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Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:57

Appalachian State Baseball Announces 2016 Schedule

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Twenty-six home games, road contests at South Carolina and Tennessee and an early-season neutral-site matchup versus defending national champion Virginia highlight Appalachian State University baseball’s 2016 schedule, head coach Billy Jones announced on Thursday.

Appalachian State opens the 26-game home slate on the second weekend of the 2016 season (Feb. 26-28) when it hosts Quinnipiac for a four-game series at Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. The home schedule also includes three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus longtime rival Georgia Southern (March 11-13), Little Rock (April 1-3), South Alabama (April 15-17), Arkansas State (April 29-May 1) and UT Arlington (May 13-15), as well as a regular-season-ending non-conference set versus Longwood (May 19-21).

The mid-week portion of Appalachian’s home schedule is headlined by a visit from local rival Wake Forest on Tuesday, April 19. App State also hosts UNC Asheville (March 22), North Carolina Central (March 30) and North Carolina A&T (May 3) for non-conference contests at Smith Stadium.

The 2016 schedule includes several intriguing neutral-site games, beginning with three challenging contests at the season-opening Caravelle Resort Tournament in Conway and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Mountaineers kick off the season against host Coastal Carolina on Feb. 19, take on 2015 national champion UVa on Feb. 20 and battle Old Dominion on Feb. 21.

The most anticipated neutral-site game on Appalachian State’s schedule is an April 26 contest versus Wake Forest at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte. The game marks the Mountaineers’ first-ever appearance at three-year-old BB&T Ballpark, the sparkling new uptown home of the triple-A Charlotte Knights.

Other neutral-site contests include a weekend tournament at Elon (March 4-6) that consists of two games against Stony Brook and one against the host Phoenix, plus March 9 and April 5 games against UNC Asheville and Campbell, respectively, at sites to be determined.

In true road games, Appalachian State has Sun Belt series at Texas State (March 18-20), UL Monroe (March 24-26), Troy (April 8-10), Georgia State (April 22-24) and UL Lafayette (May 6-8) and mid-week affairs at South Carolina (Feb. 23), N.C. Central (March 1), N.C. A&T (March 15) and Tennessee (April 12).

The 2016 Sun Belt Conference Tournament is set for May 25-29 in San Marcos, Texas.

Season tickets will go on sale soon. Stay tuned to appstatesports.com for details.

19 - at Coastal Carolina^; 20 - vs. Virginia#; 21 - vs. Old Dominion#; 23 - at South Carolina; 26-28 - QUINNIPIAC (four games)
1 - at North Carolina Central; 4-5 - vs. Stony Brook%; 6 - at Elon%; 9 - vs. UNC Asheville@; 11-13 - GEORGIA SOUTHERN*; 15 - at North Carolina A&T; 18-20 - at Texas State*; 22 - UNC ASHEVILLE; 24-26 - at UL Monroe*; 30 - NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL
1-3 - LITTLE ROCK*; 5 - vs. Campbell@; 8-10 - at Troy*; 12 - at Tennessee; 15-17 - SOUTH ALABAMA*; 19 - WAKE FOREST; 22-24 - at Georgia State*; 26 - vs. Wake Forest+; 29-30 - ARKANSAS STATE*
1 - ARKANSAS STATE*; 3 - NORTH CAROLINA A&T; 6-8 - at UL Lafayette*; 13-15 - UT ARLINGTON*; 19-21 - LONGWOOD

* Sun Belt Conference series
^ Caravelle Resort Tournament (Conway, S.C.)
# Caravelle Resort Tournament (Myrtle Beach, S.C.)
% at Elon, N.C.
@ Neutral Site TBD
+ BB&T Ballpark (Charlotte, N.C.)

In a year that Appalachian State University volleyball won 20 games overall and finished second in the Sun Belt Conference with a 13-3 mark, four Mountaineers earned all-conference honors, including Jess Keller (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) being named the Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year.

