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Wednesday, 16 November 2016 20:48

App's Peters-Logue Named SoCon Wrestler of the Week

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Junior Appalachian State University wrestler David Peters-Logue (Hillsborough, N.C./Orange) was tabbed the Southern Conference Wrestler of the Week after going 2-0 in duals over the weekend, the league announced on Wednesday.

The junior 184-pounder had an impressive opening duals weekend, starting off the season 2-0 for the second-straight year, improving to 5-2 overall on the year, as Appalachian (2-0) hosted Belmont Abbey and then-No. 15 Oregon State for Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, Nov. 12.

In the first match of the day on Saturday, Peters-Logue made quick work of Belmont Abbey’s Luke Glunt, getting a dominating 15-0 technical fall victory. He then came though in a crucial spot of the Mountaineers come-from-behind victory over Oregon State when he battled in a ferocious back-and-forth with then-No. 12 184-pounder Corey Griego.

Carrying the momentum of three-straight Appalachian weight class wins over the Beavers, Peters-Logue gained an advantage in his match, taking Griego to the mat and getting the hugely important pin in 3:32.

The pin gave the Mountaineers the points they would end up needing to get the 25-15 win, rocketing Appalachian State up the USA Today/NWCA rankings to its tied-highest spot ever at No. 23. The victory also pushed App State its highest spot in InterMat rankings at No. 21 and propelled Peters-Logue to the Top 25 of 184-pounders in the country (No. 22), according to TrackWrestling.

The Mountaineers will return to action as they head to the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Wrestling returns to Varsity Gym on Sunday, Nov. 27 when Appalachian plays host to North Carolina, who last week was ranked No. 25 in the poll, but dropped slightly to lead the “others receiving votes” category in this week’s poll.

After withstanding a 21-0 run early in the first half, Appalachian State University men’s basketball did not surrender on Tuesday night inside Thompson-Boling Arena. Appalachian closed to within just seven points at 99-92 with 58.0 seconds remaining, but eventually fell to Tennessee 103-94.

With 6:28 left in regulation and Tennessee’s Grant Williams connecting on a layup, UT led the Mountaineers (0-2) 92-69. Instead of coasting to a win, the Volunteers watched as the Black and Gold instituted a 23-7 relentless run that saw them close the lead to just seven points.

The run was sparked by back-to-back threes from the game’s leading scorers Patrick Good (Johnson City, Tenn./David Crockett) and Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)). Both Good and Shabazz finished with a game-high 21 points. The total for Good is a career-high in his young career.

Good finished an impressive 8-for-10 from the floor, including a stellar 5-for-7 from 3-point range. Shabazz was 7-for-17 from the floor and connected on three 3-pointers, while chipping in four free throws.

Despite the nonstop rally from the Mountaineers, the Volunteers (1-1) hit four free throws in the game’s final seconds to close out the nine-point victory.

The Apps would get off to a hot start with a 7-3 run to open up the contest with Shabazz matching a Jordan Bowden 3-pointer and adding a jumper coupled with an Emarius Logan (Columbia, S.C./White Knoll) layup.

Tied 9-9, two free throws from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) would give the Mountaineers its last lead. With an 11-10 advantage, the Volunteers would orchestrate its 21-0 run to grab a firm grip on the game in the opening half.

With things looking bleak, much like in the second-half, the Mountaineers rallied and finished the period on a 22-8 run to close to within 12 points. Down 42-16 with 5:00 to go in the half, an old-fashioned three point play from Shabazz sparked the Mountaineer run.

Shabazz’s play was followed by a Good three and two free throws from Kinney. From there, with UT leading by 20 points at 44-24, a 14-4 run closed the gap to just 10 points but a late layup from Williams made it a 12 point lead at the break.

Good finished the first half perfect from the floor on three field goals, including two 3-pointers. He began the second half hitting his next three shots and starting the game a perfect 6-for-6 from the floor.

