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Appalachian State University volleyball took the match against Troy on Sunday afternoon in five sets, featuring scores of 25-20, 25-23, 17-25, 20-25 and 15-12.

The Mountaineers (13-0, 3-0 Sun Belt) won the first two sets, but the Trojans (9-6, 1-2 Sun Belt) would tie the match up, forcing it into five sets before the Apps got the win.

The first set began closely until Appalachian scored five-straight points to take a 12-8 lead. The Mountaineers continued to score, leading by at least three points for the rest of the set.

A kill from Emily Corrigan helped the Mountaineers to a 25-20 first set victory.

The Mountaineers immediately took control of the second set, jumping out to a 10-4 lead. After a Troy timeout the Trojans would begin to chip away at the lead, soon only trailing by two points, but Appalachian were able to find kills, taking a 21-16 lead.

The Trojans caught up toward the end of the set to trail 23-21 but the Mountaineets pulled off the second set win, 25-23.

Troy started the third set in control, taking an early 9-5 lead. Appalachian made several attack errors and were not able to catch up to the Trojans, never coming within more than four points for the rest of the set.

Troy took the third 25-17.

The Trojans once again began the fourth set with dominance, leading App with a score of 6-1. The Mountaineers were able to put some more points on the board, but not enough to keep up with the Trojans as they trailed 16-8.

The Mountaineers finally found kills to come within two points at the end of the set, but it was not enough as Troy took the fourth 25-20 and tied the match 2-2.

The Apps took a quick lead in the fifth and final set, but Troy was not going away, only trailing by one point for most of the set. With App leading 11-10 the Mountaineers took control, scoring four of the last six points to get the win 15-12 and win the match 3-2.

Corrigan led the team with 24 kills, while Lauren Gray followed with 13. Paige Brown had a great showing, assisting 52 kills in the win.

The Mountaineers had a great defensive match as Corrigan led with 24 digs. Meghan Mahoney and Kati Stammen each recorded 19 digs, a career high for Stammen. Olivia Loeffler recorded a career high of 18 digs, while Brown followed with 11.

The Trojans were led by Symone Shaw's 16 kills and Ali Dowdall's 25 digs.

The Mountaineers hit .129 on the match whle the Trojans hit .164. Each team tallied 11 blocks.

The Apps return to action when they travel to UL Lafayette next Friday for a 8 p.m. match.

Sunday, 21 September 2014 19:57

Appalachian State Women's Soccer Falls to Radford

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer dropped its fourth one-goal loss of the season on Sunday with a 2-1 defeat to the Radford Highlanders.

“We’ve learned a lot about ourselves this past weekend,” said assistant coach Lindsey Morgan. “We know we can come from behind and that is great, but we have to create an opportunity that we aren’t put in that position. We have a couple of things to clean up before we head to UALR and that starts tomorrow.”

The Mountaineers (3-6-0) found themselves down early in the game in the 19th minute when Radford’s Hannah Duff scored a header goal off of a corner kick to give the Highlanders the early 1-0 advantage.

The Highlanders would strike again in the 28th minute when Britney Kendall tallied a one-time goal on a cross to give Radford the 2-0 lead that would stick until halftime.

With the possession in favor of the Mountaineers, App State would come out in the second half and make it something scarce to have the ball in its defensive zone.

Controlling from the get go of the half, freshman Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was able to net her third goal of the season on a beautiful cross from senior defender Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) to cut the deficit to just one goal. Unfortunately, even with the amount of chances in Appalachian’s favor – the game would end, 2-1.

The Apps dominated in shots by a 17-11 tally, including seven on goal in the match. Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) led the team with five shots, while putting three on frame. Two of Holz’s shots came on back-to-back scoring chances that forced Radford’s keeper, Katie McCormick to make two tough saves.

The Mountaineers also led in corner kicks, 4-2. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made three saves between the pipes for App State and played the entire 90 minutes.

App State will return to action on Friday, Sept. 26 for the beginning of Sun Belt Conference play. The Mountaineers will square off with UALR in Little Rock, Ark. with kick off slated for 7 p.m.

Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) threw what appeared to be a game-tying two-yard touchdown pass to Simms McElfresh (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Christian) with six seconds to go but the ensuing extra point was blocked and Appalachian State University football suffered a heartbreaking 21-20 defeat at Southern Miss on Saturday night at M.M. Roberts Stadium.

