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Lenoir-Rhyne (6-5-2, 3-4-1) and Brevard (3-7-2, 3-3-2) battled to a scoreless tie after two overtimes in South Atlantic Conference men’s soccer action Friday afternoon.

Brevard held a 20-11 advantage in shots taken while both goalkeepers – Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) and Brevard’s Heath Turner (Kansas City, Mo.) – went 110 minutes without allowing a score to earn the shutout.

King made three saves while Turner stopped two shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to host Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, 16 October 2015 23:32

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Swept by Carson-Newman

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-6, 9-3) came up short against Carson-Newman (16-3, 10-1) by a 3-0 score Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference showdown at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Eagles defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 25-14 and 25-23 and remained a half-match behind Wingate in the league standings.

Carson-Newman was led by Sara Fairley (Charlotte, N.C.) and Molly Locke (College Grove, Tenn.) with 17 and 14 kills, respectively, as the Eagles rallied from an 18-7 deficit in the third set and scored the last 11 points of the match to take the win.

For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) and sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with nine and eight kills, respectively, but the Bears suffered their second loss in three outings.

Carson-Newman’s Anna Patton (Franklin, Tenn.) added a double-double – 40 assists and 13 digs – as the Eagles won their fifth straight league match.

Lenoir-Rhyne also suffered their first loss of the year while senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) added 15 assists in the losing effort.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home on Saturday evening to face Lincoln Memorial in a South Atlantic Conference match beginning at 5:00 p.m.

Friday, 16 October 2015 23:31

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Blanks UL Monroe

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer picked up another Sun Belt victory on Friday when The Mountaineers (7-5-3, 3-2-1 Sun Belt) defeated UL Monroe on the road.

“Today was a great day, said head coach Sarah Strickland. “The girls were committed to seal their place in the Sun Belt Tournament and begin to focus on competing for seeding and it truly showed. ULM is very good team despite some unlucky results. When you take No. 1 South Alabama to double overtime you are competing regardless of your record.”

The Appalachian offense tied a season-high of 23 shots against the Warhawks (6-11-1, 0-7 Sun Belt) en route to their 2-0 win. The Mountaineers’ 13 shots on goal were a season-high.

Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) and Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) linked up for two scores, once in the first half and once in the second half, for Cline’s fifth and sixth goals of the season.

In the 18th minute, Cline chipped a tipped ball from Childress for the game’s opening goal. The goal would be all the Mountaineers would need as Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) recorded her third shut out of the year.

Cline put the game out of reach in the 69th minute when she drove a low shot from 25 yards out into the bottom right corner of the net.

The Mountaineers now have 10 Sun Belt Conference points with three conference matches left be the Sun Belt Tournament.

The Mountaineers have one more match in Louisiana this weekend against ULL on Sunday. The game is scheduled to kick off at 1:00 p.m.

Friday, 16 October 2015 23:30

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (10-4, 6-2) made it four victories in a row with a 1-0 road win over Brevard (4-7-1, 2-6) on Friday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Leah Mullins (Kissimmee, Fla.) scored her team-leading 14th goal of the year as the Bears notched their second straight shutout win.

Mullins scored just 1:58 into the second half unassisted and now has two match-winning goals on the season. Lenoir-Rhyne also held a 20-3 advantage in shots taken and improved to 9-0 all-time against Brevard.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory in goal, her fourth of the year, while Brevard’s goalkeeper – Jocelyn Springer (Lincoln, Neb.) – suffered the loss despite making seven saves on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Coker in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday evening at 5pm.

Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) led Appalachian State University men’s cross country to a third-place finish out of 18 teams at the Wake Forest Invitational and did so by finishing in ninth with a time of 25:19.19.

“Our one through five spread for men stretched out to about 45 seconds, but our one through seven was spread much further,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “George Mason did about what we thought it would and Charlotte put together a great team race.”

Vandenberg achieved that top-10 effort amongst 174 competitors and was pushed along by Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor). For the first time this season, Ellis wasn’t the first Mountaineer to finish but still came in at 15th and was clocked at 25:22.01.

“Cade stepped up to help out at the No. 4 spot and did so with a personal record,” said Curcio. “In an effort to use a common start and finish line with the high school state meet course, Wake Forest set up a 6,110-meter women’s course and an 8,100-meter men’s course. Cross country is really less about time and more about place. It just puts the efforts in better perspective.

Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) was next for App State in 33rd (25:48.16) followed by Cade Zimmerman (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) in 37th (25:51.29/PR) and Evan Laratta in 51st (Angiers, N.C./LaSalle/Quince Orchard) (26:05.99).

Curcio added, “This time of the season, it’s important to be running on all cylinders to be successful. The guys have two weeks to get ready for the Sun Belt Championships and they’re motivated to correct this week’s team effort.”

