The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team has moved up in the national rankings and checks in at No. 16 in this week’s AFCA NCAA Division II National Top 25 Coaches Poll. AFCA is the American Football Coaches Association.
Lenoir-Rhyne (4-1, 2-0), the lone unbeaten team in the South Atlantic Conference, hosts Wingate (5-1, 2-1) in a key league showdown this Saturday as part of Homecoming. Kickoff at Moretz Stadium is set for Noon. The Bears enter the contest winners of 22 consecutive regular season games in conference play.
Lenoir-Rhyne defeated Carson-Newman in its 2015 home opener on Saturday, October 3, by a 52-17 score to increase its winning streak to three games.
The Bears continue to rank first in NCAA Division II in rushing offense (433.6 ypg) while the team leads the South Atlantic Conference in scoring offense (41.4 ppg) and total offense (447.0 ypg).
Lenoir-Rhyne leads the all-time series with Wingate, 19-10, and has won four straight meetings with the Bulldogs. L-R and Wingate have met every year since 1986.
This Saturday’s game will be broadcasted live by the American Sports Network (ASN) and can be seen on WCCB (Channel 18) in the Charlotte, N.C., market.
2015 AFCA NCAA Division II
National Top 25 Coaches Poll
Week 6 - October 12
1. Minnesota State Mankato (28) 6-0
2. West Georgia (4) 6-0
3. Northwest Missouri State 6-0
4. Ferris State (Mich.) 5-0
5. Sioux Falls (S.D.) 6-0
6. Colorado State-Pueblo 5-1
7. Colorado School of Mines 6-0
8. Ashland (Ohio) 6-0
9. Shepherd (W.Va.) 5-0
10. Humboldt State (Calif.) 5-0
11. Midwestern State (Texas) 6-0
12. Michigan Tech 5-0
13. Emporia State (Kan.) 6-0
14. Texas A&M-Commerce 5-1
15. Delta State (Miss.) 5-1
16. Lenoir-Rhyne (N.C.) 4-1
17. North Alabama 4-
18. Grand Valley State (Mich.) 5-1
19. Henderson State (Ark.) 5-1
20. Slippery Rock (Pa.) 5-1
21. Minnesota-Duluth 4-2
22. Pittsburg State (Kan.) 4-2
23. Tuskegee (Ala.) 5-1
24. Arkansas Tech 5-1
25. Angelo State (Texas) 4-2
Others Receiving Votes: Colorado Mesa, 59; Valdosta St. (Ga.), 40; Wingate (N.C.), 40; North Carolina-Pembroke, 37; Charleston (W.Va.), 30; Indianapolis (Ind.), 21; Virginia Union, 16; Central Missouri, 13; Bowie St. (Md.), 10; Clarion (Pa.), 6; Concord (W.Va.), 4; Harding (Ark.), 4; Indiana (Pa.), 2; Southwest Minnesota St., 2; Assumption (Mass.), 1; East Central (Okla.), 1; Missouri Western St., 1.
Following a dominant weekend of conference play, Appalachian State University volleyball’s Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) and Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) were named Sun Belt Conference Setter of the Week and Offensive Student-Athlete of the Week, respectively, the league office announced on Monday.
“Emily and Paige had great performances this past weekend. We’re tough to beat when they have the numbers that they had in the two matches we played,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “They both are playing exactly how seniors should be playing, especially with the expectations they have set for this team this season.”
The Mountaineers (14-4, 7-0 Sun Belt) extended their overall winning streak to 10 games, while also extending its conference winning streak to seven games with a four-set win over Little Rock and a convincing sweep of UT Arlington.
Brown, a five-time winner of the Setter of the Week award, finished off the weekend with 93 total assists and averaged 13.2 assists per set. She finished the weekend with an assist percentage of .458, including a .606 assist percentage mark in a 40 assist performance against UT Arlington. With Brown running the offense, App State enjoyed an historic hitting percentage of .517. That mark is the highest the Mountaineers have boasted since October 9, 1992 against Coppin State when the Black and Gold hit a ridiculous .581.
Prior to UTA, Brown amassed 53 assists in a 3-1 win over Little Rock while also completing her 10th double-double of the season with 24 digs on the defensive end of things. Brown also tallied five kills against Little Rock.
Over all three matches, the Mountaineers had a student-athlete tally double-digit kills on seven occasions. Brown continues to pace the conference in both assists (784) and assists per set (11.70). For her career, Brown still ranks fourth all-time with 3,927 assists, but remains just 482 assists away from breaking the all-time program record of 4,408.
