The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team suffered its sixth consecutive setback with a 3-0 loss to Anderson Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match on the road. The Trojans, winners of 10 consecutive matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-17, 25-19 and 25-19.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond with 10 kills while junior setter Jessica Funk added 25 assists and nine digs.
Anderson was spearheaded by Marissa Mitter (Redondo Beach, Calif.) and Kathryn Hughes (Chapin, S.C.) with 13 and 11 kills each, respectively. The Trojans’ Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 41 assists in the victory as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne falls to 7-8 overall and 4-6 in the conference. The Bears host Francis Marion in a non-conference, regional match on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.
It had been two seasons since Appalachian State University men's soccer senior John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) scored a goal, but that all changed on Tuesday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Walrath was fed a beautiful ball inside the box from Juan Hernandez (Winter Garden, Fla./West Orange) before placing the shot between the goalkeeper's legs with under a minute left in the first overtime to lift App State (4-5-3) to an exhilirating 1-0 triumph over a pesky UNC Asheville (1-12) team that came in looking to snap a five-match skid.
"Great team win and shutout," head coach Jason O'Keefe said following the victory. "Credit to UNCA as they competed for every minute. We're proud of our guys to stay with it, stay composed and together to find a way to get the win in the end. We will recover and get ready for a very good Hartwick team on Saturday. Please come out and support the team in a massive Sun Belt match."
It was Walrath's first goal of the season while becoming the eighth Mountaineer of the season to tally a score. Last season, App had seven student-athletes find the back of the net.
In front of a packed Ted Mack, the Mountaineers pulled through to improve to 3-1-2 at home, surpassing last season's win total and getting to within just one victory from matching last season's win output with six contests left in the campaign.
Goalkeeper Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) and the defense bent but didn't break with a third-consecutive shutout and the fourth in the past six matches. App State has not allowed a goal in 304 straight minutes dating back to the Sept. 26 contest against then-No. 19 Duke, while the last time Appalachian allowed a goal at home was on Sept. 9 against ETSU. Chasteen came away with two saves on the evening including a big stop in overtime. After Tuesday, the Boone native is now one of two goalkeepers in the Sun Belt with a goals-against average under one (.933).
App did have its opportunities in the match to get up more goals on the board with some clean looks from Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg), Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany), Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany), and Hernandez. The Mountaineers kept the pressure on the UNCA defense all night until they broke through on a free kick leading to the game's lone goal.
The Mountaineers posted a 13-6 advantage in shots with a 5-2 edge in shots on goal. App also had an 8-6 tally in corner shots as well.
Appalachian will host Hartwick in its Sun Belt home opener on Saturday in the second home contest of a three-game homestand. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-1) used a strong start with two first-half goals to send Saint Leo (3-6) back home with a 2-1 loss on Tuesday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears also extended their winning streak to three matches.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win in goal after making a pair of saves. Morris’ individual record continues to match the team’s overall mark.
Sophomore midfielder Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) got her first start of the season and capitalized, putting Lenoir-Rhyne on the board in the sixth minute of the contest (her second goal of the season). The goal was also her second in as many games.
An assist by Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) tied her for the team lead with four with sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.).
The Bears were able to apply pressure all afternoon, outpacing the Lions by a 6-0 count in corner kick opportunities.
The Bears outshot the Lions, 13-11, but were more accurate as eight of the Bears’ 13 shots (61.5 percent) were ruled on goal. The road team only had three of its 11 shots (27.3 percent) on goal.
L-R continues its strong performances at home as it holds a 6-1 record at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex. The Bears have limited their opponents to one or fewer goals in eight of their 12 matches this season.
The lone goal from the Lions came on a header in the 72th minute from Sophia Kenny (Celebration, Fla.), her first score of the year.
Saint Leo’s goalkeeper, Megan Charlton (Kent, Wash.), suffered the loss and fell to 1-2 but picked up six saves in the process.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 8-3-1 on the season. They hit the road on Saturday for another nonconference clash with UNC Pembroke at 5:00 p.m., in Pembroke, N.C.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team shot a 590 (+14) overall to win the 2017 Patsy Rendleman Invitational which concluded Tuesday at the Country Club of Salisbury.
The Bears won by 11 strokes over Limestone and were led by junior All-American Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.) and senior Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.). Hartsell was runner-up after carding a two-under 142 while Mansel tied for third with a 143 (-1) on the par-72, 5,973-yard course. Both players earned all-tournament honors. North Georgia’s Megan Sabol won the tournament with a five-under 139.