Aside from Good and Shabazz, Kinney and Kelvin Robinson (Little Rock, Ark./Episcopal) also notched double-figure scoring efforts on the night. Kinney finished with 13 points, shot 7-for-10 from the charity stripe and grabbed a team-high five rebounds. Robinson poured in 12 points on 5-for-9 shooting and nailed one three.

Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) finished with nine points and four rebounds.

As a team, the Mountaineers’ 18 turnovers proved to be extremely costly as the Volunteers would score 28 points off those turnovers - outscoring the Mountaineers in that category 28-16. Second-chance points (15-8) and fastbreak points (18-12) went the way of the Black and Gold.

Appalachian State will have a quick turnaround with a return to the court on Thursday, Nov. 17 in its home opener against Warren Wilson College. Tip time from the Holmes Center is set for 7 p.m.

Notes: Patrick Good and Kelvin Robinson both turned in career nights with 21 points and 12 points, respectively … App State got to the foul line 37 times on Tuesday … the last time the Mountaineers attempted 30 free throws in back-to-back games was Feb. 8/13, 2014 (Seven total times under head coach Jim Fox previously to this year) … Kinney’s 13 points marks the first time in his career that he has gone consecutive games scoring in double-figures … Shabazz’s 21 points was his seventh 20-point game of his career.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (12-18) saw its season come to an end with a 3-1 loss to Lincoln Memorial (24-7) in the Quarterfinals of the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Championships Tuesday evening at Mars Gymnasium.

The Lady Railsplitters, the second seed in the tournament, defeated the seventh-seeded Bears by scores of 23-25, 25-22, 25-16 and 25-15 and snapped Lenoir-Rhyne’s five-match winning streak.

Lincoln Memorial moves on to face third-seeded Newberry (20-11) in the semifinals of the league championship on Friday at 4:00 p.m., at Cuddy Arena on the campus of Wingate University.

The Lady Railsplitters were led by Samantha Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) with a match-high 19 kills while Abby Cash (New Carlisle, Ohio) added 39 assists and 22 digs and Kiera Holland (Columbia, S.C.) finished with 11 kills in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) with 12 kills and junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 10 kills and 12 digs in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.) added 16 digs but the Bears hit just .137 for the match and committed five service errors in the loss to Lincoln Memorial.

Five members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team garnered 2016 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced today.

Two Bears – senior punter Michael DeStephens (Gainesville, Fla.) and senior defensive back Rodney Singleton (Hawthorne, Fla.) – were named to the all-conference first team.

DeStephens, a three-time First-Team All-SAC honoree (2014-16), averaged a league-leading 44.2 yards per punt – which also ranks fourth in the nation.

Singleton led the team in tackles with 77 this year to go along with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble. Singleton, the 2013 SAC Defensive Freshman Of The Year, finished his career with 259 tackles.

Three players for the Bears picked up second team all-league accolades: redshirt freshman running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.), junior center Jaleel Roberts (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior defensive lineman Chris Green (Albany, Ga.).

Brown led the team in rushing yards (902) this year to go along with six touchdowns this fall as well. In addition, Brown crossed the 200-yard mark on the ground in two league victories – Tusculum (Sept. 17) and Carson-Newman (Oct. 1).

Roberts just finished his second year as a starter and anchored the offensive line while Green totaled 42 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery in earning all-league accolades for the second time in his career.

Lenoir-Rhyne finished 3-8 on the season including a 3-4 mark in South Atlantic Conference play under first-year mentor Mike Kellar.