“I’m proud of Paige, Emily, Jess and Ashton. All four deserve being on the all-conference team based on their performances this year and I’m extremely happy for them,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Jess definitely put up the numbers to be Offensive Student-Athlete of the Year and I’m glad she was able to end her career with that award.”

Keller finished the season with 441 kills and averaged 4.45 kills per set - both career highs and both led the conference this season. Keller finished two matches this season with a career-high 25 kills and remains just 15 kills away from cracking the program’s top 10 list for kills in a career. The senior outside hitter was named first-team all-conference.

Teammate and fellow outside hitter Emily Corrigan (Johns Creek, Ga./Chattahoochee) also received first-team all-conference recognition after another stellar season for the Black and Gold. Corrigan finished the season with 362 kills and averaged 3.66 kills per set - both numbers were good for second in the Sun Belt behind Keller.

For her career, Corrigan entered the 2015 season with 988 career kills and now ranks sixth all time with 1,350.

Junior transfer Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) was the third Mountaineer to be named to the all-conference first team after a standout first season under head coach Matt Ginipro. Gregory leads the Mountaineers with a .347 hitting percentage and ranks third in the Sun Belt in that category. Gregory is also seventh in the conference in kills per set (3.17).

One of the best careers from anyone wearing the Black and Gold continues with setter Paige Brown (Overland Park, Kan./St. James Academy). Brown entered the 2015 season with 3,143 career assists and has been on pace to break the all-time record. This season, Brown has amassed 1,178 assists and averaged 11.9 assists per set - both of which are the best in the conference.

Brown, a second-team selection and seven-time winner of the Sun Belt’s Setter of the Week, now ranks second all time in career assists with 4,321 and remains just 87 assists away from breaking the all-time program record held by Amber Mangrum (2001-04) who totaled 4,408 career helpers.

The Mountaineers will begin their quest for a Sun Belt championship tomorrow at noon against Troy. The entire Sun Belt tournament will be delivered on ESPN3, while live stats of the action can be found at appstatesports.com.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:50

CVCC Women's Basketball Picks Up Win

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The Catawba Valley Community College women's basketball team defeated Southern Wesleyan JV squad 94-62 Thursday night.

Kianna Bowe led five Red Hawks in double digit scoring with 18 points on the night. MaKenzie Eller and Monifa Angle each had 16 points. TaKerya Thomas added 13 and Millie Graves chipped in 11.

Bowe also led CVCC with seven rebounds and seven assists.

The Red Hawks improve to 2-0 on the season. CVCC will host Lenoir Community College on Monday.

Thursday, 19 November 2015 22:48

Lenoir-Rhyne's Ray Finalist for Gene Upshaw Award

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For the second straight year, Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Joe Ray has been named a finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award. The honor is given annually to the top lineman in NCAA Division II.

The award is sponsored by the Manheim Touchdown Club and voted upon by the nation’s NCAA Division II sports information directors. Two finalists advance from each of the four NCAA Division II super regions.

Ray, a senior offensive guard from Atlanta, Ga., is a two-time All-American (2013-14) who won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the third straight year. The award is given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference.

Ray anchored a line which helped the Bears rank No. 1 in NCAA Division II in rushing offense for the third straight year this fall at 384.7 yards per game.

With Ray in the starting lineup, the Bears went 11-1 in 2014 and set an all-time NCAA Division II single-season rushing average record of 416.2 yards per game and earned a berth in the national championship game in 2013 in addition to setting an NCAA single-season rushing total of 5,563 yards.

The finalists include a record six defensive linemen and two repeat finalists from 2014. Six of the eight finalists play for teams ranked in the nation’s top 12 and all six of those teams reached the NCAA Division II Tournament, which begins on Nov. 21. The winner will be announced on Wednesday, December 2.

The award recipient has an invitation to participate in front of professional scouts and coaches at the East-West Shrine Game in St. Petersburg, Fla. The winner will also be recognized at the Manheim Touchdown Club’s annual banquet in May.