Lenoir-Rhyne concludes the fall campaign at the Leeann Noble Memorial next Monday, October 16, and Tuesday, October 17, in Dahlonega, Ga.
2017 Patsy Rendleman
Women's Golf Invitational
Salisbury, N.C. – Oct. 9-10
Country Club of Salisbury
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 590 (+14)
2. Limestone 601 (+25)
3. Anderson 603 (+27)
4. Tusculum 604 (+28)
5. North Georgia 605 (+29)
6. Young Harris 606 (+30)
7. Carson-Newman 610 (+34)
8. Queens 616 (+40)
9. Erskine 623 (+47)
10. Catawba 631 (+55)
11. Coker 639 (+63)
12. North Greenville 640 (+64)
13. Belmont Abbey 647 (+71)
14. Barton 648 (+72)
15. King 652 (+76)
16. Chowan 689 (+113)
17. Pfeiffer 722 (+146)
2. Abbey Hartsell 142 (-2)
3t. Chelsea Mansel 143 (-1)
16t. Ainee O'Connor 152 (+8)
20t. Laura Morrison 153 (+9)
61t. Jordan Young 163 (+19)
Coming off the heels of a successful Valley Invitational, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team moved up in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II rankings on Tuesday.
The Red Hawks, who were ranked 17th in last week’s Division II poll, moved up five spots to No. 12 in this week’s rankings. This is the second-highest that the program has been ranked this season behind only its fourth-place rank to start the season.
During this past weekend’s Valley Invitational, CVCC had a strong showing, defeating previously 12th-ranked Pasco-Hernando (Fla.) in a thrilling five-set match. The Bobcats dropped to No. 15 in this week’s poll.
Catawba Valley also played well in the tournament against No. 1 Owens, taking a set off the top-ranked Express before falling 3-1. The Red Hawks finished the tournament 2-2 overall, including a 3-2 victory against St. Clair County (Mich.) and a tough 3-0 loss against Division I Wallace State (Ala.).
The CVCC volleyball team is currently 17-5 on the season and 9-0 in conference play as it heads into this weekend’s Wallace State Fall Bash in Hanceville, Ala.
Appalachian State University field hockey sophomore Ali Williams (Myersville, Md./Middletown) was named the Mid-American Conference's Offensive Player of the Week for her efforts in last week's action, as announced by the league office on Tuesday.
The sophomore midfielder scored a goal in each of App State's three games last week, leading the Mountaineers to two shutout wins over Central Michigan after suffering a tough loss to No. 15 Wake Forest.
She is the first App State field hockey player to earn a MAC weekly award since the Mountaineers joined the league this season. The last time App State received a weekly conference award was in 2013 when Caroline Phillips of Delmar, Del., was named the NorPac East Offensive Player of Week.
Williams opened the scoring in both games against CMU starting with an early goal in the second half of game one. The Mountaineers went on to win that game, 2-0, for their second conference win this year.
In game two against the Chippewas, Williams scored just over four minutes into the game and then scored again in the 57th minute for her second two-goal performance of the season. The Myersville, Md., native also delivered an assist to Appalachian's leading scorer, Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial), who also netted two goals in that game. Williams has scored seven goals with 16 points thus far this season, second to Cimbalist who has scored 10 goals with 26 points.
Against No. 15 Wake Forest on Oct. 4, Williams contributed one goal with one shot on goal. She remains one of the most accurate shooters on the team with 90.5% of her shots being on goal.
Williams and the Mountaineers have an off weekend before hosting Saint Louis on Oct. 19 at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field at 7 p.m.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
East Burke: 0
West Iredell: 3
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1
West Iredell: 1
Bunker Hill: 0
South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 1
Alexander Central: 1
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Golf Team is at the top of the leaderboard at the halfway point of the 2017 Patsy Rendleman Invitational at the Country Club of Salisbury.
The Bears shot a 295 (+7) on the par-72, 5,973-yard course Monday and lead by five strokes over Limestone.
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by junior All-American and last year’s SAC Women’s Golfer Of The Year Abbey Hartsell (Taylorsville, N.C.). Hartsell is tied for third with an even-par 72 while sophomore Ainee O’Connor (Kent, UNITED KINGDOM) and senior Chelsea Mansel (Greer, S.C.) are tied for 10th overall. Both players carded a 74 (+2). North Greenville’s Savannah Hallman leads after 18 holes with a two-under 70.
The final 18 holes will be played on Tuesday.