Lamb, who was making his first-career start, engineered two touchdown drives in the final eight minutes of the game, including a 12-play, 75-yarder that was capped by McElfresh’s over-the-shoulder catch in the back corner of the end zone that looked like it would send the contest to overtime. However, Southern Miss’ Dasman McCullum blocked the extra point to maintain the Golden Eagles’ one-point lead.

Southern Miss (2-2) recovered the ensuing onside kick and knelt out the clock to escape with the victory.

Appalachian State (1-2) dominated USM in most statistical categories, including total yards (455-329), rushing yards (191-61), first downs (29-16), third/fourth-down conversions (8-of-16 to 2-of-11) and time of possession (35:51-24:09). However, the Mountaineers had three turnovers, came away with just three scores on five trips in the red zone, committed 11 penalties and, most glaringly, left 10 points on the field in the kicking game. In addition to the block extra point with six seconds to go, App State also missed all three of its field-goal attempts.

Southern Miss jumped out to a 14-0 lead less than two minutes into the second quarter but Appalachian State’s defense limited the Golden Eagles to just 101 total yards and 2.9 yards per play over their next eight possessions. The Mountaineers forced six three-and-outs during the eight-series stretch.

The dominant defensive performance allowed App State to get back into the game. The Mountaineers got on the board midway through the second quarter on a five-yard touchdown run by Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula) and tied the game at 14-14 with 5:08 to go in the game on a 10-yard pass from Lamb to Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett).

However, following Jones’ game-tying touchdown catch, Southern Miss responded with a six-play, 65-yard drive and retook a 21-14 lead on George Payne’s third touchdown of the evening, a 31-yard reception from Nick Mullens, with 2:22 remaining.

On the next series, Lamb needed just 2:16 to move the Mountaineers 75 yards for the would-be game-tying score.

The final drive capped a terrific starting debut for Lamb. The redshirt freshman completed 28-of-40 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns and ran eight times for 39 yards.

McElfresh and Jones were Lamb’s favorite targets, as they both recorded seven receptions and a touchdown catch. McElfresh finished with 68 yards while Jones tallied 61.

Cox ran for a game-high 119 yards on 22 carries (5.4 avg.).

Appalachian State’s outstanding defensive performance was led by inside linebacker John Law (Atlanta, Ga./Grady), who recorded eight tackles, including 2.5 for loss and a sack. Safety Doug Middleton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Parkland) added seven stops and cornerback Joel Ross (Damascus, Md./Damascus) had two interceptions.

The Mountaineers do not have much time to shake off the tough loss, as they open Sun Belt Conference play in just five days with a date at longtime rival Georgia Southern (2-2). The Sun Belt opener is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Paulson Stadium in Statesboro, Ga. It will be televised nationally on ESPNU.

NOTES: Appalachian State is 1-2 for the third-consecutive season ... the Mountaineers lost a regular-season game that immediately followed a bye for the first time since a 35-32 defeat at James Madison on Sept. 20, 2008 ... Appalachian had won four-straight regular-season games that immediately followed a bye ... Appalachian State missed three field goals in a game for the first time since it missed three in a 28-14 loss at Wofford on Oct. 1, 2011 ... the Mountaineers lost on a blocked PAT for the second time in their last 16 games ... App State lost in similar fashion when Illinois State blocked an extra point in overtime to hand the Mountaineers a 38-37 defeat in the second round of the 2012 NCAA Division I FCS playoffs ... Cox’s 100-yard rushing game was the eighth of his 15-game career ... Cox surpassed the 1,500-yard mark for his career in the first half ... in 15 career games, the sophomore Doak Walker Award candidate has amassed 1,530 rushing yards (102 yards per game).

Sunday, 21 September 2014 13:47

Lenoir-Rhyne Passes For 234 Yards in Rout of Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (3-0, 1-0), ranked No. 6 in NCAA Division II, pulled out another key road win with a 51-14 victory over Wingate (2-1, 0-1) in the South Atlantic Conference opener Saturday afternoon at Irwin Belk Stadium.

The Bears finished with 563 yards of total offense and scored the game's first 44 points in beating the Bulldogs for the fourth consecutive year.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) passed for a career-high 234 yards and two scores in addition to 68 yards on the ground and a touchdown in the win.

