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Sunday, 10 April 2016 23:09

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Sweeps Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (5-13, 2-9) celebrated Senior Day in style with a 9-0 shutout victory over Brevard (1-18, 0-10) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School.

The Bears also snapped a 10-match losing streak in the process while seniors Patrick Bauer (Helmstedt, GERMANY), Jordan Lawson (Mount Airy, N.C.) and Matthew Ledford (Lincolnton, N.C.) all won in singles and doubles play in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne faces Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., to wrap up the regular season. Brevard hosts Coker in its final match of the year on Sunday beginning at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 9, Brevard 0
April 9, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Patrick Bauer (LR) def. David Taggert (BC), 6-2, 3-6, 6-2
2. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Tom Mittring (BC), 3-6, 6-2, 6-3
3. Filip Dobrosavljevic (LR) def. Tim Hengst (BC), 6-3, 6-3
4. Matthew Ledford (LR) def. Christoph Plasa (BC), 6-3, 6-1
5. Jordan Lawson (LR) def. Dan Taylor (BC), 8-1
6. Camden Tucker (LR) def. No player (BC), by forfeit

Doubles competition:
1. Patrick Bauer/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. David Taggert/Tom Mittring (BC), 8-1
2. Jordan Lawson/Matthew Ledford (LR) def. Tim Hengst/Christoph Plasa (BC), 8-3
3. Tomas Hons/Alex Cresposanchez (LR) def. No player/No player (BC), by forfeit

Records: Brevard (1-18, 0-10 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (5-13, 2-9 SAC)

Sunday, 10 April 2016 23:01

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Wins Home Finale

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (7-13, 2-9) closed out the home portion of its schedule with an 8-1 victory over Brevard (2-16, 0-10) Saturday afternoon at Hickory High School.

Four players – senior Dominique Bruce (Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA), freshmen Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar del Segura, SPAIN) and Julia Ponomareva (Smdensk, RUSSIA) and sophomore Lucy Stofberg (Stellenbosch, Western Cape, SOUTH AFRICA) – all prevailed in singles and doubles play for the Bears, who ended a five-match losing streak in the process.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces Charlotte in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m., in a non-conference affair. Brevard hosts Coker in a league match Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Brevard 1
April 9, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Dominique Bruce (LR) def. Anita Maryskova (BC), 6-1, 6-2
2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Nirvanna Silva (BC), 6-0, 6-1
3. Julia Ponomareva (LR) def. Rachael Stanford (BC), 6-0, 6-0
4. Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Katie Hatter (BC), 6-0, 6-1
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Claire Dysart (BC), 8-0
6. Kristen Rathbun (BC) def. Meaghan Liner (LR), 8-3

Doubles competition:
1. Dominique Bruce/Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Anita Maryskova/Nirvanna Silva (BC), 8-3
2. Julia Ponomareva/Lucy Stofberg (LR) def. Rachael Stanford/Katie Hatter (BC), 8-0
3. Jessica Rumple/Meaghan Liner (LR) def. Claire Dysart/Kristen Rathbun (BC), 8-1

Records: Brevard (2-16, 0-10 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-13, 2-9 SAC)

Catawba Valley Community College baseball fell in both games of a doubleheader on the road at Brunswick Community College, losing 12-2 in game one and 4-2 in game two.

In game one, Aaron Mauldin went two-for-two at the plate with a run scored.

Ty Andrus had an RBI double and Randal Ortiz had an RBI single. Craig Zalewa was the only other Red Hawk player with a hit.

In game two, the Red Hawks fell 4-2, despite Austin Adams going two-for-two at the plate. Once again, CVCC was stymied at the plate otherwise, as Andrus and Grayson McCurry were the only other Red Hawks with a hit. McCurry also scored a run.

CVCC falls to 17-20 and 3-5 in the conference. CVCC stays on the road in Supply to take on Brunswick Sunday.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 7
Lake Norman: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 14
Fred T. Foard: 6

Patton: 7
Hickory: 2

South Caldwell: 6
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 9
Draughn: 1

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 6
Maiden: 4

East Lincoln: 9
Bandys: 0

Newton-Conover: 10
West Caldwell: 3

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 15
South Iredell: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 11
Freedom: 1

Hibriten: 8
South Caldwell: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 13
Draughn: 11

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 7
East Lincoln: 5

Maiden: 8
Bunker Hill: 7

Newton-Conover: 5
West Caldwell: 2

Non-conference:
East Burke: 22
Patton: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 5
Freedom: 0

South Caldwell: 5
Hibriten: 3

Non-conference:
Newton-Conover: 6
East Burke: 0

West Iredell: 9
Maiden: 0

The Hickory Crawdads brought out the big bats and arms Friday night in Kannapolis, as the 'Dads clubbed three home runs on offense and blew away 14 batters on the mound en route to an 8-2 over the Intimidators at Intimidators Stadium.