2017 Patsy Rendleman
Women's Golf Invitational
Salisbury, N.C. – Oct. 9-10
Country Club of Salisbury
First Round Results
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 295 (+7)
2. Limestone 300 (+12)
3. Queens 301 (+13)
4. Anderson 303 (+15)
5t. Tusculum 305 (+17)
5t. North Georgia 305 (+17)
7. Young Harris 307 (+19)
8. Carson-Newman 313 (+25)
9. Catawba 314 (+26)
10. Erskine 316 (+28)
11. Belmont Abbey 319 (+31)
12. King 320 (+32)
13. Coker 321 (+33)
14. North Greenville 322 (+34)
15. Barton 329 (+41)
16. Chowan 350 (+62)
17. Pfeiffer 365 (+77)
3t. Abbey Hartsell 72 (E)
10t. Chelsea Mansel 74 (+2)
10t. Ainee O'Connor 74 (+2)
15t. Laura Morrison 75 (+3)
58t. Jordan Young 82 (+10)
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Golf Team stands in a fourth-place tie after the first round of the 2017 NCAA Division II South/Southeast Super Regional Preview Monday at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa.
The Bears shot a 297 (+9) on the par-72, 6,635-yard Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Course. Barton, with the tournament’s top two players at the halfway point, leads with a 290 (+2).
Lenoir-Rhyne is led by a trio of players – senior Jackson Bailey (Matthews, N.C.), junior Brad Robinson (Newcastle, UNITED KINGDOM) and freshman Dawson Walker (Lenoir, N.C.) – who are tied for eighth with a one-over 73. Barton’s Bryson Boyette is the top golfer after 18 holes with a 68 (-4).
The second and final round takes place on Tuesday.
2017 NCAA Division II South/Southeast
Men’s Golf Super Regional Preview
Conover, N.C. – Oct. 9-10
Rock Barn Golf & Spa
Robert Trent Jones, Jr., Course
1. Barton 290 (+2)
2. Lincoln Memorial 295 (+7)
3. Coker 296 (+8)
4t. Lenoir-Rhyne 297 (+9)
4t. North Greenville 297 (+9)
4t. Catawba 297 (+9)
7. Belmont Abbey 298 (+10)
8. Wingate 300 (+12)
9. King 301 (+13)
10t. North Georgia 302 (+14)
10t. Erskine 302 (+14)
12. Flagler 304 (+16)
13. Brevard 308 (+20)
14. Southern Wesleyan 310 (+22)
15. Queens 311 (+23)
16. Tusculum 312 (+24)
17. Mars Hill 331 (+43)
8t. Brad Robinson 73 (+1)
8t. Dawson Walker 73 (+1)
8t. Jackson Bailey 73 (+1)
55t. Jordan Vogler 78 (+6)
60t. Carlos Lasso de la Vega Jessen 79 (+7)
Lexi Kohut, a freshman outside hitter from Grosse Pointe Park, Mich., tallied 37 kills with eight blocks in two matches over the weekend to earn the Sun Belt Conference's Freshman of the Week award. She is the fourth Appalachian State University volleyball player to earn a Sun Belt weekly award, joining Kara Spicer, a two-time freshman of the week, and Ashlyn Brown, who was named setter of the week back in September.
Kohut set a career-high with 20 kills in a five-set setback against Georgia State on Friday. That tally is also the most kills produced by an App State freshman in a single game this season.
She followed her performance on Friday with 17 kills in a 3-1 victory over rival Georgia Southern. In the fourth set of that match with the score tied at 25, Kohut sealed the win with back-to-back kills.
The freshman has accumulated 231 kills (2.89 kills per set) thus far this season, good for second highest on the team behind teammate Melissa McMath who has 259 kills.
Kohut and the Mountaineers will head down to Conway, S.C., for a matchup with Coastal Carolina on Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. The two teams will meet again on Sunday, Oct. 15, in Boone at 12:30 p.m.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Abbie Brown has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Soccer Player Of The Week, league officials announced earlier today.
Brown, a junior midfielder from Leeds, ENGLAND, scored a goal in each of the Bears’ home victories last week against Mars Hill (2-0) and Anderson (3-1), respectively. In the Trojans’ victory on Saturday, Brown assisted on the first goal of the match (a school-record 18 seconds into the contest).
Brown currently leads the team in goals scored (five) and total points (13).
Lenoir-Rhyne (7-3-1, 3-2-1) has won two straight matches and will next host Saint Leo on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team split two games each day of the Valley Invitational on Friday and Saturday at the Tarlton Complex.
