 7 Ks during his 5.2 IP. Williams (2) picked up his second save in as many nights with a scoreless 9th.
Both Carlos Arroyo (2-4), and Jose Cardona (2-4 2B) led the Crawdads with multi-hit games, while Moore finished 1-3 with a double, a walk, and one run scored.
The Crawdads will kick off the SAL Championship Series at home on Monday night, with first pitch from L.P. Frans Stadium scheduled for 7:00 pm.
In its second match of the day, Appalachian State University volleyball made quick work of in-state foe Charlotte in a straight-set sweep to close the Appalachian Invitational on Saturday evening.
“Another weekend where we bonce back to sweep an opponent. It was a great finish to our weekend,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Our offense continues to be a strength and we will continue to improve on the defensive side of the ball. We need to finish our non-conference season strong against Western Carolina on Tuesday before we start Sun Belt play.”
The Mountaineers (6-4) came out firing on all cylinders in the opening set. App State created some breathing room and led Charlotte 15-10 midway through. However, the Black and Gold finished off the set on a 10-3 run, which included three-straight kills from Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) to set down the Niners.
The second set remained much closer than the first and Charlotte actually led at one point, 13-10. A 7-0 rally from the Mountaineers quickly erased the 49ers’ advantage. Three errors, kills from Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy), Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and a service ace from Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) fueled the run.
The 49ers would rally three-straight points to bring it to within one and eventually tie the match at 19-19 and again at 20-20. A kill from Keller and Corrigan led a 3-0 run and led App State to a 25-21 set victory and 2-0 stranglehold on the match.
Sniffing the opportunity for a straight-set sweep, App State garnered control of the third set from the get-go. With a narrow 9-8 advantage, the Black and Gold took off on a 11-4 run for a commanding 20-12 lead. At 16-10, Corrigan tallied three-straight kills for App State.
The Mountaineers and 49ers would trade points the rest of the way, but with the lead App State built for itself, the sweep was completed with a 25-18 set three victory.
Brown ran the offense to a tee with 35 assists, while Keller and Corrigan finished with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, en route to garnering all-tournament honors. Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) was the only Mountaineer to record double-digit digs with 23. Appalachian held Charlotte to just a .150 hitting percentage in the match, while hitting .269 themselves.
The Mountaineers will return to the court on Tuesday, Sept. 15 when they host in-state foe and former Southern Conference rival Western Carolina for a non-conference match. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.
2015 Appalachian Invitational All-Tournament Team
Carly Kan, Missouri - MVP
Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri
Kira Larson, Missouri
Jess Keller, Appalachian State
Emily Corrigan, Appalachian State
Britney Leigh Held, Charlotte
Caroline Douglas, Liberty
The North Greenville Football Team (1-1) upset No. 8 Lenoir-Rhyne (1-1), 35-13, Saturday evening at Younts Stadium. The loss snapped a 22-game regular season winning streak for the Bears.
North Greenville’s Ashton Heard (Abbeville, S.C.) rushed for a game-high 176 yards on 31 carries to go along with three touchdowns in the victory.
Heard’s seven-yard touchdown run broke an eight-all tie early in the second quarter and proved to be the game-winning score. The Crusaders’ quarterback, Nelson Hughes (Roebuck, S.C.), added 224 yards through the air while Mason Sanders (Boiling Springs, S.C.) caught two scores as North Greenville finished with 455 yards of total offense in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior slotback Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) finished with a team-high 113 yards on the ground and a score and the Bears ran for 328 yards in the losing effort.
The teams traded touchdowns in the first quarter with successful two-point conversions but Heard’s second touchdown of the game gave the Crusaders the lead for good.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior placekicker Hunter Haire (Longwood, Fla.) kicked a 45-yard field goal just before halftime to cut the margin to 21-11 but the Bears couldn’t get any closer the rest of the way.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior linebacker Tanner Robinson (Melbourne, Fla.) finished with a team-high 11 tackles but the Bears lost on the road for the first time in three years, snapping a 16-game winning streak away from Moretz Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road next Saturday to take on Tusculum in its South Atlantic Conference opener in Greeneville, Tenn., at 2:30 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball bounced back after a five-set thriller against Missouri on Friday with a five set victory over the Liberty Flames in its first of two matches on Saturday afternoon.
After dropping the first set 25-23, the Mountaineers (5-4) would take the next two sets, both by scores of 25-23. The Flames (4-4) forced a fifth set with a 25-21 set four victory and then App State jumped out to a lead 9-2 lead and finished off the Flames 15-10.
