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Appalachian State University volleyball swept Presbyterian on Tuesday night to notch its eighth-straight win, recording three sets with scores of 25-20, 25-26 and 25-23.

The Mountaineers (8-0) defeated the Blue Hose (3-5) to remain undefeated and continue the best start to a season in Appalachian volleyball history.

The first set started close as the lead changed fives times, but the Mountaineers quickly found their groove, pulling ahead 15-9. Appalachian kept its distance until a kill from Presbyterian pulled them within five points for a 20-15 score.

The Mountaineers found a kill from Lauren Gray but the Blue Hose would score four-straight to make the score 21-19. The Apps scored four of the last five points to take the first set 25-20.

Presbyterian would score the first two points to start the second set but Appalachian took control, finding five-straight points to take a 5-2 lead. A Blue Hose timeout would help Presbyterian regain composure as they managed to score nine of the next 12 points to lead Appalachian 10-9.

The score would be tied five times before the Mountaineers began to dominate, finding four kills from Emily Corrigan to help the Apps go on a 9-1 run and take a 23-15 lead. Appalachian recorded kills from Sloan Evans and Jess Keller to close out the second set, 25-16.

The Mountaineers immediately took control of the third set, jumping out to a 6-1 lead. The Apps continued to find points, leading the Blue Hose 12-4.

It looked as though the Mountaineers would easily take the third set as they found five-straight points, primarily off Presbyterian errors, but the Blue Hose would get hot. Presbyterian scored seven-straight points, six of which were Appalachian attack errors, to trail by only two points with a score of 20-18.

Presbyterian pulled within one point, making the score 24-23, but Appalachian was able to maintain the lead, taking the third set 25-23 and winning the match 3-0.

The Mountaineers were led by Corrigan's 25 kills as she committed only five errors for a .364 hitting percentage. Keller followed with nine kills of her own.

Paige Brown tallied 41 kills, while Meghan Mahoney had a season-high of 21 digs in the win.

Presbyterian's Rachel Hall had eight kills and Mary Trimpe found 18 digs to lead the team.

App State hit .223 on the night, whle holding the Blue Hose to just a .090 hitting percentage. The Apps recorded five blocks, while Presbyterian had three.

The Mountaineers return to action when they host the Black and Gold Challenge this weekend, beginning with their first Sun Belt match of the season against Georgia State on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m.

Monday, 08 September 2014 23:46

High School Volleyball Results From Monday, 9/8/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 1

Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 0

Non-conference:
West Iredell: 3
Maiden: 0

Monday, 08 September 2014 23:45

High School Boys Soccer Results From Monday, 9/8/14

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North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 9
Alexander Central: 1

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Patton: 3

Freedom: 5
South Caldwell: 1

Watauga: 4
Hibriten: 0

Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 2

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 2
West Lincoln: 1

Newton-Conover: 5
East Lincoln: 4

Appalachian State University volleyball continues their accomplishments as Emily Corrigan and Paige Brown were named Sun Belt Players of the Week for the second-straight week.

Both players had huge roles in the Mountaineer's successful week as they defeated Gardner-Webb, Cincinnati, Tennessee Tech and no. 24 Louisville.

Corrigan led the team in kills in all four matches to continue their undefeated record. Corrigan averaged 5.20 kills per set with a total of 78 kills on the week. The junior outside hitter recorded 15 kills in the win over Gardner-Webb, also adding two service aces, 12 digs and one block assist in the match. At the Louisville Active Ankle Challenge Corrigan led the Apps over Cincinnati, notching a whopping 27 kills, while also adding two block assists.

In the win over Tennessee State on Friday Corrigan continued her dominance, recording 16 kills with only five errors for a .379 hitting percentage. Corrigan was an important part of the upset over no. 24 Louisville on Saturday as she found 20 kills to lead the Mountaineers to the Active Ankle Challenge title. She earned MVP honors at the tournament.

