Appalachian State University volleyball defeated Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night after falling in the first set and coming back to win three-straight with scores of 19-25, 25-15, 28-26 and 25-22.
The Mountaineers (4-0, 0-0 SB) started out sluggish in the first set as the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-4, 0-0 Big South) immediately jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Gardner-Webb continued to find points, never letting Appalachian within more than three points until a kill from Jacqui Spurgeon made the score 16-14.
Gardner-Webb took a timeout and the Mountaineers would come back rattled, making four-straight errors and giving the Bulldogs a comfortable lead. App State would come within three points again, but Gardner-Webb recorded four-straight kills to take the first with a score of 25-19.
The Mountaineers came back for vengeance in the second, keeping a solid lead from the beginning with a score of 14-7. Appalachian continued to dominate, never letting the Runnin' Bulldogs within more than five points. Spurgeon killed three of the last four balls to help the Mountaineers to a 25-15 victory in the second set.
The third set was the battle of the match, featuring 10 tied scores. Appalachian took a 7-4 lead before Gardner-Webb tied the score at 10 off a Mountaineer attack error. The score would go back-and-forth as both teams struggled with attack errors.
With the score tied at 15, Lauren Gray found a kill, leading the Mountaineers to pull ahead by three points. The Bulldogs returned from a timeout to tie the score once again, making it 20-20. It would look as though Gardner-Webb would take the set, scoring four of the next five points to lead 24-21, one point away from victory, but the Mountaineers came storming back.
A kill from Gray and a huge service ace from Olivia Reed put the Apps within one point and an error on the Bulldogs tied the set. The game went into extra points but the Mountaineers were able to hold on, taking the third 28-26.
Appalachian showed no mercy in the fourth set, finding four kills in the beginning to lead 6-1. The Mountaineers tried to stay in charge but it wouldn't be long before the Runnin' Bulldogs tied the score at 10.
After three tied scores the Mountaineers finally began to pull away as Jess Keller found three kills to make the score 23-21. Gray closed out the set with two-straight kills as the Mountaineers won the fourth, 25-22 and took the match 4-1.
Emily Corrigan led the team in kills for the fourth-straight match, tallying 15 in the win, while also recording 12 digs. Gray notched 14 kills with a .423 hitting percentage, while Keller(12) and Spurgeon (11) added double-digit kills as well.
Paige Brown led the team in assists with a season-high of 44 in the victory. The Mountaineers had a fantastic defensive match as five players tallied digs in double-digits. Meghan Mahoney led with 17 and was followed by Brown (15) and Corrigan.
Reed recorded 11 digs in the victory and Olivia Loeffler notched 10 digs in her first collegiate appearance.
The Runnin' Bulldogs were led by Taylor Lillard's 12 kills and Anna Pashkova's 30 digs.
Neither team had a great offensive match as Appalachian recorded a .175 hitting percentage and Gardner-Webb hit .184 on the night. The Bulldogs killed the Mountaineers in team blocks, recording 13 as App State notched four.
The Mountaineers return to action this weekend when they travel to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the Louisvile Active Ankle Touranment on Fri. Sept. 5 and Sat. Sept. 6.
Appalachian State University men’s tennis revealed its schedule for the 2014-15 season on Tuesday. The schedule includes four matches during fall competition and eight home contests during the spring championship season. The Mountaineers will also host their annual Alumni Weekend on Oct. 3-4 in Boone.
Appalachian will participate in four fall tournaments including the Davidson Invite (Sept. 27-28), Charleston Invite (Oct. 10-12), ITA Regional Tournament (Oct. 16-19) and the Winthrop Invite (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)
The Apps open the spring championship season at UNC Wilmington (Jan. 17) before kicking off the home portion of its schedule with a doubleheader against Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T (Jan. 25). The early-season, three-match homestand, which will be played indoors at Deer Valley Racquet Club, concludes with a contest against Presbyterian on Jan. 31.
