Appalachian State University volleyball fell to 0-9 in five-set matches this season with a 3-2 (25-20, 21-25, 23-25, 25-22, 13-15) loss at Troy on Friday evening.
The Mountaineers (3-20, 1-9 Sun Belt) finished with four student-athletes having tallied double-digit kills. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) led the way with 17, while Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) collected 13 and Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) and Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) each notched 12 kills.
App State utilized two setters during the match. Ashlyn Brown (Fort Myers, Fla./Bishop Verot/New Mexico State) tallied 32 assists, while Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) finished with 25.
Defensively, Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) led the team with 19 digs, while Longley notched a double-double with 18 and Kati Stammen (Raleigh, N.C./Leesville Road) finished with 15.
That was a big match and we needed to grab a win tonight,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “We just didn’t make plays, and had too many errors, late in the sets we lost. We had two opportunities to take a two-point lead late in the fifth set but couldn’t capitalize. We will take Saturday and work on dialing everything in because we are running out of chances to get to the conference tournament.”
In the opening set, the Mountaineers were able to jump out to a quick 8-3 lead forcing a Trojan timeout. Leading to the timeout, App State got three consecutive kills from Evans, Gregory and Longley.
The Trojans (8-20, 2-9 Sun Belt) would tie the set on two occasions before taking a two point lead at 20-18. App State would battle back to a 22-20 lead and would win the set on three-straight Trojan attack errors.
Appalachian would hold a late 20-19 lead in the second set, but a kill from Symone Shaw and back-to-back attack errors would put the Trojans up 22-20. Troy used a kill and two errors to even the match at 1-1.
Troy carried its momentum from the second set into the third. The Trojans pushed its lead to as many as six and maintained a solid advantage over the Apps with the Mountaineers never coming closer than three points off the lead until a Longley kills brought them to within one at 24-23, but the Trojans got a kill from Shaw to take a 2-1 match lead.
Needing to win the fourth set, the Mountaineers built a solid lead at 18-12 - capped by a kill from Evans. The Trojans would claw their way back and tie the set at 21-21. With a 24-22 lead, an Evans kill leveled the set 2-2.
In the decisive fifth set, the Mountaineers would lead halfway through, 8-7, following an Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) kill. The Trojans went on a 6-2 run to take a 14-10 lead. The Mountaineers would score three-straight points, but it wouldn’t be enough and a Logan Page kill would clinch the match for Troy.
Appalachian will return to the court on Sunday, Oct. 30 when they travel to Mobile, Ala. for its last match of the weekend at South Alabama. First serve is slated for 1:30 p.m. ET.
North Piedmont Conference:
Alexander Central: 27
St. Stephens: 0
South Caldwell: 28
Fred T. Foard: 20
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 16
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 14
East Lincoln: 49
West Caldwell: 20
Bunker Hill: 24
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (7-15, 5-10) suffered a 3-1 loss to Anderson (14-11, 10-7) in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday night at the Abney Athletic Center.
The Trojans defeated the Bears by scores 25-17, 25-19, 22-25 and 25-19 and completed the season sweep of Lenoir-Rhyne.
Anderson’s Rachel Burts (Anderson, S.C.) led the way with 16 kills while Emily Conlin (Glendale, Ariz.) added 50 assists and 15 digs as the Trojans hit .264 for the match and held a 64-44 edge in kills in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 14 kills and 12 digs while junior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) totaled 35 assists and 15 digs in the losing effort.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) also added a double-double – 10 kills and 12 digs – in the losing effort. Lenoir-Rhyne finished with nine total blocks in the contest as well.
Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to take on Newberry in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday afternoon in Newberry, S.C., beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Appalachian State football spotted rival Georgia Southern the first 10 points of the contest, but the Mountaineers would score the next 34 to down the Eagles 34-10 at Georgia Southern Thursday night.
The defense was the story for the Mountaineers as App limited the Eagles offense to only 159 yards of total offense, 75 of which came on the final drive for the Eagles. In addition, the Mountaineers picked off three passes to extend their team total to 15 picks on the year. That is one more than BYU, Utah, Cincinnati and Sun Belt rival Troy who have 14 each so far this season. To compare, App has 15 interceptions to North Carolina's 0.
A pair of running backs had over 100 yards rushing. Marcus Cox got a touchdown and 115 yards rushing on 18 carries in his full time return to the line up after an injury. Jalin Moore had 126 yards on the ground on 15 touches along with a touchdown.
Quarterback Taylor Lamb had 94 yards on 10 carries and a pair of scores along with 199 yards passing.
