The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (5-1) suffered its first setback of the year – 7-2 – to Emmanuel (Ga.) Saturday afternoon in a regional contest at the Lions Complex.
Junior Sara Kalkenova (Astana, KAZAKHSTAN) and freshman Sanne Janssen (Maastricht, NETHERLANDS) won at third and fifth singles, respectively, for the Bears despite the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Dahlonega, Ga., to take on North Georgia on Tuesday, March 6, beginning at 1:00 p.m., while Emmanuel takes on UNC Asheville, an NCAA Division I school, next Saturday, March 10, at 2:00 p.m.
NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Emmanuel 7, Lenoir-Rhyne 2
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Franklin Springs, Ga. (Lions Tennis Complex)
1. Fantine Botella (EC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 6-1, 6-1
2. Pearllan Cipriano (EC) def. Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 6-1, 6-4
3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Maria Raich (EC), 6-4, 6-4
4. Victoria Silva (EC) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 1-6, 6-4, 10-8
5. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Katharina Kiderlen (EC), 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
6. Chloe O'Connor (EC) def. Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 6-7, 6-4, 10-7
1. Fantine Botella/Chloe O'Connor (EC) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-4
2. Maria Raich/Katharina Kiderlen (EC) def. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR), 8-4
3. Victoria Silva/Pearllan Cipriano (EC) def. Taylor Fredrickson/Marta Escanero Funes (LR), 8-6
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (5-1), Emmanuel (4-5)
Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,3,5,2,4,6)
It's a SoCon Sweep for Appalachian State's wrestling team.
After wrapping up a third straight regular season championship in the same venue last month, App State completed a sweep of Southern Conference titles by winning the eight-team championship tournament with 110.0 points on Saturday at McAlister Field House.
Second-place Chattanooga finished 22 points behind the Mountaineers, who benefited from individual titles by top-seeded senior Forrest Przybysz at 174 pounds and fourth-seeded tournament MVP Irvin Enriquez at 141 pounds. Redshirt freshman Alan Clothier joined Przybysz and Enriquez in clinching an NCAA Championships berth by securing the SoCon's second automatic spot at 184 pounds.
App State dominated the 10 weight classes with eight finalists, four more than the second-place total, and two wrestlers in third-place matches. As a result, JohnMark Bentley was named the league's coach of the year for the third time in the last four seasons and the fourth time in his nine seasons as the Mountaineers' head coach.
"Today was a great day for Appalachian," Bentley said. "We came in, and our guys responded. They were ready to go this morning. We had really good quarterfinal and semifinal rounds to put eight in the finals and placed all 10 of our guys in the top four in the tournament. That's really important as far as the team title. I just can't say enough about our guys because we have a young group and have a lot of these guys coming back. We're growing and continuing to improve."
The 2018 team joined the groups from 2016, 2003, 2001 and 1997 as two-way champions in the Southern Conference.
In addition to Przybysz, Enriquez and Clothier, App State was also represented by De'Andre Swinson-Barr (125 pounds), Codi Russell (133 pounds), Gavin Londoff (149 pounds), Angel Najar (157 pounds) and Cary Miller (285 pounds) in championship matches. An at-large berth into the NCAA Championships is still possible for Randall Diabe, who finished third at 197 pounds thanks to an escape in the Tiebreaker-2 period against Campbell's Chris Kober, and Laken Cook placed fourth at 165 pounds.
Enriquez opened with an 11-2 major decision against SIUE's Dakota Leach and reached the final with a 3-1 upset of top-seeded Chattanooga standout Mike Pongracz, who had claimed a victory by major decision against Enriquez during the regular season. Enriquez then won by a 14-3 major decision against Campbell's Jonathan Ryan in the final.
"I came in here and obviously had some nerves, but I knew I could win this tournament," Enriquez said. "I knew people were going to sleep on me. I came here to have fun, wrestle as hard as I could and attack. It paid off."
Przybysz, who competed at the NCAA Championships two years ago as a sophomore, secured a return trip with an 11-1 major decision against The Citadel's Robert Tywater, a 5-1 decision against Gardner-Webb's Christian Maroni and a 3-2 decision against Campbell's Andrew Morgan.
Morgan officially took a 2-1 lead on a takedown with 1:02 left in the final, but Przybysz already had a point locked up for riding time. He executed an escape with 45 seconds left to regain control and win his first conference title.
"I can't even describe how much better it is to go out like this than had I lost," said Przybysz, who also received the Pinnacle Award that goes to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA on the championship team. "It's just a night-and-day difference."