Brown was another important component to Appalachian’s four wins this week as she averaged 11.93 assists per set. To start the week Brown notched 44 assists to help beat Gardner-Webb on Tuesday, also leading the team in digs with 15.

Brown assisted 44 assists in the win over Cincinnati, also tallying 11 digs. In Friday’s win over Tennessee State Brown added 37 assists and two block assists for the Mountaineers. Brown’s setting on Saturday morning helped the Apps to their upset over Louisville as she found 54 assists in the victory. Brown was named to the Louisville Active Ankle Challenge all-tournament team.

The Mountaineers look to continue their undefeated record tomorrow night when they host Presbyterian at 7 p.m.

Appalachian State University received 13 votes for the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 poll this week, ranking in at 32nd in the nation.

The Mountaineers are off to their best start in Appalachian history as they are 7-0 so far this season. This past Saturday the Mountaineers contined to break records by beating no. 24 Louisville for their first-ever win against a ranked opponent.

App State took the title in the Louisville Active Ankle Challenge by defeating Cincinnati, Tennessee State and Louisville for its second tournament title this season. Emily Corrigan earned her second-straight tournament MVP honor, while Lauren Gray and Paige Brown were each named to the all-tournament team.

The AVCA voters include the coaches of some of the top volleyball programs in the country. Some of the coaches who voted for the Mountaineers include Penn State's Russ Rose and Texas' Jerritt Elliott.

Appalachian is sixth in the nation in assists per set (13.96) and tenth in the nation in kills per set (14.75). Brown has the third-best assist average in the country, averaging 12.25 assists per set. Corrigan is ranked sixth in the country for kills per set, averaging 5.08, while Gray is 28th in hitting percentage with a mark of .431.

The Apps host Presbyterian tomorrow night at 7 p.m.

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Briana Gottberg has been named the South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Specialist Of The Week, league officials announced today.

The award is sponsored by AstroTurf. Gottberg is the first weekly winner for the 2014 season.

Gottberg, a junior setter from Mooresville, N.C., averaged 35.0 assists, 11.5 digs and 2.3 kills in leading the Bears to three wins in four matches this past weekend at the Queens Invitational in Charlotte, N.C., to open the year.

Gottberg tallied a pair of double-doubles including a 46-assist, 20-dig performance against Limestone on Saturday in a 3-1 triumph over the Saints.

Gottberg, who led Lenoir-Rhyne in assists (1,115) to go along with 250 digs, 42 kills and 20 service aces last year, was a preseason all-league honoree this fall.

Gottberg also wins the specialist weekly award for the fourth time in her collegiate career.

Carson-Newman’s Rachel Harper was named the South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Player Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne (3-1) returns to action this Friday against Pfeiffer in the Hughston Clinic Invitational in Columbus, Ga. Match time is set for 7:00 p.m. Columbus State University will serve as the host institution.

The No. 22 Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (0-1-1) and Florida Southern (1-0-1) battled to a 1-1 tie Sunday afternoon on the road. The match was stopped with just over eight minutes left due to lightning.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Emmi Dunn (Reading, Pa.) tied the score at one with a goal from 25 yards out at the 32:25 mark of the first half but neither team scored the rest of the way.

Florida Southern’s Kirra Rainbow (Melbourne, Fla.) opened the scoring with a penalty kick in the 29th minute of action before Dunn scored just under three minutes later.

Both goalkeepers, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) and Florida Southern’s Erin Moseley (Jacksonville, Fla.), allowed just one goal.

Leano made four saves while Moseley stopped three shots on the afternoon. The Bears held an 11-7 advantage in shots taken despite the tie.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts USC Aiken in its home opener on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. Florida Southern, faces Anderson on the road on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m., as well in Anderson, S.C.

Appalachian State University field hockey (1-3, 0-1 NorPac) fell 3-1 to Rider on Sunday at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium despite a goal by senior Jordyn Warren (Allentown, Pa./William Allen) .