2016 All-South Atlantic Conference

Football Teams


QB – Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry

RB – Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill

RB – Blake Hayes, Wingate

RB – Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman

WR – Markell Castle, Newberry

WR – Craig Rucker, Mars Hill

WR – Cole Watson, Newberry

OL – Joe Hillin, Mars Hill

OL – Daniel Owens, Wingate

OL – Bobby McNeil, Newberry

OL – Quinzavious Sands, Catawba

OL – Tyler Stasky, Newberry

TE – Baptiste Staggers, Newberry

PK – Caleb Baird, Wingate

LS – Steven Bartlett, Catawba AND Eddie Slye, Brevard (TIE)

RS – Jay Boyd, Tusculum


DL – Ray Edwards, Wingate

DL – C.J. Barksdale, Catawba

DL – Jimmy Holmes, Newberry

DL – Jamarcus Henderson, Newberry

LB – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba

LB – Carl Mattox, Mars Hill

LB – Joe Blue, Newberry

LB – Trey Evans, Catawba

DB – Case Woodard, Catawba

DB – Rodney Singleton, Lenoir-Rhyne

DB – Ashud Moore, Brevard

DB – Jerry Miclisse, Carson-Newman

P – Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne


QB – Kyle Johnson, Wingate

RB – Romelo Doctor, Newberry

RB – Nelson Brown, Lenoir-Rhyne

RB – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate

WR – Jordan Berry, Wingate

WR – Sam Mobley, Catawba

WR – Braxton Ivery, Newberry

OL – Jaleel Roberts, Lenoir-Rhyne

OL – Austin Lewis, Carson-Newman

OL – Cabell Cantrell, Wingate

OL – Dakota Mozingo, Newberry

OL – T.J. Olsen, Catawba

TE – Kedar Bryant, Mars Hill AND Jake Jensen, Wingate (TIE)

PK – Brennan Lambert, Catawba AND Carson Wise, Carson-Newman

RS – Jordan Berry, Wingate AND Cole Watson, Newberry (TIE)


DL – Andre Foulks, Wingate

DL – Chris Green, Lenoir-Rhyne

DL – Brandon Williams, Tusculum

DL – Jamel Brintley, Mars Hill AND Josh Mills, WINGATE (TIE)

LB – Zack Singleton, Wingate

LB – Deres Benn, Tusculum

LB – Jamal Lackey, Catawba

LB – Lane Bloom, Carson-Newman AND Will Elm, Newberry (TIE)

DB – Rashaad Smith, Newberry

DB – Cornel Cheron, Wingate

DB – Chris Page, Catawba

DB – Jay Boyd, Tusculum

P – Jonathan King, Carson-Newman



OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR – Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry



COACH OF THE YEAR – Todd Knight, Newberry

Statistical Champions

Rushing Yards Per Game: Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill (109.5)

Passing Yards Per Game: Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry (308.7)

Total Offense Per Game: Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry (341.8)

Receptions Per Game: Markell Castle, Newberry (5.8)

Receiving Yards Per Game: Markell Castle, Newberry (78.5)

All-Purpose Yards Per Game: Jamel Harbison, Mars Hill (123.5)

Passing Efficiency Rating: Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry (158.5)

Punt Return Avg.: Antonio Wimbush, Carson-Newman (8.7)

Kick Return Avg: Jay Boyd, Tusculum (26.0)

Punting Avg: Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne (44.2)

Scoring Average (TDs): Blake Hayes, Wingate (7.6)

Scoring Average (K): Caleb Baird, Wingate (7.5)

Field Goals Per Game: Caleb Baird, Wingate (1.09)

Field Goal Percentage: Caleb Baird, Wingate (.800)

Tackles Per Game: Ashud Moore, Brevard (8.9)

Sacks Per Game: Kyle Kitchens, Catawba (0.77)

Tackles for Loss Per Game: Brandon Williams, Tusculum (1.7)

Interceptions Per Game: Jay Boyd, Tusculum (0.6)

Team Scoring Offense: Newberry (36.6)

Team Scoring Defense: Newberry (18.7)

Team Passing Offense: Newberry (302.9)

Team Passing Defense: Brevard (149.5)

Team Rushing Offense: Carson-Newman (272.8)

Team Rushing Defense: Wingate (98.2)

Team Total Offense: Newberry (464.0)

Team Total Defense: Wingate (284.7)

Appalachian State University wrestling made program history on Tuesday, coming in at its highest ranking ever in the InterMat Division I duals meet national rankings at No. 21 after taking town then-No. 15 Oregon State 25-15 at home on Nov. 12.

