Appalachian State volleyball swept past Winthrop 29-27, 29-27, 25-20 to close out its 2018 non-conference slate on Friday afternoon in Greenville, S.C.
The Mountaineers end their non-conference season with an 8-4 mark.
The first two sets were tight, with the Black and Gold winning by identical 29-27 scores. In Set 1, App State lead 16-9 before the Eagles (3-8) stormed back to tie the score at 16-16. With the score tied at 27-27 in the opening set, Appalachian got a kill and service ace from Emma Longley to capture the opening frame. The Mountaineers saved three set points in the second frame and won the final three points of the set, with kills coming from Grace Morrison and Kara Spicer, to build a 2-0 lead.
In Set 3, App State used a 5-0 spurt midway through the frame to build a 15-9 edge. Winthrop would pull within three points at 23-20, before a kill from Longley and a service ace from Spicer closed out the set and clinched the sweep.
Longley paced the Black and Gold with 18 kills, while Victoria Wilform reached double figure kills for the second consecutive contest, tallying 12. Morrison added seven kills and Anna Kincaid chipped in with five kills and four blocks (all block assists).
Reigning Sun Belt Setter of the Week Becky Porter posted her second straight double-double with 38 assists and 14 digs. Emma Reilly recorded a match-high 22 digs, marking the second time this season she has had at least 20 digs in a contest.
The Mountaineers tallied 49 kills and eight service aces in the win.
Appalachian State will return to action on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 during the opening weekend of Sun Belt play. On Sept. 21, App State will play at Georgia Southern at 6:30 p.m. and will take on Georgia State in Atlanta on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.
Appalachian State University field hockey (4-4, 0-1 MAC) suffered a 1-0 setback to Ohio in its opening Mid-American Conference game of 2018.
The Mountaineers shut down the Bobcats' offense in the first half, taking a 0-0 scoreline into the break. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made a save on an Ohio (2-4, 1-0) penalty stroke early in the half. She finished the period with three saves.
The Bobcats broke the scoreless tie with a goal from Jillian Shive in the 50th minute. The Black and Gold applied pressure in the second half, outshooting the Bobcats 6-5.
With less than five minutes remaining, head coach Meghan Dawson called a timeout and pulled Gaines. Freshman Friederike Stegen produced a goal-scoring opportunity in the game's final minute, but Ohio goalkeeper Alex Pennington denied Stegen's chance.
Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum led the team with four shots, two of which ended up on goal. Stegen recorded two shots, while junior Ali Williams and sophomore Meghan Smart notched one shot each.
Gaines finished the game with six saves, making three in each half.
The Mountaineers return home to Adcock Field Thursday when they host MAC opponent Longwood at 6:30 p.m.
East Rutherford: 34
South Caldwell: 50
R-S Central: 32
West Lincoln: 48
East Burke: 0
South Fork Athletic Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
St. Stephens: 1
East Burke: 0
South Caldwell: 3
The Lenoir-Rhyne Cross Country team hosted the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational at Southside Park on Thursday evening. The women ran to a second place finish, while the men took home fourth.
The women trailed only Division I Appalachian State in the meet. The Bears finished ahead of Carson-Newman, USC Upstate, Tusculum and Lees-McRae in their home meet. Domtila Kiplagat was the top pacing Bear, finishing the 5k course in a time of 18:45.54. Following Kiplagat was Faith Faller who finished in 14th win a time of 19:26.75. Coming in just two seconds later was Kylie Dahlberg who came in 15th. Caroline Hillard placed in the top-20 and Paiton Fair and Brooke Zeman also posted solid times.
The men's team was led by a stellar run by junior Josh Adkins who came in 13th place with a time of 26:06.80. Right on Adkins' heels was teammate Jayden Hefner who finished in 14th and ran the 8k course in 26:10.97. Petar Ivackovic placed 24th for the Bears, running a time of 26:44.34 and Corbin Boyles finished just 1.7 seconds later.
The Bears return to action on September 28 when they compete in the Queens Invitational at 4:30 p.m.
In addition, the Appalachian State men's cross country team took first place at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational on Thursday evening. The meet was originally scheduled for Friday evening, but was moved up a day due to weather forecasts associated with Hurricane Florence.
