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Thursday, 04 September 2014 23:04

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team Opens Season With Draw

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Team (0-0-1) tied Belmont Abbey (0-0-1), 2-2, after two overtimes in the 2014 season opener Thursday evening at the Moretz Sports - Athletic Complex.

LR junior midfielder Ben Meredith (Perth, AUSTRALIA) and sophomore defender Josh Alderson (Formby, ENGLAND) each scored for the Bears, who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to force the tie.

Belmont Abbey opened a two-goal advantage in the first half thanks to goals by Breck Collins (Denver, N.C.) and Ameer Pinto (Omaha, Neb.).

Collins headed the ball into the net off a corner kick from Declan McQuillan (Kilkenny, IRELAND), who was credited with the assist.

Meredith cut the lead to one with a goal in the 40th minute of action on a quick pass from senior midfielder and all-league performer Ben Jones (Dagenham, ENGLAND) before Alderson tied the contest just under three minutes later.

Alderson headed the ball into the net over the goalkeeper on a long pass from sophomore defender DeJean Charlton (Lehigh Acres, Fla.) to tie the score at two.

The match remained scoreless the rest of the way. Lenoir-Rhyne freshman Jorge Hernandez (Atvidaberg, SWEDEN) picked up seven saves in goal for the Bears, who held a 21-16 advantage in shots taken.

Belmont Abbey's Alexander Trujillo (Cape Coral, Fla.) earned the tie as well after holding Lenoir-Rhyne scoreless in his 65 minutes of action. Trujillo tallied three saves on the night.

Lenoir-Rhyne travels to Greenwood, S.C., to face No. 13 Lander on Saturday at 7pm.

Appalachian State University field hockey midfielder Taylor Cimbalist (Virginia Beach, Va./First Colonial) has been named the NorPac conference co-rookie of the week on Wednesday after scoring her first collegiate goals against Georgetown on Friday.

Cimbalist was a key part in Appalachian’s 5-4 win over on Friday and quickly became an integral part of Appalachian’s offense on Monday against Ball State.

On Friday Cimbalist scored early in the first period bringing Appalachian back from a 2-1 deficit. With the Mountaineers down 4-3 with less than two-minutes on the clock, Cimbalist showed her clutch-ability and tied the game for the Mountaineers and setup the eventual game winner for freshman Savanna Sheridan. On Monday, in the 4-1 loss to Ball State, Cimbalist played 54 minutes and had four shots. Two of the four shots were on goal.

Currently, Cimbalist leads the team in points, goals, shots and shots on goal. This is Appalachian’s first rookie of the week award since French won on Oct. 16, 2012. Cimbalist will continue her stellar play on Friday when the team travels to Hanover, N.H. with a conference match against Pacific at 12:30 p.m. before returning home on Sunday to play Rider at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 23:12

High School Volleyball Results From Wednesday, 9/3/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Hibrtien: 0

Hickory: 3
South Caldwell: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Patton: 1

Watauga: 3
Freedom: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Crest: 1

North Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 1

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 23:11

High School Boys Soccer Results From Wednesday, 9/3/14

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South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Crest: 5
East Burke: 1

Bunker Hill: 1
North Iredell: 1

Fred T. Foard: 7
Enka: 0

Hibriten: 5
Alexander Central: 0

Lincoln Charter: 4
Bandys: 2

Statesville: 5
St. Stephens: 2

West Caldwell: 1
South Caldwell: 0

West Iredell: 4
Maiden: 3

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:15

High School Volleyball Results From Tuesday, 9/2/14

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Northwestern Conference:
Hickory: 3
Freedom: 0

St. Stephens: 3
Hibriten: 0

South Iredell: 3
Maiden: 0

Watauga: 3
Alexander Central: 1

West Iredell: 3
Bandys: 1

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 07:14

High School Boys Soccer Results From Tuesday, 9/2/14

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Alexander Central: 1
Bandys: 1

Fred T. Foard: 6
Bunker Hill: 1

Newton-Conover: 2
Lake Norman Charter: 0

Patton: 2
West Caldwell: 1

St. Stephens: 5
Ashbrook: 1

Wilkes Central: 2
Hibriten: 0

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 23:05

Appalachian State Volleyball Continues Hot Start

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Appalachian State University volleyball defeated Gardner-Webb on Tuesday night after falling in the first set and coming back to win three-straight with scores of 19-25, 25-15, 28-26 and 25-22.