The Mountaineers (2-0) jumped from unranked in the poll and is now the highest ranking member of the Southern Conference in two major polls, also ranking No. 23 in the USA Today/NWCA Division I Wrestling Coaches Poll this week.

Appalachian State also features five wrestlers this week who rank in the top 25 in their respective weight classes in many polls.

Individual Rankings

149 · Matt Zovistoski · Record: 4-2 · Paramus, N.J./St. Joseph Regional
No. 18 (TrackWrestling) · No. 19 (OpenMat) · No. 20 (FloWrestling)

The sophomore 149-pounder broke into his best ranking week yet after being 4-2 through two weeks. Despite suffering a setback against No. 19 Joey Dalgado on then-No. 15 Oregon State on Saturday, Zovistoski came in second during the Southeastern Open , going 4-1 on the day. The New Jersey native used victories over North Carolina, Princeton and Maryland to place second, securing his top 20 ranking going forward.

165 · Forrest Przybysz · Record: 5-2 · Jefferson, N.C./Jefferson
No. 17 (InterMat) · No. 17 (FloWrestling) · No. 18 (OpenMat) · No. 19 (WIN) · No. 20 (TrackWrestling)

The junior 165-pounder had a terrific outing in Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, Nov. 12 as he came away with two victories, one against Belmont Abbey and the other against then-No. 15 Oregon State. Against the Crusaders, Przybysz defeated Jake Glunt in a 11-2 major decision before battling in a much closer match against the Beavers. Facing Rodney Williams, Przybysz snapped a four-weight-class losing streak for the Mountaineers by defeating Williams by a 4-1 decision to catapult App State into winning the final six weight classes to take the match.

174 · Nick Kee · Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland
No. 14 (WIN) · No. 18 (TrackWrestling) · No. 19 (InterMat)

The junior 174-pounder to continues to rank well in the polls, coming in at No. 19 in InterMat this week. Kee continues to be the sole representative of the Southern Conference in InterMat’s Top 20 for 174. He’s also the only SoCon 174-pounder in the Wrestling Insider’s Newsmagazine’s Power Index rankings, coming in this week at No. 19. The Laurinburg native is coming off a career season last year, finishing 25-7 in the regular season.

184 · David Peters-Logue · Record: 5-2 · Hillsborough, N.C./Orange
No. 22 (TrackWrestling)

The junior 184-pounder had an impressive weekend campaign, winning two key matches by authority in Mountaineer Duals on Nov. 12. Peters-Logue made quick work of Belmont Abbey’s wrestler, getting the 15-0 technical fall victory before having the highlight of the early season against then-No. 15 Oregon State later in the day. Battling then-No. 14 Corey Griego, the Hillsborough native battled back and forth in a neck-and-neck match before finally gaining the advantage and pinning Griego in 3:32. The pin gave Appalachian its third-straight weight class victory against the Beavers.

HWT · Denzel Dejournette · Record: 6-1 · Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds
No. 6 (FloWrestling) · No. 8 (InterMat) · No. 8 (OpenMat) · No. 8 (TrackWrestling) · No. 9 (WIN)

The senior heavyweight continued his strong play in Mountaineer Duals on Nov. 12, getting two wins to push his active win streak to four matches. Belmont Abbey did not have a heavyweight wrestler so Dejournette won by forfeit before taking on David Henry of Oregon State. With the Beavers trying to tie the score up with the final match, the weight fell on Dejournette to seal the victory for the Mountaineers. The Winston-Salem native worked a very technical match, keeping to the fundamentals and keeping himself out of dangerous positions to get a 12-4 major decision.

The Mountaineers will return to action as they head to the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia, Pa. on Sunday, Nov. 20. Wrestling returns to Varsity Gym on Sunday, Nov. 27 when Appalachian plays host to North Carolina, who last week was ranked No. 25 in the poll, but dropped slightly to lead the “others receiving votes” category in this week’s poll.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brooke Redmond has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Player Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Redmond, a junior outside hitter from Statesville, N.C., averaged 14.6 kills and 17.6 digs in leading the Bears to a 3-0 week including two wins over a pair of first-place teams in the league: Queens (3-1) at home last Tuesday and Lincoln Memorial (3-0) last Friday on the road.