App State finished with 23 points in the meet for first place. Tusculum was second with 73 points and USC Upstate was third with 93 points.
"We looked to maintain a pack and then press during the final two miles, which is exactly what we did," said head cross country coach Michael Curcio. "To come off of a workout on Tuesday and have six runners post 8k times of under 26 minutes is something to build on."
The Mountaineers had seven runners finish in the top-10 in the meet. Collin Loy finished second overall in 25:38.18 and Michael Flanagan was right behind in third place in 25:41.34.
Ryan Brown placed fifth overall with a time of 25:53.24, Dakota Mendenhall was sixth in 25:54.12 and Gable Dershem was seventh in 25:56.27.
Isaac Benz claimed eighth place in 25:58.44 and Zachary Mercer was 10th with a time of 26:04.12.
App State will be off next weekend and will compete again at the USC Upstate Invitational on Sept. 29 at 9 a.m.
1. Appalachian State - 23
2. Tusculum - 73
3. USC Upstate - 94
4. Lenoir-Rhyne - 96
5. Montreat - 125
6. Lees-McRae - 141
7. Carson-Newman - 172
8. Patrick Henry CC - 251
NEWTON, N.C. -- Appalachian State women's cross country claimed the top five spots and eight of the top-10 overall finishers at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational on Thursday evening. The meet, which was originally scheduled for Friday evening, was moved up a day due to weather projections of Hurricane Florence.
The Mountaineers captured the meet with 15 points. Host Lenoir-Rhyne was second with 62 points and Carson-Newman was third with 88 points.
"Due to the weather situation, we were able to go to Lenoir-Rhyne and compete tonight," said head cross country coach Michael Curcio. "It was two days earlier than we anticipated, but we were pleased with our results after training for meets that were scheduled for later in the week."
Leading App State across the finish line for the second consecutive race was Phylissa Greeley, who finished first overall in 18:05.52. Samantha Kolor was second with a time of 18:18.73 and Katelyn Butler was third in 18:23.30.
Emily Fedders finished fourth with a time of 18:27.10 and Izzy Evely rounded out the top-five with a time of 18:31.24.
Also posting top-10 finishes were Elisa Sargent (seventh in 18:32.69), Sarah Hajnos (eighth in 18:41.54) and Megan Scannell (10th in 18:51.13).
The Mountaineers will compete next at the USC Upstate Invitational on Sept. 29. The race is set to begin at 9 a.m.
1. Appalachian State - 15
2. Lenoir-Rhyne - 62
3. Carson-Newman - 88
4. USC Upstate - 88
5. Tusculum - 146
6. Lees-McRae - 173
Emma Longley, Victoria Wilform and Kara Spicer each tallied 15 or more kills as Appalachian State volleyball posted a 25-18, 20-25, 25-21, 25-22 win at Furman on Thursday evening.
Longley finished with a match-high 17 kills, while Wilform notched a career-high 16 kills and Spicer recorded 15 kills. It marks the first time the Mountaineers (7-4) have had three players register 15 or more kills in a contest since Sept. 9, 2017 against George Washington, when Lexi Kohut (19), Melissa McMath (17) and Spicer (17) all had over 15 kills.
App State opened up the contest strong, building an early 10-4 lead on a kill by Wilform. Furman (4-6) got no closer than four points the rest of the way as the Black and Gold took the opener 25-18.
After the Paladins captured the second set 25-20, the Mountaineers jumped out to a 11-7 lead in Set 3. Furman battled back to tie the score at 19-19, before a kill by Anna Kincaid and an attack error allowed App State to open a 21-19 edge. Following a point by the Paladins, Appalachian won four of the final points, capped off by a Wilform kill, to clinch the set 25-21 and open a 2-1 lead.
The fourth set saw a 3-0 run give the Mountaineers a 13-11 advantage midway through the frame. Furman answered and took a 17-15 lead, but the Black and Gold came right back with three straight points to take a 18-17 lead. The Paladins responded with three straight points, only to see App State grab the following three points to take a 21-20 advantage. Following a Furman point, the Mountaineers captured four of the final five points to clinch the set 25-21 and close out the 3-1 victory.
Reigning Sun Belt Setter of the Week Becky Porter recorded her team leading third double-double of the season with a match-high 52 assists and a season-best 14 digs. She also added five block assists.
