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Appalachian State University broke through and snapped its 17-game losing streak with a dominating 3-0 (29-27, 25-17, 25-17) sweep of UL Monroe on Friday night at the Holmes Center.


Melissa McMath (Lexington, N.C./Central Davidson) led the Mountaineers (3-18, 1-7 Sun Belt) with 14 kills on the night. Ashton Gregory (Yadkinville, N.C./Starmount/Furman) finished with nine kills, while Alana Shoff (Melbourne, Fla./Melbourne Central Catholic) and Sloan Evans (San Antonio, Texas/Alamo Heights) collected seven kills each.


Also on the offensive side of things, Amanda Krahl (Pearland, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) totaled 36 assists. Defensively, libero Kennedy Wilson (Avon, Ind./Avon) collected a team-high 19 digs and Emma Longley (Raleigh, N.C./Cardinal Gibbons) finished with 14.


“I’m just happy for the players,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “They did a great job tonight following the game plan and played with a ton of energy to break the streak. We just needed to finally get a win to start building something in the second half of conference play.”


In the opening set, both the Mountaineers and the Warhawks (8-18, 2-6 Sun Belt) would battle back and forth with ULM taking a late 24-22 lead. The Apps got three consecutive kills from Evans and Gregory to take a 25-24 lead.


The set would be tied three more times before the Mountaineers would get back-to-back points to end the set and win 29-27.


With momentum in their favor, the Mountaineers would open the second set down 6-2 forcing an Appalachian timeout. The Black and Gold would battle back to take a 13-11 lead and forced a Warhawk timeout.


Up 13-11, App State would go on a 5-2 run and open an 18-13 lead forcing ULM’s second timeout of the set. App State pushed its lead to six following a kill from Longley and a service ace from Olivia Reed (Gainesville, Fla./Buchholz).


App State would finish off the Warhawks with a kills from Evans, 25-17.


With a potential sweep in sight, the Mountaineers came out strong in the third set. The Apps would build a 12-8 lead and extend it to a six point advantage following a kill from Evans at 18-12. They would maintain their six point lead and finish off the match with three-straight kills from McMath.


Appalachian State will return to action and look to build off its first Sun Belt win on Sunday when it hosts UL Lafayette at 12:30 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.

North Piedmont Conference:
Mooresville: 35
Alexander Central: 14

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 32
Hickory: 14


Hibriten: 53
Freedom: 0


South Caldwell: 41
St. Stephens: 13


Watauga: 49
Patton: 7


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Burns: 31
Draughn: 0


R-S Central: 42
East Burke: 7


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 26
Bandys: 6


Lincolnton: 49
Newton-Conover: 6


Maiden: 59
West Lincoln: 22


West Caldwell: 42
East Lincoln: 32

The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-14, 5-9) fell to Mars Hill (5-15, 4-9) by a 3-1 score Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.


The Lions, winners of two straight matches, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-23, 26-24, 12-25 and 25-20 and avenged an earlier loss to Lenoir-Rhyne.


Mars Hill was led by Mary Kate Griffin (Weaverville, N.C.) with 17 kills and 11 digs while Lauren Hochstetler (Sarasota, Fla.) added 14 kills in the victory. The Lions’ Sara Fahrenbrook (Golden, Colo.) dished out 50 assists as well as Mars Hill overcame eight service errors in the win.


For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) led the way with a match-high 19 kills to go along with 11 digs while senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) totaled 10 kills in the setback.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) finished with 26 digs but the Bears suffered two-point losses in the first two sets and couldn’t recover. Lenoir-Rhyne also hit just .139 for the match.


Lenoir-Rhyne does not play again until Friday, October 28, at 7:00 p.m., against Anderson in a South Atlantic Conference match in Anderson, S.C.

Appalachian State University field hockey fell to Miami University 6-1 on Friday evening in Oxford, Ohio at the Miami Field Hockey Complex. Senior Micaela Diedericks (Cape Town, South African/Wynberg Girls) scored App’s only goal in Ohio, her second of the season.

“Today was a good test for us to see where we stand against a top MAC opponent,” said head coach Meghan Dawson. “The first half we did not play our game at all, but we started the second half on fire and put Miami under pressure for a period of time. Miami is a really good team and really hard to play against.”