Clothier dropped an 8-2 decision against Chattanooga's Bryce Carr, the SoCon Wrestler of the Year, after recording a 10-1 major decision against Gardner-Webb's Cole Graves in the semifinal round and a 4-2 decision against Campbell's Charlie Andrews in the opening round. Since Clothier hadn't faced third-place finisher Conor Fenn of Davidson during the tournament, they concluded the event by wrestling for the league's second automatic NCAA berth at 184 pounds, and Clothier won by an 11-3 major decision.
Diabe, who went 7-0 against his SoCon competitors during the regular season, is one wrestler who could still join three of his teammates in Cleveland from March 15-17. With 33 wrestlers filling every bracket at the NCAA Championships, there are five at-large spots available for the 197-pound wrestlers who don't qualify automatically, and those selections are based on head-to-head competition, quality wins, coaches' ranking, results against common opponents, RPI, qualifying event placement and winning percentage. Those announcements are scheduled for Tuesday.
As a No. 5 seed, Swinson-Barr had the most improbable run to the championship round Saturday. He collected a third-period pin against VMI's Clifton Conway and moved on to the final because of a medical forfeit by SoCon freshman of the year Korbin Meink from Campbell.
Russell followed an 18-1 technical fall against The Citadel's Nicholas Long with an 11-5 decision against reigning SoCon champion Chris Debien, and Londoff reached his final thanks to a Tiebreaker-1 takedown that helped him claim a 4-2 semifinal win against The Citadel's Tyler Buckiso. Londoff started his day with a first-period pin of VMI's Kevin Keaveney.
Najar had technical falls by scores of 20-2 and 20-3 to advance to his final, and Miller posted an 11-0 major decision against Chattanooga's Connor Tolley in the semifinals after winning with a first-period pin against VMI's Jake Tomlinson in the opening round.
125 pounds: (5) De'Andre Swinson-Barr
W, by fall (6:21) vs. (4) Clifton Conway, VMI
W, by medical forfeit vs. (1) Korbin Meink, Campbell
Final: L, 9-5 dec. vs. (3) Alonzo Allen, Chattanooga
133 pounds: (2) Codi Russell
W, 18-1 tech. fall vs. (7) Nicholas Long, The Citadel
W, 11-5 dec. vs. (3) Chris Debien, Chattanooga
Final: L, 5-4 dec. vs. (1) John Muldoon, SIUE
141 pounds: (4) Irvin Enriquez
W, 11-2 maj. dec. vs. (5) Dakota Leach, SIUE
W, 3-1 dec. vs. (1) Mike Pongracz, Chattanooga
Final: W, 14-3 maj. dec. vs. (2) Jonathan Ryan, Campbell
149 pounds: (1) Gavin Londoff
W, by fall (3:00) vs. (8) Kevin Keaveney, VMI
W, 4-2 (tiebreaker 1) vs. (4) Tyler Buckiso. The Citadel
Final: L, 3-1 dec. (SV) vs. (2) Tyshawn Williams, SIUE
157 pounds: (1) Angel Najar
W, 20-2 tech. fall vs. (8) Ethan Phillips, The Citadel
W, 20-3 tech. fall vs. (5) Karsten Van Velsor, SIUE
Final: L, 10-3 dec. vs. (2) Tyler Marinelli, Gardner-Webb
165 pounds: (6) Laken Cook
L, 10-3 dec. vs. (3) Quentin Perez, Campbell
W, by fall (1:12) vs. (7) Hunter Costa, Davidson
W, 8-4 dec. vs. (4) Brett Stein, Gardner-Webb
Third-place match: L, 11-7 dec. vs. (3) Quentin Perez, Campbell
174 pounds: (1) Forrest Przybysz
W, 11-1 maj. dec. vs. (8) Robert Tywater, The Citadel
W, 5-1 dec. vs. (4) Christian Maroni, Gardner-Webb
Final: W, 3-2 dec. vs. (3) Andrew Morgan, Campbell
184 pounds: (2) Alan Clothier
W, 4-2 dec. vs. (7) Charlie Andrews, Campbell
W, 10-1 maj. dec. vs. (4) Cole Graves, Gardner-Webb
Final: L, 8-2 dec. vs. (1) Bryce Carr, Chattanooga
Match for 2nd NCAA berth: W, 11-3 maj. dec. vs. (5) Conor Fenn, Davidson
197 pounds: (1) Randall Diabe
W, by fall (2:01) vs. (8) Jake Koch, VMI
L, 4-3 dec. vs. (4) Sawyer Root, The Citadel
W, by fall (6:19) vs. (3) Christian Dulaney, SIUE
Third-place match: W, 5-4 (Tiebreaker 2) vs. (6) Chris Kober, Campbell
285 pounds: (2) Cary Miller
W, by fall (1:48) vs. (7) Jake Tomlinson, VMI
W, 11-0 maj. dec. vs. (3) Connor Tolley, Chattanooga
Final: L, by fall (1:48) vs. (1) Jere Heino, Campbell
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (6-2) won its third straight match with a 6-3 triumph over Emmanuel (Ga.) (4-7) Saturday afternoon at the Lions’ complex.