Redmond, a 2015 First-Team All-South Atlantic Conference honoree, tallied double-doubles in all three matches including a 19-kill, 27-dig performance against Carson-Newman on the road Saturday in a 3-2 victory to increase the Bears’ winning streak to five matches.

Redmond currently leads the team in kills (272) to go along with 11 service aces, 231 digs and 33 blocks.

Anderson’s Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Specialist Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (12-17, 10-12) will be the seventh seed in the 2016 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship and will face second-seeded Lincoln Memorial (23-7, 17-5) in a quarterfinal match in Harrogate, Tenn., beginning at 7:00 p.m. The teams split the regular season series.

The semifinals and finals of the tournament will take place at Cuddy Arena on the campus of Wingate University on Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19. The champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Division II Playoffs.

2016 South Atlantic Conference

Volleyball Championship

November 15, 18-19

Wingate, N.C. – Cuddy Arena

Tuesday, November 15 - QUARTERFINALS (at higher seeds)

Match 1 – No. 8 Tusculum (12-18) at No. 1 Wingate (26-5), 7:00 p.m.

Match 2 – No. 5 Anderson (19-11) at No. 4 Queens (19-8), 7:00 p.m.

Match 3 – No. 7 Lenoir-Rhyne (12-17) at No. 2 Lincoln Memorial (23-7), 7:00 p.m.

Match 4 – No. 6 Catawba (16-12) at No. 3 Newberry (19-11), 7:00 p.m.

Friday, November 18 - SEMIFINALS (Cuddy Arena, Wingate University)

Match 5 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 4:00 p.m.

Match 6 – Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 6:30 p.m.

*if Wingate advances to the semifinals, will play the winner of match two at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, November 19 - FINALS (Cuddy Arena, Wingate University)

Match 7 – Championship, 2:00 p.m.

Monday, 14 November 2016 21:16

Appalachian State Announces 2017 Baseball Schedule

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Nineteen home games and 36 road contests that feature bouts against South Carolina, Wake Forest and the defending College World Series Champions Coastal Carolina highlight Appalachian State University baseball’s 2017 schedule, head coach Kermit Smith announced on Monday.

Appalachian State opens the 2017 slate at UNC Wilmington’s annual Hughes Bros. Challenge (Feb. 17-19) where the Mountaineers will play VMI, George Mason and the Seahawks over the four-day stretch. App State then heads to Boiling Springs for a series against Gardner-Webb before heading to face SEC foe, South Carolina, on Feb. 28 in Columbia.

Appalachian’s second tournament of the season comes at East Carolina in the LeClair Classic (March 3-5) where it will face St. John’s, Western Carolina and the host Pirates during the weekend.

The Black and Gold open their 20-game home schedule on March 7 and 14 when they host UNC Asheville and NC Central for midweek night games at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The home slate also includes a three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus Texas State (March 24-26), UT Arlington (April 7-9), Georgia State (April 21-23), Arkansas State (April 28-30) and South Alabama (May 12-14).

The midweek portion of App State’s schedule is headlined by a visit from local rival Wake Forest on Tuesday, March 28. The Mountaineers also host UNC Asheville (March 7) and Radford (March 21) for non-conference contests at Smith Stadium.

There will also be two neutral-site midweek games as Appalachian State returns to BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte to face NC Central on Tuesday, March 14. The game marks the second-straight year the Mountaineers have appeared at the now four-year-old uptown home of the triple-A Charlotte Knights.

The Apps also make a trip to play Wake Forest at Veterans Field at Keeter Stadium in Shelby, N.C. on Tuesday, May 16. Keeter Stadium has been the official home of the American Legion World Series since 2011. Built in 1976, the stadium and its field have undergone numerous renovations, the most recent being a 2013 $2.8 million upgrade.