The Redhawks controlled most of the first half slamming in three goals. In the 12th minute, Miami’s Marie-Claire Gorner received a stellar pass and scored her first goal of the season. Five minutes later, Henni Otten would smash in an unassisted goal to extend the Redhawks’ lead to 2-0. After multiple back-and-forth possessions, Emily George of Miami (OH) would snag her first goal of the 2016 campaign in the 26th minute to end the half with a three-goal cushion.

Despite a 3-0 deficit, goalkeeper Rachel Gaines (Kettering, Ohio/Kettering Fairmont) held strong at the net deflecting six of the Redhawks’ attacks. On offense, the Mountaineers put up two shots, but none of their attempts found openings to cut Miami University’s first half lead.

Not deterred from the first period, the Mountaineers cranked it up a notch thanks to a goal less than three minutes into the second by Diedericks. Only down by two, App State was determined to rally back into the game, but Appalachian’s offensive outputs fell into a slumber, and the Redhawks whacked in three-straight goals to steal the match 6-1.

Miami (OH) dominated the ball on App State’s side of the turf dishing out 21 shots, 14 shots on goal and three assists, while Appalachian struggled to make offensive plays on the pitch recording only six shots with three on target.

Protecting the net for 70:00 minutes was Gaines who totaled eight saves on the evening.

The Black and Gold will play in their last home game on Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field Hockey Stadium against Missouri State. The first touch starts at 5 p.m.


Despite a strong second half battle, Appalachian State University men’s soccer fell 2-1 in a heartbreaking overtime battle to Coastal Carolina on Tuesday night at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.


“In the first half, I don’t think we started out competing for every inch of the field and every loose ball, which was obviously one of the keys to the game,” head coach Jason O’Keefe said. “But we had some guys come off the bench and do a great job for us and brought some of that competitiveness and we were able to get our foot back in the game and get some shots. In the second half, I thought the guys did a great job of just ticking away at it and competing until finally getting the equalizer, but you’ve got to get out of overtime without conceding a goal."


O’Keefe continued, “We’re going to have to take the same grit and competitiveness out of the second half into Georgia State, another talented team coming in trying to get conference points. In this league, it’s very close and it’s really up for grabs so we have to start the match with an intensity and competitiveness and a desire to want to do everything we can to get as many points as we can out of the game. Especially with being at home, it’s going to be important."


The Mountaineers’ (4-6-3, 1-1-1 Sun Belt) come-from-behind effort began in the second half after an early first-half Chanticleer (5-5-3, 1-2-1 Sun Belt) goal put them behind on the board in the 14th minute.


The battle over the middle was fierce and physical with neither team willing to give up a step as a record-setting 1,256 attendance crowd created a deafening home environment for Appalachian.


The crowd was never louder than when the Black and Gold were able to equalize the game in the 81st minute when senior Jordan Melia (Manchester, England/Rivington & Blackrod) fired a corner kick right in front of the goal to connect with the head of senior Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) before clanging off the cross bar high and going into the net. The goal was Chapman’s sixth of the year, while it was Melia’s second assist.


With the goal, the two teams headed into extra minutes where again the hard-fought battle for each and every ball took mainstage. Unfortunately for Appalachian, Coastal Carolina got the game-winner in the 93rd minute on a bang-bang play in front of the net, ending the game.


The loss is the first of the season at home for the Mountaineers, also snapping a six-game win streak. Appalachian is now 3-1-3 in their last seven.


Freshman goalkeeper Jake Agnew (Farmington, Minn./Farmington) made one save in the game but cleared several dangerous crosses out of harm’s way to stifle the Chanticleer offensive attack.


Leading the way for Appalachian offensive was Chapman, who finished with two shots, both of which on goal. Behind him was senior junior John Walrath (Raeford, N.C./Hoke County) with one shot on goal. Sophomore Ian Bennett (Wilmington, N.C./New Hanover) and senior Donovan Japp (Oakridge, N.C./Northwest Guilford) also contributed one shot on the night.