Two Bears – junior Shane O’Dea (Dublin, IRELAND) and senior Tomas Hons (Valasske Mezirici, CZECH REPUBLIC) – won at both singles and doubles play to lead Lenoir-Rhyne to the road victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Dahlonega, Ga., to take on North Georgia on Tuesday, March 6, at 1:00 p.m., while Emmanuel takes on UNC Asheville next Saturday, March 10, beginning at 2:00 p.m., on the road.
NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 6, Emmanuel 3
Saturday, March 3, 2018
Franklin Springs, Ga. (Lions Tennis Complex)
1. Tom Jarry (EC) def. Hamed Gandouz (LR), 6-1, 6-0
2. Noah Johansen (EC) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-1, 6-0
3. Tomas Hons (LR) def. Juan Carlos Romero (EC), 6-3, 7-6
4. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Lucas Pereira (EC), 6-7, 7-5, 6-1
5. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Lucas Hideo Sasaki (EC), 6-1, 6-1
6. Enrique Alcacer (EC) def. Paul Lenz (LR), 3-6, 6-4, 6-2
1. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Tom Jarry/Noah Johansen (EC), 8-5
2. Paul Lenz/Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Enrique Alcacer/Juan Carlos Romero (EC), 8-2
3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Jorge Canadas/Lucas Pereira (EC), 8-6
Records: Lenoir-Rhyne (6-2), Emmanuel (4-7)
Order of finish: Doubles (2,1,3); Singles (2,6,4,1,5,3)
Lenoir-Rhyne (15-7, 4-2) and Catawba (8-11, 4-2) split a South Atlantic Conference Baseball doubleheader Saturday afternoon at Newman Park. The Indians rallied to win the first contest by a 6-5 score while the Bears earned the shutout victory in the nightcap, 5-0.
In game one, the Indians were able to rally from a 4-0 deficit to take the win. Catawba’s Luke Setzer (Salisbury, N.C.) hit the game-winning, run-scoring single in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Catawba’s Heath Mitchem (Salisbury, N.C.) also drove in two runs while Clay Young (Greensboro, N.C.) (2-2) earned the win in relief and Connor Johnson (Rockwell, N.C.) pitched the final two innings for his first save of the year.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior first baseman Alex Reynolds (Kings Mountain, N.C.) hit a three-run home run but senior Connor Dailey (Rutherfordton, N.C.) fell to 2-1 after taking the loss.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore John Grigg (Lawndale, N.C.) improved to 3-0 after earning the complete game victory. Grigg allowed just five hits while striking out five batters. Catawba’s Michael Elwell (Mooresville, N.C.) fell to 1-2 after being tagged with the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielders Justin Dean (Mauldin, S.C.) and Aaron Stamper (Clemmons, N.C.) hit solo home runs for the Bears. Dean has a team-leading four home runs on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne wins a weekend league series over Catawba for the first time since the 2002 season.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to Bears Field to take on Newberry in the opening game of a South Atlantic Conference weekend series next Friday, March 9, at 6pm.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team (15-4), ranked No. 15 in NCAA Division II, swept a non-conference regional doubleheader from Francis Marion (9-9), 5-1 and 8-2, Saturday afternoon at the Patriots Complex.
In game one, Lenoir-Rhyne junior outfielder Erin Boone (Creedmoor, N.C.) hit a bases-clearing triple as part of a four-run second inning to spark the offense while junior Brandi Parks (Roaring River, N.C.) improved to 6-3 on the year after picking up the complete game win.
Francis Marion’s Jennie Polak (Quincy, Ill.) drove in a run while Sydney Holland (Statesville, N.C.) fell to 5-4 after taking the loss.
In game two, Lenoir-Rhyne put the game away early with a six-run first inning. The Bears were led by sophomore designated player Mackensi Swain (Pinetown, N.C.) and freshman third baseman Talon LaClair (Statesville, N.C.) with two hits and two runs batted in each.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior Emily Kenley (Charlotte, N.C.) improved to 8-1 on the year after going the distance.