The NFL recognizes, endorses and supports the winner of the award by guaranteeing a place in the all-star games. The support comes as recognition and appreciation for the late Mr. Upshaw, who was not only an All-Pro lineman for the Oakland Raiders, but later served as the executive director of the NFL Players Association for 25 years.

Upshaw, a former standout offensive lineman at Texas A&I University (now Texas A&M-Kingsville), was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1987 in his first year of eligibility.

2015 Gene Upshaw NCAA Division II
Lineman Of The Year Finalists

Collin Bevins, Northwest Missouri State, Defensive Tackle
Andrew Cohen, West Chester, Defensive End
Dylan Donahue, West Georgia, Defensive End
Morgan Fox, Colorado State-Pueblo, Defensive End
Joshua Gordon, Minnesota State, Defensive End
Matt Judon, Grand Valley State, Defensive End
Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne, Offensive Guard
Cory Tucker, Slippery Rock, Offensive Tackle

Two members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team – sophomore outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) – earned 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference honors.

Redmond, a first-team all-league pick, leads the team in kills (315) to go along with 270 digs, 47 blocks and 20 service aces this year and has been named the league’s player of the week twice in 2015.

Gottberg, who was named to the 2015 All-SAC Second Team, ranks first on the team in assists (616), digs (307) and service aces (21) and has been selected the SAC Specialist Of The Week on three occasions this season and seven times in her career.

Gottberg is also a four-year starter who currently ranks third all-time in school history with 3,283 assists.

Lenoir-Rhyne (20-7, 18-4) is currently riding an eight-match winning streak and will enter the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship as the third seed.

The Bears will take on sixth-seeded Queens (13-15, 11-11) in the final match of the quarterfinal round on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the Abney Athletic Center in Anderson, S.C. Anderson University is serving as the host school of this year’s league tournament.

In addition, Lenoir-Rhyne is ranked 10th in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll and is looking to earn a postseason bid for the second straight season. The top eight teams in the region make the playoffs.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Volleyball Teams

Shelly Stumpff, Wingate
Abby Saehler, Wingate
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Molly Locke, Carson-Newman
Sara Farley, Carson-Newman
Maddie Borch, Carson-Newman
Meredith Jones, Queens
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum

Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Fatima Gharachorloo, Brevard
Bri Howard, Catawba
Briana Gottberg, Lenoir-Rhyne
Anna Patton, Carson-Newman
Rachel Garnett, Tusculum
Serena Jackson, Anderson
Kimberly Hovey, Wingate

Abby Cash, Lincoln Memorial
Priscilla Irizarry, Anderson
Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Logan Hayward, Newberry
Elizabeth Bialkowski, Queens
Alex Hopper, Catawba
Aleksandra Vrvilo, Brevard

Natalie Harris, Carson-Newman
Oakley Attaway, Wingate
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum
Kimberly Hovey, Wingate
Anna Holmquist, Wingate
Danielle Ged, Lincoln Memorial

Player Of The Year
Shelly Stumpff, Wingate

Freshman Of The Year
Natalie Harris, Carson-Newman

Coach Of The Year
Shelton Collier, Wingate

Statistical Champions
Hitting Percentage: Maddie Borch, Carson-Newman (0.339)
Kills Per Set: Shelly Stumpff, Wingate (3.89)
Assists Per Set: Anna Patton, Carson-Newman (10.39)
Blocks Per Set: Bri Howard, Catawba (1.13)
Service Aces Per Set: Shelly Stumpff, Wingate (0.61)
Digs Per Set: Melissa Mazur, Tusculum (6.84)
Team Hitting Percentage: Wingate (0.243)
Team Assists Per Game: Wingate (12.75)
Team Kills Per Game: Wingate (13.82)
Team Winning Percentage: Wingate (0.897)
Team Opponent Hitting Percentage: Wingate (0.114)
Team Blocks Per Game: Queens (2.21)
Team Service Aces Per Game: Queens (1.88)
Team Digs Per Game: Tusculum (19.30)