In true road games, Appalachian has Sun Belt series at UL Lafayette (March 17-19), Little Rock (March 31-April 2), Georgia Southern (April 13-15), Troy (May 5-7) and closes out the regular season on the road against defending College World Series champs and Sun Belt Conference newcomer Coastal Carolina (May 18-20).

The 2017 Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set for May 23-28 in Statesboro, Ga.


Date - Opponent - Location - Time (ET)
Feb. 17 - VMI@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 12 p.m.
Feb. 18 - George Mason@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 10 a.m.
Feb. 18 - VMI@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 6 p.m.
Feb. 19 - UNC Wilmington@ - Wilmington, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 24 - Gardner-Webb - Boiling Springs, N.C. - 4 p.m.
Feb. 25 - Gardner-Webb - Boiling Springs, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 26 - Gardner-Webb - Boiling Springs, N.C. - 2 p.m.
Feb. 28 - South Carolina - Columbia, S.C. - 4 p.m.
March 3 - St. John’s# - Greenville, N.C. - 12 p.m.
March 4 - Western Carolina# - Greenville, N.C. - 12 p.m.
March 5 - East Carolina# - Greenville, N.C. - 3:30 p.m.
March 7 - UNC Asheville - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 10 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 7 p.m.
March 11 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 3 p.m.
March 12 - Missouri - Columbia, Mo. - 2 p.m.
March 14 - NC Central - Charlotte, N.C.^ - 5 p.m.
March 15 - NC Central - Durham, N.C. - 6 p.m.
March 17 - UL Lafayette* - Lafayette, La. - 7 p.m.
March 18 - UL Lafayette* - Lafayette, La. - 3 p.m.
March 19 - UL Lafayette* - Lafayette, La. - 2 p.m.
March 21 - Radford - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 24 - Texas State* - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 25 - Texas State* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
March 26 - Texas State* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
March 28 - Wake Forest - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
March 31 - Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 7 p.m.
April 1 - Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 3 p.m.
April 2 - Little Rock* - Little Rock, Ark. - 2 p.m.
April 4 - East Tennessee State - Johnson City, Tenn. - 6:30 p.m.
April 7 - UT Arlington* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 8 - UT Arlington* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
April 9 - UT Arlington* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
April 11 - Davidson - Davidson, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 13 - Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 6 p.m.
April 14 - Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 2 p.m.
April 15 - Georgia Southern* - Statesboro, Ga. - 1 p.m.
April 18 - Radford - Radford, Va. - 6 p.m.
April 21 - Georgia State* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 22 - Georgia State* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
April 23 - Georgia State* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
April 25 - East Tennessee State - Boone, N.C. - 5 p.m.
April 28 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
April 29 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
April 30 - Arkansas State* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
May 2 - UNC Asheville - Asheville, N.C. - 6 p.m.
May 5 - Troy* - Troy, Ala. - 7 p.m.
May 6 - Troy* - Troy, Ala. - 4 p.m.
May 7 - Troy* - Troy, Ala. - 2 p.m.
May 12 - South Alabama* - Boone, N.C. - 6 p.m.
May 13 - South Alabama* - Boone, N.C. - 2 p.m.
May 14 - South Alabama* - Boone, N.C. - 1 p.m.
May 16 - Wake Forest - Shelby, N.C. - 5 p.m.
May 18 - Coastal Carolina* - Conway, S.C. - 6 p.m.
May 19 - Coastal Carolina* - Conway, S.C. - 6 p.m.
May 20 - Coastal Carolina* - Conway, S.C. - 1 p.m.
May 24 - Sun Belt Championships - Statesboro, Ga. - TBA
* Denotes Sun Belt Opponent
@ Hughes Bros. Challenge (Wilmington, N.C.)
# LeClair Classic (Greenville, N.C.)
^ BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte, N.C.)