For Francis Marion, Jessica Harney (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) hit a solo home run while Reece Davis (Hickory, N.C.) fell to 4-4 after taking the loss.
The Bears are 13-1 in their last 14 contests.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to take on Davis & Elkins on Thursday, March 8, in a doubleheader beginning at 2pm.
Seniors Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) and Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) combined for 38 points as the Appalachian State men's basketball team posted a 76-67 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday afternoon.
Hinton recorded his first double-double of the season and second of his Mountaineer career with a career-high 20 points and a career-high tying 10 rebounds (four offensive). He went 7-of-10 (70.0 percent) from the field and went 3-of-6 on three-pointers. His seven made field goals represent a new career-high and his three made treys tie his career-best.
Kinney had 18 points on 6-of-8 (75.0 percent) shooting, eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) added 11 points and three assists, while junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) chipped in with 10 points off the bench.
With the win, App State (14-17, 9-9 SBC) concludes the season with a 9-4 mark inside the Holmes Center, which is their best record at home since the 2010-11 season, when the Mountaineers went 9-3 at home.
The Black and Gold used an early 6-0 run to build a 11-6 lead. For the remainder of the half, App State led by as many as seven points and took a 38-33 lead into the break.
In the second half, the Mountaineers were able to push their lead to double digits at 44-34 courtesy of an old-fashion three-point play by sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day).
The Black and Gold would expand its lead to 14 points at 58-44, only to see Coastal Carolina respond with the next five points to trim the Mountaineer lead to 58-49. Kinney would come right back with a basket to give the Apps a 60-49 advantage with 8:20 remaining.
But the Chanticleers had an answer and scored six consecutive points to pull within five points at 60-55 with 6:31 to play.
Leading by four points, a jumper from freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) put the Mountaineers up 71-65 with 1:52 to play.
The Chanticleers answered with a basket, but App State would respond with four straight points from the free throw line to open a 75-67 lead and put the game away.
App State will now turn its focus on the Sun Belt Tournament, which will tip off on Wednesday at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans. With the win, the Mountaineers are seeded 5th in the tournament, and will face the 12 seed in Little Rock.
Appalachian State softball swept Tennessee Tech in the home-opening doubleheader on Saturday, March 3. The Apps had two comeback wins, 3-2 in the first game and 10-8 in the second game. The Mountaineers improved to a 6-10 overall record.
Jenny Dodd had a fantastic day with three home runs in two games. Dodd went 1-2 in the first game when she hit her first home run of the season. She was 2-3 in the second game with two more home runs. All three home runs allowed go-ahead runs for the Mountaineers to take two from Tennessee Tech. Her three home runs combined for six RBIs today.
Game One (W, 3-2)
After two perfect innings, the Apps scored their first run in the bottom of the third. Ally Walters was the first run across the plate on the day. The Golden Eagles answered with two runs in the top of the fourth with a two-run homer.
It was not until the bottom of the sixth that the Apps regained the lead. Alisha Josey started the inning with a double to the left center fence. Jenny Dodd smacked her first home run of the season to take over the lead, bringing the score to 3-2 in favor of the Mountaineers.
Kenzie Longanecker threw 4-2/3 innings for the Mountaineers and allowed four hits with two walks and both of the Golden Eagles’ runs. Katie Williford was awarded the win after the Mountaineers made the comeback in the sixth inning. Williford pitched 2-1/3 innings with two allowed hits and two walks. The two combined for 113 pitches in the first game against Tennessee Tech.
Game Two (W, 10-8)
App State came out swinging to start off the second game of the doubleheader. Sidney Russell sparked the Mountaineer offense with a single up the middle. Alisha Josey followed with a single to center field, scoring Russell from second base after she advanced to second base on a passed ball. Haley Stewart earned an RBI after a single through the right side to score A. Josey. Dodd hit her second homer of the day for two RBIs. The Mountaineers scored four in the bottom of the first inning.
The Golden Eagles hit a solo home run from Callen Griffin to lessen the Apps’ lead, 4-1. Julianna Roupas got the Mountaineers out of the inning with a fly out and a pop up.
The Apps were not done on offense after a four-run first inning. Keri White doubled to left field and stole third base. Sidney Russell trailed with a double to score White for back-to-back doubles from the Mountaineers. Stewart’s groundout scored Russell for an RBI and the second run of the second inning.