Rider (2-2, 0-0 MAAC) came out hot, scoring just 16 minutes into the game. Allison Baligian received the ball off junior Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) pads and was able to put it in the net. The Mountaineers capitalized with a Warren’s goal early in the second half to tie the game 1-1. That goal was Warren’s second of the season.

After a slow first half, Appalachian managed all eight shots in the second period in which three of them was in the last two minutes of the game. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) led the pack with three shots, while senior Laura Malinoski (Eastampton, N.J./Rancocas Valley Regional) added two. Ceppi got the start and played all 70 minutes earning seven saves in the match.

Carlie Spaeder led the charge for the Broncs firing five shots, four that were on goal, and scoring one. Rider used two goalies on the day. Hannah Isaacs played 43 minutes and picked up the win while Joelle Prettyman played 27 minutes to finish the game.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Friday facing the visiting Dukes of James Madison at 3 p.m. at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 22:21

App State Men's Soccer Falls to 11th Ranked UMBC

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Appalachian State University men’s soccer took on its second tough opponent in a row in the state of Maryland when they challenged No. 11 UMBC and fell 3-1 on Sunday.

“After the way we played against Navy, we came out got the first goal,” said head coach Matt Nelson. “We played much better and took the lead. Unfortunately, we switched off and conceded too soon afterwards and didn’t let the game resettle.”

Nelson continued, “Credit to UMBC, you can see why they are the 11th ranked team in the country. They have players that changed the game for them and we are still finding our way. We are definitely on the right path and if we can continue to improve, we are going to be where we want to be at the end of the year.”

The Mountaineers (0-3-1) struck first against the Retrievers in the 34th minute on Walker White’s (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) first career goal. The shot came off of a rebound from a Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) strike and White was able to bury in the bottom right corner of the frame.

The Retrievers tied it just one minute later in the 35th minute when Cormac Noel headed in a ball from Marquez Fernandez to even up the game at 1-1.

Both teams would go into halftime tied, but UMBC would strike early in the second half in the 49th minute on a Mamadou Kansaye shot from five yards out. Kansaye would score again for the Retrievers in the 89th minute to seal it.

Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) made three saves in the contest and faced 11 shots from the UMBC attack. App State managed five shots with two on goal. White, Japp, Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg), Mason McCarter (Shelby, N.C./Shelby) and Jordan Melia (Bolton, England/Rivington and Blackrod) registered shots for App State.

The Mountaineers will return home next Friday, September 12th to host Presbyterian at 7:30 p.m. The game is the second part of a soccer doubleheader with the women’s team who will play Belmont at 4 p.m.

Sunday, 07 September 2014 22:08

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Falls to Marshall

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer fell to the Marshall Thundering Herd on Sunday afternoon, 2-1.

“We battled against a very dynamic Marshall offense today,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “We created opportunities and had several players step in and impact the game. It is definitely the toughest non-conference scheduel we have ever face, but we know every match we are playing is preparing us to truly compete in the Sun Belt.”

The Mountaineers (2-3-0) played a scoreless first half with the Herd, but found themselves down 1-0 early in the second half.

In the 49th minute, Kristine Culicerto scored unassisted on a chip shot past goalkeeper Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth). The junior Mountaineer goalkeeper made five saves in the contest.

Seven minutes later, the Herd made it a 2-0 lead in the 56th minute on a goal from Erin Simmons from eight yards out.

App State would get on the board with its only goal in the 82nd minute when Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) netted her first goal of the season on a header from a Merlin Beckwith cross.

Marshall outshot Appalachian by a 17-12 tally. The Herd also created seven corner kicks to the Mountaineers’ five.

Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth), Kebrina Keys (Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County) and Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) led the Apps with two shots a piece. Of the 12 shots for App State, four were on goal.

The Mountaineers will return to the pitch on Friday, September 12 at 4 p.m. against Belmont. The game is part of a doubleheader with the men’s team who plays Presbyterian at 7:30 p.m.