Emma Reilly reached double figure digs for the eighth time in the last nine contests with a team-best 15. Sydney Farthing chipped in with 11 digs.
App State recorded 63 kills, marking the third time this season the Mountaineers have posted over 60 kills in a match. The Black and Gold also hit .300 in the victory, marking the second time the Apps have had a hitting percentage of .300 or better on the season.
Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround and will take on Winthrop at noon on Friday in a neutral site contest in Greenville, S.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball team fell in three sets to preseason South Atlantic Conference favorite Wingate on Thursday evening by the score of 3-0. The game was originally scheduled to take place on Friday evening but was rescheduled due to the upcoming weather conditions.
For the second straight match, Hannah Houston led the Bears in kills. The junior finished the game with seven kills and added three blocks and nine digs.
Sophomore Madison Asher had a strong match for LR, finishing with six kills and a team-high .300 hitting percentage.
Wingate held a .319 to .064 edge in hitting percentage in the contest and a 62-39 advantage in digs.
The Bulldogs were led by 10 kills from Hannah Givens.
Wingate is on a 10 game winning streak to start the 2018 season. The Bulldogs were picked to finish first in the SAC preseason coaches poll.
The Bulldogs hit .500 as a team in the first set.
After winning seven straight to open the season, LR has dropped three straight.
The Bears return to action on Tuesday at 7 p.m. when they continue SAC play at Mars Hill.
The Lenoir-Rhyne football team (2-1, 1-0 SAC) cruised to a 59-27 victory over Mars Hill (0-3, 0-1 SAC) in the Bears home opener on Thursday afternoon. The 59 points scored was the most in a game since scoring 62 against Alderson Broaddus on Nov. 9, 2013.
The Bears scored three times in the first quarter to open up a 21-point lead on the Lions and never looked back. Jaquay Mitchell scored twice in the opening quarter, once on a seven-yard run and again on a 16-yard pass.
Grayson Willingham was ultra-efficient, going 8-for-10 for 154 yards and four touchdowns all in the first half before giving way to Cal Morris who played the final 30 minutes.
Xzavion Huff, Dareke Young, Mitchell and Kenny Carter each had a rushing touchdown in the victory. T.J. Smith, Drake Starks, Mitchell and Ryan Carter all caught TDs for the Bears explosive offense.
Craig Rucker had a standout game for the Lions, catching 10 balls for 132 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
The Bears have scored over 50 points in each of the last two games. LR put a 51-spot on the board against North Greenville last Saturday. The last time LR scored over 50 points in consecutive games was 2011.
First-year Head Coach Drew Cronic has led LR to back-to-back wins, the first time that has happened since winning three straight in 2015.
The Bears rushed for 305 yards as a team on 52 rushes. The 468 total yards is actually the lowest total in a game for the Bears in 2018.
This marks the first time LR has defeated Mars Hill since 2015.
LR will travel to preseason South Atlantic Conference favorite Wingate next Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Appalachian State wrestling head coach JohnMark Bentley announced Thursday that Ryan LeBlanc has been promoted to co-head assistant coach.
LeBlanc, who arrived in Boone 2016, and Josh Roosa, who joined the Mountaineers’ program in 2015, are both co-head assistant coaches as full-time members of Bentley’s staff. The staff also includes volunteer assistant Dominic Parisi.
With all four coaches together for the last two seasons, App State has won the last two of its three straight Southern Conference titles and posted a 14-0 league record. The Mountaineers went 7-0 against SoCon competition during the 2017-18 season, won the league tournament to secure a SoCon sweep and had four wrestlers compete at the 2018 NCAA Championships with a young roster that featured only two returning starters in the same weight class from the previous year.
“The experience my first two years at App State has been above and beyond what I could have even imagined,” LeBlanc said. “I’m extremely thankful to Coach Bentley and the administration for this opportunity to keep working with our great student-athletes. I look forward to this new role.”
LeBlanc posted 103 career wins as a college wrestler at Indiana, where he was a three-time academic All-American, and he received his master’s degree from the State University of New York at Cortland in 2016. He was on SUNY-Courtland’s coaching staff for two seasons before heading to Boone.