Appalachian State University men’s soccer midfielder Graham Smalley (Kill Devil Hills, N.C./First Flight) earned all-Sun Belt Tournament team recognition on Sunday evening, the league office announced after Coastal Carolina defeated Georgia State in the tournament championship.

A true freshman, Smalley worked his way into the starting lineup, starting 17 of 18 games this season for the Mountaineers. Smalley got his first collegiate goal in stunning, game-winning fashion, pushing the Black and Gold to the first win of the season in their home opener against USC Upstate.

Upstate had battled to equalize the game late, but senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) found Smalley at the top of the box in the 77th minute where he found the back of the net for one of the top moments of the season.

Smalley would return the favor to Chapman in another home matchup against Howard for the first Sun Belt Conference game of the season, when he found his senior partner in the 61st minute through the box, allowing Chapman to seal the 2-0 win for the Mountaineers.

After a successful regular season, Smalley came through in Appalachian’s first round match against Hartwick in the Sun Belt Championship tournament held in Atlanta, Ga. Down 2-0 late in the game, junior Rian Phillips (Anchorage, Ak./East Anchorage (Oregon State)) found the freshman slashing through the box toward the goal, allowing him to finish the goal hard to close the deficit.

The goal wouldn’t be enough in the end, but it capped an impressive first-year campaign for the Kill Devil Hills native. He finished with two goals, one assist, five points on 13 shots (four on goal) in 1,211 minutes of action.

All-Tournament Team
Graham Smalley (Appalachian State, Freshman, Midfielder)
Einar Einarsson (Coastal Carolina, Senior, Defender)
Henrik Muller (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Defender)
Frantzdy Pierrot (Coastal Carolina, Junior, Forward)
Emil Laursen (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Defender)
Kwaku Adu-Boahene (Georgia State, Sophomore, Forward)
Hannes Burmeister (Georgia State, Sophomore, Midfielder)
Liam Fitzsimmons (Georgia State, Redshirt Sophomore, Defender)
Hamish Ritchie (Hartwick, Freshman, Midfielder)
Kenneth Hersey (Howard, Redshirt Senior, Goalkeeper)

Most Outstanding Performer
Jair Espinoza (Coastal Carolina, Sophomore, Midfielder)

Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of four student-athletes for the 2017 season on Sunday.

Emma Reilly (Chicago, Ill./Mother McAuley), Kara Spicer (Peoria, Ariz./Centennial), Lexi Kohut (Gross Pointe Park, Mich./Gross Pointe South) and Jenna Pitzer (Franklinton, N.C./South Granville).

“This is a great class for App State volleyball and we’re excited to get them in the gym in August,” said Ginipro. “All four will fill some holes that we had this year and work to help us get back on track towards a conference championship.”

Emma Reilly
5-6 • Libero
Chicago, Ill. • Mother McAuley

Emma Reilly will join the Mountaineers after earning three letters at Mother McAuley High School in Chicago. Reilly was named GCAC all-conference as a senior and was named MVP of the Autumn Fest tournament. Most recently, she helped Mother McAuley win an IHSA state championship. She played club volleyball for Michio Chicago Volleyball Academy. Reilly plans on majoring in communication science and disorders.

Ginipro’s Comments: “I think we’ve done a good job of recruiting great defensive players over the past few years and Emma is no exception. She plays for the #1 ranked high school in the country and just won a state championship this weekend. She has great touch on the ball and will bolster our ball control group right away.”

Kara Spicer
6-2 • Middle Blocker
Peoria, Ariz. • Centennial

Kara Spicer will join Appalachian State after earning volleyball letters at Centennial High School. Spicer was named Most Improved in 2015 and in 2016 was named team captain. She was named all-district and all-region Player of the Year in 2016. She led the team with the most kills and most blocks. Earned 2015 all-state honors. She was a member of Arizona Revolution club volleyball.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Kara is going to be a physical middle blocker for us and I don’t think she has come close to peaking as an athlete yet. She just won the Arizona 5A State Championship on Wednesday night, and is the daughter of a football coach, so she knows what it takes to work at a high level. We need to be more physical in the middle and Kara fits that mold perfectly.”

