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Appalachian State University women’s tennis (4-12) won the doubles point and grabbed two singles wins, but it wasn’t enough in a 4-3 setback to College of Charleston on Wednesday at Patriots Point.

The Apps won the doubles point in thrilling fashion taking two out of three matches. Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) and McKayla Zupan (Wilmington, N.C./Hoggard) claimed their team-leading seventh win of the season with a 6-3 triumph as the No. 2 duo over Rachel McNeely and Turner Yates. Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) would fall in their match to Liza Fieldsend and Christi Woodson, 7-5, leading the doubles portion to a 1-1 tie.

With both teams capturing a match, Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) gave App the 1-0 lead in an exciting 7-6 (7-3) victory over Sarah Jane Jones and Sarah Zschunke as the No. 3 tandem.

However, App couldn’t keep the momentum going with the hosts picking up four of six singles matches. Swope fell to Fieldsend in a hard-fought contest 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) before Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) suffered a 6-1, 6-3 setback to Woodson.

In No. 3 singles, Wreder would fall to Mara Argyriou in a tight match 6-2, 6-4, and Bygrave tried to bring App back but fell to Anastasia Palaska 7-5, 6-3.

With the Cougars having already clinched the match, Machado and Mullen ended the day on a high note for the Mountaineers. Machado dealt McNeely a 6-4, 7-6 (10-8) defeat as the No. 4 in the lineup. Mullen followed up with a three-set triumph over Turner Yates, 7-6 (7-4), 1-6, 10-3.

App will have a quick turnaround as it faces Charleston Southern tomorrow at 1 p.m. in Charleston.

Left-handed pitcher Bobby Hampton (Pikeville, N.C./C.B. Aycock) had a career afternoon on Wednesday as Appalachian State University got its second-straight win over NC Central, 7-5, at Durham Athletic Park.

The Mountaineers (8-9) outlasted a late push by the Eagles (9-8) to get their second-straight midweek win and 12-plus hitting night.

Sophomore Hampton went 6.2 innings on the evening, allowing just two runs, seven hits and striking out a career-high 10 batters. He becomes just the sixth Appalachian pitcher since 2013 to strike out double-digit batters in a game.

Mountaineer batting was also on display on Wednesday, having four players with a multi-hit effort. Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) both led with the way with 2-3 outings, with Stroup having an RBI. Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) and Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) went 2-4 and 2-5, respectively, with Jackson having an RBI triple in the fourth.

Appalachian got on the board first in the top of the third when after a few walks and a bunt, Grubbs singled to left field to put Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) on second and Stroup on third. Then, the Eagles’ pitcher failed on a pickoff attempt and allowed Grubbs to take second and Zupcic and Stroup to score.

No inning would see more damage offensively than the fourth, however, as a leadoff single by Seagle and the Jackson triple scored the first run, before Stroup lined one to the right field fence to bring home Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) from second. Zupcic then reached first before capitalizing on a wild pitch and throwing error by the pitcher to make it to third. Grubbs then rocketed one down the left-field line to bring him home.

The final run for App State would come in the fifth when a Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) single, followed by a Jackson laser through the left side. Vernon then scored on heads-up baserunning when Bauk reached on a fielder’s choice that was close and as the defense waited on the call that was eventually safe, Vernon ran home.

Several Mountaineer pitchers got to see action over the last quarter of the game with Tristan Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest), Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline) and Seth Hardin (Climax, N.C./Providence Grove) all facing batters in relief. The Eagles then loaded the bases late in the ninth and, with the tying run on deck, Reed Howell (Goldsboro, N.C./Rosewood) came in to finish the game and get the save.

The Mountaineers will now travel to Lafayette, La. to face their first conference opponent of 2017: Louisiana. First pitch on Friday, March 17 at 7 p.m. eastern.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Lacrosse Team (4-3) put up a valiant effort but fell short to No. 13 Lock Haven (3-0), 13-10, Wednesday afternoon at chilly Moretz Stadium.