The Mountaineers continue their October homestand on Saturday, Oct. 22 when they host Georgia State for the team’s senior day. Kickoff was pushed back 30 minutes to 7:30 p.m. to allow fans more time to get to the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex after homecoming App State-Idaho football action.

Thursday, 20 October 2016 07:10

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Soccer Blanks Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (10-3-2, 6-2-1) remained unbeaten in its last seven matches with a 4-0 victory over Coker (5-6-1, 3-5) Wednesday night in a South Atlantic Conference contest at the Cobras Athletics Field.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Ismael Noumansana (Reims, FRANCE) scored his team-leading 15th goal of the season while the Bears broke the contest open with three goals in the first nine minutes of the second half in the victory.


Noumansana opened the scoring with a goal from short range at the 40:10 mark of the first half for the Bears, who remained in sole possession of third place in the conference standings.


Lenoir-Rhyne’s scoring surge just after halftime included goals from junior midfielder Jens Roessler (Ettlingen, GERMANY) and senior defender Josh Alderson (Formby, ENGLAND) and an own goal. The goal for Alderson was his first of the year.


Lenoir-Rhyne held an 18-13 advantage in shots taken while senior Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) made six saves and registered his seventh shutout of the season. Coker’s Michael Ritterbeck (Hilton Head Island, S.C.) suffered the loss in goal despite stopping seven shots on the night.


Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Wingate, the No. 1-ranked team in NCAA Division II, for Senior Day in a South Atlantic Conference match on Saturday at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


In the first Southeast Regional rankings of the season, Lenoir-Rhyne is fifth while Wingate is second.


NCAA Division II Men's Soccer

Southeast Region Poll

(October 19, 2016)

1. Tusculum 12-1

2. Wingate 12-0

3. Pfeiffer 12-2

4. Limestone 12-1

5. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-2

6. Lander 10-3

7. Montevallo 10-3

8. Lincoln Memorial 8-5

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 21:23

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Coker

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (10-3-2, 6-2-1) shut out Coker (2-9, 1-8), 5-0, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Cobras Athletic Field.


Lenoir-Rhyne junior defender Dylan Bedell (Chapel Hill, N.C.) scored twice as the Bears netted all five goals in the first half in winning their third consecutive match.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kendall Smith (Asheville, N.C.) added a goal and a pair of assists including the match-winner just 18 seconds into the contest. Smith scored her team-leading seventh goal of the season and assisted the final two goals in the match.


Bedell scored back-to-back goals to give the Bears a 3-0 advantage while freshman forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) and senior midfielder Miranda Simon (Burlington, N.C.) rounded out the scoring for the Bears at the 34:52 and 44:05 marks of the first half, respectively.


In goal, senior Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) earned the shutout victory – the third straight for the Bears – while Shelby Middleton (Lilburn, Ga.) totaled 10 saves for the Cobras despite the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 30-3 edge in shots taken as well. Lenoir-Rhyne is in sole possession of third place in the league standings.


Lenoir-Rhyne, ranked fifth in the first NCAA Division II Southeast Region Poll Of The Year, returns home to host Wingate in a South Atlantic Conference match on Senior Day Saturday at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.


NCAA Division II Southeast Region

Women’s Soccer Poll

(October 19, 2016)

1. Columbus State 11-2

2. Limestone 12-1

3. UNC Pembroke 9-2

4. North Georgia 10-1-2

5. Lenoir-Rhyne 10-3-2

6. Carson-Newman 11-3

7. Young Harris 6-2-3

8. Armstrong State 10-1-1

The National Junior College Athletic Association tabbed Red Hawk Sophomore Outside Hitter Mariah Wallace as Player of the Week. The #4 ranked Red Hawks went 5-1 on the past week including defeating four Division 1 opponents. Wallace posted a .342 hitting percentage as well as averaging 3.94 kills and 3.31 assists per set during the winning week. On the season, Wallace is second on the team with total kills, 292, and total digs, 320.

This weekend the Red Hawks will travel to Illinois for the toughest competition of the season playing 4 top 20 teams including 3 in the top 10. On Friday, October 21 the Red Hawks will face tournament host and #5 ranked team Lincoln Land CC (Illinois) at 4:00pm and then face the #10 ranked team, Johnson County CC (Kansas), at 5:00pm. On Saturday the Red Hawks will play #17 ranked Fort Scott CC (Kansas) at 10:00am and then the #1 ranked team Parkland CC (Illinois) at 12:00pm.