The Golden Eagles scored six in the top of the third off of seven hits. Annaleise Kennedy came in to relieve Roupas, but Callie Kuykendall came in to finish the inning. At the end of the third, Tennessee Tech led 7-6. Once again, Dodd regained the lead for the Mountaineers with a two-run home run, her third of the day and third of the season. Alisha Josey sent a two-RBI homer out of the park in the bottom of the fifth inning. At the end of the fifth, the score was 10-7 in favor of the Mountaineers.
The Golden Eagles scored one in the top of seventh on a passed ball, but it was not enough to pull ahead of the Mountaineers. Callie Kuykendall was the winning pitcher, throwing 4-1/3 innings, allowing only one hit and walking one batter. Kuykendall had three strikeouts. The Mountaineer pitching staff threw 108 pitches, 27 pitches less than Kayla Hughes from Tennessee Tech.
Four Mountaineers had multi-hit games in the second game to contribute to a 10-8 win.
The Appalachian State baseball team pounded out a season-high 13 hits in an 8-5 win over Marshall in Saturday’s 2018 home opener.
App State (4-4) used a balanced offensive attack and a couple of big innings to take down the Thundering Herd (4-3) of Conference USA. All nine Mountaineer starters recorded at least one hit, including two-hit efforts from catcher Riley Smith, first baseman Conner Leonard, left fielder Beau Myers and center fielder Alex Leshock.
Left-hander starter Andrew Vaccacio (1-2) earned his first career win with the Black and Gold, as the junior college transfer allowed just two runs with eight strikeouts in six innings of work. Kaleb Bowman struck out three over the next 2.1 innings, and Luke Watts entered with one out in the ninth and induced a double play ball to pick up his second save of the year.
“When you talk about a big offensive day, sometimes what’s hidden is a pretty good pitching day,” head coach Kermit Smith said. “I thought Andrew did a great job. He gave up the home run to the second batter of the game and only gives up one more run through six. That’s kind of been the theme of our season is we’ve had phenomenal starts all year. Kaleb’s first two innings were dominant, and Watts only had to throw four of five pitches before the double play ball.”
Trailing 2-0 in the third inning, App State plated four runs in the bottom half of the frame to surge to the lead. The Mountaineers used four hits and two Marshall errors for the big inning. Run-scoring doubles by Bailey Welch and Jason Avers highlighted the action.
App State maintained a 4-2 lead until the bottom of the seventh, when the Mountaineers tacked on three more runs, thanks in large part to a pair of triples by Riley Smith and CJ Brown.
Smith doubled in his next at-bat in the bottom of the eighth to score Joel McDaniel and give the Mountaineers a commanding 8-2 lead. Marshall made a late push with three runs in the ninth before Watts came in and shut down the comeback.
App State managed a season high in hits for the second straight game, after piling up 12 hits in Tuesday’s 13-3 win at Western Carolina.
“Offensively, I thought it was a complete game,” Kermit Smith said. “Nothing extraordinary, just some really quality balls that were put in play.”
Shane Hanon had a three-hit afternoon and Raul Cabrera drove in three to pace the Herd. Marshall starting pitcher Wade Martin (0-1) took the loss after allowing four runs (two earned) and striking out six hits in six innings.
Appalachian State University women's basketball (7-22, 5-13 SBC) freshman guard LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) tied a career-high with 24 points, but it wasn't enough in a 66-51 decision to Coastal Carolina (16-13, 10-8 SBC) on Senior Day at the Holmes Center.
Stanley shot 10-for-22 from the field and tied a game-high with seven rebounds. It's the third time in the past six games the Rockledge, Fla., native has scored at least 20 points in a game and a team-leading 16th game in double figures. Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) finished the game with six rebounds and five points, setting the sophomore record for rebounds in a single season with 330 and counting, surpassing Brittney Whiteside's 328 rebounds from the 1985-86 campaign. It's also the second most rebounds in a campaign by a player.
The Apps held the conference's second-best offensive rebounding team with just seven rebounds while amassing 23 offensive rebounds, outscored CCU in the paint, 30-26, and forced the visitors into 21 turnovers for 21 points. The reserves also outscored the Chanticleers' bench, 15-9. However, CCU shot 51.1 percent to Appalachian's 31.8 percent showing on Saturday and doubled up on App in 3-pointers, 8-4.
Appalachian got off to the start it wanted in the opening frame with an 8-2 advantage in the first 3:38 of the contest thanks in large part to a 6-0 spurt with the game tied, 2-2. Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) connected on a jumper before Stanley drove for back-to-back layups to cap off the surge. Coastal would respond with a 7-0 run of its own to take a 9-8 edge before Stanley hit two at the free throw line followed by a Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) 3-pointer that gave the Black and Gold an eventual 13-11 lead after the frame.