The Mountaineers (4-0, 0-0 SB) started out sluggish in the first set as the Runnin' Bulldogs (0-4, 0-0 Big South) immediately jumped out to a 7-2 lead. Gardner-Webb continued to find points, never letting Appalachian within more than three points until a kill from Jacqui Spurgeon made the score 16-14.

Gardner-Webb took a timeout and the Mountaineers would come back rattled, making four-straight errors and giving the Bulldogs a comfortable lead. App State would come within three points again, but Gardner-Webb recorded four-straight kills to take the first with a score of 25-19.

The Mountaineers came back for vengeance in the second, keeping a solid lead from the beginning with a score of 14-7. Appalachian continued to dominate, never letting the Runnin' Bulldogs within more than five points. Spurgeon killed three of the last four balls to help the Mountaineers to a 25-15 victory in the second set.

The third set was the battle of the match, featuring 10 tied scores. Appalachian took a 7-4 lead before Gardner-Webb tied the score at 10 off a Mountaineer attack error. The score would go back-and-forth as both teams struggled with attack errors.

With the score tied at 15, Lauren Gray found a kill, leading the Mountaineers to pull ahead by three points. The Bulldogs returned from a timeout to tie the score once again, making it 20-20. It would look as though Gardner-Webb would take the set, scoring four of the next five points to lead 24-21, one point away from victory, but the Mountaineers came storming back.

A kill from Gray and a huge service ace from Olivia Reed put the Apps within one point and an error on the Bulldogs tied the set. The game went into extra points but the Mountaineers were able to hold on, taking the third 28-26.

Appalachian showed no mercy in the fourth set, finding four kills in the beginning to lead 6-1. The Mountaineers tried to stay in charge but it wouldn't be long before the Runnin' Bulldogs tied the score at 10.

After three tied scores the Mountaineers finally began to pull away as Jess Keller found three kills to make the score 23-21. Gray closed out the set with two-straight kills as the Mountaineers won the fourth, 25-22 and took the match 4-1.

Emily Corrigan led the team in kills for the fourth-straight match, tallying 15 in the win, while also recording 12 digs. Gray notched 14 kills with a .423 hitting percentage, while Keller(12) and Spurgeon (11) added double-digit kills as well.

Paige Brown led the team in assists with a season-high of 44 in the victory. The Mountaineers had a fantastic defensive match as five players tallied digs in double-digits. Meghan Mahoney led with 17 and was followed by Brown (15) and Corrigan.

Reed recorded 11 digs in the victory and Olivia Loeffler notched 10 digs in her first collegiate appearance.

The Runnin' Bulldogs were led by Taylor Lillard's 12 kills and Anna Pashkova's 30 digs.

Neither team had a great offensive match as Appalachian recorded a .175 hitting percentage and Gardner-Webb hit .184 on the night. The Bulldogs killed the Mountaineers in team blocks, recording 13 as App State notched four.

The Mountaineers return to action this weekend when they travel to Louisville, Ky. to compete in the Louisvile Active Ankle Touranment on Fri. Sept. 5 and Sat. Sept. 6.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 22:41

Appalachian State Men's Tennis Releases Schedule

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Appalachian State University men’s tennis revealed its schedule for the 2014-15 season on Tuesday. The schedule includes four matches during fall competition and eight home contests during the spring championship season. The Mountaineers will also host their annual Alumni Weekend on Oct. 3-4 in Boone.

Appalachian will participate in four fall tournaments including the Davidson Invite (Sept. 27-28), Charleston Invite (Oct. 10-12), ITA Regional Tournament (Oct. 16-19) and the Winthrop Invite (Oct. 31-Nov. 2)

The Apps open the spring championship season at UNC Wilmington (Jan. 17) before kicking off the home portion of its schedule with a doubleheader against Lees-McRae and North Carolina A&T (Jan. 25). The early-season, three-match homestand, which will be played indoors at Deer Valley Racquet Club, concludes with a contest against Presbyterian on Jan. 31.

The Mountaineers then hit the road for eight-straight matches, including in-state showdowns with UNC Asheville (Feb. 1), and East Carolina (Feb. 27). Appalachian will also travel to Florida for contests against Stetson (March 10) and Bethune-Cookman (March 11). A familiar foe comes to Boone on March 17 when Georgia Southern visits the High Country.

Other highlights on the home slate include contests with UNCG (April 1) and a three-match homestand to conclude the regular season against Gardner-Webb (April 8), Charlotte (April 10) and Davidson (April 11).

