Appalachian State University volleyball was swept by Ole Miss in its first of two matches on Saturday, 3-0 (13-25, 11-25, 24-26).
The Mountaineers’ (2-10) losing streak hit nine after the loss to the Rebels (11-1). App State was led by Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who finished with 10 kills. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) led the offense with 23 assists.
Defensively, Appalachian had two student-athletes finish with double-digit kills - Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) who tallied 11, while Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected 11.
The Black and Gold held an early lead against the Rebels, but Ole Miss was able to use a 13-3 run to open things up in the first set and take a 1-0 match lead with a 25-13 win.
Another 13-3 run in the second set would put Ole Miss up 22-9 and the Rebels would finish off App State 25-11 - looking for the sweep.
Appalachian fought back in the third set and would battle the Rebels until the end. With the score knotted at 19-19, a kill from Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) would put the Apps ahead.
There would be six more lead changes before Ole Miss got a kill and a Mountaineer error to finish off the sweep and win the third set, 26-24.
The Mountaineers will finish the Scenic City Showdown with its final match against Tennessee State.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (3-1-2, 0-0-1) gave up two late goals to Tusculum (3-2-2, 1-0-1) in a 2-2 tie after two overtimes in the South Atlantic Conference opener for the Bears Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Field.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Sarah Pullman (San Diego, Calif.) and freshman midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) scored for the Bears at the 57:11 and 71:16 marks of the second half, respectively, as the Bears appeared to be in control.
McGarel gave Lenoir-Rhyne a 2-0 edge after taking advantage of a saved shot by senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.), who was credited with the assist.
However, Tusculum rallied with goals by Katja Anderson (Enstaberga, SWEDEN) and Rachel Roberts (Lexington, Ky.) to force overtime. Roberts’ goal came with 54 seconds remaining in the second half.
Neither team could score in the two, ten-minute overtimes. Both goalkeepers – Lenoir-Rhyne senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) and Tusculum’s Miriah Martin (Roanoke, Va.) – allowed just two goals in 110 minutes of action. Leano made four saves while Martin stopped five shots on the afternoon.
The shots were also deadlocked at 14 and all four goals came in the second half of action.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Catawba on Wednesday in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears will honor all Emergency Responders as part of the contest.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (4-7, 2-2) won its second straight South Atlantic Conference road match with a 3-1 victory over Tusculum (5-3, 2-2) Saturday afternoon at Pioneer Arena.
Lenoir-Rhyne won by scores of 25-15, 25-16, 15-25 and 26-24 and evened its league record on the year.
The Bears were led by junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 15 kills in addition to 10 digs while junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) added 13 kills in the win.
For Tusculum, Laryssa Welch (New Castle, Ind.) totaled a match-high 18 kills and Shannon Murphy (Tinley Park, Ill.) and Hallie Zumack (Independence, Ohio) dished out 27 and 25 assists, respectively, in the setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) tallied a double-double – 39 assists and 11 digs – and the Bears finished with seven blocks and five service aces in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Friday, September 23, at home against Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium beginning at 7:00 p.m.
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 20
East Rutherford: 10
R-S Central: 26
Alexander Central: 82
Ashe County: 42
St. Stephens: 29
South Caldwell: 28
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In its first Sun Belt Conference match of the season, Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell 3-0 to Troy on Friday evening.
“Tonight was difficult,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “We battled for 90 minutes but struggled to find our final pass to create quality opportunities. We did have a few chances, especially early on, but we were unlucky on the finish. We made a few mistakes in our defensive third and Troy capitalized on them. We will regroup and prepare for Coastal Carolina on Sunday.”
The Mountaineers (5-4, 0-1 SBC) started off conference play with focus and high-energy, holding Troy (5-4-1, 1-0) to just six shots in the first half, while having nine of their own. App State had far more looks at the goal than the Trojans did, however, they just weren’t able to put the ball in the back of the net. Also helping the Trojan cause was multiple incredible saves from keeper Mikki Lewis, who finished with nine on the night.