Lock Haven’s Rachel Engler (Perkiomenville, Pa.) scored four goals as the Bald Eagles were able pull out a close victory over the Bears as the advantage was never more than three goals the entire contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) with four goals as well while freshman midfielder Alyssa Sack (Senoia, Ga.) added three scores in the setback. Both players also had two assists while Sack now leads the team with 15 goals and 19 points.

With the score tied at nine, Engler gave the Bears the lead for good with a goal at the 10:51 mark of the second half and the Bald Eagles were able to hold on for the victory.

Lock Haven held the advantage in both shots taken (27-23) and ground balls (21-17) while Hannah Houde (Jackson, N.J.) earned the win in goal after making seven saves. Lenoir-Rhyne junior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) suffered the loss despite stopping eight shots.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game on Saturday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, 16 March 2017 08:10

App State Men's Tennis Defeats Oral Roberts

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis (9-6) came back from a 1-0 deficit in doubles play to upend Oral Roberts (5-8) on Wednesday morning in Daytona, Fla.

The Mountaineers finish 7-5 on the 12-match road trip while winning six of their previous seven contests. App needed to win four singles matches after dropping the doubles portion. The win also gives App its third win streak of at least three matches this season.

“Today was a great test for us, especially when we face a deficit going into singles,” said head coach Bob Lake. “We bounced back very well, and the guys stepped up when we needed them to.

Appalachian’s lone win in doubles play came from No. 1 duo Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood), who improved to 5-1 as a tandem with a 6-1 win over Jan Pehnec and Kenneth Boykin.

However, the Owls narrowly picked up the next two doubles matches by two points in both contests. Trey Morris (Gerton, N.C./Abraham Baldwin Agriculture) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) fell to Barnabas Koncz and Amar Saletovic, 6-4. In the tiebreaking match, Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) suffered a 7-5 setback to Michael Sosnowski and Alvaro Santamaria.

With ORU leading 1-0, Brea stepped up in his singles match to tie up the contest in the No. 6 slot, as he dealt Eddy Leardini a straight-set defeat, 6-1, 6-0. Webster gave App State the lead for good when he toppled Koncz, 6-1, 6-2, and won his seventh-straight match to improve to 11-3 in singles.

Maddocks reeled in his 10th singles win of the season when he earned a hard-fought 6-3, 7-5 win over Pehnec Appalachian held the 3-1 edge before Morris clinched the win over Saletovic 6-2, 6-3 as the No. 3 in the lineup.

App will have 15 days off before they finish the season with five-straight home matches, beginning with UNC Greensboro at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 31.


Appalachian State University field hockey earned multiple National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) Division I Academic Awards for their hard work in the classroom during the 2016 fall season.

On March 8, App State was one of over 70 schools to earn Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Team Honors. In order to receive this distinction, teams have to achieve a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher during the fall semester and the Mountaineers wrapped up the fall acquiring a 3.34 team GPA.

For the individual honors, 13 Mountaineers were tabbed to the Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad for earning a cumulative GPA of 3.3 or higher and Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont (Ohio State)), Melissa Nobile (Hillsborough, N.J./Hillsborough) and Ali Williams (Myersville, Md./Middletown) grabbed the Scholar of Distinction Award for achieving a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher for the 2016 fall semester.

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad
Lydia Bullock
Rachel Gaines
Rebecca McLean
Melissa Nobile
Marissa O’Brien
Maddie Phillips
Isabelle Seligman
Kaley Selner
Savanna Sheridan
Michelle Taylor
Jordan Van Cleave
Ali Williams
Mallory Wolf

Zag Field Hockey/NFHCA Division I Scholars of Distinction
Rachel Gaines
Melissa Nobile
Ali Williams

Thursday, 16 March 2017 07:59

CVCC Volleyball Signs Atkins From Pine Forest

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Nadiea Atkins of Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville, NC signed recently to play volleyball this fall at Catawba Valley Community College. Present for the signing were Tracy Atkins, Larry White, Pine Forest Principal David Culbreth, CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson, CVCC Assistant Coach Mark Wimberley, friends and faculty members.