2015 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship
Anderson, S.C. – Abney Athletic Center

Quarterfinals – Friday, November 20
Match 1 - No. 1 Wingate (26-3) vs. No. 8 Brevard (12-16), Noon
Match 2 - No. 4 Lincoln Memorial (15-13) vs. No. 5 Catawba (15-14), 2:30 p.m.
Match 3 - No. 2 Carson-Newman (25-6) at No. 7 Anderson (11-17), 5:00 p.m.
Match 4 - No. 3 Lenoir-Rhyne (20-7) vs. No. 6 Queens (13-15), 7:30 p.m.

Semifinals – Saturday, November 21
Match 5 – Match 1 winner vs. Match 2 winner, 1:30 p.m.
Match 6 – Match 3 winner vs. Match 4 winner, 4:00 p.m.

Finals – Sunday, November 22
2:00 p.m.

The Belmont Abbey Women’s Basketball Team (1-2) held off a late rally by Lenoir-Rhyne (0-1) and picked up a 66-63 victory Wednesday evening at the Wheeler Center in the season opener for the Bears.

The Crusaders were led by Gabrielle Bethel (Fayetteville, N.C.) with 16 points and 15 rebounds while Taylor Johnson (Pickerington, Ohio) added 12 points as Belmont Abbey picked up its first win of the year.

Senior guard Jasmine Stafford (Memphis, Tenn.) finished with a team-high 14 points for the Bears, who outscored the Crusaders by an 18-9 count in the fourth period but came up short.

The Bears forced a 61-61 tie late in the game but Johnson responded with the game-winning three-pointer with 1:37 left and the Crusaders never trailed again.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior center Shelly Harper (Cincinnati, Ohio) and freshman forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) both added 10 points in the losing effort.

The Crusaders also held a 40-35 edge in rebounding and limited the Bears to just 40 percent shooting (23-of-58) for the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Converse in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 22:49

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Into the Regional Top 10 Polls

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team is ranked 10th in this week’s NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll, the final rankings of the regular season.

The top eight teams in the region make the NCAA Division II Playoffs with an automatic qualifiers coming from the league tournament champions from the South Atlantic Conference, the Peach Belt Conference and the Conference Carolinas.

Erskine has already clinched a berth in the playoffs after being crowned the Conference Carolinas Tournament Champions this past weekend.

Lenoir-Rhyne (20-7, 18-4) has won eight straight matches and finished the regular season tied for second in the South Atlantic Conference standings. Two other league members - Wingate (second) and Carson-Newman (fourth) - are ranked again this week as well.

The Bears will be the third seed in the South Atlantic Conference Championship and will take on sixth-seeded Queens (13-15, 11-11) in the quarterfinal round on Friday at 7:30 p.m., at the Abney Athletic Center in Anderson, S.C.

The Bears and Royals split their regular season contests with Lenoir-Rhyne prevailing on Senior Day last Saturday at home.

Lenoir-Rhyne is looking to earn its second straight postseason berth and third playoff trip in the last four years. L-R has made the NCAA Division II Playoffs in 2004, 2012 and 2014.

2015 NCAA Division II Volleyball
Southeast Region Rankings
November 18

1. USC Aiken 26-4
2. Wingate 26-3
3. Flagler 21-7
4. Carson-Newman 25-6
5. Armstrong State 17-9
6. Lander 23-11
7. Erskine 22-6
8. Montevallo 20-13
9. Limestone 19-7
10. Lenoir-Rhyne 20-7

Six members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team earned 2015 All-South Atlantic Conference honors, league officials announced today.

Senior offensive lineman Joe Ray (Atlanta, Ga.), senior defensive back Chris Shaffer (Charlotte, N.C.) and senior return specialist Kristaan Ivory (Los Angeles, Calif.) garnered all-league first-team accolades for the Bears.

