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Friday, 14 October 2016 22:55

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Swept by Queens

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The Lenoir-Rhyne University Volleyball Team (6-13, 4-8) fell to Queens (12-4, 9-2) by a 3-0 score in a South Atlantic Conference match Friday evening at Curry Arena.


The Royals won by scores of 25-17, 25-21, and 25-22 and remained in sole possession of third place in the league standings.


Queens, winner of three straight matches, was led by Meredith Jones (Blythewood, S.C.) with a match-high 20 kills while Sydney Kunz (Germantown, Wisc.) added 42 assists and nine digs as the Royals totaled 10 blocks and nine service aces in the victory.


For Lenoir-Rhyne, junior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.) and senior right side hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) led the way with a team-high nine kills each in the losing effort.


Junior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.) added 15 digs and junior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) totaled 15 assists in the setback for the Bears.


The Bears also hit just .163 for the match and made four total blocks on the night as well.


Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m., in Brevard, N.C.

Chris Anderson’s (Greensboro, N.C./Westchester County Day) 8k victory led the Appalachian State University men’s cross country team to a sixth-place finish with 136 points at the HPU VertCross Invitational on Friday night. George Mason grabbed the team title with 64 team points and Duke (83 points) and East Tennessee State (111 points) took second and third.


“I am a little disappointed we didn’t get out well as a team,” said head coach Michael Curcio. “ A large field caused a lot of traffic the first kilometer and the guys had to use a lot of effort to get up where they wanted. The guys came in a little tired from interval training, but they’re confident in the work they’ve done up until now. I think Evan Georges and Collin Loy had a good breakthrough and now see themselves helping the team even more.”


App State's Anderson clipped his former PR by 13 seconds to win the 8k crown in 25:01.81. Trotting behind the Greensboro native was Andrew Schille of Northern Kentucky in second (25:05.03) and Davidson’s Tim Bason was the third-fastest collegian (25:14.19).


“I am really excited for Chris,” continued Curcio. “He’s from right nearby, so his family and teammates were out there. Chris got out well with the lead pace, and he has rebounded well from UVA.”


The next fastest Mountaineer was Evan Georges (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) who cruised to 29th with a PR of 25:50.80. A couple of seconds later, senior Andrew Vandenberg (Boone, N.C./Watauga) would meet the tape in 26:02.10 to place 36th. App’s fourth-best competitor was Collin Loy (Burlington, N.C./Southern Almanance) who clocked a time of 26:10.29 to snatch 47th.


Rounding out the top seven finishers for Appalachian were Ryan Shannon (Maiden, N.C./North Lincoln) (26:22.17/58th), Michael Ellis (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt. Tabor) (26:23.93/62nd) and Chris Kelly (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) (26:27.71/PR/69th).


Appalachian State will train for two weeks to prepare for the 2016 Sun Belt Conference Cross Country Championships in Dothan, Ala on Saturday, Oct. 29. The men’s 8k race with begin at 12 p.m.

North Piedmont Conference:
West Iredell: 3
Alexander Central: 0


Southern District 7:

Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 0


Maiden: 3
Bandys: 0


Newton-Conover: 3
East Lincoln: 0


West Lincoln: 3
West Caldwell: 2


Hickory: 3
Draughn: 0

North Piedmont Conference:
Lake Norman: 4
Alexander Central: 2

Appalachian State rolled up 280 yards of offense and four sacks in the first half to seize control early in an impressive 24-0 win at Louisiana on Wednesday night.


The win is App State's (4-2, 2-0) third straight and eighth consecutive on the road in Sun Belt play dating back to last season.


App State pitched a shutout for the first time since a 49-0 win early in 2015 at Old Dominion. It was also the first time the Ragin’ Cajuns were shutout at home since a 27-0 loss to North Texas in October of 2002.


The Mountaineers put together another dominant opening half to take most of the drama out of the game.


Quarterback Taylor Lamb was 12-for-16 for 187 yards and an 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Collin Reed. Wideout Shaedon Meadors had five catches for 120 yards in the opening half, including a 56-yard completion on the Apps’ first snap to set the tone.