The Mountaineers then hit the road for eight-straight matches, including in-state showdowns with UNC Asheville (Feb. 1), and East Carolina (Feb. 27). Appalachian will also travel to Florida for contests against Stetson (March 10) and Bethune-Cookman (March 11). A familiar foe comes to Boone on March 17 when Georgia Southern visits the High Country.
Other highlights on the home slate include contests with UNCG (April 1) and a three-match homestand to conclude the regular season against Gardner-Webb (April 8), Charlotte (April 10) and Davidson (April 11).
The 2015 Sun Belt Championships will take place in New Orleans from April 16-19. While the league will not crown a regular-season champion this season, the squad that wins the league tournament will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.
Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Katie Pate as Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Pate becomes the 11th head coach in program history.
Pate replaces Todd Starkey, who stepped down last week to become an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Indiana University.
Pate returns to Lenoir-Rhyne after leaving in late spring for an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coaching position at Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga.
“Returning to Lenoir-Rhyne University as its Head Women’s Basketball Coach is something truly extraordinary,” said Pate. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity both (Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics) Neill McGeachy and (University President) Dr. Wayne Powell have afforded me.”
“Having been a part of the program for the last four years, I’m thrilled at the prospect of continuing the rich tradition that the coaches before me helped pave. The move felt like a natural fit on a multitude of levels and essentially feels like the ideal Homecoming.”
Pate has been with the program since the start of the 2010-11 season, serving as an assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach.
Pate helped guide the Bears to four consecutive winning seasons including back-to-back NCAA Division II National Tournament berths in 2012-13 and 2013-14.
Last year, Lenoir-Rhyne finished with a 24-7 record and clinched a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship. The Bears also hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.
In addition, Pate coached Jazmine Charles to SAC and Southeast Region Player-Of-The-Year honors last year. Charles was also named a Third-Team All-American in 2013-14.
Pate also served as an Assistant Professor in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Charles M. Snipes School of Business and taught classes in sports marketing, business marketing and marketing research.
Prior to Lenoir-Rhyne, Pate served one year as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wingate (2009-10) and was Director of Marketing and Promotions at USC Upstate (2007-09).
Pate’s Head Women’s Basketball Coaching stints took place at Belmont Abbey (2005-07) and Coker (2001-05), six years total. While with the Cobras, Pate led the squad to its most wins in school single-season history (19) and the CVAC Tournament Championship in 2003-04.
Pate began her coaching career as an assistant at Coker (1998-99) before two seasons at USC Upstate (1999-01).
Pate, a 1997 graduate of Coker with degrees in Spanish and exercise science, was a three-year captain and a First-Team All-CVAC honoree for the Cobras.
Pate, a native of Grinnell, Iowa, starred at Hayward (Wisconsin) High School where she remains the school’s all-time leading scorer. Pate’s stepmother is Ellen Mosher-Hanson, former Head Women’s Basketball Coach at UCLA (1975-77) and Minnesota (1977-87) and a member of the Golden Gophers Sports Hall Of Fame.
The Lady Red Hawks won the 6:00 match on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 against the Rockingham Eagles in 3 sets 25-10, 25-10, 25-16. Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Aimee Cloninger with 10 kills, 6 digs and 1 block. Anna Henderson added 9 kills and Hannah Griffin had 6. Liza Sipe led in the dig category with 11 and Katelyn Houser had 6. Madison Pogue posted 15 assists for the match and also dominated on the serving line with 3 aces.
The Hawks will begin conference play this weekend as they host the Region X Extravaganza on Friday, September 5th – Saturday, September 6th with the first match Friday beginning at 1:00 vs. Surry Community College. CVCC will also face Davidson County CC at 2:30 and Brunswick CC at 5:30 on Friday. Games begin Saturday at 9:00 with the Hawks taking on conference rival Cape Fear at 10:30. Also on the Catawba Valley schedule for Saturday is Pitt CC at 1:30 and Wake Tech CC at 4:30.