Corrigan, a two-time winner of the award, took advantage of Brown’s offensive prowess and finished the weekend with 35 total kills and averaged 5.00 kills per set, while hitting .312 in both matches. She also tallied 22 digs defensively. In a four-set win against Little Rock, Corrigan collected 20 kills to lead the Mountaineers and recorded her fifth double-double with 17 digs.
In a sweep against UT Arlington, Corrigan recorded 15 kills and hit an incredible .519 with just one error. For her career, Corrigan has now amassed 1,233 total kills and moves into sole possession of eighth on the all-time program list.
The Mountaineers will return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 17 when they host Georgia State at 6:30 p.m. from the Holmes Center.
Catawba Valley Community College Invitational Tournament – Friday, October 9, 2014 – Saturday, October 10, 2015
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Ridgewater Community College, October 9, 2015
CVCC defeats Ridgewater in 3
CVCC 3, Ridgewater 0
Match scores: 25-22, 25-14, 25-21
Kills: Megan Fair 13, Regan Redmond 9, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 21, Megan Fair 10, Regan Redmond 8
Assists: Ada Thompson 34, Katelyn Houser 1, Emily Horn 1
Aces: GaoSee Vang 4, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Savannah Dishman 2.5, Megan Fair 2
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Owens Community College, October 9, 2015
CVCC falls in 3 to Owens
Owens 3, CVCC 0
Match scores: 26-24, 25-14, 25-18
Kills: Megan Fair 8, Savannah Dishman 6, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 17, Megan Fair 15, GaoSee Vang 11
Assists: Ada Thompson 23, GaoSee Vang 1
Aces: GaoSee Vang 1, Regan Redmond 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 3, Savannah Dishman 1.5, Megan Fair 1.5
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Monroe College, October 10, 2015
CV Red Hawks lose in 3 to Monroe
Monroe 3, CVCC 0
Match scores: 25-22, 25-10, 25-21
Kills: Megan Fair 9, Ada Thompson 5, Savannah Dishman 4
Digs: Ada Thompson 15, Katelyn Houser 10, Megan Fair 9
Assists: Ada Thompson 16, Katelyn Houser 2
Aces: Savannah Dishman 2, Regan Redmond 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 1.5, Savannah Dishman 1.5
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Pasco Hernando State College, October 10, 2015
CVCC falls to Pasco in 4
Pasco 3, CVCC 1
Match scores: 25-23, 22-25, 25-22, 25-21
Kills: Megan Fair 22, Regan Redmond 9, Emily Horn 7
Digs: Katelyn Houser 28, Regan Redmond 15, Ada Thompson 13
Assists: Ada Thompson 33, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Hannah Griffin 2, Megan Fair 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 4.5, Megan Fair 3
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Northern Virginia Community College, October 10, 2015
CVCC defeats NOVA in 3
CVCC 3, NOVA 0
Match scores: 25-23, 25-16, 25-17
Kills: Megan Fair 14, Mariah Wallace 13, Emily Horn 7
Digs: Regan Redmond 22, Emily Horn 13, Megan Fair 8
Assists: Ada Thompson 41, Regan Redmond 1
Aces: Megan Fair 3, Regan Redmond 2, GaoSee Vang 2
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 1, Tori Carter 1, Madison Steed 1
The Catawba Valley Red Hawks had 7 states represented at their Catawba Valley Invitational this past weekend on Friday, October 9 – Saturday, October 10. Spartanburg Methodist College, Pasco Hernando State College, Northern Virginia Community College, Monroe College, Ridgewater Community College, Owens Community College and the Catawba Valley Red Hawks competed in the two day tournament with Owens coming out on top to win the Invitational 4-0.
The Red Hawks overall record is 22-11 and their conference record is 11-0.
Catawba Valley is away on Monday and Tuesday for matches in Georgia and Alabama before they return home to host Surry Community College for their annual “Dig Pink” Event on Thursday, October 15th at 6:00. Come dressed in pink and join the Lady Red Hawks to raise awareness for the fight against breast cancer.
Appalachian State University football opened Sun Belt Conference play in style on Saturday with a 37-3 romp over Georgia State at the Georgia Dome.
Appalachian State (4-1, 1-0 Sun Belt) outgained Georgia State (1-4, 1-1 Sun Belt) by a 498-225 margin en route to its seventh-straight Sun Belt victory and its 10th win in the last 11 games overall.