Junior running back Michael Patrick (Atlanta, Ga.) scored the game's first two touchdowns - including a 42-yard touchdown reception from Freeman to open the scoring in the first quarter - and finished with 49 yards rushing.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore wide receiver Victor Brannan (Powder Springs, Ga.) broke the game open after giving the Bears a 20-0 advantage with a 60-yard touchdown reception midway through the second quarter. Brannan finished with 118 yards receiving, a career-high, to go along with four catches in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne led 44-0 before Wingate finally got on the board when Brandon Ellington (Wilmington, N.C.) hauled in a 15-yard touchdown reception from quarterback Kyle Johnson (Hickory, N.C.) early in the final quarter. Johnson finished with 242 yards passing.

The Bears, the top-ranked rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 322 yards on the ground and were led by senior halfback Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) with 88 yards rushing.

The defense, meanwhile, registered four quarterback sacks and limited Wingate to just 20 yards rushing. Senior linebacker Tanner Botts (Lawrenceville, Ga.) tallied a team-high eight tackles in the win for the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Tusculum in a South Atlantic Conference game at Moretz Stadium on Saturday beginning at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 21 September 2014 13:45

L-R Men's Soccer Shuts Out Wingate

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (2-3-1, 2-0) remained unbeaten in South Atlantic Conference play with a 3-0 shutout of Wingate (2-2, 0-1) Saturday night at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Three players – senior midfielder Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) and freshman midfielders Leon Mueller-Wiesen (Munich, GERMANY) and Eric Elder (Lusby, Md.) – scored for the Bears in the win.

Jones’ goal came just 14:08 into the contest while Mueller-Wiesen and Elder rounded out the scoring early in the second half to put the contest away for the Bears in the 53rd and 60th minutes, respectively.

Jones fired a shot in the top right corner of the net while Mueller-Wiesen was also credited with the assist on the third goal when Elder headed the ball into the net off his corner kick.

Wingate lost despite holding a 16-9 advantage in shots taken. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) earned the shutout victory in goal. Hernandez stopped five shots on the night.

Wingate’s Stephen Banick (Pickerington, Ohio) took the loss in goal. Banick made two saves for the match.

In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Wednesday night, Lenoir-Rhyne plays at Coker at 7:00 p.m.

he 12th-ranked Wingate Volleyball Team (10-1, 3-0) snapped Lenoir-Rhyne's (8-2, 2-1) seven-match winning streak, 3-0, in South Atlantic Conference action Saturday evening at Cuddy Arena.

The Bulldogs defeated the Bears by scores of 25-16, 25-20 and 25-16 and ran their winning streak in conference regular season matches to 40.

Wingate was led by Shelly Stumpff (Iowa City, Iowa) with 11 kills while Alison Cooke (Davidson, N.C.) added 32 assists and 10 digs in the win. Four players registered nine or more kills for the Bulldogs, who hit .286 for the match.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost despite 11 kills from junior outside hitter Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) and 24 assists and 10 digs from junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.).

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to start a four-match home stand on Tuesday against Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match at 7:00 p.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (3-2-1, 2-0), the four-time defending South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Champions, stayed unbeaten in league play with a 2-1 double overtime win over Wingate (1-2-2, 1-1) Saturday afternoon at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Brianna Belsky (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.) scored the match-winner at the 104:24 mark of the second overtime to lift the Bears to the win.

Belsky scored from about 40 yards out after receiving a pass from junior midfielder Garcelle Alequine (Wilmington, Del.) in the center of the field outside the box. Alequine was credited with the assist.

The goal was Belsky's first of the season. The victory was also the first under Lenoir-Rhyne Acting Head Women’s Soccer Coach Madison Gates.

Wingate’s Brooke Howell, the team’s leading goal-scorer with five on the season, opened the scoring at the 14:01 mark of the first half.

Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Amber Madriaga (Wailuku, Hawaii) quickly tied the score with her first goal of the year in the 28th minute of action off a deflection.

Lenoir-Rhyne held a 21-18 advantage in shots taken while senior Genny Little (Fredericksburg, Va.) earned her third straight win in goal after stopping four shots. Wingate’s goalkeeper, Ashlyn Hardie (Summerfield, N.C.), suffered the loss despite totaling five saves on the day.

Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to face Coker in a league contest Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

Goalkeeper Cristina Ceppi (Vienna,Va./James Madison) recorded a career high with 16 saves on Saturday as Appalachian State University field hockey (2-5, 0-1 NorPac) dropped a 10-1 match to Miami University at the Miami Field Hockey Turf.

By the end of the first half, Ceppi had already broken her previous high of eight saves in a game which came in an 8-1 loss to Virginia Commonwealth University on Oct. 6, 2013.

The Mountaineers took the early lead in the game. Freshman Amber Prince (Sinking Springs, Pa./Conrad Weiser) netted her first collegiate goal just 10 minutes into the game, giving Appalachian a 1-0 lead.

Nearly six minutes later, the Redhawks Ali Froede scored the equalizer off a penalty corner. Miami reeled off three more goals to end the half to make the score 4-1.

The second half was all Miami. They continued to fire shot after shot and scored six goals.

Sophomore Marissa O’Brien (Yorktown, Va./Tabb) added a defensive save for her second of the season in the first half. Appalachian was outshot 34-4 and earned one corner to the Redhawks 13. Senior Dana Wetmore (Bethlehem, Pa./Freedom) had two shots for the Mountaineers and freshman Abbie Roberts (Avondale, Pa./Kennett) recorded the other shot. Freshman Jordan Van Cleave (Louisville, Ky./Ballard) recorded the assist on the Prince goal.

Appalachian state will look to bounce back tomorrow as they travel 118 miles east to Columbus to face Ohio State in only its second ever meeting at noon.

Appalachian State University men’s cross country won the 28th Winthrop Invitational team championship on Saturday.

The Mountaineers were led by a first-place individual finish from Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) with a time of 25:36.49. Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) and Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in third and fourth place, respectively. McFoy ran a time of 25:46.44, while Laratta finished in 25:55.02.

Cade Zimmerman (Tallahassee, Fla./Chiles) placed sixth and finished in a time of 26:00.45, while Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester Country Day) finished ninth with a time of 26:13.99.

Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) finished in 11th with a time of 26:37.03, while Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) was right behind in 12th and a time of 26:40.61.

“The men were able to get out well as a pack, but we need to close up our gap from our one through five and one through seven,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “We got a great individual effort from Michael to win the race. Zimmerman ran his first 8K well and McFoy helped keep the team rolling. Laratta is also progressing well to where we feel he can be.”

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 when they travel to the USC Upstate Open. The meet is slated to start at 9 a.m.

Meanwhile, Appalachian State University women’s cross country clinched the 28th Winthrop Invitational championship on Saturday morning. The win marks the second time in two weekends that the women’s team comes away with a meet title after securing the win last weekend at the Hyder-McMahill Invite.

The Mountaineers were led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who placed second overall individually with a personal record (PR) time of 17:41.14. Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudlin) and Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) were not to far behind and finished sixth and eighth, respectively. Williams ran a PR of 18:22.16, while Campanaro finished with a PR of 18:29.38.

Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) placed 10th and finished with a time of 18:37.76, while Dana Cox (Apex, N.C./Panther Creek) finished just behind in 11th place with a time of 18:38.61. In 12th was Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) with a PR time of 18:44.74.

“The women did well. It was a see-saw battle with Georgia State,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “Georgia state got out quick in the first mile, but we were able to close the gap and move ahead of their pack. In the final straight away, Georgia State rallied but we held on for the narrow win.”

Curcio continued, “Van Ord did a wonderful job to lead the women. She made a great run at a win, while Brittany and Sam had a great breakthrough day. Justine was coming off of a hamstring issue, so I was glad she came away healthy and with a great effort.”

The Mountaineers will return to action on Saturday, Oct. 4 when they travel to the USC Upstate Open in Spartanburg, S.C. The meet will start at 9 a.m.

Saturday, 20 September 2014 13:56

High School Football Results from Friday, 9/19/14

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
R-S Central: 30
Draughn: 14

East Rutherford: 41
East Burke: 18

Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 27
St. Stephens: 24

South Caldwell: 28
Maiden: 7

Idle:
Bandys
Bunker Hill
Fred T. Foard
Freedom
Hibriten
Hickory
Newton-Conover
Patton
West Caldwell