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Appalachian State University women's tennis posted another solid weekend at the Wake Forest Invitational with four finals appearances in singles and doubles action.

App State turned in a 20-plus victories for the second time in as many tournaments, while it's also the second fall invitational in a row a Mountaineer captured a singles flight championship in María José Zacarias. The freshman finished 3-0 en route to picking up the C2 Single Flight title with two of the three wins in three sets. She defeated opponents from Wake Forest, Western Carolina and capped off the run with a straight-set triumph over Owens from Richmond.

Along with Zacarias, Rebecca Morse and Marisa Anthony had a stellar weekend advancing to the final round in their respective flights. Morse netted victories against in-state foes Elon and Charlotte before falling in the title match in a valiant effort to Roka from James Madison, while Anthony would defeat her first two opponents in straight sets from Wright State and Asheville. In the title match, Anthony and Horvat (UNC Asheville) faced off in a three-set battle that would go in Horvat's favor.

Heidi Swope produced a third-place finish with a pair of wins in the D2 Singles bracket, downing foes in three sets from Elon and UNCA. Both wins from Swope were come-from-behind victories. Fellow junior Taylor Bygrave went 2-0 following a setback on the opening day of the tournament to post a fifth-place finish with straight-set victories over James Madison and Marshall. Both Melissa Machado and Emily Gaskins tallied wins in their brackets against Winthrop and Charlotte, respectively. Teodora Sevo won herself a match as well in the opening round over Davidson, coming back from a one-set deficit to force a tiebreaker before capturing the third and final frame, and Sandra Anglesjö nabbed a victory as well in singles action.

In doubles play, the freshmen tandem of Anglesjö and Gaskins played superb tennis as they made it to the championship round in the D Doubles flight. The duo dealt defeats to Western Carolina twice and UNCA. In the final round, the duo would fall in an entertaining final to Richmond.

Swope and Zacarias notched a victory under their belt, while Bygrave and Morse notched a pair of wins en route to playing for the fifth place match on Sunday.

Appalachian will look to continue the moment next weekend with the UNCG Hidden Dual in Greensboro, N.C.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:26

App State Volleyball Outlasts Georgia Southern

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Appalachian State took down Georgia Southern in four sets on Sunday, Oct. 8 (25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 27-25).

App State started the first set off strong with a 3-0 run. Fighting to the end, the Mountaineers lost by a mere two points with a final score of 23-25. Melissa McMath led the first set with seven kills. Ashlyn Brown had 12 assists.

The Mountaineers came out with a vengeance in the second set. Starting behind, they turned the game around to remain in the lead from 6-7 onward. At one point in the match, leading by eight, the Mountaineers pushed through for the victory 25-20.

For the third, App State stayed ahead of Georgia Southern for the entirety of the set. A 7-0 run and a 4-0 run aided in the 21-25 victory for App State. 17 kills for the team ensured points during the third set thanks to Melissa McMath, Lexi Kohut and Courtney Sullivan.

Set four was a back-and-forth battle between the Mountaineers and the Eagles. App State fell behind at 15-14 but regained the lead at 18-19 to hang on for a 27-25 victory.

App State is now 2-4 in SBC play and 7-13 overall. Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohut led the team in kills this match, and Ashlyn Brown dominated with 56 assists. Cassidy Stephenson helped the team at the net while McMath and Kohut led in points for the Mountaineers.

The Mountaineers play their next match is Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Carolina. They will play Coastal Carolina again at the Holmes Center on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m.

Taylor Cimbalist and Ali Williams scored two goals apiece to lead Appalachian State University field hockey (6-8, 2-3 MAC) to a 5-0 win over Central Michigan (0-13, 0-3 MAC) on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Chloe Bell also scored her first career goal and goalkeeper Rachel Gaines picked up her sixth victory and third shutout of the season.

With six wins this season, head coach Meghan Dawson has surpassed her single-season win total of five from her first season in 2015. This is also the first six-win season for the Mountaineers since 2009.

Just four minutes into the game and on the first shot by both sides, Williams scored off an assist from Cimbalist.

At 30:04 in the first half, Williams delivered a pass to Cimbalist for the senior's ninth goal of the year. Just 47 seconds later, Cimbalist picked up her second assist on Bell's score as the Mountaineers went into the half with a 3-0 lead.

At the 37th minute, Cimbalist scored her second goal unassisted. The senior midfielder forced CMU's goalkeeper Lily Amadio out of the goal and pushed the ball right past her for goal number 10.

Williams scored her second goal of the game and seventh of the season in the 57th minute. Senior Rebecca McLean was credited with the assist, her second this year.

Gaines made three saves against the Chippewas and the Mountaineers had 13 shots, eight shots on goal, and two penalty corners.