The impressive performance was highlighted by air supremacy on both sides of the ball. The Mountaineers threw for a season-high 291 yards offensively and limited the nation’s 12th-ranked passing attack to just 166 yards through the air defensively. Appalachian’s advantage on both sides of the passing game was even more pronounced when considering that it attempted just 25 passes, compared to 39 for GSU. The Mountaineers averaged 11.6 yards per pass attempt and 16.2 yards per completion, compared to just 4.3 yards per attempt and 7.9 yards per completion for the Panthers.
The tone of the game was set on the very first play from scrimmage when Appalachian State quarterback Taylor Lamb connected with Malachi Jones for a 45-yard gain and the first of four completions of 20 yards or more for the Mountaineers in the first half alone.
The long completion on the game’s first play also set the stage for a first quarter that saw Appalachian score on each of its first three possessions and outgain Georgia State, 191-19, and take a commanding 17-0 lead.
For all intents and purposes, the Mountaineers put the game away during the opening period, as Georgia State was never able to find any sustained success against Appalachian State’s defense.
In 12 defensive series, Appalachian forced GSU to punt eight times and recorded an interception, a fumble recover and a turnover on downs. Sixty-seven of the Panthers’ 225 total yards came on the final drive of the first half when they kicked a 25-yard field goal for their only points.
The defensive effort was so dominant that App State’s defense scored more points (7) than it allowed (3).
Once again, it was cornerback Latrell Gibbs that made the big defensive play for the Mountaineers, returning an interception 53 yards for a touchdown to close the scoring midway through the fourth quarter. Outside linebacker Devan Stringer drilled GSU quarterback Nick Arbuckle as he attempted to throw and Gibbs plucked the floating ball out of the air near the line of scrimmage, hurdled a would-be tackler and raced untouched for his second touchdown in as many weeks.
Gibbs’ interception was his fifth of the season, as he has picked off a pass in every game.
Atlanta native John Law led Appalachian with seven tackles (all solo), including a sack and two tackles for loss. Nate Norwood chipped with two sacks and four total tackles.
Offensively, Lamb led the way by accounting for 344 of the Mountaineers’ 498 yards of total offense. He completed 18-of-24 passes for 291 yards and three scores — a 29-yarder to Bobo Beathard, a nine-yarder to Levi Duffield and a 30-yarder to Shaedon Meadors. Lamb also ran for a season-high 53 yards on just four carries, headlined by a 41-yard run that sparked a field-goal drive late in the first half.
Nine different student-athletes caught a pass from Lamb, led by Jones, who recorded the second 100-yard game of his career with 102 yards on just three receptions.
Despite a concerted effort by Georgia State to stymie the Mountaineers’ potent running game, running back Marcus Cox still managed 76 rushing yards on 19 carries. However, Cox saw his string of 100-yard rushing games snapped at seven, just two shy of the school record of nine-consecutive 100-yard games set by John Settle in 1986.
Appalachian State continues Sun Belt play next week at UL Monroe. Game time is set for 7 p.m. ET/6 p.m. CT at Malone Stadium in Monroe, La.
NOTES: Appalachian State place kicker Zach Matics was a perfect 3-for-3 on field-goal attempts from 45, 22 and 39 yards ... the three field goals doubled the number of field goals that the senior had made in his career coming into Saturday’s game ... Matics is the first Mountaineer to kick three field goals in a game since current Detroit Lion Sam Martin made four against Furman on Nov. 11, 2012 ... in two all-time games against Georgia State, Appalachian has outscored GSU, 81-3, and outgained the Panthers, 1,065-287 ... App State’s 291 passing yards were its most in 11 games, dating back to its 397 passing yards against Liberty on Oct. 11, 2014 ... Jones became the first Mountaineer with 100 receiving yards since he accomplished the feat with 105 last season against Liberty ... Duffield’s touchdown reception came on the first catch of his career.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer took on Troy on Sunday afternoon for its second Sun Belt match of the weekend. The Mountaineers (6-5-3, 2-2-1 Sun Belt) fell to the Trojans (11-3, 4-1 Sun Belt), 3-0.
The Apps and Trojans battled through a scoreless first for 45 minutes. Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) had a pair of shot attempts saved by the Trojan goalkeeper. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) did her part in first half, making three saves to keep the Troy offense off the score board.
The Troy offense awoke in the second and broke the dead lock in the 53rd minute when Jasmine Fahrnbauer converted a corner kick by heading the ball into the roof of the net.
One minute later Troy tacked on another score from a long range effort by Alissa Jones that bounced off the left post into the goal. Jones added the third and final goal in the 76th minute with a curling shot into the right side of the net.