Highlighted by a matchup against ACC foe Clemson, five home contests and a Sun Belt schedule featuring seven opponents, first-year App State men's tennis head coach Craig Schwartz announced the 2019 spring schedule.
The Mountaineers will have a tough schedule as 16 of 23 opponents posted a winning record in 2018 and combined for a .564 winning percentage. Appalachian will face three conference champions and NCAA Tournament participants. For his first season, coach Schwartz is getting the Mountaineers ready for the newly-added schedule.
"I think we have a very competitive schedule that will help prepare us for the conference portion of the schedule," Schwartz stated. "It's an exciting time in the Sun Belt to be playing a conference slate for the first time. We will continue to work hard and strive towards our ultimate goal of a league championship!"
Appalachian's start to the campaign doesn't get easy as its season opener on Jan. 19 is in Johnson City against reigning SoCon Tournament champions and NCAA Tournament program, ETSU. The Mountaineers follow that up with a Jan. 26 matchup against Clemson on the road. App State will play a doubleheader against host, Elon at 9 a.m. on Jan. 28 before facing NC A&T three hours at 12 p.m.
Two weeks later, Appalachian will head to Greenville, N.C. for two contests in as many days facing Richmond on Feb. 9 before ending the weekend on the next day going up against an ECU team that went a solid 22-5 last season. Furman awaits Appalachian 13 days later on Feb. 23 in the first of two matches that weekend as App will face UNCA in Asheville on the following day.
The Mountaineers then start its annual spring break tour three matches in five days, taking on Stetson (March 3), Hampton (March 5), Valparaiso (March 7). Appalachian could play another contest on the 5th and 7th.
Coming back from Florida, App will host Southern Mississippi in its home opener on March 12. App has been a tough out at home, boasting a 9-4 mark at home over the past two seasons. After a matchup with Winthrop on March 16, the Mountaineers will make the trek to Mobile a week later for a showdown against defending Sun Belt Tournament champions, South Alabama. App State's and Troy will meet a day later on March 24.
Three straight home matches round out the month of March with UNCG (3/26), Louisiana (3/29) and UTA (3/31) invading the High Country. App stunned then-No. 2 seed Louisiana in last season's Sun Belt Tournament in a thrilling 4-3 win.
Appalachian will return to action next weekend at the Elon Invitational Sept. 21-23.
Saturday’s home-opening football game against Southern Miss will not be played because of increasing concerns related to Hurricane Florence, and several Appalachian State Athletics events planned for this weekend have also been rescheduled.
The following home sports events are being rescheduled:
- Women’s soccer’s Sun Belt opener vs. South Alabama, originally scheduled for Friday, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 14 (time TBD).
- Women’s soccer’s match vs. Little Rock, originally scheduled for Sunday, has been rescheduled for Sunday, Oct. 28 at 1 p.m.
- The men’s soccer match vs. Bradley, originally scheduled for Sunday, is being postponed to a yet-to-be-determined date.
Hall of Fame Celebration
The Appalachian State University Athletics Hall of Fame celebration has been moved to Nov. 17.
The Hall of Fame induction breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. that day, and the on-field ceremony will occur during the 2:30 p.m. football game against Georgia State.
The location for the event is still being finalized. Contact Virginia Falck at firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-262-3109 for more details as they become available or to purchase tickets.
The members of the 44th Hall of Fame class are, in alphabetical order, Mark Fee (wrestling, 1999-2003), Anna Freeman Healy (women's basketball, 2009-13), Wes Hobson (baseball, 2007-10), Corey Lynch (football, 2003-07), Marques Murrell (football, 2003-06) and D.J. Thompson (men's basketball, 2003-07).
Football Alumni Tailgate
Next weekend, the football alumni tailgate affiliated with the 10-year-reunion of the 2008 football team that won a Southern Conference championship will begin two hours before the Mountaineers face Gardner-Webb in a 3:30 p.m. home game Sept. 22 at Kidd Brewer Stadium. For more details on that event, contact Ken Johnson at email@example.com or 828-262-7876
Other Team Reunions and Events
An alumni event for App State Men's and Women's Tennis, a gathering for App State Wrestling and a reunion celebrating the 50-year-anniversary of the 1968 team coached by Carl Messere may also be rescheduled.
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 3
Alexander Central: 0
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
East Burke: 0