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Thursday, 12 September 2019 21:32

App State Volleyball Downs Western Carolina

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Four players recorded double figure kills and Appalachian State hit .354 as a team in a 3-1 (25-11, 22-25, 28-26, 25-14) victory over Western Carolina during the first day of the Appalachian Invitational on Thursday.

Emma Longley paced the balanced Mountaineer (3-5) offensive attack with a season-high 23 kills. Kara Spicer added a season-best 18 kills, Victoria Wilform tallied 13 kills and Grace Morrison chipped in with a season-best 10 kills on a .643 hitting percentage.

Sam Bickley posted her second double-double of the season with 53 assists and 10 digs. Emma Reilly finished with a match-high 27 digs and Grace Kinsch added eight.

App State came out on fire in the first set, hitting .500 as a team with 14 kills against just two errors to cruise to a 25-11 set victory.

The Catamounts (2-5) battled back in Set 2. With the score tied at 16-16, Western Carolina scored two straight points to take a 18-16 lead. WCU never relinquished the lead for the remainder of the set, eventually taking the set 25-22 to knot the match at a set apiece.

Set 3 was tight through and featured eight ties and six lead changes. The Catamounts took a 24-23 lead on a kill, but App State won the next point to tie the score at 24-24. The Mountaineers saved a set point and jumped in front 26-25 on a kill from Wilform. Western Carolina tied the score back up at 26-26, but back-to-back errors by the Catamounts gave App State the set 28-26 and a 2-1 lead.

In the fourth set, the Mountaineers used an early 4-0 run and 5-0 spurt to build an 11-2 lead. Western Carolina got no closer than seven points the rest of the way, as the Black and Gold finished off the four-set victory 25-14.

Abigail Veit paced WCU with 16 kills, while Meagan Sanchez had 22 digs.

The Mountaineers will return to action on Friday at 6:30 p.m., as they continue play at the Appalachian Invitational with a matchup against Iowa State.

Thursday, 12 September 2019 08:25

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/11/19

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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 3
St. Stephens: 0

Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 0

McDowell: 3
Freedom: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 3
Hibriten: 0

East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 2

Fred T. Foard: 3
West Caldwell: 0

West Iredell: 3
Patton: 2

Thursday, 12 September 2019 08:25

High School Boys Soccer Results From Wednesday, 9/11/19

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Non-conference:
Hickory: 3
East Burke: 3

Freedom: 4
Chase: 0

Hibriten: 6
Wilkes Central: 1

R-S Central: 7
Patton: 4

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:41

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Blanks Limestone

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Lenoir-Rhyne's Women's Soccer Head Coach Gary Higgins earned his 50th career win at LR in a 3-0 shutout of the Limestone Saints on Wednesday night. Higgins accomplished the feat in just 77 matches as the former LR men's soccer standout is 50-20-7 in his career.

Aqsa Mushtaq opened up scoring in 14th minute curling a shot from 15 yards out. Hannah Van Eerden then scored off an assist from Christina Shimshock to put the Bears up 2-0. Senior captain Abigael McGarel capped things off by scoring a PK, which was her third goal off a PK in three games.

LR held a 24-9 advantage in shots on the night and a 4-3 lead in corner kicks.

Charlotte Warner made three saves to earn her second shutout of her career.

Before today's game Limestone was ranked 7th in regional rankings and LR was ranked 10th.

The Bears have now scored 17 goals on the season in just three games, this feat wasn't accomplished until their ninth game last game year.

LR, 3-0 on the season, is back in action against UNC Pembroke on Saturday at 5pm at Moretz Sports Complex.

The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Women's Soccer Players of the Week for matches played during Sept. 5 to Sept 10. Lenoir-Rhyne's Hannah Van Eerden garnered the Offensive Player of the Week award, her first such honor of the season.

A senior forward, Van Eerden led the Bears to a pair of victories, including a 4-1 win over Lees-McRae. The Stokesdale, N.C. native netted a goal and an assist against the Lees-McRae Bobcats. In the 8-0 win over USC-Aiken, Van Eerden a delivered hat trick performance. Van Eerden led an offense which scored 14 goals in their last two games, which is the most scored in back-to-back games since 2008 against Columbia (SC.) and Limestone. Her four goals on the week came on just five shots on goal.