Meanwhile, Troy was able to finish on their limited attempts as Abby Reynolds put two in off assists from Haley Roberson in the 40th and 58th minutes. The first came on a through ball into the box that allowed Reynolds to just slot it just passed the outstretched hand of Appalachian’s Sam Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) in the net. The second came on a cross from the left side that was headed in as she slipped behind the line.
Troy’s Brooke McKee put the game out of reach in the 66th minute by heading in a floating pass from Brittany Yoder to go up 3-0.
Leading the Mountaineer effort on the offensive was Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who had three shots, but was held without a shot on goal for the first time this season and the first time since Nov. 6, 2015. Right behind her was Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic), Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville), Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) and Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County). Fletcher led all attackers with two shots on goal.
Steyl played the entire 90 between the frames for Appalachian, getting two saves off 11 shots faced.
The Mountaineers continue their tough first weekend of Sun Belt play by traveling to Coastal Carolina on Sunday. Kickoff is slated for 1 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its eighth-straight match on Friday with its sixth five-set loss in a 3-2 (25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 19-25, 8-15) loss to Chattanooga.
The Mountaineers (2-9) were led by true freshman Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) who finished with 19 kills. Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) also finished with double-digit kills and totaled 13.
Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the Mountaineer offense on Friday with a 48-assist performance.
Defensively, Olivia Loeffler (Lincolnton, N.C./North Lincoln) tallied a team-high 19 digs, while Brown collected 15 and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) notched 14.
“We are a team that struggles when it gets tough and that’s why we haven’t been able to find wins,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “I thought we played two very good sets. Then we were very high error and tentative in the last three when Chattanooga picked up their game. Part of that is youth and part of that is lack of leadership which we’ve been battling all year. It’s a team that wants to get a win, but we just aren’t doing all the things we need to do, on every play, to get that done.”
Appalachian State grabbed the opening two sets to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match. App State capped the first set with a kill from Longley and back-to-back errors from the Mocs (6-5).
The Black and Gold built on a solid start and won the second set. With the score tied 22-22, the Mountaineers went on a 3-0 run to win the set with a kill and service ace from Longley and a Moc error.
App State fell behind 11-3 in the third set and would not recover. The Apps would bring the score to within two at 13-11, but a long sustained run from Chattanooga would outlast App State 25-16.
In a closely contested fourth set, Chattanooga would keep a slim lead and fend off the Mountaineers. At 18-16, UTC went on a 5-2 run and would finish off Appalachian 25-19 after two consecutive kills.
A set in which the Mountaineers have struggled all season - they lost 15–8. The fifth set has been a hurdle that App State has yet to get over this season and after finding themselves down 8-4 - a 7-3 run would seal the match for the Mocs.
Appalachian will be back in action tomorrow against both Ole Miss and Tennessee State beginning at 10 a.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (3-7, 1-2) picked up its first South Atlantic Conference win of the year with a 3-2 road triumph over Mars Hill (1-5, 0-3) Friday night at Stanford Arena.
The Bears defeated the Lions by scores of 19-25, 25-15, 18-25, 25-14 and 17-15 on the night. Lenoir-Rhyne has now played in three consecutive five-set league matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a double-double – 15 kills and 20 digs – while junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) had a team-high 26 digs in the win.
Mars Hill’s Rebecca Butler (Bradenton, Fla.) totaled 16 kills and 20 digs while Sara Fahrenbrook (Golden, Colo.) dished out 41 assists in the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added 21 assists for the Bears, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit to take the fourth and fifth sets for the win. Lenoir-Rhyne was also aided by 12 service aces and limited Mars Hill to a .056 hitting percentage.
Lenoir-Rhyne faces Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in Greeneville, Tenn.
Appalachian State University athletics and Learfield Licensing Partners have brokered a deal for an apparel line featuring Appalachian State alum and two-time Country Music Award winner Eric Church.
