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Sunday, 16 October 2016 10:04

Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Opens Season With Wins

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams kicked off the 2016-17 season by prevailing Saturday morning at the Montgomery Student Center on the campus of Converse College.


On the women’s side, Lenoir-Rhyne defeated both St. Andrews (164-81) and Converse (145-117) while Converse held the 149-77 edge against St. Andrews. In the men’s competition, Lenoir-Rhyne won over St. Andrews, 150-109.


Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jacob Queen (Hickory, N.C.) prevailed in the men’s 100-yard backstroke (1:00.05), men’s 200-yard backstroke (1:56.59) and the men’s 400-yard individual medley (4:10.95). Queen was also part of the Bears’ men’s 400-yard medley relay (3:34.82) which finished first.


Sophomore Jacob Sink (Advance, N.C.) was a member of the winning medley relay team as well and placed first in the men’s 200-yard butterfly (1:58.54) and men’s 100-yard butterfly (53.15) events.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior Noah McRea (Hickory, N.C.), a third member of the 400-yard medley relay squad, won the men’s 1,000-yard freestyle (10:11.80) and men’s 200-yard breaststroke (2:13.72) events.


The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s and Women’s Swimming Teams return to the pool for a dual meet on Friday, October 21, against Mars Hill in Mars Hill, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.


NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Swimming Final
Saturday, October 15, 2016
Spartanburg, S.C. – Montgomery Student Center
Converse, host institution


Lenoir-Rhyne 150, St. Andrews 109


Lenoir-Rhyne 164, St. Andrews 81
Lenoir-Rhyne 145, Converse 117
Converse 149, St. Andrews 77

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 45
Alexander Central: 21

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 55
South Caldwell: 27


Hibriten: 28
Watauga: 27


Hickory: 25
St. Stephens: 20


Patton: 42
Fred T. Foard: 6

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 53
East Burke: 6


Draughn: 35
East Rutherford: 14

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 42
Newton-Conover: 21


Lincolnton: 48
Bunker Hill: 0


Maiden: 56
Bandys: 40


West Caldwell: 35
West Lincoln: 13

Appalachian State University women’s cross country finished in second with 72 points at HPU’s VertCross Invitational on Friday night. The Duke Blue Devils edged out the Mountaineers by two points to take first (70 points), and Richmond landed in third (109 points). Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) was App’s top finisher in Kernersville, N.C.

“The ladies really pressed hard from the first kilometer,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Our pack stayed together and really worked well in the middle lap. Emily Fedders and Natalie Kile did a wonderful job keeping as close to Tristin as they could over 6,000m. We beat Richmond, but Duke’s top one to three ladies were able to drive on ahead of our two. That was the difference in Duke getting us by two points.”

Joan Maritim of Campbell won the 6k bout with a time of 20:41.49. In the first 6k race of the season, Appalachian’s Van Ord held steady behind Maritim and sprinted past the finish line in 21:18.09 to post the second-fastest time recorded by a collegian. In third was freshman Gabrielle Richichi of Duke with a 6k-effort of 21:27.35.

In her first 6k race as a Mountaineer, Emily Fedders (Beckley, W.V./Woodrow Wilson) landed inside the top-15 out of 207 competitors with a time of 22:00.31 to place 13th overall. Running neck-and-neck behind Fedders was Phylissa Greeley (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) (22:13.33) and Natalie Kile (Canton, Ga./Blessed Trinity Catholic) (22:14.66) who finished 22nd and 23rd respectively with lifetime-bests.

“The effort put out by our top seven was excellent,” continued Curcio. “With the Sun Belt Conference Championships being a 5,000m, I think our four to seven top ladies will be much closer to our top three. I’d say our transition in training went well.”

Rounding out Appalachian’s top eight were Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) in 26th (22:19.02), Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) in 27th (22:24.95/PR), Kerry Leonard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) in 30th (22:30.71/PR) and Elisa Sargent (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) in 38th (22:48.45/PR).

The Black and Gold will train for two weeks to perfect their game plan for the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Oct. 29 in Dothan, Ala. The women’s 5k will kickoff at 11 a.m.


Appalachian State University volleyball fell for the 16th straight match in a straight-set sweep (17-25, 11-25, 14-25) to Coastal Carolina on Friday evening inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (2-17, 0-6 Sun Belt) were led by senior middle blocker Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) with nine kills and finished with an .800 hit percentage. Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) also finished with nine kills.

Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) helped both Gregory and Longley and finished with 24 assists.

Defensively, both Longley and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected four digs each.