“I’m glad we got the five-set monkey off our back. Liberty was a good team today and they challenged us in each set,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We still need to improve our commitment to execution on every play, but we fought to win that match. Jess and Emily had a great match which helped us pull out the ‘W’.”
Two Mountaineers finished the match with double-doubles. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) tallied 54 assists and 20 digs, while Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) collected 22 kills and 17 digs.
After trading points in the opening set and tied 7-7, Liberty snapped off a 11-5 run to take a 18-12 lead. The Flames relinquished that lead when App State completed an 8-2 run that saw two kills from Corrigan and Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) and a kill from Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic). Liberty gained a two-point advantage and that’s all they needed to win 25-23.
The second set saw both teams trade points and had 14 lead changes. Late in the set tied at 22-22, App State received back-to-back kills from Keller and Corrigan to create the breathing room they needed to finish off the Flames 25-23.
With a 9-6 lead in the third set, Appalachian rallied off an 8-2 run and led convincingly 17-8. The Apps would finish the set 8-5 to dominate Liberty 25-13. The Black and Gold scored the last four points, including kills from Corrigan and Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman).
The fourth set remained closer between both squads. Down by five points at 20-15, App State tried to rally and got to within one off of a 4-0 run at 20-19 - including consecutive kills from Keller. A 5-1 finish to the set from Liberty forced the decisive fifth set of the match.
In the final set, App State jumped out to a quick 9-2 lead behind three kills from Shoff and Corrigan and a kill from Gregory. The closest the Flames would manage would be five points and the Apps would take the set 15-10 and the match 3-2.
Keller led the team with 25 kills and a .333 hitting percentage, while Gregory tallied nine. Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) led the defensive effort for Appalachian State was one of three Mountaineers to record double-digit digs with 21.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (2-4, 1-1) won its first South Atlantic Conference match of the year Saturday afternoon, 3-1 over Lincoln Memorial (3-2, 1-1), at Mars Gymnasium.
The Bears, who snapped their two-match losing streak, defeated the Lady Railsplitters by scores of 25-20, 25-18, 25-27 and 25-16.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) led the way with 16 kills and 11 digs while senior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) added 12 kills and 20 digs.
The Bears also finished with 11 blocks as a team while freshman setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) totaled 20 assists and 14 digs in the victory.
For Lincoln Memorial, Brooke Fleeman (Nashville, Tenn.) totaled 13 kills and 10 digs while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) added 40 assists and nine digs in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts No. 23 Wingate in its home opener in a South Atlantic Conference match next Friday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University field hockey was down by two on two separate occasions and was able to cut the deficit to one both times, but homestanding Ball State held on for the 3-2 victory.
“Today was a tough game for us,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. We didn’t play the way we wanted to in the first half, but picked it up in the second half. Ball State played us tough and their desire to win was evident.”
The Mountaineers fell to 1-4 on the season while the Cardinals captured their first win of the season to improve to 1-6. Each team had eight shots, App State held the advantage in corners 7-5 and the home team had two saves compared to the visitors’ one.
Ball State scored twice in the first 21 minutes of action before Appalachian State began to collect itself. Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) scored her team-leading fourth goal of the season off a penalty corner thanks to a Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) helper in second half (42nd minute). Cimbalist now leads the squad in assists with six.
After the hosts went back up 3-1 in the 51st minute with Lexi Kavanaugh’s second goal, the Mountaineers’ Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Stellenbosch University) cut the Cardinals’ lead back to one, 3-2, with a goal on Jordan Van Cleave’s (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) cross across the circle in the 66th minute. However, the away team ran out of gas there and that’s where the score stood at the final buzzer.
C. Phillips and Diedericks led App State in shots with two apiece.
Interceptions on three-straight series early in the game squelched Appalachian State University football’s upset hopes in a 41-10 loss at No. 12 Clemson on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.
Trailing just 3-0 late in the first quarter, Appalachian State (1-1) had the ball on the Clemson 24-yard line after a beautifully executed screen pass from Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) to Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview). However, Clemson (2-0) would go on to intercept three of Lamb’s next four passes to turn what might have been a 7-3 Mountaineer lead into a 17-0 deficit in the span of just 6:29.
Clemson’s first interception came on the play immediately following Upshaw’s long gain on the screen pass. Lamb escaped what looked like a sure sack and threw on the run to tight end Barrett Burns (Woodstock, Ga./Etowah) in the end zone. Six-foot-five Clemson safety Jayron Kearse trailed Burns by several yards when the ball was thrown but made up the ground and made an incredible leaping interception to keep the Tigers’ 3-0 advantage intact.