The Red Hawks overall record is 5-2 and their conference record is 0-0.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Rockingham Community College
September 2, 2014
CVCC 3, RCC 0
25-10, 25-10, 25-16
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 10, Anna Henderson 9, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Liza Sipe 11, Katelyn Houser 6, Aimee Cloninger 6
Assists: Madison Pogue 15
Aces: Madison Pogue 3
Blocks: Madison Steed 1.5, Aimee Cloninger 1, Katie Ruff 1
South Atlantic League President Eric Krupa announced the recipients of the 2014 South Atlantic League Outstanding Achievement Awards. All 14 teams, along with the field managers and umpires, participated in the voting for these awards.
The Hickory Crawdads organization earned two awards this season. The Club Merit Award was awarded to the Hickory Crawdads, which is awarded for outstanding overall club operations. Also, Mark Seaman of the Hickory Crawdads has been selected as the winner of the General Manager of the Year award.
The Hickory Crawdads wrapped up their 2014 season in defeat Monday afternoon, as the 'Dads fell to the Delmarva Shorebirds 5-3 in front of a Labor Day crowd of 2,501 at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.
The loss kept the Crawdads from the series sweep, but the 'Dads still finished with a 3-1 series win over the Shorebirds and a 5-2 the record on road trip to end the season. Hickory's final overall record of 80-59 marked the fifth time in franchise history and the first in their six years as a Rangers affiliate that the Crawdads reached the 80-win plateau.
The 'Dads jumped out to an early lead in the 3rd inning, with the club scoring three runs, one earned, one two hits, two walks, a hit batsman, and an error while sending all nine batters to the plate. Smerling Lantigua and Luis Marte kicked off the frame with consecutive singles against 'Birds starter Janser Severino, before Nick Urbanus reached on a fielding error to load the bases with nobody out. Evan Van Hoosier then drove in the first run with a RBI walk, followed by a RBI hit-by-pitch for Zach Cone and a RBI groundout from Jairo Beras to give the Crawdads a 3-0 advantage.
Delmarva began chipping away from there, with the Shorebirds scoring single runs in the bottom of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th innings off of Hickory starter Yohander Mendez to tie the game at 3-3. The 'Birds completed their rally in the 7th with two runs scored on four hits against Crawdads relievers Scott Williams and Ricardo Rodriguez to take the 5-3 lead they would go on to win by.
'Birds bullpen arm Nikolaus Nowottnick (1-0) earned the win with a perfect inning of work in the 7th, while teammate Derrick Bleeker earned his first save with five strikeouts over two perfect frames to end the game. Williams (2-1) took the loss for the 'Dads after giving up two runs on four hits over one inning pitched.
Ronald Guzman paced the Hickory offense with two doubles in a 2-4 game, while both Lantigua and Marte finished 1-4 with a run scored.
The Crawdads end the 2nd half with a 39-31 record, four games behind the Hagerstown Suns for the 2nd Half Northern Division title.
Appalachian State University volleyball earned Sun Belt honors in its first week of action as Emily Corrigan was named the conference Offensive Player of the Week and Paige Brown was named the Setter of the Week.
Both players had important roles in Appalachian's undefeated weekend after the Mountaineers won the Appalachian Invitational with victories over Cleveland State, Tennessee Tech and Tennesse, all in just three sets.
Corrigan was named the MVP of the tournament, averaging 4.89 kills per set for the most in the Sun Belt. The junior from Johns Creek, Ga. also tallied 44 kills in just nine sets over the weekend. Corrigan maintained a .343 hitting percentage over the three matches, while also recording 2.33 digs per set.
Corrigan notched a match-high 15 kills against Cleveland State, a team-high 13 kills against Tennessee Tech and a match-high 16 kills in the win over Tennessee.
Brown led the Mountaineers to three victories over the weekend as she averaged 12.78 assists per set, the most of any Sun Belt player. The sophomore recorded a total of 115 assists over nine sets while also adding three kills, a service ace and a block assist in the win over SEC opponent Tennessee. Brown, from Overland Park, Kan., was named to the all-tournament team.