Going into the second quarter, the Mountaineers wanted to build off their solid quarter. The offense went cold shooting 2-for-13 from the field that helped CCU outscore App by eight in the frame and hold a 23-17 lead into halftime. Appalachian was trailing 23-13 before Stanley hit a pair of baskets to slice the gap to just six.
Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) started App off with a 3-pointer to bring the score to 23-20. Wilson aimed to get the Mountaineers on track before CCU went on a 16-0 run to go in front by double digits. The Chanticleers eventually went into the fourth frame with a 50-31 lead.
Appalachian displayed a spirited effort in the final frame, outscoring CCU, 20-16. App shot 53.3 percent from the field and went 2-for-3 from 3-point range (2-17 first three quarters). While trailing 57-36 with 6:29 left in the game, the Mountaineers had one run left in them as they went on a 13-3 burst to bring the deficit to just 11, 60-49, with 2:28 left in the game. A layup from Plummer and three points from Gosnell led the charge. That was the closest the Apps came to within striking distance as CCU six of the final eight points to pull away for the win.
Jas Adams led three players in double figures with 20 points. Naheria Hamilton scored 17 points and DJ Williams turned in 16.
Before the game, senior student assistant P.J. Bellantoni and guard Katelyn Doub (Asheboro, N.C./Southwestern Randolph) were recognized for their dedication and commitment to the women's basketball program.
The Black and Gold will now head into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament as the ninth seed and will face eighth seeded Arkansas State. Tip-off for the first round is 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Tuesday in Lakefront Arena and the winner will face No. 1 seed Little Rock in the quarterfinals on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. (ET). All games are streamed on ESPN3.
The Appalachian State men's track & and field team landed nine All-Sun Belt honorees the league announced on Friday.
Senior Ryan Hastings (Matthews, N.C./Porter Ridge) led the way, earning First Team All-Sun Belt honors. Junior Brandon Smith (Fayetteville, N.C./Douglas Byrd), sophomore Jabari Johnson (Yokosuka, Japan/Nile C. Kinnick and freshman De'Shawn Ballard (Wilmington, N.C./Laney) earned Second Team All-Sun Belt accolades.
Senior Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almance), senior Isaiah Relliford (Winston-Salem, N.C./White Oak), sophomore Sean Doyle (Rutherfordton, N.C./Polk County), sophomore Jordan Dale (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and freshman Gable Dershem (Clayton, N.C./Cleveland) were all named Third Team All-Sun Belt.
Hastings won the 800-meter run at the Sun Belt Championships in 1:50.87, after qualifying second in prelims. Earlier this season at the Thundering Herd Invitational, he set a PR in the 800-meter run, crossing in 1:50.48. His time was a meet and facility record and also earned him Sun Belt Track Athlete of the Week honors.
Ballard recorded a second-place finish in the 200-meter dash at the Sun Belt Championships, with a PR time of 21.28 seconds. His time ranks second in the event in program history.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Ballard, Hastings, Johnson and Smith recorded a second-place finish at the Sun Belt Championships in 3:15.69. Earlier in the season at the Thundering Herd Invitational, the same team broke the school record in the event, finishing with a time of 3:14.30.
The DMR squad of Loy, Smith, Doyle and Dershem notched a third-place finish in the event at the Sun Belt Championships in 10:13.45.
Dale finished third in the high jump at the Sun Belt Championships, clearing 6-8.25. At the VMI Winter Relays earlier in the season, he set a new PR with a mark of 6-10.75. His height also ranks sixth in program history in the high jump.
Relliford would finish third at the Sun Belt Championships in the triple jump, covering a new PR distance of 47-10.00.
The Mountaineers recorded a fifth-place finish at the Sun Belt Championships and will open the outdoor season on March 15 at the 49er Classic hosted by the University of Charlotte.