In her senior year at Pine Forest, Atkins was named the Most Valuable Player. Atkins played for Coach Monique Daniels with the Sandhills Volleyball Club.
CVCC Head Coach Shannon Hudson is anticipating great things from Atkins and is excited to add her to the Red Hawk’s line-up for the fall 2017 season. “Nadiea is quick, athletic and powerful. Her strengths fit perfectly with the type of offense we run and I know Nadiea will adapt to our systems well.”

Atkins plans to complete her Associate in Arts degree then transfer after her two years at CVCC.

Strong hitting shot Appalachian State University baseball out of the gates fast, pushing it to a 9-5 victory over NC Central on Tuesday night at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte, N.C.

The Mountaineers (7-9, 0-0 Sun Belt) used a season-high 14 hits to down the Eagles (9-7, 2-1 MEAC), scoring six runs in the first two innings of the ballgame to set the tone from first pitch. It’s the most amount of hits the team has had since April 29, 2016, against Arkansas State.

The Black and Gold started things off with a bang, scoring three runs in the first inning. Leadoff batter Calev Grubbs (Lexington, S.C./White Knoll) hit a bullet to the pitcher to reach base, before advancing to second on a wild pitch. Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) then continued the aggressive attack, singling to left field where a fielding error led to him taking second base and push Grubbs home.

Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) then drew a walk, only to be then hit around on a Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) rocket through the left side. Brian Bauk (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) then shot one up the middle, allowing both Vernon and Curtis to score.

The bats continued to be lit in the second inning, aided by two errors by the Eagles’ fielders. Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) reached first on a throwing error and then took second base before Grubbs drew one of his two walks on the night. Appalachian as a whole set a new season-high for walks-drawn, drawing walks nine times on the night.

Curtis then also reached on a fielder’s choice that pushed Zupcic across the plate, extending the Mountaineers lead to four. Vernon then lined a double down the left field line scoring Curtis for the second run of the inning. Colin Schmid (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) was able to score Vernon on a liner to left field while earning his first RBI on the season.

Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) then added to his home run total in the third inning when he sent a solo bomb to right field against wind – the lone App State run of the inning.

The Mountaineers would strike again in the fifth inning behind Vernon’s bat. Zupcic led off the inning with a single, while Grubbs walked and speedy Curtis loaded the bases with a bunt single. The Eagles’ were able to get the double play, but not before Zupcic scored.

Appalachian put together back-to-back scoring innings by plating another batter in the sixth inning. Seagle led off the inning by drawing a walk but was put out on a fielder’s choice on a Bauk dribble down the third-base line. Bauk then recorded his second stolen base of the season and scored on a Stroup double down the right field line.

On the mound tonight, App State senior right-handed pitcher Matt Schaeffer (Port St. Lucie, Fla./John Carroll Catholic (Tallahassee CC)) got his first career start and turned in a fine 3.0-inning performance, allowing just four hits, two runs and striking out two batters. Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) received the win on the night, also going 3.0 innings, allowing just two hits, no earned runs in 13 batters faced.

Thomas Young (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek (Wingate)) and Sean Mason (Austin, Texas/McNeil) closed out the final two innings of the game. They allowed just six hit and two runs between them, striking out two batters each.

The Mountaineers will complete Game Two of this midweek home-and-home series with NC Central on Wednesday, March 15, traveling to Durham, N.C. and Durham Athletic Park. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team (7-5) shut out Montreat (4-6), 8-0, Tuesday morning at Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort.

Two players for the Bears – freshman Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) and sophomore Alex Crespo Sanchez (Valencia, SPAIN) – won at both singles and doubles to lead Lenoir-Rhyne to the win.