Brown tallied match-high assists in each victory, including 39 against Cleveland State, 37 against Tennessee Tech and 39 against Tennessee.
The Mountaineers return to action tomorrow when they take on Gardner-Webb in Boiling Springs, N.C. at 7 p.m.
Senior Jessi Stuart (Middletown, Pa./Lower Dauphin) scored the only goal for the Appalachian State University field hockey team in a 4-1 loss to Ball State on Monday at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.
Ball State took advantage of an early run out to score ts first goal of the match. Sophomore Colleen McGlynn received a pass from Bianca Velez and scored in the upper right corner to take the 1-0 lead.
With a little more than 10 minutes left on the clock, senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Md./Walter Johnson) found Stuart in front of the goalie and Stuart got the shot passed the goalie to tie the match.
The Cardinals scored the next three goals of the match. Junior Bethany Han scored two goals in the second period while Merina Morley added the third goal.
Junior Cristina Ceppi (Vienna, Va./James Madison) was credited with the loss for the Mountaineers and had four saves. The Mountaineers outshot the Cardinals 11-9 in the match. Junior Shelby Henley moved to 2-0 on the season for Ball State and had six saves in the match.
Appalachian will travel to Hanover, N.H. on Friday to take on Pacific at 1 p.m. in its first NorPac conference match of the season before returning home on Sunday to play Rider at 1 p.m.
The Hickory Crawdads offense broke out against the Delmarva Shorebirds Sunday night with a little help from the 'Birds themselves, as the 'Dads scored 10 runs on 10 hits, 8 walks, and three Delmarva errors en route to a 10-6 win over the Shorebirds at Arthur W. Purdue Stadium.
The 10-run outburst marked the first time the Crawdads reached double-digit runs in exactly a month, with the last occurrence coming on July 31 in a 10-1 win in Savannah. Eight of the nine 'Dads starters reached base safely at least once, while seven of the nine ended the night with at least one hit. Both Zach Cone (2-5, HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, BB) and Travis Demeritte (1-3, HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB) went deep in the offensive outburst, while Ronald Guzman (2-4, 2 2B, 2 BB, RBI, R) and Jairo Beras (2-3, 2B, BB, R) each finished with multi-hit games.
The seesaw contest featured four lead changes with the two teams combining to score at least one run in seven of the nine innings. The offense came first for the Shorebirds, with the 'Birds getting to Crawdads starting pitcher Frank Lopez for three runs in the 2nd and for an unearned tally in the 3rd to jump out to a 4-0 lead.
The 'Dads got on the board in the 4th when Demeritte clubbed his South Atlantic League-leading 25th home run of the year to left field, with the two-run shot cutting the Hickory deficit to 4-2. The Crawdads were able to tie the score with two unearned tallies in the 6th without the benefit of a hit, as the 'Dads combined a leadoff error that allowed Joe Jackson to reach with walks to Demeritte and Luis Marte to load the bases. Nick Urbanus, and Evan Van Hoosier followed with a pair of RBI walks to bring in two runs and deadlock the score at 4-4.
Hickory took their first lead off the contest with another unearned run in the top of the 7th, this time with consecutive walks by Cone and Jackson followed two outs later with a throwing error from Shorebrids third baseman Ronarsy Ledesma that allowed Cone to score to give the Crawdads a 5-4 advantage. The 'Birds quickly countered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame, with Ledesma redeeming himself for the error with a two-RBI single to put Delmarva back on top 6-5.
Trailing once more, the 'Dads rallied again in the top of the 8th with a RBI double by Guzman, a 2-run homer from Cone, and a RBI sacrifice fly by Demeritte to surge the Crawdads back ahead of the Shorebirds for a 9-5 advantage. The 'Dads capped off the scoring with one last tally in the top of the 9th, with Van Hoosier plating Marte on a RBI groundout for the final 10-6 score.
Hickory reliever Patrick Kaminska (5-1) earned the win after throwing three scoreless innings on two hits and three strikeouts, while Delmarva bullpen arm Nick Cunningham (2-5) took the loss after allowing five runs, four earned, on five hits, one walk, and one strikeout during his two innings pitched.