The 2015 Sun Belt Championships will take place in New Orleans from April 16-19. While the league will not crown a regular-season champion this season, the squad that wins the league tournament will earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Championships.

Lenoir-Rhyne University has announced the hiring of Katie Pate as Head Women’s Basketball Coach. Pate becomes the 11th head coach in program history.

Pate replaces Todd Starkey, who stepped down last week to become an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coach at Indiana University.

Pate returns to Lenoir-Rhyne after leaving in late spring for an Assistant Women’s Basketball Coaching position at Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga.

“Returning to Lenoir-Rhyne University as its Head Women’s Basketball Coach is something truly extraordinary,” said Pate. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity both (Executive Director of Intercollegiate Athletics) Neill McGeachy and (University President) Dr. Wayne Powell have afforded me.”

“Having been a part of the program for the last four years, I’m thrilled at the prospect of continuing the rich tradition that the coaches before me helped pave. The move felt like a natural fit on a multitude of levels and essentially feels like the ideal Homecoming.”

Pate has been with the program since the start of the 2010-11 season, serving as an assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach.

Pate helped guide the Bears to four consecutive winning seasons including back-to-back NCAA Division II National Tournament berths in 2012-13 and 2013-14.

Last year, Lenoir-Rhyne finished with a 24-7 record and clinched a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship. The Bears also hosted the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament.

In addition, Pate coached Jazmine Charles to SAC and Southeast Region Player-Of-The-Year honors last year. Charles was also named a Third-Team All-American in 2013-14.

Pate also served as an Assistant Professor in Lenoir-Rhyne’s Charles M. Snipes School of Business and taught classes in sports marketing, business marketing and marketing research.

Prior to Lenoir-Rhyne, Pate served one year as Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at Wingate (2009-10) and was Director of Marketing and Promotions at USC Upstate (2007-09).

Pate’s Head Women’s Basketball Coaching stints took place at Belmont Abbey (2005-07) and Coker (2001-05), six years total. While with the Cobras, Pate led the squad to its most wins in school single-season history (19) and the CVAC Tournament Championship in 2003-04.

Pate began her coaching career as an assistant at Coker (1998-99) before two seasons at USC Upstate (1999-01).

Pate, a 1997 graduate of Coker with degrees in Spanish and exercise science, was a three-year captain and a First-Team All-CVAC honoree for the Cobras.

Pate, a native of Grinnell, Iowa, starred at Hayward (Wisconsin) High School where she remains the school’s all-time leading scorer. Pate’s stepmother is Ellen Mosher-Hanson, former Head Women’s Basketball Coach at UCLA (1975-77) and Minnesota (1977-87) and a member of the Golden Gophers Sports Hall Of Fame.

Tuesday, 02 September 2014 22:16

CVCC Volleyball Sweeps Rockingham CC

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The Lady Red Hawks won the 6:00 match on Tuesday, September 02, 2014 against the Rockingham Eagles in 3 sets 25-10, 25-10, 25-16. Leading the way for the Red Hawks was Aimee Cloninger with 10 kills, 6 digs and 1 block. Anna Henderson added 9 kills and Hannah Griffin had 6. Liza Sipe led in the dig category with 11 and Katelyn Houser had 6. Madison Pogue posted 15 assists for the match and also dominated on the serving line with 3 aces.

The Hawks will begin conference play this weekend as they host the Region X Extravaganza on Friday, September 5th – Saturday, September 6th with the first match Friday beginning at 1:00 vs. Surry Community College. CVCC will also face Davidson County CC at 2:30 and Brunswick CC at 5:30 on Friday. Games begin Saturday at 9:00 with the Hawks taking on conference rival Cape Fear at 10:30. Also on the Catawba Valley schedule for Saturday is Pitt CC at 1:30 and Wake Tech CC at 4:30.

The Red Hawks overall record is 5-2 and their conference record is 0-0.

Catawba Valley Community College vs. Rockingham Community College
September 2, 2014

25-10, 25-10, 25-16

CVCC Leaders:
Kills: Aimee Cloninger 10, Anna Henderson 9, Hannah Griffin 6
Digs: Liza Sipe 11, Katelyn Houser 6, Aimee Cloninger 6
Assists: Madison Pogue 15
Aces: Madison Pogue 3
Blocks: Madison Steed 1.5, Aimee Cloninger 1, Katie Ruff 1