MEN'S ALL SUN-BELT
Ryan Hastings, Appalachian State
Jaylen Bacon, Arkansas State
Michael Carr, Arkansas State
Tiaan Steenkamp, Arkansas State
Luke Fielding, South Alabama
Javen Jackson, South Alabama
Ben Rolader, South Alabama
Migael Strydom, South Alabama
Joel Duren, UTA
Michael Guerrero, UTA
Erik Martinsson, UTA
D'Undre Mitchell, UTA
Emeka Nwangwu, UTA
David Seastrunk, UTA
Brenden Wallace, UTA
Jemal Parharm, ULM
Alton Clay, ULM
Alvin Chikaeze, Texas State
Ben Collerton, Texas State
T-Mond Johnson, Texas State
De'Shawn Ballard, Appalachian State
Jabari Johnson, Appalachian State
Brandon Smith, Appalachian State
Heinrich Herbst, Arkansas State
Nick Hilson, Arkansas State
Itamar Levi, Arkansas State
Jacob Oury, Arkansas State
Bennett Pascoe, Arkansas State
Jamil Peeples, Arkansas State
David Phillips, Arkansas State
Cristian Ravar Ladislau, Arkansas State
Carter Shell, Arkansas State
Sven Glueck, Louisiana
Niel Giliomee, South Alabama
Rafael Scott, South Alabama
Beau Robinson, Louisiana
Justin Domangue, UTA
Jordan Dale, Appalachian State
Gable Dershem, Appalachian State
Sean Doyle, Appalachian State
Collin Loy, Appalachian State
Isaiah Relliford, Appalachian State
Charles Okeze, Little Rock
Landon Abernathy, Arkansas State
Hayden Hampton, Arkansas State
Elijah Ross, Arkansas State
Kyle Baudoin, Louisiana
Richard Delphin, Louisiana
Warno Potgieter, South Alabama
Petter Gustafsson, UTA
Joe Austin III, Texas State
Joseph Meade, Texas State
Senior Chelsey Hargrave (McLeansville, N.C./Williams) and junior Imani Chapman (Raleigh, N.C./Sanderson) were named Second Team All-Sun Belt in women's track & field.
Hargrave finished second in the long jump at the Sun Belt Championships with a leap of 19-3.25. On the season, she recorded two first place finishes in the event, including a PR distance of 19-10.25 at the Thundering Herd Invitational. Her mark sits fourth on the all-time list.
In the triple jump, Hargrave recorded a third-place finish with a mark of 40-9.50 at the Sun Belt Championships. The distance marked a season-best for her in the event.
Chapman crossed the finish line second at the Sun Belt Championships in the 60-meter hurdles in 8.49 seconds. Her time represented a new PR and was also the third fastest time in the event in program history.
App State finished sixth at the Sun Belt Championships and will begin the outdoor season at the 49er Classic on March 15.
WOMEN'S ALL-SUN BELT
Shanieke Watson, Little Rock
Arabriuan Mack, Arkansas State
Jonnay Anthony, Coastal Carolina
Annie Bothma, Coastal Carolina
Alyssa LeClaire, Coastal Carolina
Aynslee van Graan, Coastal Carolina
Lisha van Onselen, Coastal Carolina
Micaiah Dendy, ULM
Michaela Preachuk, South Alabama
Alexus Henry, UTA
Madison Pecot, UTA
Chelsie Decoud, Texas State
Tramesha Hardy, Texas State
DeAijha Hicks-Boyce, Texas State
Esther Oyetunde, Texas State
Devina Schneider, Texas State
Kylah Smith, Texas State
Sydni Willis, Texas State
Indiya Summerville, Troy
Imani Chapman, Appalachian State
Chelsey Hargrave, Appalachian State
Calea Carr, Arkansas State
Anaelle Charles, Arkansas State
Hannah Dunderdale, Arkansas State
Danielle Lorenz, Arkansas State
Sarah Michael, Arkansas State
Tori Shelton, UTA
Dawnshae Evans, Texas State
Mylana Hearn, Texas State
Madilyn King, Texas State
Nikki Sanchez, Texas State
Erin Williams, Texas State
Niata Alexander, Troy
Tiarra Bailey, Troy
Gabrielle Henders, Troy
Madison Kennedy, Troy
Precious Ogba, Troy
Ellunde Montgomery, Georgia Southern
Sholonda Snell, Georgia Southern
Breanna Thornton, Georgia Southern
Bailey Willett, Georgia Southern
Rashell Reid, Georgia State
Megan James, South Alabama
Carolien Millenaar, South Alabama
Michella Obijiaku, South Alabama
Hanna-Mai Vaikla, South Alabama
Erica Cormier-Jordan, UTA
Taylor Davis, UTA
Brianna McClure, UTA
Astrid Rosvall, UTA
Tatiyana Terrell, UTA
Courtney Johnson, Texas State
Alexis Garrett, Troy
The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team (14-6, 3-1) opened up a South Atlantic Conference weekend series with a huge 3-2 victory over rival Catawba (7-10, 3-1) Friday evening at Newman Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior designated hitter Clayton Jeffries (Lakeland, Fla.) broke a two-all tie with the game-winning solo home run to lead off the top of the ninth inning. Jeffries finished with two hits and two runs batted in. Lenoir-Rhyne's starter - junior Hunter Martin (Stanfield, N.C.) - allowed just one run in five innings of work while striking out seven batters.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Landon Whitson (Marion, N.C.) improved to 2-0 after earning the victory. Whitson registered the final five outs of the contest.
