Four members of the Catawba Valley Community College women’s volleyball program were honored prior to the start of the Region X/District P tournament at Brunswick Community College on Friday.
Red Hawk sophomores Leslie Leonard and Sabrina Pinard and freshmen Emilee Webber and Emily Williams were named All-Region X performers for their play this season.
Leonard, Pinard and Webber were all selected by the conference’s coaches to the first team, while Williams was voted to the second team.
A middle hitter, Leonard (Morganton, N.C.) enters the Region X/District P tournament with the best hitting percentage in the Region (.433) and also the third-best hitting percentage in the nation. She led Region X in total blocks (127) and blocks per set (1.31) and has also posted 211 kills (2.18 per set) and scored 2.9 points per set for the Red Hawks this season.
Pinard (Huntersville, N.C.) — a right side —was responsible for 2.2 points per set this season for CVCC, and she also posted the seventh-best hitting percentage in the region (.283).
A setter from Denver, N.C., Webber was second in the region in assists with 729 (6.45 per set). She also contributed 305 digs defensively and made 108 kills offensively.
Williams, a libero from Statesville, N.C., was the defensive leader on the court for the Red Hawks this season. She posted a region-best 683 digs, which also ranked her 15th in the nation. She also made 80 assists and contributed 43 kills on the attack.
The Red Hawks start Region X/District P play Friday at 1 p.m. against Guilford Tech. The Red Hawks swept both meetings against the Titans this season.
The winner of the Region X/District P tournament advances to the National Junior College Athletic Association Div. II tournament, which takes place Nov. 16-18 in Charleston, W.Va.
Appalachian State women's basketball senior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) will miss the 2017-18 season after suffering a torn ACL in her left knee during Tuesday's exhibition against Tusculum at the Holmes Center. The injury was confirmed on Thursday following an MRI exam.
"We feel awful for Madi," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "She tirelessly worked on her game during the offseason and put the team on her back as our leader. We're disappointed she won't be playing this season."
Story is coming off a career year where she led the team in nearly every statistical category including career highs in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 3-pointers made (38). After landing on the All-Sun Belt Third Team in 2016-17, she was recently named Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt.
"Madi will bounce back from this setback," Elderkin stated. "She's a tough player, both mentally and physically, and she won't let this adversity stand in her way. Madi is going to continue playing a huge role on our team. Everybody respects her and loves her, and we’ll still lean on her quite a bit for her leadership."
Surgery in the future has yet to be determined.
The Wingate University Volleyball Team (21-2, 15-2), ranked No. 24 in NCAA Division II, won its third straight match with a 3-0 sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne (10-12, 6-10) Thursday evening at Cuddy Arena in a South Atlantic Conference contest. The Bulldogs beat the Bears by scores of 25-10, 25-11 and 25-18.
The Bulldogs were led by Katie Bludau (Seabrook, Texas) and Rachael Cecka (Plymouth, Wis.) with 10 kills each. Rachel Alles (Tinley Park, Ill.) added 41 assists for the Bulldogs, who hit .385 for the match.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with six kills and five assists while senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) added four kills in the setback. The Bears hit just .097 for the match and committed seven service errors.
The Bulldogs swept the season series from the Bears and remained in sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Queens in a South Atlantic Conference contest on Saturday afternoon at 2pm.
Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball head coach Bryan Garmroth was honored before Wednesday’s season-opener against the Brevard JV squad at the Tarlton Complex.
Garmroth was presented with a special plaque by CVCC Athletic Director Nicholas Schroeder, honoring a pair of milestones wins last season by Garmroth and the Red Hawks.
On Jan. 25, 2017, the CVCC men’s basketball team defeated Vance-Granville Community College 106-82 — giving Garmroth his 100th career coaching victory at CVCC.
Garmroth also registered his 250th junior college head coaching win last season when the Red Hawks defeated Guilford Tech 88-71 on Jan. 11, 2017.
Garmroth, who is starting his seventh season as head men’s basketball coach at CVCC in 2017, was Region X Coach of the Year in 2015-16.