The Mountaineers’ licensing agency, Learfield Licensing Partners, partnered with Church for the Mountain Born Collection. LLP will handle approvals by Church and the University, the collection and distribution of royalties and retail development.
“For us, this represents the alignment of two great brands and hopefully it will mean more exposure for Appalachian State to the millions of fans he has.” said Appalachian State director of athletics Doug Gillin.
The initial launch of the collection will consist of hats and apparel items to be available on store shelves beginning Saturday, Sept. 17 in conjunction with Appalachian State football’s game against Miami (Fla.) in Boone. The apparel will be available in the Appalachian State Bookstore and Mast General Store and also available inside Kidd Brewer Stadium on game day.
Outside of Boone, the collection will follow Church’s tour around the country and be available at concerts and appearances.
Over half of the Hickory Metro teams are off tonight for their open week:
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn at R-S Central
East Burke vs. East Rutherford
Alexander Central at Ashe County
Bandys vs. St. Stephens
Maiden at South Caldwell
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North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 2
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
West Caldwell: 0
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Tennis Team (1-0) opened the fall 2016 campaign with a 5-4 victory over UVa-Wise (2-2) Thursday afternoon at Hickory High School.
The Bears also picked up their first win under the direction of first-year Lenoir-Rhyne Head Women’s Tennis Coach Tom Rees.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomores Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN) and Taylor Fredrickson, a Patton High School grad, won at both singles and doubles competition to lead the Bears to the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Belmont, N.C., to compete in the Belmont Abbey (3+2) on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24.
In addition, the Bears posted three runner-up finishes – sophomore Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), Fredrickson and graduate student Caroline Lindsey (Reidsville, N.C.) – at the Wingate Fall Invitational the weekend before.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 5, UVa-Wise 4
September 15, 2016
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)
1. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Daria Tyshchenko (UVAWISE), 6-2, 6-2
2. Julia Ponomareva (LR) def. Aya Melhem (UVAWISE), 3-6, 6-2, 10-5
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Bailey Christoforatos (UVAWISE), 6-0, 7-5
4. Taylor Carter (UVAWISE) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-3, 6-4
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Marti Gay (UVAWISE), 6-1, 6-3
6. Mackenzie Lawson (UVAWISE) def. Abbi Wood (LR), 6-2, 7-5
1. Daria Tyshchenko/Bailey Christoforatos (UVAWISE) def. Julia Ponomareva/Emily Murchland (LR), 8-4
2. Sara Kalkenova/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Mackenzie Lawson/Marti Gay (UVAWISE), 8-2
3. Aya Melhem/Taylor Carter (UVAWISE) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo/Abbi Wood (LR), 8-3
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (1-0), UVa-Wise (2-2)
Jacob Black and Audra Yarber of Lenoir-Rhyne University have been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men's and Women's Cross Country Runners of the Week, respectively, the League announced today.
Black, a junior transfer from Manassas, VA, led the Bears to a first-place finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational, posting a 27:10 time in the 8K race. The performance marked his second straight win after he finished first at the Chick-Fil-A Invitational on September 3rd. The award is his first Runner of the Week plaudit of the season.
Yarber, a sophomore from Abingdon, VA, also led the Bears to a first-place finish at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational. Yarber recorded a time of 20:27 and finished in first in the 5K race at Southside Park in Newton, N.C. This award is her first Runner of the Week award of the season.
2016 SAC Astroturf Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sept. 7 - Jimmy Hollinsgworth, Queens
Sept. 14 – Jacob Black, Lenoir-Rhyne
2016 SAC Astroturf Women's Cross Country Runner of the Week
Sept. 7 - Lucie Noall, Queens
Sept. 14 – Audra Yarber, Lenoir-Rhyne
Fred T. Foard: 1
St. Stephens: 3
South Caldwell: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Kings Mountain: 3
East Burke: 1
Bunker Hill: 3