App had 498 total yards of offense. The Mountaineers got a huge night by Shaedon Meadors who had 126 yards receiving on six receptions, his third straight game over 100 yards.
Eric Boggs had six tackles and an interception for the Mountaineer defense who has only allowed one touchdown in four Sun Belt Conference games. Clifton Duck picked off his fifth interception of the season, for now, giving the true freshman the most picks by a player in all of the NCAA Division 1.
Appalachian State also dominated time of possession at nearly 2-to-1, 37:54 for App to 22:06 for Georgia Southern.
The Mountaineers improve to 6-2 overall and 4-0 in the Sun Belt Conference. App returns home Saturday, November 5th as they host Texas State at 3:30pm at Kidd Brewer Stadium.
Blue Devils advance to the third round hosting Hendersonville.
Providence Ridge: 3
Wildcats season ends at 18-5.
Lake Norman Charter: 3
East Burke: 1
Cavaliers season ends at 18-6.
North Wilkes: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Bears season ends at 17-9.
Sun Valley: 2
Red Tornadoes advance to the third round as they travel to Cox Mill on Saturday.
Northwest Guilford: 3
Alexander Central: 1
Cougars season ends at 8-15.
Appalachian State University field hockey slipped to future MAC foe Missouri State 2-0 in their last home match of the year Thursday evening on the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.
The first half started off slow with limited looks towards the net. Both teams were out-of-sync and were trying to gain some momentum. Then in the 18th minute, the MSU Bears (3-11, 1-4 MAC) found their rhythm when Bianca Mills dished out a cross pass in front of the net to Miranda Sherman to set up MSU’s first goal of the evening. After that connection, both teams continued to attack the net, but no shots were able to find the right opening inside the cage before the end of the half.
Despite being down one goal, the Mountaineers (1-13) controlled most of the half on the Bears’ side of the turf and created more offensive plays. App State outshot Missouri State 8-4 (3-2 SOG) and was awarded all of the penalty corners in the first 35 minutes of play (four).
The speed of the second half mirrored the start of the first with both teams struggling to strike up big plays to score until Andrea Soler Codina of MSU slid the perfect pass to Daelynn De Mello to extend the Bears’ lead to 2-0.
Determined to shrink the MAC team’s two-goal advantage, the Mountaineers turned up the dial and whaled 11 shots with four on goal, and earned six penalty corners. Although Appalachian was presented with many scoring opportunities, nothing would fall through for the home team, and the visitors stole the match 2-0.
App State dominated the offensive stats and held the advantage in shots (19-9) and penalty corners (10-0), but both teams pressured the goalkeepers with seven shots on goal.
Jordan Van Cleave led the offensive charge darting out seven shots with two on goal. The next best Mountaineer on the prow was Rebecca McLean with three shots and two shots on goal.
Rachel Gaines had another great home showing protecting the net batting away five Bear attacks in 70:00 minutes. Gaines now owns 95 saves on the season.
The Black and Gold will roll down to Winston-Salem to take on No. 18 Wake Forest Friday, Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. at Kentner Stadium.
Appalachian State University wrestling ranked tied for first in the 2016-17 Southern Conference wrestling preseason coaches poll, the league announced on Thursday.
The reigning Southern Conference Champion Mountaineers are coming off a historic year, being ranked in USA Today/NWCA Top 25, having Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) and coach JohnMark Bentley win Wrester of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively. Appalachian also sent four wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championship and 20 to the University Freestyle Nationals Tournament.
With 44 points and three first-place votes, the Mountaineers are tied with Chattanooga, who the Black and Gold defeated last year 22-15. Gardner-Webb received two first-place points to be third, while SIUE (4th), Campbell (5th), The Citadel (6th), VMI (7th) and Davidson (8th) rounded the rest of the preseason poll.
The Mountaineers also had four wrestlers named preseason all-conference, the most for any one SoCon member. Familiar faces, Forrest Przybysz (Jefferson, Ga./Jefferson), Nick Kee (Laurinburg, N.C./Scotland) and Dejournette all made the all-conference team at their respective weights, while sophomore Irvin Enriquez (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest) makes his first appearance in the 133-pound division.
2016 Appalachian State wrestling season and individual match tickets are on sale now. Season tickets for adults will be $30/each and for youth fans (ages 3-12) $15/each. Individual match prices will be $7 for adults and $3 for youth except for Mountaineer Duals (Belmont Abbey/Oregon State) and Chattanooga, which will be $10 for adults and $3 for youth.
To purchase tickets, visit appstatesports.com/tickets, (828) 262-2079, or visit the Appalachian State athletics ticket office, located inside the Holmes Center.