Andy Ibanez, Dylan Moore, and Tyler Sanchez all went deep to pace the Crawdads bats, while Dillon Tate and Joe Palumbo led the way on the mound with 13 of the club's 14 strikeouts. The 'Dads have now begun the defense of their South Atlantic League Championship with a 2-0 record while outscoring Kannapolis by a combined score of 13-3.

The Hickory hitters wasted no time in launching the ball out of the park, as both Ibanez and Moore smashed solo shots to left-center field in the 1st inning to give the Crawdads a 2-0 lead. The 'Dads pushed their advantage to 5-0 with three more tallies in the 3rd. Eric Jenkins started the rally with a one out walk and a steal of second base before coming in to score on an RBI single from Ibanez. Following a walk to Yeyson Yrizarri, Moore came through again with a 2-RBI triple to push the lead to five.

The Intimidators got on the board in the 5th, with singles from Johan Cruz and Cody Daily combining with a throwing error by Frandy de la Rosa at third base to bring in an unearned run and make the score 5-1.

That would be as close as Kannapolis would get however, as the Crawdads got an RBI sacrifice fly from Yrizarri in the 7th and a line-drive, 2-run homer by Sanchez in the 8th to push the advantage to 8-1. The Intimidators picked up one last tally in the 9th on an RBI groundout from Tyler Sullivan before 'Dads reliever Johan Juan finished off the game for an 8-2 victory.

Palumbo (1-0) earned the win for Hickory after tossing 3.1 scoreless innings of relief on one hit, two walks, and 7 Ks. Kannapolis starter Ryan Riga (0-1) was handed the loss after giving up five runs on six hits, three walks, and three strikeouts during his 3.1 innings on the mound.

Moore paced the 'Dads at the plate, finishing 2-4 with a homer, a triple, 3 RBI and a run scored. Ibanez came through with his second consecutive big night by going 2-4 with a home run, 2 RBI and 2 runs scored, while Sanchez finished 1-4 with his big fly and 2 RBI.

The Crawdads (2-0) will look to clinch a series win over the Intimidators (0-2) in game three of their four-game series Saturday night at 7:05 pm.

Sunday, 10 April 2016 21:54

Appalachian State Baseball Edged Out by Troy

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Appalachian State University baseball opened its three-game series with Troy on Friday night after winning its last two Sun Belt games vs. Little Rock. The Mountaineers’ (8-22, 3-10 Sun Belt) late-game push came up short in game one, falling to Troy (18-13, 4-6 Sun Belt) by the final of 9-7.

App State fell into a 3-0 hole starting with an RBI double in the second inning followed by two runs in the fourth on an error and a wild pitch.

The Trojans opened up a six-run lead in the bottom fifth when Troy’s Justin Friend came into pinch hit and batted in three runs on a double off the center field wall.

The Mountaineers started to rally in the top of the sixth inning. Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County) (Florence-Darlington Tech) and Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) led off the inning with back-to-back singles. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) doubled into right field driving in Vernon. Conner Leonard (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) hit a single to right field that drove in two runs, cutting the deficit to, 6-3.

After a scoreless seventh, Stroup crushed a high-flying home run over the 30 foot wall in right field with Bauk on first base to bring the Apps within one run in the eighth inning. The two-run blast was Stroup’s second of year and gave him his team-leading 19th RBI.

Troy would answer in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Trojans were aided by a Mountaineer error and rattled off four hits, good for three more runs.

App State made final push in the ninth when they drew two walks and loaded the bases with no outs. Vernon hit into a double play but got one run across the plate. Bauk then added another with an RBI infield single. After Troy issued two more walks, the bases were again loaded, this time just down two runs. Mountaineers were unable to complete the comeback as Leonard went down swinging to end the game.

Mountaineer starter Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) suffered the loss and fell to 1-5 on the season.