Late in the opening set, the Mountaineers found themselves down by just three at 18-15, but the Chanticleers (14-4, 5-1 Sun Belt) put together a 7-2 run to end the set and take a 1-0 lead in the match.

The next two sets would be dominated by Coastal Carolina. In the second set, the Chanticleers went up by as many as 14 and would maintain that lead for a 25-11 set victory. Coastal would build an 11-point lead in the third set and would finish the sweep with a 25-14 set win.

Appalachian will now travel to Coastal Carolina to finish the back half of a home-and-home with the Chanticleers. First serve from Conway, S.C. is set for 2 p.m.

Friday, 14 October 2016 22:55

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Swept by Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (6-13, 4-8) fell to Queens (12-4, 9-2) by a 3-0 score in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday evening at Curry Arena.


The Royals won by scores of 25-17, 25-21, and 25-22 and remained in sole possession of third place in the league standings.


Queens, winner of three straight matches, was led by Meredith Jones (Blythewood, S.C.) with a match-high 20 kills while Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wisc.) added 42 assists and nine digs as the Royals totaled 10 blocks and nine service aces in the victory.


For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) and senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) led the way with a team-high nine kills each in the losing effort.


Junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) added 15 digs and junior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) totaled 15 assists in the setback for the Bears.


The Bears also hit just .163 for the match and made four total blocks on the night as well.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., in Brevard, N.C.

Chris Anderson’s (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester County Day) 8k victory led the Appalachian State University men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish with 136 points at the HPU VertCross Invitational on Friday night. George Mason grabbed the team title with 64 team points and Duke (83 points) and East Tennessee State (111 points) took second and third.


“I am a little disappointed we didn’t get out well as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “ A large field caused a lot of traffic the first kilometer and the guys had to use a lot of effort to get up where they wanted. The guys came in a little tired from interval training, but they’re confident in the work they’ve done up until now. I think Evan Georges and Collin Loy had a good breakthrough and now see themselves helping the team even more.”


App State's Anderson clipped his former PR by 13 seconds to win the 8k crown in 25:01.81. Trotting behind the Greensboro native was Andrew Schille of Northern Kentucky in second (25:05.03) and Davidson’s Tim Bason was the third-fastest collegian (25:14.19).


“I am really excited for Chris,” continued Curcio. “He’s from right nearby, so his family and teammates were out there. Chris got out well with the lead pace, and he has rebounded well from UVA.”


The next fastest Mountaineer was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who cruised to 29th with a PR of 25:50.80. A couple of seconds later, senior Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) would meet the tape in 26:02.10 to place 36th. App’s fourth-best competitor was Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almanance) who clocked a time of 26:10.29 to snatch 47th.


Rounding out the top seven finishers for Appalachian were Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) (26:22.17/58th), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) (26:23.93/62nd) and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) (26:27.71/PR/69th).


Appalachian State will train for two weeks to prepare for the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships in Dothan, Ala on Saturday, Oct. 29. The men’s 8k race with begin at 12 p.m.

North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0


Southern District 7:

Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 0


Maiden: 3
Bandys: 0


Newton-Conover: 3
East Lincoln: 0


West Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 2


Hickory: 3
Draughn: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 4
Alexander Central: 2

Appalachian State rolled up 280 yards of offense and four sacks in the first half to seize control early in an impressive 24-0 win at Louisiana on Wednesday night.


The win is App State's (4-2, 2-0) third straight and eighth consecutive on the road in Sun Belt play dating back to last season.


App State pitched a shutout for the first time since a 49-0 win early in 2015 at Old Dominion. It was also the first time the Ragin’ Cajuns were shutout at home since a 27-0 loss to North Texas in October of 2002.


The Mountaineers put together another dominant opening half to take most of the drama out of the game.


Quarterback Taylor Lamb was 12-for-16 for 187 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Collin Reed. Wideout Shaedon Meadors had five catches for 120 yards in the opening half, including a 56-yard completion on the Apps’ first snap to set the tone.


Big plays early in the passing game opened up the run on ensuing possessions. Running back Jalin Moore recorded 77 yards on 10 carries that included a 41-yard run early in the second quarter to push the lead to 17-0. The long touchdown run gave the App State defense all it would need for the rest of the contest.


Defensive tackle Dezmin Reed picked up two of App's five sacks, and Kennan Gilchrist recorded 10 stops as App shutout a Sun Belt opponent in the opening half for the second consecutive game.


The Mountaineers finished with five sacks and 10 tackles for loss in holding UL to 267 of total offense.


App has another half week off before hosting Idaho on Oct. 22 for homecoming. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0


St. Stephens: 3

Freedom: 0


Watauga: 3
Hickory: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Chase: 0

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