2016-17 SoCon Wrestling Preseason Coaches Poll
School (First-place votes) Points
T1. Appalachian State (3) 44
T1. Chattanooga (3) 44
3. Gardner-Webb (2) 40
4. SIUE 29
5. Campbell 24
6. The Citadel 20
7. VMI 16
8. Davidson 7
2016-17 SoCon Wrestling Preseason All-Conference Team
125 Freddie Rodriguez, SIUE^
133 Irvin Enriquez, Appalachian State
141 Mike Pongracz, Chattanooga
149 John Fahy, SIUE^
157 Aaron Walker, The Citadel*+
165 Forrest Przybysz, Appalachian State
174 Nick Kee, Appalachian State^
184 Ville Heino, Campbell^
197 Scottie Boykin, Chattanooga^
HWT Denzel Dejournette, Appalachian State^*
^ - 2016 SoCon champion at that weight class
* - 2015 SoCon champion at that weight class
+ - 2014 SoCon champion at that weight class
Appalachian State University volleyball and Georgia Southern are scheduled to play its make-up game from earlier in the season on Saturday, November 5 in Boone. First serve is set for 8 p.m.
The match, originally scheduled to be played in Statesboro, Ga. on Friday, Oct. 7 was postponed due to effects of Hurricane Matthew. The scheduling works out with Georgia Southern already traveling to play the Mountaineers on Sunday, Nov. 6
Friday’s match on Nov. 4 against Georgia State is still scheduled for 6:30 p.m., while Sunday’s match against the Eagles is still on for a 12:30 p.m. first serve.
This weekend, the Black and Gold will travel to Alabama for matches at Troy and South Alabama.
The Hickory Crawdads annual Fall Fling is scheduled for Saturday, November 12th, with the free autumn event running from 11 am - 1 pm at L.P. Frans Stadium.
The family-friendly event is free to the public, with activities including hayrides, arts & crafts, inflatable bounce house & speed pitch, and more. Fans will be able to purchase their favorite ballpark foods at a discounted price, including hotdogs, hamburgers, french-fries, and Pepsi products, with warm apple cider and hot chocolate available as well. Every fan will also be able to pick up a free bag of popcorn.
Fall Fling attendees can take advantage of a variety of sales for the 2017 season. Fans who donate select food items to the Catawba County Backpack Program will earn a $10 discount off a Claw Club membership (regular price $49). The Crawdads will once again be raffling off two Thanksgiving turkeys, courtesy of Galaxy Food Centers. Those who donate food items to the Catawba County Backpack Program will receive an additional raffle ticket. A list of acceptable food items can be found by downloading the pdf file in the attachment below.
The Fall Fling will be the only day to secure a $99 Party Patio for any 2017 April or May game and the last day to take advantage of the current ticket book deal, which includes 4 free ticket vouchers in addition to the 10 included in the regular ticket book.
The 'Dads team store will also be open with several merchandise sales.
For more information regarding the Crawdads Fall Fling, call the 'Dads front office at (828) 322-3000.
Fred T. Foard: 6
South Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 0
South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 1
Southern District 7:
West Lincoln: 3
East Lincoln: 2
West Caldwell: 2
Bunker Hill: 0
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association volleyball championships first round got under way Wednesday night.
Wildcats advance to the second round Thursday hosting Providence Grove.
East Burke: 3
East Burke goes to Lake Norman Charter for the second round on Thursday.
Lake Norman Charter: 3
Red Devils season ends at 10-12.
Blue Devils advance to the second round Thursday hosting Forbush.
Trojans season ends at 8-13.
Ledford Senior: 0
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round hosting Sun Valley Thursday.
North Iredell: 3
St. Stephens: 0
Indians season ends at 11-12
Fred T. Foard: 0
Tigers season ends at 15-6.
Alexander Central: 3
East Forsyth: 0
Cougars advance to the second round going to Northwest Guilford Thursday.
Ronald Reagan: 3
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 9-11
For her efforts in the Appalachian State University women’s soccer wins last weekend, senior Jane Cline (Cornelius, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) was voted the NCAA Women’s Soccer Player of the Week as conducted via Twitter poll by @NCAASoccer.
“This is a huge honor for not only Jane and our program, but also for the entire Sun Belt Conference,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “They immediately supported the nomination and voted, which says a lot about our conference, how much we truly stand together and how supportive we are of each other. Jane’s work rate, relentlessness and sheer force of will was obvious on Sunday. That being said, in order to score goals and play the way she did, the support around her on the field was incredible.”
