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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.

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:01

App State Men's Soccer Downs UNC-Asheville

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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
Final Results

Par: 72
Yards: 5,973

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)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals
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)

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 23:43

CVCC Volleyball Rises in NJCAA Division 2 Rankings

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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
Hibriten: 0

Hickory: 3
Draughn: 0

Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 2
Fred T. Foard: 1

Hibriten: 2
West Iredell: 1

Patton: 7
Bunker Hill: 0

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 3
West Caldwell: 1

Watauga: 3
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)

Lenoir-Rhyne's Individuals

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)

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Individuals

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)

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