For Catawba, Jacob Nester (Kernersville, N.C.) tallied a run-scoring single while Clay Young (Greensboro, N.C.) fell to 1-2 after taking the loss.
Lenoir-Rhyne turned its first triple play in recent memory in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Catawba had come into the contest on a four-game winning streak and outscored Coker by a 57-10 margin in a three-game league sweep last weekend at home.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Lacrosse Team (5-1), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, bounced back from its first loss of the year six days ago with a 14-12 triumph over Florida Tech (1-3) Friday evening at Moretz Stadium.
The Bears were able to rally from a 3-0 deficit just over seven minutes into the contest to take the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior midfielder Ben Corrigan (Alpharetta, Ga.) and junior attacker Joe Buduo (Shrewsbury, Mass.) with four goals each in the victory. Corrigan’s goal just 24 seconds into the second period broke a four-all tie and proved to be the match-winner.
Florida Tech’s Justin Williams (Forest Hill, Md.) scored four goals as well as the Panthers cut the deficit to one goal twice – 6-5 and 10-9 – but Lenoir-Rhyne was able to hold on for the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior goalkeeper Ryan Crompton (Frederick, Md.) earned the win after stopping 15 shots while Florida Tech’s Daniel Flock (Ellicott City, Md.) suffered the loss despite 11 saves.
Buduo has a team-leading 19 goals on the year while Crompton added to his all-time saves lead with 372 after today’s performance on the Bears' career list.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s four-game home stand has come to an end.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on No. 8 Belmont Abbey on Wednesday, March 7, at 3pm.
Appalachian State University women's tennis (7-4) continued its surge with a fourth straight win defeating Radford, 6-1, on Friday afternoon at Deer Valley Racquet Club.
Appalachian's win streak is the longest since the 2015 season when it won four straight while it's the longest overall since the 2013 campaign when the Mountaineers won five in a row. Also, the 7-4 mark is the best 11-match start since the same 2013 season in which the Black and Gold started 9-2.
App State showcased a stellar performance in doubles play against a Highlanders (4-4) squad that was 32-19 (.627) coming into the match. Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken, Norrköping) and Emily Gaskins (Marietta, Ga./Walton) gave the Apps the early edge over Natalie Sayer and Tyler Blalock with a 6-4 triumph for their third win as a tandem. In the clinching match to hand App a 1-0 lead, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) registered their most impressive victory of the season over Drousile Dzeubou and Lotti Meszaros, 6-2. The duo gave RU's No. 1 pairing its first loss of the season after bringing a 7-0 record to the contest, while it snaps their 10-match win streak dating back to the fall season. Swope and Zacarias are now 7-2 on the year and have won seven consecutive matches since starting 0-2.
Ending doubles play was Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Domom Ucenika Futog), who dealt Zoe Fraser and Jeanie Acierto a 6-3 defeat to improve to 9-2 with a five-match win streak. After Friday, the Mountaineers are now a stellar 20-8 (.714) in doubles action.
Sevo kicked singles action off with a convincing, 6-1, 6-1 triumph over Sayer as the No. 2 in the lineup for win No. 7 on top of four straight victories. Appalachian then took a 3-0 advantage when Zacarias netted a 6-3, 6-4 win over Dzeubou as the No. 1. Along with Sevo, Zacarias continues her solid start to her collegiate career with five victories in a row and a 7-3 showing in 10 matches.
Just like the doubles win, Swope dominated right from the start to seal the win for the Mountaineers, downing Blalock in straight sets, 6-2, 6-1, for her third win of the year and back-to-back victories. Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) suffered a three-set defeat to Meszaros in a valiant effort. Bygrave won the first set 6-4, but suffered a 7-6 (8-6) decision and a 6-2 loss in the next two frames.
The final two matches belonged to App as Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) kept up her torrid pace with a hard-earned 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 toppling of Acierto as the No. 5 in the book to run her record to 5-2. Machado came back from a one-set deficit, 2-6, to win the ensuing frame, 7-5, to force a 10-point tiebreaker. Machado and Fraser went back-and-forth before the junior broke through to win by three points, 10-7. Morse has won four consecutive matches while Machado has won three contests in a row.
The singles play for App over the win streak has been impressive boasting a 21-3 (.875). Before the win streak, the Apps were just 13-24 in singles competition.
Appalachian will look to continue the streak on Monday when it faces Savannah State at 2 p.m. on the road.