App State will take an eleven day break before hosting Saint Louis on Oct. 19 at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:16

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Ties Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Soccer Team (5-2-3, 2-2-2) took Anderson (5-5-1, 2-3-1) to double overtime but the contest ended in a 1-1 tie Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at home.

Both goals were scored in the first seven minutes of the match – Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kevin Nadeau, a Freedom grad, at the 3:05 mark and Anderson's Colin Burris (Milton, Ga.) at the 6:40 mark of the first half – before the contest remained scoreless the rest of the way. Nadeau's goal was the third of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 21-15 edge in shots taken. The Bears' senior goalkeeper, Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), made seven saves on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 4-0-2 at home this year while playing its fourth overtime match of the season.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Catawba in a conference match Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University men's soccer (3-5-3, 0-0-1 SBC) showcased another stingy effort on defense in its second-straight shutout and tie in a 0-0 draw against Howard (1-10-1, 0-0-1 SBC) on Saturday evening at Greene Stadium.

It's the first time App has blanked an opponent on the road since a 0-0 tie against Hartwick last season, while it's the first time since the prior campaign that Appalachian has collected back-to-back shutouts. It's the third shutout in the past five matches, and the defense has given up just two scores over the last five games (8 in prior five contests).

"It was a hard-fought point on the road in the Sun Belt," head coach Jason O'Keefe said after the conference opener. "We could have gotten more of the game but didn't. Have to give Howard credit for making things difficult for us. We will learn from tonight, recover and get ready for UNCA on Tuesday."

Both teams would come away with a pair of shots at the frame through the 110 minute of action with App firing away on an attempt in each stanza. Marc Pfrogner and Parker Washburn each had a shot on goal but would end in near misses.

Jake Chasteen helped App tally a third clean sheet this season with two saves playing the entire match.

Appalachian will return to action at home on Tuesday against UNC Asheville.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:07

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Defeats Anderson

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Soccer Team made it two victories in a row with a 3-1 win over Anderson (3-6-1, 2-4) Saturday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in a South Atlantic Conference contest.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) and sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) both tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Bears. Van Eerden's goal was just 18 seconds into the match. Brown ranks first on the team in goals scored (five) and total points (10) while Van Eerden tops the squad in assist (four).

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) registered her first goal of the year while senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win after stopping three shots. The Bears held a 20-6 edge in shots taken.

Lyssa Engle (Fairborn, Ohio) scored for the Trojans.

Lenoir-Rhyne goes to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears host Saint Leo on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.

Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:05

App State Field Hockey Blanks Central Michigan

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Sophomores Ali Williams and Melissa Nobile, each scored a goal to lead Appalachian State University field hockey (5-8, 2-3 MAC) to a 2-0 victory at Central Michigan (0-12, 0-3) on Saturday afternoon.

App State held the advantage in shots in the first half, five-to-two, but neither team was able to score. Mountaineer goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made one save and CMU's goalkeeper made two.

At the 42nd minute, freshman Veerle Van Heertum had a shot deflected by the Chippewa goalkeeper, but senior Taylor Cimbalist corralled the deflection. Cimbalist sent a pass to Williams for the sophomore's fifth goal of the season.

Central Michigan did not back down and received three penalty corners and had five shots over the next 14 minutes of play. The Mountaineer defense held strong and Gaines made two saves over that span.

Nobile scored her first goal of the season in the 56th minute, this time off another deflection by CMU's goalkeeper. The Mountaineers went up 2-0 and forced a Chippewa timeout.

Gaines picked up her fifth victory of the season and her sixth career victory, while making four saves. Both teams finished with five penalty corners, but App State out shot Central Michigan, 13-to-9.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team suffered its fifth straight loss with a 3-1 defeat to Coker (9-9, 4-5) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the DeLoach Center. The Cobras defeated the Bears by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 27-25 and 25-19.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) both totaled a team-high 12 kills in the setback. The duo also finished in double figures – Redmond with 14 and Prall with 17 – for the double-double.

Lenoir-Rhyne continues its exceptional play in blocking. The league leaders added to their total with 16 on the afternoon.

Four players had 10 or more kills for the Cobras including Taylor du Bray (Highlands Ranch, Ohio) with a match-high 16 kills. Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) finished with 49 assists as well for the Cobras.

Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its fifth straight setback and fell back to .500 on the year.

The Bears drop to 7-7 overall and 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne faces Anderson in a league match on the road Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in Anderson, S.C.

Hat tricks by pass-hungry defenders Tae Hayes and Clifton Duck coincided with a timely aerial contribution from an unlikely source.