Appalachian State women's basketball senior guard Madi Story (Maiden, N.C./Bandys) was named Preseason First Team All-Sun Belt on Thursday, as voted by the league's head coaches.
Story receives preseason recognition for the second year in a row while she was also named Third Team All-Sun Belt last season after posting career numbers across the board, including team highs in scoring (13.3 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg) and 3-pointers made (38). The do-it-all guard was the only student-athlete in the Sun Belt to lead her team in all three categories and was one of four athletes to lead her team in scoring and rebounding. Her aggressiveness on the boards led to five double-doubles, which led all guards in the conference, while her seven double-digit rebounding games were the sixth most in the league.
"Madi (Story) has worked tirelessly to be one of the best players in the Sun Belt," head coach Angel Elderkin said. "I appreciate our head coaches for recognizing her body of work. We are all proud of the way she represents Appalachian State University."
With her 31 points against North Carolina A&T, she became one of five players in the league to score at least 30 points in a game and would tie for the third-highest scoring output in the SBC. The senior guard helped App to its first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win over Coastal Carolina in the first round with an SBC Tournament career-high 24 points. Her best stretch of 2016-17 came over 11-games where she averaged 16.9 points, 8.5 rebounds, shot 44.3 percent from the field, 42.4 percent from 3-point land and dished out just under three assists per game.
Because of her leadership on and off the court, her and Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) were named captains for the 2017-18 campaign. The pair are the first captains in coach Elderkin's tenure at App State. Also, Story is set to become the 26th member of the 1,000-point club this season, as she is 125 points away from reaching the milestone.
Story and the Mountaineers will open up the season on Friday, Nov. 10 against ACC foe Georgia Tech at 7 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
Preseason All-Conference First Team
Madi Story (Appalachian State, Guard, Sr.)
Simone Fields (Louisiana, Forward, Sr.)
Chyna Ellis (South Alabama, Center, Sr.)
Cierra Johnson (UTA, Guard, Sr.)
Rebekah VanDijk (UTA, Center, Sr.)
Preseason All-Conference Second Team
Jada Lewis (Georgia State, Guard, So.)
Gabriella Cortez (ULM, Forward, Sr.)
Taeler Deer (Texas State, Guard, Sr.)
Toshua Leavitt (Texas State, Guard, Jr.)
Amanda Mendoza (Troy, Guard, Sr.)
Preseason All-Conference Third Team
Madison Newby (Georgia State, Guard, So.)
Jasmine Thomas (Louisiana, Guard, So.)
Genesis Perrymond (South Alabama, Guard, Sr.)
Crystal Allen (UTA, Guard, Sr.)
Ericka May (Texas State, Forward, Sr.)
Preseason Player of the Year
Rebekah VanDijk (UTA, Center, Sr.)
In Appalachian State University field hockey's first season in the Mid-American Conference, three players were named to the All-MAC Teams, as announced by the league office on Thursday. Taylor Cimbalist and Savanna Sheridan were selected to the first team while Rebecca McLean earned second team honors.
"I am extremely proud of these three great women," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "They have given everything they have to this program, and it is really exciting to see them continue to grow as players and most importantly as people. They are three of our hardest workers on our team and I couldn't be more proud."
All three recipients are seniors and served as captains this season, leading the Mountaineers to a 8-10 overall record and a 3-3 conference record.
Cimbalist finished the regular season with 11 goals, eight assists, 30 shots (26 on goal) and three game-winning goals. In conference play, the senior midfielder scored four goals and dished out four assists.
The Virginia Beach, Va., native has solidified herself at the top of the App State field hockey record books. She is the all-time assists leader with 21 career assists and is sixth in career points with 71. She is also tied for tenth in program history for career goals with 25.
Sheridan logged 1207 minutes this season, the second most by an App State position player this season. The senior midfielder scored one goal and had three assists, including the game-winning goal against Saint Louis.
McLean served primarily as a defender, but was a vital part of each App State penalty corner. The Wilmington, N.C., native logged a team-high 1286 minutes and racked up 32 shots (15 on goal), while scoring a goal and delivering four assists. She also made a defensive save in each of the final two regular season games.