Van Eerden is tied for the lead league in goals (4) and points (9) in the SAC.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:19

App State Men's Golf Finish Ninth at Fall Opener

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Appalachian State Men's Golf opened its 2019-20 season this week at the two-day Sam Hall Intercollegiate Tournament, hosted by the University of Southern Mississippi.

The Mountaineers, along with 15 other universities, faced the likes of a par-71, 6,902-yard course, Hattiesburg Country Club, for their first fall tournament test of 2019.

Carding a three-round team total of 864 (+12), App State finished the tournament ninth.

Leading Tuesday's morning charge with four birdies was sophomore newcomer Tirto Tamardi (Surabaya, Indonesia). Tamardi recorded a round two score of 68 (-3) en route to a tournament total of 210 (-3), good enough for a tie for 14th place individually. He scored even par (71) in rounds one and three. A 71-68-71 resides well under his 75.28 freshman average from 2018-19.

Tuesday's 3-under-par round is the lowest carded score of Tamardi's collegiate career. His lowest as a Wildcat for Bethune-Cookman came by the way of a 70 in the first round of the 2019 MEAC Championships.

Junior Jake Lane (Fort St. John, British Columbia) carded the next-best App State tournament score behind Tamardi, a 72-71-72 for a total of 215 (+2). Individually, Lane finished tied for 26th.

Nicholas Gunnell (Hamptonville, N.C.) showed improvement as the tournament raced on with his 1-under-par round three. Gunnell finished with a 75-75-70 for a total of 220 (+7). Highlighting Gunnell's second round was his eagle on hole No. 3.

Dylan Lukes (Chapel Hill, N.C.), 73-75-73 (+8), closed directly one stroke back from his teammate Gunnell.

Lukas Jönsson (Ahus, Sweden) rounded out the Mountaineers' tournament lineup carding an 11-over-par score, 73-77-74. Jönsson connected for App State's second eagle of the tournament during the second round, this time on No. 17.

The Mountaineers were tied for first in eagles along with Troy (2) and North Alabama (2). As for total pars, the Apps recorded a total of 167, just five behind McNeese State's tournament-leading 172.

Tamardi cashed in a team-high 11 of the 41 App State birdies, as Lukes chased close behind with 10 of his own.

Appalachian will travel to Malvern, Pa., next for the Wildcat Fall Invitational hosted by Villanova University. The three-day invitational is set to commence Sunday, Sept. 29.

Wednesday, 11 September 2019 22:16

L-R's Adkins Named SAC Runner of the Week

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The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week for meets competed in during the first week of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne's Josh Adkins was named the runner of the week.

Adkins, a senior from King, N.C. placed first at the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational. His time of 26:06.53 in the 8k was four seconds faster than the next runner in the event. Adkins helped lead the Bears to a 1st place finish as a team.

This is Adkins first Runner of the Week accolade this season.

The Appalachian State women's golf team teed off its 2019 fall season this week at the Judaculla Cup, hosted by Western Carolina.

Led by junior Abby Bolt, who finished in a tie for first place individually, the Mountaineers finished runner-up to the host Catamounts by two strokes in the team standings, 596 to 598.

At the end of the tourney's two rounds, Bolt found herself in a three-way tie atop the leaderboard with Western Carolina's Bailee Twiford and Madison Isaacson. The trio played a one-hole playoff on the par-5, 430-yard No. 18, where Bolt and Twiford both shot par, and Isaacson took medalist honors by sinking a 4-foot birdie putt.

App State shot 295 as a team in the first round, followed by a 303 in the second. Behind Bolt (70-74-144, E) in the individual standings were Mogie Adamchik (74-77-151, +7) in sixth place and Sarah Hardin (77-75-152, +8) and Hannah Wang 74-78-152, +8) in a tie for seventh.

The Mountaineers' next competition is Saturday at the one-day USC Upstate Carolina in Spartanburg, S.C.

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 23:44

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/10/19

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South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Maiden: 3
Lake Norman Charter: 1

Newton-Conover: 3
West Lincoln: 1

Tuesday, 10 September 2019 23:43

High School Boys Soccer Results From Tuesday, 9/10/19

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Non-conference:
Alexander Central: 8
Wilkes Central: 1

Langtree Charter Academy: 6
Bandys: 2

North Iredell: 9
Maiden: 0

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