Appalachian’s defense forced a punt after Kearse’s interception but three plays into the ensuing drive, defensive tackle Carlos Watkins dropped into coverage and picked off a pass intended for Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) in the middle of the field. After his first-career interception, Watkins rumbled 15 yards for a touchdown to give the Tigers a 10-0 lead.
Two plays later, Clemson linebacker Ben Boulware intercepted a pass to give Clemson the ball at the Appalachian 27-yard line. The Tigers needed only three plays to make the Mountaineers pay for their third miscue, as Charone Peake hauled in a 24-yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson to stretch Clemson’s lead to 17-0.
App State’s defense, which was spectacular for much of the afternoon, would give up two more touchdowns in the second quarter and Clemson took a commanding 31-0 halftime lead. The Mountaineers’ taxed defense withered late in the first half, as it was on the field for a whopping 18:57 before halftime, including 9:37 in the second period alone.
Clemson extended the lead to 38-0 early in the second half before the Mountaineers battled to make the final outcome respectable.
Appalachian State got on the board late in the third quarter on a 31-yard field goal by Zach Matics (Jacksonville, N.C./Southwest Onslow) and scoring its lone touchdown one possession later when Lamb found Burns for a one-yard touchdown pass to cap an eight-play, 80-yard drive.
Aside from the second quarter, the Mountaineers played evenly with the 12th-ranked Tigers for much of the afternoon. Clemson finished the day with a 392-298 advantage in total yardage, but the majority of the damage came in the second period, when the Tigers outgained the Mountaineers191-38.
The story of the day was Clemson’s magnificent pass defense. The Tigers limited Appalachian to just 95 yards through the air, which was App State’s lowest passing total since it managed only 98 passing yards during a driving snowstorm in a 44-0 win over Georgia State on Nov. 1 of last season. The last time that the Mountaineers failed to reach the 100-yard passing mark during normal weather conditions was on Sept. 6, 2008 when it threw for only 92 yards in a 56-7 rout over Jacksonville (App State passed for just 47 yards during another snowstorm against Western Illinois on Dec. 4, 2010).
Additionally, App State was intercepted three times for the first time since a 66-13 loss at No. 13 Virginia Tech on Sept. 3, 2011. Coincidentally, that was the Mountaineers’ last game against a nationally ranked NCAA Division I FBS squad and an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent prior to Saturday.
Appalachian State enjoyed some success on the ground, rushing for 203 yards. Junior Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) reached the 100-yard plateau for the 16th time in 26 career games, finishing with 104 yards on 25 carries. Upshaw added 69 yards on 11 rushes (6.3 avg.) to go along with his 27-yard reception.
Defensively, senior defensive lineman Ronald Blair (Greensboro, Ga./Greene County) tallied a game-high eight tackles, including a career-high-tying two sacks. Sophomore cornerback Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) and junior inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady) each had interceptions for the Mountaineers. Playing just five days after the sudden death of his 11-day-old daughter, Noelle, outside linebacker Devan Stringer (Gainesville, Ga./Gainesville) recorded six tackles.
Appalachian enjoys the first of two bye weeks next Saturday before returning to action on Sept. 26 at Old Dominion. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. at Foreman Field in Norfolk, Va.
NOTES: The loss snapped Appalachian State’s seven-game winning streak, which was the fifth-longest in FBS ... Appalachian went 336 days between losses ... the Mountaineers’ last loss prior to Saturday was a 55-48 overtime defeat versus Liberty on Oct. 11, 2014 ... Appalachian State fell to 0-5 all-time versus Clemson ... Cox became the seventh student-athlete in App State history with 2,800 career rushing yards ... in 26-career games, Cox has rushed for 2,874 yards ... Saturday’s sellout crowd of 81,467 at Memorial Stadium was the seventh-largest to ever see Appalachian State play ... the Mountaineers fell to 1-12 all-time versus nationally ranked FBS opponents ... App State has not beaten a nationally ranked FBS squad since its historic 34-32 win over No. 5 Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007.
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Alexander Central: 42
Bunker Hill: 42
West Iredell: 13
Fred T. Foard: 6
West Lincoln: 6, suspended due to lightning. Resumes Monday at 5pm.
TC Roberson: 10
Ashe County: 21
Hubter Huss: 14
Hickory: 7, suspended due to lightning. Resumes Monday at 7pm on 1290 WHKY and whky.com.
St. Stephens: 6
Wilkes Central: 33