Alexis Kohut
6-0 • Outside Hitter
Grosse Point Park, Mich. • Grosse Pointe South

Alexis Kohut comes to the Mountaineers after earning four letters at Grosse Pointe South. Kohut earned second-team all-state, first-team all-region and first-team all-conference in 2016, while collecting all-region and all-conference honors from 2013-2015, including honorable mention all-state in 2015.

While at Grosse Point South, Kohut collected 1,675 kills, 569 blocks and 632 digs in her career to go along with an 88.0 percent serve percentage. Her team advanced to regionals three years in a row and made it to the state quarterfinals one year.

Kohut played for Michigan Elite Volleyball Academy and was named to the 2015 AVCA Phenom list and the 2016 Under Armour All-American Watch List. She plans to major in exercise sports science.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Lexi is an outside hitter who I think will compete for playing time right away. She has a good jump, a great armswing and is a fierce competitor who I’m looking forward to having in our gym. Right now, we’re looking at her as a scoring option on the right side, but she could also play on the left as well.”

Jenna Pitzer
6-0 • Middle Hitter
Franklinton, N.C. • South Granville

Jenna Pitzer joins the Mountaineers after lettering at South Granville High School. Pitzer earned all-conference and all-metro as a junior. She has served as team captain her final two seasons and was named team MVP as a junior. She has collected 1,000 kills, 338 blocks, 108 aces and has a hitting percentage of 40.7 and a kill percentage of 59.4 in 377 sets. Plays for Pura Vida club team.

Plans to major in exercise science and eventually work with a professional sports team.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Jenna is a good athlete who has the potential to play all three front row positions for us. She’s exciting because, once she gets used to the speed of the college game, she will be a very versatile attacker for us.”

Sunday, 13 November 2016 22:07

App State Volleyball Falls in Five Sets Again

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In its season finale, Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its 13th five-set match of the season in a 3-2 (21-25, 27-25, 28-26, 16-25, 11-15) to Troy on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (4-25, 2-14) were led offensively by Jenna Talbert (Orange City, Fla./University) who tallied 14 kills. Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) also finished in double-figures with 11.

Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) ran the offense with 45 assists on the afternoon. Defensively, Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) tallied a team-high 18 digs.

Appalachian fell behind midway through the opening set 17-12 after a 7-2 run from the Trojans (10-23, 4-12 Sun Belt) opened up some breathing room for Troy. The Mountaineers would close to within one at 22-21, but three-straight points in favor of the Trojans gave Troy a 25-21 win.

Needing to even things up, the Mountaineers battled back in the second set and led 13-6 - forcing a Troy timeout. Troy would answer with a 7-1 run to knot things up at 14-14 with both teams trading leads until App State scored consecutive points to go up 20-18.

The Mountaineers pushed their lead to four at 23-19, but the Trojans fought back again and even took a 25-24 lead. However, back-to-back kills from Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) and a kill from Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) rallied the Mountaineers to a 27-25 set two win.

With momentum on their side, the Mountaineers weren’t the ones to come out extremely strong in the third. Tied 11-11, Troy would instigate a 9-2 run to lead big 20-13 late in the set. A 7-0 run keyed by an Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) kill and capped by a kill from Talbert tied the score at 20-20.

The Trojans would lead by two points on two occasions before App State would find a way to tie the score twice and take a 26-25 lead. Tied 26-26, a Trojan service error and a kill from Longley sealed the set for App State to give the Apps a 2-1 match lead.

In the fourth, both teams battled to a 13-13 tie midway through. A 7-0 run from Troy would put the Trojans up 20-13, much like the third set, but this time Troy would finish off the Mountaineers 25-16 to force a fifth set.

Prior to Sunday, the Mountaineers were 0-12 in matches decided in five sets this season. In the early going, both teams kept it close and were tied 8-8. Appalachian overcame a 10-8 deficit to knot the score at 10-10, but a 5-1 run clinched the match for Troy.

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