Ray, a two-time NCAA Division II All-American (2013-14), was named to the All-SAC First Team for the third straight year. Ray anchored a line which helped the Bears rank first in the nation in rushing offense at 384.7 yards per game.

Ray also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy for the third consecutive season, given annually to the top offensive lineman in the South Atlantic Conference. A Lenoir-Rhyne player has now won the prestigious award for the sixth straight year.

Shaffer finished second on the team in tackles with 77 to go along with four pass break-ups and three interceptions while Ivory averaged a SAC-high 25.9 yards per kickoff return including a 97-yard return for a touchdown against Carson-Newman (Oct. 3).

Ivory was named to the all-league second team as a running back in addition to senior defensive lineman Placid Ajoku (Powder Springs, Ga.), junior linebacker Jordan Forney (Belmont, N.C.) and junior punter Michael DeStephens (Gainesville, Fla.) for Lenoir-Rhyne.

Ivory led the team in rushing with 1,066 yards and 10 touchdowns on the ground and led the conference in all-purpose yards (158.3 ypg) while Ajoku finished with 31 takedowns and three quarterback sacks and Forney totaled a team-high 80 takedowns and an interception on the season.

DeStephens earned all-league honors for the second straight year after averaging 43.3 yards per punt including seven inside the 20-yard line.

Meanwhile, cornerback Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) was named the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Freshman Of The Year after totaling 43 tackles and a team-high four interceptions in addition to returning two fumbles for scores and a blocked punt return for a touchdown.

2015 All-South Atlantic Conference
Football Teams

Quarterback – De’Andre Thomas, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Damian Baker, Carson-Newman
Running Back – Romelo Doctor, Newberry
Running Back – Lawrence Pittman, Wingate
Wide Receiver – Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Gilbert Johnson, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – Justin Houston, Tusculum
Tight End – Marquez Williams, Mars Hill
Offensive Line – Derek Evans, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Lewis McCormick, Catawba
Offensive Line – Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Line – Landon Martin, Newberry
Offensive Line – Mathu Gibson, Wingate

Defensive Line – C.J. Barksdale, Catawba
Defensive Line – Alstevis Squirewell, Newberry
Defensive Line – Jalen Hunter, Newberry
Defensive Line – Andre Foulks, Wingate
Linebacker – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
Linebacker – Taylor McDonnell, Newberry
Linebacker – Brandyn Bartlett, Tusculum
Linebacker – Eric Mapoles, Wingate
Defensive Back – Xavier McFadden, Carson-Newman
Defensive Back – Case Woodard, Catawba
Defensive Back – Chris Shaffer, Lenoir-Rhyne
Defensive Back – Tay Otis, Wingate
Punter – Kyle Clark, Newberry
Placekicker – Will Tommie, Tusculum
Long Snapper – Andrew Smith, Newberry AND
Dusty Nance, Carson-Newman
Return Specialist – Kristaan Ivory, Lenoir-Rhyne

Quarterback – Raleigh Yeldell, Newberry
Running Back – Cary Littlejohn, Catawba
Running Back – Kristaan Ivory, Lenoir-Rhyne
Running Back – Shaikel Davis, Mars Hill
Wide Receiver – TraShaun Ward, Carson-Newman
Wide Receiver – Ken Funnye, Tusculum
Wide Receiver – Jordan Berry, Wingate
Tight End – Zach Edmunds, Newberry
Offensive Line – Josh Turner, Brevard
Offensive Line – Dan Gallman, Carson-Newman
Offensive Line – Joe Hillin, Mars Hill
Offensive Line – Hayden Wilks, Newberry
Offensive Line – Billy Munker, Tusculum

