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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (9-12, 3-8) saw its spring 2017 season come to an end with a 5-4 setback to Lincoln Memorial (11-7, 5-6) Thursday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Hickory High School.

Lenoir-Rhyne lost the close match despite the play of sophomore Marta Escanero Funes (Guardamar Del Segura, SPAIN), who won at second singles and third doubles for the Bears.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis
Lincoln Memorial 5, Lenoir-Rhyne 4
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Hickory, N.C. (Hickory High School)

Singles competition:
1. Iulia Ponomareva (LR) def. Johanna Delisse (LMU), 6-0, 6-4
2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Marta Pinol (LMU), 7-6, 4-6, 6-4
3. Javiera Gonzalez (LMU) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 7-3, 3-6, 6-3
4. Julia Loos (LMU) def. Sara Kalkenova (LR), 6-3, 6-2
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Roksolana Prudyvus (LMU), 0-6, 6-4, 6-4
6. Angelica Solano (LMU) def. Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR), 6-2, 6-0

Doubles competition:
1. Priscilla Bulandres/Marta Pinol (LMU) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-3
2. Johanna Delisse/Julia Loos (LMU) def. Emily Murchland/Taylor Fredrickson (LR), 8-0
3. Marta Escanero Funes/Sophia Aguilar di Camillo (LR) def. Angelica Solano/Roksolana Prudyvus (LMU), 9-8

Records: Lincoln Memorial (11-7, 5-6 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (9-12, 3-8 SAC)

Two errors in the fourth inning led to four runs in the bottom of the fourth inning were too much to overcome as Appalachian State University baseball fell 6-2 to Georgia Southern on Thursday night at Clements Stadium.

The Mountaineers (12-22, 3-10 Sun Belt) were otherwise impressive on an early start date due to the Easter holiday on Sunday, however, the Eagles (22-12, 8-5 Sun Belt) were simply able to capitalize on the two miscues for the go-ahead runs.

Appalachian was especially effective on the mound on Thursday night, with Travis Holden (Advance, .C./West Forsyth) going 7.0 innings, allowing just six hits and getting five strikeouts. With only two walks and two earned runs, Holden put on one his best performances of the year.

Dallas DeVrieze (Moline, Ill./Moline) provided an inning of relief to close and provided another fine outing after pitching just two days prior at Davidson, retiring three batters in 10 pitches without a hit.

Appalachian got on the board first in its first at-bat, as Matt Vernon (Advance, N.C./Davie County (Florence-Darlington Tech)) hit a double to left field before a Tyler Stroup (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) brought home Vernon to go up 1-0.

Georgia Southern evened the score in the third inning, but the Mountaineers responded immediately following in the fourth as Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) reached on a hit-by-pitch before Avery Jackson (Ether, N.C./East Montgomery) singled and a throwing error by the shortstop allowed Zupcic to score.

The fourth would end up being the penultimate inning for Appalachian as the Eagles scored four unearned runs to take their 6-2 lead.

Overall, Stroup led all batters on the day with a 2-for-4 outing and an RBI. Jason Curtis (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), Vernon, Jackson and Chandler Seagle (New Bern, N.C./New Bern) all finished the day with a hit.

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 1
Mooresville: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 5
South Caldwell: 4

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 4
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 4
Bandys: 2

Lincolnton: 6
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 6
West Lincoln: 2

West Caldwell: 4
East Lincoln: 2

Patton: 16
Mitchell: 6

North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 4
Mooresville: 3

Northwestern Conference:
Freedom: 8
Fred T. Foard: 6

South Caldwell: 4
Hibriten: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Draughn: 8
East Burke: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 13
Bandys: 1

Maiden: 9
West Lincoln: 7

North Piedmont Conference:
Mooersville: 7
Alexander Central: 0

Northwestern Conference:
South Caldwell: 1
Hibriten: 0

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 5
Draughn: 0

Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 1
Bandys: 1

Maiden: 5
West Lincoln: 0

Newton-Conover: 3
Lincolnton: 1

West Caldwell: 1
East Lincoln: 0

The Hickory Crawdads and the Kannapolis Intimidators each scored a run in the second inning and then went scoreless for nine innings until the Crawdads scored in the bottom of the 12th inning for a 2-1 home opening win.

Jose Almonte hit a walk-off triple with two outs in the 12th inning scoring Anderson Tejeda. The Crawdads had three relievers combine to throw seven scoreless innings in the victory. Travis Bolin (1-0) got the win with a scoreless inning.

Blaine Prescott went two-for-five with a double. Ti'Quan Forbes scored the first Crawdads run in the second inning on an error.

Hickory improves to 3-3 on the season. The Crawdads stay at home hosting Kannapolis Friday and Saturday in a doubleheader.

Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the addition of Grace Morrison (Chandler, Ariz./Xavier College Prep) to the 2017 roster on Wednesday.

Morrison, a product of Xavier College Prep in Chandler, Ariz., is the fifth addition volleyball has made since the conclusion of the 2016 season.

A right side hitter, Morrison was a second-team all-conference selection as a senior and finished her last two seasons with 302 kills, 64 blocks, 120 digs and seven aces.

As a senior, Morrison is a member of East Valley Juniors Volleyball club and earned a USA Nationals bid this season - finishing fifth in the state.

Morrison plans to major in psychology with a minor in business.

“I’m excited to get Grace in our gym this summer and to see her in Black & Gold. It’s not easy to find someone with her talent as late in the recruiting process as we did, but I’m sure glad it happened. She will strengthen our pin hitting group and has the ability to play on the left or right for us. Grace is a great athlete, with a good arm, who has played at a high level and will make our gym more competitive when she arrives.”

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
Hickory: 2

Hibriten: 10
Freedom: 4

Patton: 6
Watauga: 2

South Caldwell: 7
St. Stephens: 3

South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 7
East Burke: 2

Davie County: 5
Alexander Central: 4

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 17
Hickory: 2

Hibriten: 11
Freedom: 10

South Caldwell: 12
St. Stephens: 2

Watauga: 4
Patton: 3

Southern District 7:
Bandys: 20
Lincolnton: 10

West Caldwell: 5
East Lincoln: 4

Northwestern Conference:
Hibriten: 4
Freedom: 0

Hickory: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0

South Caldwell: 6
St. Stephens: 0

Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bandys: 1

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