In the next round of matches at Hilton Head Island on Wednesday, Lenoir-Rhyne faces Edinboro (10:00 a.m.) while Montreat takes on Asbury (12:30 p.m.) and Shepherd (5:45 p.m.).

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 8, Montreat 0
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort)

Singles competition:
1. Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. Leopoldo Lucero (MONTREAT), 6-3, 6-3
2. Shane O'Dea (LR) def. Lorward Choi (MONTREAT), 6-1, 6-2
3. Paul Lenz (LR) def. Jackson Plyler (MONTREAT), 6-1, 6-2
4. William Hewett (LR) def. Jacob Summerville (MONTREAT), 6-0, 6-2
5. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR) vs. Eric Dunlap (MONTREAT), unfinished
6. Camden Tucker (LR) def. No player (MONTREAT), by default

Doubles competition:
1. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Jackson Plyler/Leopoldo Lucero (MONTREAT), 8-2
2. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Lorward Choi/Eric Dunlap (MONTREAT), 8-4
3. William Hewett/Alex Ayguavives (LR) def. No player/No player (MONTREAT), by default

Records: Montreat (4-6), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-5)

Tuesday, 14 March 2017 22:48

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Sweeps Clarion

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (7-7) shut out Clarion (3-4) by a 7-0 score Tuesday afternoon at the Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by sophomore Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND), the lone player who prevailed at both singles and doubles competition for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at Noon at Hickory High School while Clarion plays Fairmont State in Hilton Head Island, S.C., on Wednesday.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final
Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Clarion 0
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Hilton Head Island, S.C. (Hilton Head Island Beach & Tennis Resort)

Singles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Alivia Arnold (CLARION), 6-3, 6-4
2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Maria Snyder (CLARION), 6-1, 7-6
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Michelle Petrilla (CLARION), 6-1, 6-1
4. Jessica Rumple (LR) def. Vinisha Reddy (CLARION), 2-6, 6-3, 11-9
5. Abbi Wood (LR) def. Allison Probst (CLARION), 6-2, 6-0
6. Caroline Lindsey (LR) def. Katie Benson (CLARION), 6-1, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR) vs. Alivia Arnold/Maria Snyder (CLARION), unfinished
2. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Allison Probst/Michelle Petrilla (CLARION), 8-3
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) vs. Vinisha Reddy/Katie Benson (CLARION), unfinished

Records: Clarion (3-4), Lenoir-Rhyne (7-7)

Appalachian State’s Walker Brinker (Sanford, N.C.) posted a career-best finish and his first career Top 10, tying for eighth, to boost the Mountaineers to a tie for seventh at the 2017 Bash at the Beach at the Surf Beach and Golf Club.

App State (+41) tied with Wright State to finish in the top half of the field at the event, which wrapped up in cold and windy conditions on Tuesday.

Brinker (74-72-72, +5) had a birdie-birdie finish and had four in his 1-over round for his first career Top 10. He finished five off the pace set by Fairleigh Dickinson’s U Minn Woon and George Washington’s Logan Lowe, who tied for medalist honors at even-par.

South Carolina Beaufort (+22) edged George Washington (+23) for the team title. Jacksonville State (+25), Western Illinois (+29) and Oakland (+35) round out the top five.

App State’s Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md.) tied for 22nd after closing the event with a 77 (+5). Sophomore Alex Burris (Greensboro, N.C.) added a 75 (+4) on Tuesday and finished tied for 26th.

Freshman Noah Schneider had 13 pars in his round of 76 (+5) to close out the tournament and tie for 32nd. Freshman Tripp Summerlin (Summerfield, N.C.) tied for 78th. Sophomore Thomas Hodges (Waxhaw, N.C.) tied for 62nd playing as an individual.

App State hosts again next weekend in Wilmington, N.C. at Cape Fear National. Play begins Sunday with 36 holes.

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