Defensive Line – Phalen Booker, Carson-Newman
Defensive Line – Jonathan Jean, Catawba
Defensive Line – Johnny Maxey, Mars Hill
Defensive Line – Placid Ajoku, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Sha’Heem Stupart, Carson-Newman
Linebacker – Jamal Lackey, Catawba
Linebacker – Jordan Forney, Lenoir-Rhyne
Linebacker – Carl Mattox, Mars Hill
Defensive Back – Mike McDaniel, Catawba
Defensive Back – Trey Clark, Mars Hill
Defensive Back – Arnez Gray, Newberry
Defensive Back – Cameron Thomas, Tusculum
Punter – Michael DeStephens, Lenoir-Rhyne
Placekicker – Carson Wise, Carson-Newman
Return Specialist – TraShaun Ward, Carson-Newman

Offensive Freshman Of The Year – Gilbert Johnson, Mars Hill
Defensive Freshman Of The Year – Kyle Dugger, Lenoir-Rhyne
Offensive Player Of The Year – Damian Baker, Carson-Newman
Defensive Player Of The Year – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba
Jacobs Blocking Trophy – Joe Ray, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach Of The Year – Curtis Walker, Catawba

Rushing Yards Per Game – Damian Baker, Carson-Newman (122.6)
Passing Yards Per Game – Luke Lancaster, Tusculum (287.9)
Total Offense Per Game – Luke Lancaster, Tusculum (293.3)
Receptions Per Game – Justin Houston, Tusculum (9.6)
Receiving Yards Per Game – Keshaun Taylor, Mars Hill (107.5)
All-Purpose Yards Per Game – Kristaan Ivory, Lenoir-Rhyne (158.3)
Passing Efficiency Rating – Matt Layman, Mars Hill (134.4)
Punt Return Average – Cole Watson, Newberry (10.9)
Kick Return Average – Kristaan Ivory, Lenoir-Rhyne (25.9)
Punting Average – Kyle Clark, Newberry (42.6)
Scoring Average (TDs) – Damian Baker, Carson-Newman (9.8)
Scoring Average (Kicking) – Carson Wise, Carson-Newman (8.5)
Field Goals Per Game – Carson Wise, Carson-Newman (1.09)
Field Goal Percentage – Will Tommie, Tusculum (0.786)
Tackles Per Game – Trey Clark, Mars Hill (8.8)
Sacks Per Game – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba (0.91)
Tackles For Loss Per Game – Kyle Kitchens, Catawba (1.9)
Interceptions Per Game – Cameron Thomas, Tusculm; Martez Thompkins, Tusculum; Case Woodard, Catawba (0.5)
Team Scoring Offense – Carson-Newman (41.8)
Team Scoring Defense – Catawba (14.8)
Team Passing Offense – Tusculum (292)
Team Passing Defense – Tusculum (141.6)
Team Rushing Offense – Lenoir-Rhyne (386.7)
Team Rushing Defense – Newberry (153.5)
Team Total Offense – Carson-Newman (479.8)
Team Total Defense – Newberry (302.5)

Wednesday, 18 November 2015 11:16

Appalachian State Volleyball Adds Three for Next Season

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Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro has announced the addition of three student-athletes for the 2016 season.

Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy), Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) will each joined the Black and Gold for the 2016 season.

Amanda Krahl
5-9 • Setter
Pearland, Texas • St. Agnes Academy

Amanda Krahl will come to the High Country after earning all-district honors from 2012-14, all-state honors 2014-15 and district MVP for 2014-15 while playing for St. Agnes Academy in Houston, Texas. Her Absolute Volleyball Academy club also won the USAV Junior National Championship 17 Open division this past club season.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Amanda knows that she steps in having to fill some pretty big shoes, but I think she’s ready for it. She had a great club season last year by finishing the 17 Open Division at USAV Junior Nationals. She locates the ball well and sets with good tempo so she’ll fit into what we like to do right away.”

Emma Longley
5-11 • Outside Hitter
Raleigh, N.C. • Cardinal Gibbons

Emma Longley comes to Boone following a stellar prep career. Longely, a three-time state champion, has earned most improved player and all-conference honorable mention in her Cardinal Gibbons career. Longley has also placed 12th and 2nd at the AAU Open Championships as a member of Triangle Volleyball Club.