The Crawdads (39-30) now sport an 80-58 overall record for the season, marking the first time the 'Dads have reached 80 wins in a season as a Texas Rangers affiliate. Hickory will try to finish off the season ending four-game sweep in the final game of the year Monday at 2:05 pm.
Over the weekend, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team competed in the Owens Express Invitational in Toldeo, Ohio. CVCC fell to Parkland 3-0 on Friday, beat St. Clair later in the day 3-1, fell to Grand Rapids 3-1 on Saturday morning and beat the host school Owen Saturday night 3-2. CVCC is 4-2 on the season. They host Rockingham Community College Tuesday.
Catawba Valley at Owens Community College 2014 “Owens Express Invitational”, Toledo, Ohio
Friday, August 29 – Saturday, August 30, 2014
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Parkland College
August 29, 2014
Parkland 3, CVCC 0
25-21, 25-21, 25-13
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 12, Anna Henderson 8, Rachel Anderson 3
Digs: Katelyn Houser 10, Aimee Cloninger 10, Madison Pogue 9
Assists: Madison Pogue 17
Aces: Hannah Griffin 3, Madison Pogue 2, Rachel Anderson 1, Lyndsey Detter 1
Blocks: Hannah Griffin 1, Rachel Anderson 1
The Lady Red Hawks traveled to Ohio to compete in the 2014 Owens Community College Labor Day Tournament. In the first game of the day on Friday, August 29th, Catawba Valley faced Parkland College, who is ranked number 1 in the NJCAA polls. The Red Hawks fought hard, but the middle attack of the Parkland offense was too much for the Red Hawks to handle and they dropped three straight sets 25-21, 25-21, and 25-13.
Aimee Cloninger led in kills for the Red Hawks with 12 followed by Anna Henderson with 8 and Rachel Anderson with 3. Aimee Cloninger and Katelyn Houser had 10 digs each for the match and Madison Pogue added 9 digs and 17 assists.
Serving was aggressive for Catawba Valley with Hannah Griffin leading the way with 3 followed by Madison Pogue with 2 and Rachel Anderson and Lyndsey Detter with 1 ace each. Hannah Griffin and Rachel Anderson each had a block solo.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. St. Clair County Community College
August 29, 2014
CVCC 3, St. Clair 1
25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 19, Anna Henderson 9, Rachel Anderson 9, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Katelyn Houser 22, Rachel Anderson 17, Aimee Cloninger 13, Madison Pogue 8
Assists: Madison Pogue 33
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 3, Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2
Blocks: Anna Henderson 4.5, Tiffany Brooks, 2.5, Aimee Cloninger 2
The Lady Red Hawks won the afternoon match on Friday, August 29, 2014 as they took on the “Skippers” of St. Clair County Community College in their second match at the Owens CC Labor Day Invitational. CVCC defeated St. Clair 3-1 with scores 25-15, 22-25, 25-23, 25-21. Catawba Valley dominated the first set scoring on 11 of 24 kill attempts with no hitting errors. The Red Hawks slipped in set two, but regained momentum in the third set to clinch control of the match. Leading the way for CVCC was outside hitter Aimee Cloninger who had a season high 19 kills for the match as well as 13 digs and 2 service aces. Also contributing in the kill category was sophomore co-captain Anna Henderson and freshman outside hitter Rachel Anderson who both had 9 kills for the match.