The Trojan defense limited the Mountaineer offense to just seven shots on the day with four requiring saves from the Troy goalkeeper. Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) and Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) added the two second half shots on goal for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers will be in Louisiana next weekend to continue its Sun Belt schedule against ULM on Friday at 3:00 p.m. and ULL on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
For the first time since Oct. 21, 2010, Appalachian State University field hockey shut out Davidson and did so by a score of 2-0 on senior day at Brandon and Erica M. Adcock Field.
“This is a huge win for us as a program and team,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “Davidson is a talented team that works really hard on and off the ball and challenges you to every reception.”
The Mountaineers improved to 4-8 on the season after winning their second-straight home game for the first time since 2010 when they won a stretch of three straight in Boone (Sept. 25 - Oct. 1). App State also avenged a 7-0 exhibition loss to the Wildcats on Aug. 22 at Davidson. On the other side, the Wildcats dropped to 7-6 for the fall and have lost two of their last three.
Dawson continued, “In our preseason meeting, they dominated us when we played and this win truly shows how much progress we have made in such a short amount of time.”
Neither team scored in a first period that became more and more of a defensive struggle as the clock ticked. When the buzzer sounded for halftime, App State held a slim advantage in both shots (7-5) and penalty corners (6-5) but the visitors had put more shots on goal (6-2).
21 minutes and change into the second half, Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South Africa/Stellenbosch University) took the ball down the center of the field on a fast break, dished it to Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) who deposited the ball into the back-right corner of the cage to give the home team a 1-0 lead.
Just over six minutes later, the same tandem put Appalachian up 2-0 when Cimbalist crossed from the left and Diedericks tapped it in. For the season, Cimbalist now has three goals and nine assists while Diedericks is responsible for five scores and three helpers. Those nine dimes moved Cimbalist into second place in the program’s single-season record book.
In goal, Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) shined bright on her senior day and recorded her first shutout of the season and second of her career. The senior stopper recorded six saves and up to this point, has logged all 840 minutes in the cage for App State. The Wildcats’ top scorer coming in, Melissa Funsten, was held to one shot for only the third time this season.
Caroline Phillips (Delmar, Del./Delmar) led the offensive attack with six shots while Rebecca McLean (Wilmington, N.C./Cape Fear Academy) tallied three and Abby Carls (Chesterfield, Va./Trinity Episcospal), Diedericks and Cimbalist each had one apiece.
The five other seniors recognized prior to the start of the match included Robbi Jensen Ridgeway, Va./Carlisle), Charlotte Kirwan Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson), Anna Copsey (Clemmons, N.C./West Forsyth), Hanna French (Dayton, Ohio/Oakwood), and C. Phillips.
“We were lucky to be able to honor our seniors today who have put in so much time and effort these past four years,” added Dawson. “I am lucky to have had them for this fall.”
Next up, the Apps will head back out on the road for the first time in nearly a month when they travel to Longwood on Friday, Oct. 16. That match is set to begin at 5 p.m. in Farmville, Va.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer picked up its first Sun Belt points of the season in dominating fashion on Saturday night at home versus Howard. The Mountaineers (5-5, 1-1, Sun Belt) silenced the Bison (0-11-2) offense, winning 2-0.
“Congrats to our team for getting our first conference points of the season,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We have two wins at home now and it always helps to play in front of your home crowd. We are always looking to improve. I think we got better from last game to this game. If we can continue to focus on getting better every day, we will be where we want to be by the end of the year.”
The Mountaineers defense set the tone of the game early, making Howard chances extremely hard to come by. The Apps didn’t allow a shot over the entire first half and allowed just one attempt that sailed over the bar in the game.
The Apps got on the score board in the 34th minute when Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) played a ball in the box from the right side to Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford). Japp calmly slotted his first goal of the year past the Howard goalkeeper.
Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) sealed the victory and the three points for Appalachian when in the 76th minute he split two defenders and coolly finished over the keeper, putting the Apps up 2-0. The goal was Avila’s first of the season and his career.
Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) didn’t have to make a save to earn his third shutout win of the season.
The Mountaineers are back in action of Tuesday night in Clinton, S.C. for a match against Presbyterian. The match was originally scheduled for Sept. 29 but was moved because of rainy weather conditions. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.
The Anderson Men’s Soccer Team (6-4-1, 5-2) rallied from a two-goal deficit late in the second half to take a 3-2 double overtime victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (6-4-1, 3-3) Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Trojans’ Hodaka Yonezawa (Gifu City, JAPAN) scored the match-winner on a penalty kick with just 1:57 left in the second overtime to lift Anderson to its third straight victory.