The Mountaineers are in Kent, Ohio, preparing for the Mid-American Conference Tournament and will open up against the top-seeded Miami RedHawks on Nov. 3 at 11:30 a.m.
Forest Hills: 2
Bandys: 1, OT
Trojans season ends at 10-12
Panthers advance to the second round going to Patton on Saturday.
Lake Norman Charter: 10
Blue Devils season ends at 8-11-1.
North Davidson: 1
Red Devils host Lexington Senior on Saturday in the second round.
Panthers advance to the second round hosting Hibriten on Saturday.
Surry Central: 4
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 12-8-4.
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 12-9-1.
Jay M. Robinson: 0
Red Tornadoes will host Parkland in the second round on Saturday.
South Caldwell, bye
The Spartans host South Meck on Saturday in the second round.
The Catawba Valley Community College men’s basketball team opened its season Wednesday at home with a 70-59 victory against the Brevard College JV squad.
Sophomores Caleb Bryson and Steve Ruszala powered the Red Hawks (1-0) in their victory, scoring 11 points apiece in the contest.
CVCC gained a 21-8 advantage near the midpoint of the first half, but the Tornados (0-1) were able to cut their deficit to 40-31 by halftime.
Leading 50-43 in the early stages of the second half, the Red Hawks used a 20-6 late in the half, including six points from Matthew Gray and five points from Bryson, to close out its first win of the season.
The CVCC men’s basketball team is back in action on Saturday with a non-conference home game against Spartanburg Methodist at 3 p.m.
Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team garnered 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced earlier today.
Three Bears – junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND), sophomore midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) and sophomore defender Christina Shimshock (Asheville, N.C.) – were named to the all-league first team.
Brown led the Bears in goals scored (seven), assists (five) and total points (19) while McGarel added three goals, one assist and seven points. McGarel, the 2016 SAC Freshman of the Year, earned all-league honors for the second straight year.
Shimshock started 16 matches, picked up two assists as a defender and anchored a backline which allowed just 18 goals in 18 matches to go along with seven shutouts. The Bears’ goal-against average this fall was 0.96.
Senior defender Helen Ramsey (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.) was named to the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Second Team for Lenoir-Rhyne. Ramsey scored twice and was named to the all-league second team for the second straight year as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5-2, 6-3-1) saw its season come to an end last night in the Quarterfinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Championship in Greeneville, Tenn. Tusculum advanced past Lenoir-Rhyne on penalty kicks, 4-2, after the match officially ended in a one-all tie after two overtimes. The Bears did manage to produce their 10th consecutive winning season.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Soccer Teams
F – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
F – Alyssa Ortega, Newberry
F – Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman
F – Charlotte Ring, Queens
MF – Alana Jefferson, Queens
MF – Abbie Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Courtney Velazquez, Newberry
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Mariah Lewis, Queens
D – Helen Seed, Carson-Newman
D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
GK – Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman
F – Magda Mosengo, Carson-Newman
F – Lauren Allan, Anderson
F – Emma Rose Stockton, Queens
F – Elizabeth Phan, Queens
MF – Kimmi Moore, Wingate
MF – Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
MF – Erin Feldman, Catawba
MF – Taylor Leyble, Wingate
D – Kaitlyn Fletcher, Wingate
D – Helen Ramsey, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Alex Brandan, Carson-Newman
D – Carlie Thornber, Tusculum
GK – Samantha Hoffman, Coker
F – Payton DeHart, Tsuculum
F – Becky Frost, Catawba
F – Jordan Newby, Tusculum
MF – Thea Mallett, Queens
MF – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum
MF – Daphne Heyaime, Newberry
MF – Melanie Maddox, Anderson
D – Emilie Toftbjerg, Anderson
D – Kristin Debiase, Wingate
D – Caileigh Apicella, Wingate
GK – Alexis Jones, Wingate
Player of the Year
Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
Freshman of the Year
Jovana Sanchez, Catawba
Coach of the Year
Simon Duffy, Carson-Newman
Goals per Match: Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman | 0.73
Points per Match: Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman | 2.07
Assists per Match: Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman | 0.64
Goals Against Average: Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman | .486
Save Percentage: Alexis Jones, Wingate |.860
Shutouts: Rachel Quest, Queens | 8
Team Points per Match: Carson-Newman | 10.00
Team Goals per Match: Carson-Newman | 3.40
Team Assists per Match: Carson-Newman | 3.20
Team Shutouts: Queens | 10
Team Goals Against Average: Wingate | .550
Team Winning Percentage: Carson-Newman | 9.67
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ignacio de Goya has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Year, league officials announced earlier today. de Goya is the second Bears’ player to earn league MVP honors in as many years (Ismael Noumansana in 2016).