The Mountaineers will be back in action for game two of the series tomorrow afternoon at Riddle-Pace Field. First pitch is set for 2:00 p.m. ET with Breydan Gorham (Burlington, N.C./Western Alamance) on the mound.

Appalachian State University men’s tennis (12-5) fell short of its seventh-straight win Friday afternoon with a 5-2 setback to Charlotte (11-5) at the Halton Wagner Tennis Complex.

Friday's contest was much closer than the score showed, as two singles matches that went Charlotte's way went to three sets, while the clinching doubles contest for the 49ers was decided by a tiebreak.

The loss snaps the six-match win streak while its the first defeat for Appalachian since Feb. 28. Charlotte claimed the double point and four of six singles matches en route to the win.

Zach Bost (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson) and Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agricultural) were the lone student-athletes to record points for the Mountaineers.

Oliver Casey (Melbourne, Australia/Carey Baptist) and Jack Maddocks (Newbourne, Australia/Lambton) started the day strong for Appalachian toppling Josh Aubrey and Carl Solik, 6-2. With the Mountaineers off to the strong start, Morris and Bost tried to clinch the doubles point as the third pairing but suffered a 6-4 setback to Sam Brazil and Sam Rice.

With the final doubles match coming down to the No. 1 pairings, Scott Webster (Swanbourne, Australia/Scotch College) and (Stellenbosch, South Africa/Paul Roos Gymnasium) fought valiantly but fell in a heartbreaker to Vikram Hundal and J. Massalle Ferrer by way of a 7-6 (7-4) tiebreak, giving the hosts the doubles point and a 1-0 lead going into singles competition.

Morris tied up the contest as the No. 6 in the lineup, 1-1, when he downed his counterpart (Brazil), 6-2, 6-1. Maddocks looked to break the tie in his singles contest but fell to Rice in the three slot, 6-2, 7-5. Ferrer would defeat Casey, 6-4, 6-4, to give Charlotte a 3-1 lead as the No. 2 in the next match to finish.

In No. 1 singles, Webster fought back from a one-set deficit to force a third and final game, but fell 6-2, 1-6, 6-2 to clinch the win for the 49ers.

Bost notched his 13th win of the season in straight sets, including a 7-6 (10-8) first-set tiebreaker before downing A. Garcia Moreno in the second game, 6-3.

Willem-Kleynhans also endured a tightly-contested match at the four spot in three sets, where forced a third set after falling in the first game but suffered the defeat to Oriol Puig, 7-6 (7-5), 0-6, 7-5.

The Mountaineers will conclude the weekend with a 1 p.m. match vs. Davidson on Charlotte’s home court.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbey Hartsell has been named the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Freshman Of The Year, league officials announced today.

The award is part of the league’s annual honors. Queens’ Grace Glaze was named the conference’s women’s golfer of the year while Carson-Newman’s Suzanne Strudwick was voted on as the SAC Coach Of The Year.

Hartsell, a 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference First Team honoree, is second in the league in adjusted scoring with a 77.61 average. In addition, Hartsell tied the league single-round record with a 68 in the second round of the Hilton Head Lakes Invitational on Tuesday, March 8, in Hardeeville, S.C.

Hartsell also finished second overall at the Tusculum Fall Golf Classic (Sept. 28-29, 2015) in Greeneville, Tenn., and led the Bears to a runner-up finish while placing third at Hilton Head Lakes and tying for fifth at the Wingate Intercollegiate Challenge (March 20-21) in Charlotte, N.C.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Golf Championships at the Monroe Country Club in Monroe, N.C., on Sunday, April 10, through Tuesday, April 12.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Golf Teams

FIRST TEAM
Grace Glaze, Queens
Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne
Elizabeth England, Carson-Newman
Ciara Rattana, Tusculum
Sydney Gallant, Lincoln Memorial

SECOND TEAM
Makalyn Poole, Anderson
Meredith Hawkins, Carson-Newman
Karly Mims, Newberry
Taylor Hayes, Carson-Newman
Kylie Nizolek, Queens

HONORABLE MENTION
Cristina Casanella, Wingate
Nabila Inak, Newberry
Katie Tomassoni, Tusculum
Caitlin Starrs, Wingate
LeAnn Domitrovits, Wingate
Mikaela Hadaway, Wingate

GOLFER OF THE YEAR
Grace Glaze, Queens

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Abbey Hartsell, Lenoir-Rhyne

COACH OF THE YEAR
Suzanne Strudwick, Carson-Newman