Strickland continued, “I’m so proud of her, the program, the alumni for all of the work they put in for us to get where we are and all of those that have supported us along the way in our journey and believed in our ability regardless of standings. Thank you so much to the NCAA for the recognition and for all you do to honor student-athletes and their accomplishments!”
The senior forward received 81 percent of the 548 votes to win the honor after also receiving the Sun Belt Conference’s Offensive Player of the Week award for her outstanding play, helping the Mountaineers get the two wins they needed in order to clinch a Sun Belt tournament berth.
Cline’s final games at home as a Mountaineer were beauties, scoring three goals (two game-winning goals) to push Appalachian State past UL Lafayette and regular-season Sun Belt champions South Alabama.
Cline’s goal against UL Lafayette came in the 36th minute during bitter temperatures, wind and rain when she received the ball at the top of the box from Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) on the left side. Cline turned and fired it to the top left corner to give the Mountaineers a 1-0 lead.
Sunday’s Senior Day matchup with South Alabama proved to be a wild back-and-forth thriller, featuring a combined seven goals in two overtimes. After the Jaguars put themselves up 1-0 in the first minute of action, Cline broke free in the 3rd minute where Jackie Nieradka (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was able to flick the ball forward to find her senior partner. The goalkeeper came out to meet Cline one-on-one but with a move to the right side was able to knock the ball into an empty net to equalize the game.
Several goals by either squad and 107 minutes later, the Mountaineers found themselves heading toward a tie at the end of the second overtime. But then, with the clock winding down, Cline once again broke free forward and Nieradka once again placed a great ball ahead where Cline was able to score the golden goal with 15 seconds remaining.
Cline’s effort this weekend put her at 11 goals for the year, which is tied for first all-time in program history for a single season, while she also set a new program high for shots in a season (84). She’s also now second in program history for points in a season (24). Heading into the tournament, Cline currently leads the Sun Belt in shots, points, goals and game-winning goals (five).
Appalachian State women’s soccer will carry a three-match win streak (four victories in last five) into an off week before it heads to Foley, Ala. for its Sun Belt tournament first round matchup with UL Lafayette. The game is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 2 at 5 p.m. ET/4 p.m. CT and all Sun Belt tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN3 and available on the WatchESPN app.
Appalachian State University men’s soccer battled back from an early 1-0 deficit in the first half to defeat the Campbell Camels 2-1 on Tuesday night at Eakes Complex.
The Mountaineers (5-7-3, 1-2-1 Sun Belt) used two goals in the final 16 minutes of the game to snap their recent skid and regain their stride over Campbell (5-9).
“I’m very pleased to get three points on the road tonight,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “Like with every game, we have things to improve on but if we continue to learn we will only continue to improve. We will recover and then get back to work tomorrow.”
Campbell got on the board early with a slow rolling ball from Seth Jones in the 13th minute through heavy congestion in the box, putting the Camels up 1-0. Campbell held the shot advantage on the day 8-4, as play battled over the middle, but the Mountaineers would find a second wind late in the match.
Sophomore Daniel Avila (Smithfield, N.C./Smithfield-Selma) was able to will the ball into the back of the net off a free kick from 20 yards out in the 74th minute to equalize the game – his second of his career and first of the season. Then, in the 79th minute, Appalachian State was able to draw a foul in the box to open up the chance for a penalty kick.
Senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) has been the PK machine this year and was able to drive it home, giving him his seventh goal of the season and his fifth good PK.
The Mountaineers were led on the day offensively by Chapman and Avila who each had their shot on goal, while sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) and junior Cooper Coughlin (Suwanee, Ga./Lambert) also had a shot on the night.
Freshman Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./IMG Academy) was able to get his fourth win of the season, making two saves for the game.
Appalachian State is beginning the home stretch of their season with only two games remaining, one of them the Mountaineers’ final Sun Belt conference opponent in longtime rival Georgia Southern.
With the Sun Belt only having six teams in the conference, the rankings are extremely tight, making the final Georgia Southern match an important one.
The Mountaineers had a six-match unbeaten streak snapped last weekend, but appear to be back on track heading into the end of the season, being uber-efficient with two shots on goal against Campbell for two goals.
The Mountaineers next matchup will be on the road against Charlotte on Tuesday, Nov. 1. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Girls dual team tennis playoff first round action:
West Davidson: 0
Blue Devils advance to the second round hosting Salisbury next Tuesday.
Surry Central: 6
East Burke: 3
Cavaliers season ends at 6-3.
Patriots season ends at 7-4.
Central Davidson: 4
Red Tornadoes will travel to Asheville in the second round next Tuesday.
Northwest Guilford: 6
South Caldwell: 0
Spartans season ends at 9-4.