Appalachian State University men’s basketball sophomore guard Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep (W.V.)) earned third-team all-Sun Belt honors, as voted on by the conference’s 12 head coaches and released by the league office on Wednesday morning.

Shabazz returns for his sophomore campaign after a standout freshman season that saw the rookie average 11.9 points per game - the most by a true freshman for Appalachian since Ricky Nedd averaged 11.6 points per game during the 1990-91 season. Shabazz broke out in a nationally televised game on ESPN2 at then No. 7 North Carolina. The Raleigh, N.C. native scored a team-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the floor.

Over the course of the season, Shabazz posted five more 20-point outings, including a career-high 29 point performance in a narrow 101-100 loss at home to Georgia Southern. Shabazz finished 10-of-17 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the charity stripe.


In addition to announcing the preseason all-conference teams, the Sun Belt also released its preseason poll for the new 12-team league which now features former Big South member Coastal Carolina. UT Arlington (140 points, 10 first-place votes) finished atop the poll, while Little Rock (124 points, one first-place vote) and Georgia State (114 points, one first-place vote) rounded out the top three.

Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina rounded out the top five. South Alabama was picked sixth, followed by UL Lafayette, UL Monroe, Troy and Arkansas State. Appalachian was picked to finish 11th with Texas State picked 12th behind the Mountaineers.


Sun Belt Conference Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll

Team Points (first-place votes)

1. UT Arlington 140 (10)

2. Little Rock 124 (1)

3. Georgia State 114 (1)

4. Georgia Southern 111

5. Coastal Carolina 88

6. South Alabama 75

7. UL Lafayette 70

8. UL Monroe 59

9. Troy 54

10. Arkansas State 46

11. Appalachian State 28

12. Texas State 27

Preseason First Team All-Conference

Devin Carter (Arkansas State, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Tookie Brown (Georgia Southern, Sophomore, Guard, Sport Management)

Marcus Johnson Jr. (Little Rock, Senior, Guard, Criminal Justice)

Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington, Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Erick Neal (UT Arlington, Junior, Guard, Communication Broadcasting)

Preseason Second Team All-Conference

Elijah Wilson (Coastal Carolina, Freshman, Guard)

Mike Hughes (Georgia Southern, Junior, Guard, Sport Management)

Jeremy Hollowell (Georgia State, Senior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Ken Williams (South Alabama, Senior, Guard, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Wesley Person (Troy, Junior, Guard, Global Business)

Preseason Third Team All-Conference

Ronshad Shabazz (Appalachian State, Sophomore, Guard, Undecided)

Jay Wright (UL Lafayette, Senior, Guard, General Studies)

Nick Coppola (UL Monroe, Senior, Guard, Risk Management and Insurance)

Kavin Gilder-Tilbury (Texas State, Senior, Forward, General Studies)

Jordon Varnado (Troy, Sophomore, Forward, Global Business)

Preseason Player of the Year

Kevin Hervey (UT Arlington, Junior, Forward, Interdisciplinary Studies)

Wednesday, 19 October 2016 11:34

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Brevard

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (7-13, 5-8) swept Brevard (4-17, 3-11), 3-0, in a South Atlantic Conference contest Tuesday night at Boshamer Gymnasium.


The Bears won by scores of 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23 and avenged an earlier home setback to the Tornados.


Lenoir-Rhyne was led by freshman outside hitter Katrina Samuels (Blythewood, S.C.) with eight kills while sophomore setter Jessica Funk (East Bend, N.C.) added a double-double – 23 assists and 10 digs – in the victory.


Junior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) finished with six kills each and junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) totaled 11 digs for the Bears, who limited the Tornados to a .138 hitting percentage.


For Brevard, Savannah Cox (Kannapolis, N.C.) led the way with a match-high 13 kills and Erin Barr (Hamptonville, N.C.) dished out 36 assists to go along with nine digs. The Tornados, however, lost their third consecutive contest.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference match on Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

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