Hannah Griffin added 6 kills. Defense was controlled for the Red Hawks by Katelyn Houser who had 22 digs for the match followed by Rachel Anderson with 17 digs. Madison Pogue had 33 assists for the match as well as 2 aces. Lyndsey Detter led the team in the serving category with 3 aces for the match. The Red Hawks defended the net well with 12.5 total team blocks. Anna Henderson had 4.5 blocks; Tiffany Brooks added 2.5 and Aimee Cloninger had 2.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Grand Rapids Community College
August 30, 2014
Grand Rapids 3, CVCC 1
25-22, 26-24, 24-26, 25-18
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 15, Tiffany Brooks 8, Rachel Anderson 7, Hannah Griffin 7
Digs: Katelyn Houser 23, Madison Pogue 19, Rachel Anderson 14, Aimee Cloninger 12
Assists: Madison Pogue 37
Aces: Lyndsey Detter 2, Aimee Cloninger 2, Madison Pogue 2
Blocks: Tiffany Brooks 4.5, Anna Henderson 2.5
Catawba Valley faced Grand Rapids Community College in their first match of the day on Saturday, August 30th. Predicted to be a tough match-up between the number 10 ranked Grand Rapids and number 18 ranked CVCC, the fans were not disappointed. The Red Hawks battled through the first set, but fell short, 25-22. In the second set, CVCC had an impressive 14 kills, but it was not enough and the Raiders came out on top 26-24. The Hawks rebounded in the third set and refused to be swept by Grand Rapids winning set three, 26-24. However, unforced errors in the final set were too much for Catawba Valley to overcome and they lost set four, 25-18.
Offense for the Red Hawks was led once again by Aimee Cloninger with 15 kills for the match. Tiffany Brooks had an impressive 8 kills and 4.5 blocks against the Raiders, her best statistical match of the year so far. Also contributing in the kill category was Rachel Anderson and Hannah Griffin with 7 kills each. Anna Henderson added 6 kills for the match and freshman Emily Horn came in and provided a much needed offensive boost with 5 kills for the match. Libero Katelyn Houser had 23 digs against the Raiders followed by Madison Pogue with 19, Rachel Anderson with 14 and Aimee Cloninger with 12. Madison Pogue controlled the offense with 37 assists for the match and also added 2 aces.
Catawba Valley Community College vs. Owens Community College
August 30, 2014
CVCC 3, Owens 2
25-23, 15-25, 21-25, 26-24, 19-17
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 16, Anna Henderson 15, Rachel Anderson 6, Tiffany Brooks 4, Hannah Griffin 4
Digs: Katelyn Houser 35, Rachel Anderson 24, Aimee Cloninger 12, Madison Pogue 10
Assists: Madison Pogue 29, Katelyn Houser 3
Aces: Aimee Cloninger 3, Madison Pogue 1, Rachel Anderson 1, Lyndsey Detter 1, Katelyn Houser 1
Blocks: Anna Henderson 6, Madison Pogue 2.5, Tiffany Brooks, 2, Hannah Griffin 2
In their last match of the Owens Express Invitational Tournament, the Red Hawks faced host school Owens for an afternoon match-up. CVCC started out strong and won the first set 25-23 before losing focus and dropping sets two and three 15-25 and 21-25. Refusing to accept defeat, Catawba Valley regained momentum and fought to a set four 26-24 victory, forcing the deciding fifth set. In the final set, CVCC jumped to an early 4-0 lead before Owens came back and took the lead 10-7. The two teams battled back and forth to a final score of 19-17 with the Lady Red Hawks securing the match.
Aimee Cloninger was unstoppable and once again led the offense with 16 kills and 3 aces. Anna Henderson had a season high 15 kills for the match as well as a season high 6 total blocks. Also contributing offensively was Rachel Anderson with 6 kills and Tiffany Brooks and Hannah Griffin with 4 kills each. Also breaking new ground was Katelyn Houser who had a season high 35 digs for the match followed by Rachel Anderson who had an equally amazing dig total of 24 for the match. Madison Pogue led the assists category with 29 assists and Katelyn Houser put up 3. In addition to Aimee Cloninger’s 3 aces, Madison Pogue, Rachel Anderson, Lyndsey Detter and Katelyn Houser each contributed 1 ace for the match.
The Red Hawks overall record is 4-2 and their conference record is 0-0.
Catawba Valley is home again on Tuesday, September 2nd against Rockingham Community College at 6:00 and will host the Region X Extravaganza over the weekend of September 5-6th.