Appalachian State's defense set a school record with six interceptions, including a record-tying three apiece from its two starting cornerbacks, and true freshman wide receiver Malik Williams threw the tiebreaking touchdown on a trick play with 5:45 remaining in the Mountaineers' 45-31 homecoming victory against New Mexico State on Saturday.

App State (3-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) trailed twice in the fourth quarter and overcame a fourth-quarter deficit in a victory at Kidd Brewer Stadium for the first time since its 31-29 win against UL Monroe in 2014.

"Guys finished in the fourth quarter, and you have got to be able to win games like this in the fourth quarter," App State head coach Scott Satterfield said. "Obviously, it was a lot closer than we wanted it and we didn't play well in spurts throughout the game, but we hung in there and our defense kept us in the game with the interceptions."

Williams, a high school quarterback, connected with true freshman Thomas Hennigan on a 27-yard score that pushed App State ahead 38-31. A fourth-down stop by linebacker Eric Boggs preceded a 56-yard touchdown run from Jalin Moore, who finished with 241 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and Duck's final interception with 1:16 left sealed the outcome.

The Mountaineers' previous record for interceptions in a game was five, set against Elon in 1968 and Mississippi College in 1991. Hayes and Duck tied Mark LeGree (2008 against Wofford) and Larry McKenzie (1973 against Davidson) for the most single-game picks in school history.

"We always try to bring out the best in each other," Duck said. "We always look for each other to make plays because we can only control what the people in our room can control. Watching film, we knew they were going to throw it a lot, having a high-powered passing offense. All week we just challenged each other on who could get interceptions and who could make those plays when the opportunity comes."

"We knew we were going to get good opportunities to come out here and make plays," Hayes added. "We knew we had to make the best of them. Every day we always get on each other — we don't like PBUs. We needed to get some picks. We don't need any PBUs. So we go at it and get after each other every day, and that's what we did today."

Moore is currently the only active FBS back with three games of at least 240 rushing yards, as he gained 244 at Idaho in 2015 and a career-high 257 at Akron last season. Terrence Upshaw added two touchdown runs, including a tying effort midway through the fourth quarter, as App State scored 31 points off the first five turnovers by New Mexico State (2-4, 0-2). The interceptions came from a short-handed secondary that had free safety Desmond Franklin making his second straight start in place of an injured Josh Thomas and strong safety Austin Exford playing extensively over the final three quarters following the departure of senior starter A.J. Howard.

Seventy-three seconds after the Mountaineers tied the game thanks to quarterback Taylor Lamb's 38-yard touchdown run with 10:31 remaining in the game, New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jason Huntley.

Moore's 41-yard carry started a drive that ended with Upshaw's 10-yard touchdown run with 7:13 left, and Duck's 39-yard interception return to the Aggies' 29 set up the go-ahead score.

Lamb looked right and fired a behind-the-line lateral to Williams, who played three years of quarterback at Chester (S.C.) High School. He hit Hennigan in stride in the end zone, allowing the Mountaineers to break a 31-all tie on a connection between two true freshmen.

"It was something that we've just been working on," Williams said. "We just knew it was the right time to run it. We just hoped that it worked out."

The Aggies moved downfield before facing a fourth-and-6 scenario from the App State 26, and Boggs tripped up Huntley as he sprinted toward the first-down marker following a short pass. An official review overturned the on-field call of a first down and ruled Huntley short of the marker.

Moore's long touchdown with 2:12 left gave App State some breathing room and capped a strong performance for the preseason offensive player of the year in the Sun Belt.

"We got our running game back today," Satterfield said. "I think Jalin had the breakout game today we've been waiting on, and that's good to see."

Sunday, 08 October 2017 22:56

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Falls At Homecoming

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team suffered a 34-7 setback to Newberry (4-2, 2-0) Saturday afternoon on the Bears' Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.

Newberry's quarterback, Greg Ruff (Rock Hill, S.C.), threw for three touchdown passes – all to wide receiver Markell Castle (York, S.C.) - and ran for a score as the Wolves built a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter. Castle finished with 135 yards receiving on six catches. Newberry has won three straight games against Lenoir-Rhyne and four consecutive games overall. The Wolves also retained the Bishops' Trophy, which marks the annual battle between the two Lutheran Schools of North and South Carolina.

The Bears' lone score came in the third quarter at the 8:56 mark when junior wide receiver T.J. Smith (Charleston, S.C.) caught a six-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.). The league's leading running back, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.), finished with 88 yards rushing and 67 yards receiving. On defense, the Bears were led by sophomore defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) with 12 tackles.

The Bears fall to 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on Limestone Saturday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. L-R won't play home again until Saturday, November 4, at 2:00 p.m., against Carson-Newman for Senior Day.

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