The No. 17 Red Hawks earned a thrilling 3-2 victory against No. 12 Pasco-Hernando in their first game of the day before falling 3-0 to Division I Wallace State (Ala.) in the nightcap.
No. 17 CVCC 3, No. 12 Pasco-Hernando 2
Behind Adair Melton's 16 kills, the Red Hawks earned a ranked victory against the visiting Bobcats on Friday afternoon in the Tarlton Complex.
Set scores were 25-23, 23-25, 25-27, 25-20 and 19-17.
With the match tied 2-2, Catawba Valley rallied from down 13-8 in set five to win 11 of the final 15 points to claim the match victory.
Karsyn Mundy added 12 kills for CVCC (16-3), while Sabrina Pinard drove down nine kills.
Wallace State 3, No. 17 CVCC 0
The Red Hawks had their 14-match win streak snapped at the hands of the Lions on Friday night.
Set scores were 25-17, 27-25 and 25-18.
Sabrina Pinard paced CVCC (16-4) with seven kills in the match, while Adair Melton, Karsyn Mundy and Leslie Leonard added six kills each.
Saturday, The Red Hawks fell to top-ranked Division II team Owens (Ohio) in a match that marked the first time ever a No. 1 squad had visited the Tarlton Complex.
In Saturday's nightcap, CVCC was able to rebound and overcome an early deficit and defeat St. Clair County (Mich.).
Below are the complete results from both matches:
No. 1 Owens (Ohio) 3, No. 17 CVCC 1
In a rematch of last year's Division II third-place national tournament game, the Express prevailed in a back-and-forth battle with the Red Hawks in a match up of top-ranked NJCAA Division II teams.
Karsyn Mundy paced CVCC (16-5) with 11 kills, Adair Melton added 10 kills and Leslie Leonard tallied nine kills and three blocks.
Down by as many as eight points in set one, the Red Hawks rallied to tie the Express 22-22 before Owens won the final three points, claiming the set 25-22 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
After CVCC tied the match with a thrilling 26-24 victory in set two, Owens gained an early five-point advantage in set three and held off a late charge by the Red Hawks to win set three, 25-19.
Catawba Valley would answer back, going ahead 10-4 in the fourth set. However, the Express rallied late, winning seven-straight points to go ahead for good in the set, winning it 25-18 and the match 3-1.
No. 17 CVCC 3, St. Clair County (Mich.) 2
Rallying from down 2-1, the Red Hawks earned a thrilling five-set victory against the Skippers in their final match of the Valley Invitational.
After losing a heartbreaking first set 26-24 to St. Clair, Catawba Valley tied the match with a 25-18 win in set two.
However, the Skippers would claim set three 25-18, putting the Red Hawks on the brink of defeat.
CVCC would respond in dominant fashion, gaining large leads in sets four and five before winning them both — 25-11 and 15-9.
Freshman Adair Melton led CVCC (17-5) in the match with 13 kills, while sophomore Leslie Leonard added 10 kills.
The Red Hawks return to action on Friday and Saturday when they travel to Hanceville, Ala. to compete in the Wallace State Fall Bash.
Appalachian State junior running back Jalin Moore and sophomore cornerback Clifton Duck were named the Sun Belt Conference's offensive and defensive players of the week for their efforts in a 45-31 victory against New Mexico State on Saturday.
Moore rushed for 241 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries. Duck intercepted three passes, recorded one sack and made seven tackles.
Duck and fellow cornerback Tae Hayes tied the App State record for single-game interceptions. The six total interceptions by the Mountaineers set a school record and matched the Sun Belt record.
Duck's first two interception returns of 15 yards and 39 yards set up two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score with 5:45 remaining, and his third interception occurred inside the App State 25 with 1:16 left to seal the win. His first career sack resulted in a third-down loss of 11 yards to force a punt.
Duck, who started last season as a true freshman, has nine interceptions through 18 career games. Among active FBS players, he's tied for 13th place in career interceptions, and the 12 players in double figures are all seniors. He leads FBS players in interceptions since the start of the 2016 season.
Moore had four rushes Saturday of at least 29 yards, including a 41-yard gain that helped the Mountaineers tie the game at 31-all in the fourth quarter and a 56-yard touchdown with 2:12 remaining.
Moore is the only active FBS back with three career games of at least 240 rushing yards, as he gained 244 yards at Idaho in 2015 and a career-high 257 yards at Akron last season.