Ginipro’s Comments: “Emma reminds me a lot of how Emily Corrigan was as a high schooler. She is quick off the ground and already has a fast arm swing. Emma has had a great career at Gibbons and club career with Triangle which has allowed her to come to App with a lot of experience. I’m looking forward to seeing how she grows as an outside hitter for us.”

Kennedy Wilson
5-6 • DS/libero
Avon, Ind. • Avon

Kennedy Wilson will join the Mountaineers after being a member of two state champion squads, while also winning four regional titles and four sectional titles while at Avon. Wilson has also been a member of Circle City Volleyball Club.

Ginipro’s Comments: “The first thing I noticed about Kennedy was how well she moved on the court. She just knows where the ball is going and puts herself there to make defensive plays. She has very good platform skills and touch on the ball, as well. After graduating Meghan Mahoney, Kennedy is a great addition to our strong libero/defensive specialist group.”

Tuesday, 17 November 2015 23:35

Appalachian State Men's Basketball Falls to Furman

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Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page) scored a game-high 20 points and Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) added 17 points and a game-best six assists but it wasn’t enough for Appalachian State University men’s basketball to overcome hot-shooting Furman in a 79-70 loss to the Paladins on Tuesday evening at the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (1-1) started off rather sluggish to begin the game and built themselves an early deficit down 18-9, at which point a 7-0 run sparked by a Michael Obacha (Edo State, Nigeria/High Point Christian) layup. The Apps got to within one point following a Burgess three-pointer at the 6:45 mark of the first half.

Down 24-21, an Eaves triple tied the game for the first time with 3:49 left. Another Eaves three less than two minutes later gave Appalachian a 27-26 lead over the Paladins (2-0), however, a 6-2 run to end the half would put Furman on top 32-29 heading to the break.

It only took the Mountaineers 1:05 into the second half to regain the lead off of two free throws from Eaves and a finger-roll lay in from Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) at 33-31. Both teams would trade baskets until an 8-2 run from the Paladins opened up a 46-38 advantage with 13:10 to play.

The Black and Gold would chip away and claw to within three at 48-45 after putting together a 7-2 run. The run for the Apps was sparked by a showtime slam from Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military/Purdue). Lawson took the ball from the right wing and drove into the lane jumping over a Paladin defender and flushing it home.

The dunk got the Holmes Center to its feet and soon thereafter the Mountaineers received a three-pointer from Eaves and a free throw from Jake Babic (Oakville, Ontario/The Kiski School) to cut the lead to three points.

Furman would answer with a 13-4 run to put themselves ahead 61-49 with just 7:15 to play in the second half.

Trailing by 12 points with less than seven minutes left in the ballgame, Appalachian State went on a 14-4 run to cut the deficit 65-63 with 2:31 to go. The run was keyed by a five-point possession for the Mountaineers. Burgess nailed a three-pointer and simultaneously Obacha was fouled underneath the basket. Obacha would make both free throws and App State would be in business again down 61-55.

Jumpers from Burgess and Clarke, including foul shots from Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) and Eaves put the Apps in a great position down 65-63. However, Furman responded with two huge three-pointers over its next three possessions and made 8-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

Furman made 10 three-pointers, including 5-of-9 (55.6 percent) in the second half, to escape with the win.

For the second consecutive game, Obacha led the Mountaineers in rebounding with eight boards. As a team, the Mountaineers grabbed 36 rebounds, including 14 on the offensive glass which in large part led to the Black and Gold’s 23 second-chance points in the contest.

Appalachian got the foul line 29 times on Tuesday, including Eaves’ game-high 12 attempts.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Friday, Nov.. 20 when they travel to Hampton for a 6 p.m. tip. App State will close its weekend with a trip to New Orleans, La. to face Tulane on Sunday, Nov. 22. Tipoff for that contest is slated for 4:30 p.m.