George Mason was first in the team standings with 68 points and UNC-Charlotte was second with 87 points.

The aforementioned conference meet takes place on November 1 in Hampton, Ga.

Appalachian State University women’s cross country finished in second place out of 17 teams at the Wake Forest Invitational on Friday evening thanks to a team score of 70.

“The ladies were once again led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C/Chapel Hill), her first race back in a month,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “She felt a little rusty but put in a good effort.”

The Mountaineers were paced by Van Ord in seventh place out of 173 competitors and she was clocked at 21:51.08. Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) was the next to finish for App State and did so in 13th place with a personal-best time of 22:06.35.

Three places later came Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) in 16th (22:21.46) before Hana Ratcliffe (Durham, N.C./Durham School of the Arts) and Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) rounded out the scoring for Appalachian in 22nd and 27th, respectively, with times of 22:31.94 and 22:35.37.

“Hana and Dana are back in the lineup, so it helps to have some experience in the pack,” Curcio added. “Freshman Erin Jameson (Pfafftown, N.C./Reagan) continues to improve and she led the freshmen in their first 6K effort. It was nice to get in a higher caliber meet racing against Richmond.”

Jameson finished in 34th place with a time of 22:45.63 and she has been among the top 35 in each of her first four collegiate races.

Curcio continued, “In an effort to use a common start and finish line with the high school state meet course, Wake Forest set up a 6,110-meter women’s course and an 8,100-meter men’s course. Cross country is really less about time and more about place. It just puts the efforts in better perspective.”

Richmond won the event with 53 points and the host Demon Deacons concluded the top three with 86 points.

This event presented good practice for the women as it’s the only 6K race they’ll compete in before the NCAA Southeast Regional on Nov. 13.

The Mountaineers are off until the first of November when they travel to Hampton, Ga. for the Sun Belt Conference Championships.

Friday, 16 October 2015 23:23

Appalachian State Field Hockey Falls to Longwood

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Appalachian State University field hockey surrendered one goal in the first half and three more in the second before it finally got on the board late in the game, only to lose 4-1 on the road to Longwood.

“Longwood played really well today,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “They are a skilled team that executes. We learned a lot from our experience today and look to continue to grow and move forward.”

The Mountaineers fell to 4-9 overall including 0-5 in true road games while the Lancers improved to 5-8 and snapped a three-game skid. The home team held the advantage in shots (24-14), but the two teams attempted just as many corners (11), and Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) recorded more saves than Longwood’s Katie Wyman (12-5). Those 12 stops were one shy of tying Ceppi’s season high set on Aug. 28 at Louisville and has reached 12 saves in a game twice this year.

The hosts took no time getting on the board converting on their first shot attempt just 1:12 into the contest. However, App State toughened up as Ceppi didn’t give up a goal for the rest of the period. The senior stalwart had nine saves in the first half, her most in the first 35 minutes of play since Sept. 20, 2014 at Miami (Ohio) when she had 10.

Out of the intermission, the Lancers put shots in the back of the cage in the 39th, 44th and 50th minutes to take a 4-0 advantage. In the 67th minute, though, Appalachian cut the deficit to three on Taylor Cimbalist’s (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) fourth goal of the season and Caroline Phillips’ (Delmar, Del./Delmar) third assist. C. Phillips beat her defender and dished it to Cimbalist who spun and shot it lower right.

C. Phillips led the offensive attack once again with seven shots while Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) attempted three and both Cimbalist and Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) each had two attempts apiece.

Appalachian State will host Richmond on Sunday at 12 p.m. in its final home match of the season.

Friday, 16 October 2015 11:34

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Surry CC

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Catawba Valley Community College vs. Surry Community College
CVCC wins over Surry in 3
CVCC 3, Surry 0

Match scores: 25-23, 25-23, 25-21

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Megan Fair 13, Mariah Wallace 9, Hannah Griffin 8, Regan Redmond 5
Digs: Katelyn Houser 23, Megan Fair 20, Regan Redmond 15
Assists: Ada Thompson 38, Katelyn Houser 1, Savannah Dishman 1
Aces: Ada Thompson 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 1.5, Megan Fair 1, Mariah Wallace 1

The Catawba Valley Red Hawks hosted Surry Community College for their annual “Dig Pink” event on Wednesday, October 15th, 2015. The Hawks won in three close sets to continue their conference winning streak for the season to 12-0. CVCC travels to Pitt tonight and Cape Fear and Lenoir on Saturday to finish out their conference schedule.

The Red Hawks overall record is 24-12 and their conference record is 12-0.

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: 1

West Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 8
Alexander Central: 0

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

Hickory: 4
Newton-Conover: 1