de Goya, a junior midfielder from Madrid, SPAIN, is one of four Bears to earn 2017 All-SAC First Team accolades: junior midfielder Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, GERMANY), freshman midfielder Victor Cascon (Salamanca, SPAIN) and senior defender Sercan Cihan (Sundern, GERMANY) were the others.
de Goya ranks second in goals scored (12) and third in total points (27) in the league and has earned AstroTurf SAC Player-of-the-Week accolades twice for the Bears.
Cascon ranks second on the squad in goals scored (four) and total points (11) while Simon has three goals so far this fall. Both players have started all 16 matches for Lenoir-Rhyne. Cihan anchors a defense which has allowed just 16 goals all year.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Emil Tansinda (Sale, ENGLAND) and senior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned second-team all-league honors for the Bears. King has a 0.95 goals against-average with 61 saves and seven shutouts.
Lenoir-Rhyne (10-3-3, 6-2-2), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, tied for second in the conference regular season standings – its best finish in 11 years – and hosted a Quarterfinal Round match of the 2017 SAC Championship.
Despite last night’s loss, Lenoir-Rhyne moved up one spot in the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Rankings to second. The top six teams in the region earn bids to the national postseason tournament. The NCAA Division II Men’s Soccer Tournament Selection Show is scheduled for Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Soccer Teams
F – Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Till Neumann, Newberry
F – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
F – Tobias Solem Karlsen, Carson-Newman
MF – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
MF – Florian Simon, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Filipe Checco, Wingate
MF – Victor Cascon, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
D – Sercan Cihan, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Michael Hornsby, Queens
D – Samuel Jenkins, Carson-Newman
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate
F – Edmundo Robinson, Queens
F - Elliot Cutts, Wingate
F – Elma N'For, Wingate
F – Aladdin Elfares, Coker
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Mattia Ditommaso, Wingate
MF – Mateo Correa, Wingate
MF – Cameron Emerson, Anderson
D – Emil Tansinda, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Oscar Mitchell, Mars Hill
D – Christoph Willemsen, Lincoln Memorial
D – Ronaldo de Jesus, Lincoln Memorial
GK – Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Victor Peres, Lincoln Memorial
F – Thomas Joergsholm, Anderson
F – Ashley Kelynack, Carson-Newman
F – Edgar Cervantes, Tusculum
MF – Tobias Henriksen, Newberry
MF – Fabrizio Bucco, Newberry
MF – Cam Macer, Mars Hill
D – Philipp Hollenhorst, Catawba
D – Jonny Le Quesne, Carson-Newman
D – Josh Calabria, Anderson
D – Robbie Jenkinson, Coker
GK – Twan Verweij, Carson-Newman
Player of the Year
Ignacio de Goya, Lenoir-Rhyne
Freshman of the Year
Till Neumann, Newberry
Coach of the Year
Gary Hamill, Wingate
Goals per Match: Till Neumann, Newberry | 1.0
Points per Match: Till Neumann, Newberry | 2.15
Assists per Match: Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial | 0.47
Goals Against Average: Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne | .822
Save Percentage: Zach King, Lenoir-Rhyne | .809
Shutouts: Twan Verweij, Carson-Newman | 8
Team Points per Match: Wingate | 6.31
Team Goals per Match: Wingate | 2.31
Team Assists per Match: Wingate | 1.69
Team Shutouts: Carson-Newman | 9
Team Goals Against Average: Lenoir-Rhyne | .822
Team Winning Percentage: Lenoir-Rhyne | .767
NCAA Division II Men's Soccer
Southeast Regional Rankings
(November 1, 2017)
1. Limestone 13-2-2
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-3
3. Young Harris 11-2-2
4. Wingate 12-4-1
5. Lander 11-3-1
6. Lincoln Memorial 10-3-3
7. Chowan 11-4-2
8. Lees-McRae 11-4-3
Appalachian State University women's soccer fell to top-seeded South Alabama in the first round of the Sun Belt Tournament by a score of 2-0 on Wednesday afternoon at the Foley Sports Tourism Complex.