Anderson forced overtime when Greyson Frye (Hickory, N.C.) scored after receiving a free kick and taking advantage of an open net with just under three minutes left in the second half.
Lenoir-Rhyne received goals from freshman midfielder Romain Lopez (Cannes, FRANCE) and senior midfielder Ben Meredith (Perth, AUSTRALIA) to take a 2-0 advantage in the 39th and 48 minutes, respectively, but couldn’t hold the lead.
Both teams finished with 17 shots while Anderson’s goalkeeper – Devon Ashy (Greenville, S.C.) – finished with seven saves to earn the win. Sophomore Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) stopped a pair of shots but suffered the loss in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Tusculum in a league contest Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m.
With possibly its most impressive performance of the season to date, Appalachian State University volleyball hammered UT Arlington 3-0 (25-12, 25-13, 25-8) to remain unbeaten in Sun Belt Conference play and run its winning streak to 10 games.
The Mountaineers (14-4, 7-0 Sun Belt) dominated in every facet of the match on Saturday evening and outhit the Mavericks by an impressive percentage of .517 to .049. Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy) followed up a 53 assist performance by producing 40 assists in the sweep, including a .606 assist percentage on the night.
“This team was on a mission tonight and it was amazing to watch,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Our players made the decision to fix the things we struggled with against Little Rock because we jumped out of the gate and never let up. The box score tells the story of the match. Besides following the game plan, I felt like we were nearly perfect on all of our attacks and our hitters went after it on every swing.”
Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) led the offense with 15 kills and a .519 attack percentage, while Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) contributed 13 kills and a .579 attack percentage. Also finishing with double-digit kills was Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) with 10 and a hitting percentage of .471.
The Apps got off to a lightning fast start in the opening set with a quick 11-4 run to gain control over the Mavericks. Three-straight kills from Corrigan, Gregory and then Corrigan again led to a UTA timeout with the score 10-4 in favor of Appalachian State. Out of the timeout, Corrigan again tallied a kill to make it 11-4.
Kills from Corrigan, Gregory, Keller and Courtney Sullivan (Commerce Township, Mich./Walled Lake Northern/UNCG) highlighted a small 10-5 run to extend App State’s lead to 21-9. Following an Appalachian timeout, a kill from Cassidy Stephenson (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard), back-to-back kills from Corrigan and an ace from Meghan Mahoney (Leawood, Kan./Blue Valley) clinched the set for the Mountaineers.
Almost identical to the first set, the Mountaineers got out to a quick 10-4 lead. UTA tried to keep it close, but a kill from Corrigan made it 14-7 App State - forcing a Maverick timeout. Sandwiching two UTA timeouts, the Apps found eight points and led 22-11. Consecutive kills from Corrigan and Gregory ended the set 25-13.
Following a 10 minute intermission, the Black and Gold kicked on the afterburners and came out firing on all cylinders in the third set. The Mountaineers got out to a quick 11-2 lead before a UTA timeout stopped play. Trying to slow the Mountaineers wouldn’t prove to work for the Mavericks with App State finishing the set on a 14-6 run to take the set 25-8.
Appalachian used a pair of 5-0 runs, and two 4-0 runs to finish off the Mavericks and clinch the 10th sweep of the season for the Mountaineers.
Mahoney led the squad with 14 digs on the defensive side, while Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished with eight.
“This group keeps gaining confidence as we progress through the season,” said Ginipro. “If we can sustain the level of play we showed tonight, very good things will happen.”
The Mountaineers will return to the court on Saturday, Oct. 17 when they take on Sun Belt foe Georgia State. First serve from the Holmes Center is slated for 6:30 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (8-4, 5-2) scored twice in the second half to come from behind and defeat Anderson (10-2, 5-2), 2-1, Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Trailing by a 1-0 score at intermission, the Bears turned to senior midfielder Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) in the second half. Dunn scored twice – including the game-winner on a penalty kick in the 84th minute – as the Bears improved to 5-0 at home this season.
Dunn tied the score at the 58:55 mark after heading the ball into the net off a free kick from senior midfielder Jessica Tooley (Tega Cay, S.C.), who was credited with the assist. Dunn now has 10 goals on the year.
Anderson’s Megan Foster (Dayton, Ohio) scored in the 18th minute to take the lead but the Trojans were shut out the rest of the way. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 26-6 advantage in shots taken as well in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the win in goal after tallying three saves while Anderson’s goalkeeper, Abby Helm (Dayton, Ohio), took the loss despite stopping eight shots. The Trojans also saw their five-match winning streak come to an end.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Lynn (Fla.) in a non-conference match on Wednesday at Noon