The Jaguars advance to the semifinal round to face Little Rock on Friday, while the 2017 season has concluded for App.
USA would score both of its goals within an 11-minute span at the 32nd and 43 third minutes of the first half. The Mountaineers held the Jaguars scoreless for the first 31 minutes of the stanza, which saw Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) come up with some big saves, while Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) would fire the Apps' lone attempt at the goal.
Despite the setback, the Apps shutout the Jaguars in the second half, as Ray notched five stops in the period and eight overall.
App State ends the season with a 4-11-4 mark but will return the likes of Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce), Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley), Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) and a plethora of talented underclassmen. The Mountaineers will expect to bounce back and have strong season in 2018.
The Tusculum Women’s Soccer Team (10-6-1) advanced to the semifinals of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship by outscoring Lenoir-Rhyne (11-5-2) on penalty kicks, 4-2, in the opening round on Tuesday at Pioneer Field. The match officially ended in a 1-1 tie after 110 minutes of action.
Jordan Newby (Clinton, Tenn.) scored for Tusculum in the first half while junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) scored for the Bears at the 83:28 mark of the second half. The goal was Brown’s team-leading seventh of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-15 edge in shots taken.
Both goalkeepers – Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) and Tusculum’s Hannah Graham (Peachtree City, Ga.) – allowed just one goal while playing all 110 minutes of the contest. Morris had seven saves while Graham stopped five shots.
The Bears failed to advance to the league tournament semifinals for the second time in three seasons.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-3-3), ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, fell to Anderson (9-7-1) by a 3-2 score in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Championship Tuesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Trojans were the sixth seed in the 2017 SAC Championship Tournament while the Bears were seeded third. Lenoir-Rhyne saw its five-match winning streak snapped.
The Trojans scored all three of their goals in the second half in a span of just over 11 minutes.
The last two goals of the match were penalty kicks – courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Florian Simon (Oberotterbach, GERMANY) and Anderson’s Lars Kuala (Homburg, GERMANY) – with Kuala’s being the contest-winner at the 72:51 mark of the second half.
Anderson was able to hold on for the win despite Lenoir-Rhyne holding a 28-13 edge in shots taken.
The Trojans’ goalkeeper, Gal Elyashiv (Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL), earned the victory after making nine saves while senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) suffered the loss in goal for LR. King made six saves.
Anderson was 1-0-1 against the Bears this year with both matches on the road.
Anderson will face seventh-seeded Queens (8-5-4) in the league tournament semifinals on Friday at 1:30 p.m., at Manchester Meadows in Rock Hill, S.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne will wait to see if it can earn a bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs. The top six teams in the region earn a bid to the postseason (Lenoir-Rhyne is currently ranked third this week). The selection show is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 6, at 6:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-11, 6-9) suffered a 3-1 loss to Anderson (21-3, 15-1) Tuesday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Trojans, winners of 15 straight matches, downed the Bears by scores of 25-22, 25-18, 20-25 and 26-24.
Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman right side hitter Laila Horton (Charlotte, N.C.) tallied a career-high in kills with 14 while senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) had another double-double – 11 kills and 22 digs – in the losing effort.
Four players reached double figures for the Trojans in kills – led by Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) with 17 – while Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 53 assists and 16 digs in the victory.
The Trojans were able to rally from a 21-14 deficit in the fourth set to take the victory.
Anderson swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne and increased its winning streak to 15 matches.
The Trojans are now a full one match ahead on Wingate in the conference standings coming down the home stretch.
Lenoir-Rhyne was celebrating its Dig Pink night, the annual fundraising match for Breast Cancer Awareness.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Wingate in a league contest Thursday night at 7:00 p.m.