Big plays early in the passing game opened up the run on ensuing possessions. Running back Jalin Moore recorded 77 yards on 10 carries that included a 41-yard run early in the second quarter to push the lead to 17-0. The long touchdown run gave the App State defense all it would need for the rest of the contest.


Defensive tackle Dezmin Reed picked up two of App's five sacks, and Kennan Gilchrist recorded 10 stops as App shutout a Sun Belt opponent in the opening half for the second consecutive game.


The Mountaineers finished with five sacks and 10 tackles for loss in holding UL to 267 of total offense.


App has another half week off before hosting Idaho on Oct. 22 for homecoming. Kickoff is at 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Caldwell: 0


St. Stephens: 3

Freedom: 0


Watauga: 3
Hickory: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
East Burke: 3
Chase: 0

Northwestern Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 1
South Caldwell: 0


Freedom: 4
St. Stephens: 3


Hickory: 2
Watauga: 1


Patton: 5
Hibriten: 0


South Mountain Athletic Conference:
Chase: 9
East Burke: 0


Shelby: 5
Draughn: 0


Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 3
Lincolnton: 2


Maiden: 8
Bandys: 3


Newton-Conover: 7
East Lincoln: 0

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 22:16

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Shuts Out Lees-McRae

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (8-3-2) got back to its winning ways with a 1-0 shutout victory on the road over Lees-McRae (4-9) Wednesday night at Tate Field.


Lenoir-Rhyne senior defender Jessica Feronti (Melbourne, Fla.) scored the lone goal of the match for the Bears at the 18:41 mark of the first half.
Feronti scored just outside the box when her shot deflected off the crossbar and into the net. The goal was Feronti’s third of the year.


Lenoir-Rhyne dominated the match despite the final score. The Bears held a 24-3 margin in shots taken in a regional contest and the last non-conference match of the season.


Senior goalkeeper Andrea Leano (San Diego, Calif.) also picked up her fourth shutout of the year.


Leano made one save while Lees-McRae’s goalkeeper, Alexis Feely (Raleigh, N.C.), took the loss despite totaling 10 saves.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns to South Atlantic Conference play this Saturday at home against Brevard at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex beginning at 5:00 p.m. The match is the Bears’ annual Breast Cancer Awareness contest.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Soccer Team (8-3-2) pulled out a 2-1 overtime victory over North Georgia (6-8) Wednesday evening in a non-conference, regional contest at the Nighthawks Complex.


Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Israel Ramirez, a Fred T. Foard grad, scored the winning goal at the 97:39 mark of the first overtime as the Bears remained unbeaten – at 4-0-1 – in their last five matches.


Ramirez scored off a goalkeeper deflection on a shot by sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN), who was credited with the assist. The goal was Ramirez’s second of the year.


Lenoir-Rhyne opened the scoring in the 32nd minute when freshman forward Devi Ndrita (Wesley Chapel, Fla.) found the back of the net for his fourth goal of the season.


The Nighthawks quickly tied the score at one just under two minutes later when Chris Paul (Stone Mountain, Ga.) finished off a cross from five yards out from Daniel Bennett (Sutton Coldfield, ENGLAND).


Lenoir-Rhyne held a 23-15 advantage in shots taken while junior goalkeeper Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.) earned the win after making five saves on the evening. North Georgia’s Conner Domaleski (Conyers, Ga.) suffered the loss in goal despite stopping 10 shots.


Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Brevard in a South Atlantic Conference match at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Saturday night beginning at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016 22:09

App State Women's Tennis Announce 2016-2017 Schedule

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Highlighted by 10 matches in North Carolina, four matches against Sun Belt foes and three against ACC opponents, Appalachian State University women’s tennis announced the 2016-17 schedule on Wednesday.


Appalachian is looking to bounce back from a 7-14 mark and a first-round defeat in a tight 4-3 setback in the first round to UL Monroe. The Mountaineers return three of the top four wins leaders in singles action in Melissa Machado (Miami, Fla./Felix Varela) and Gabrielle Wreder (Miami, Fla./Miami Killian), who had seven victories, while freshman Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) finished with six wins.


For doubles action, the tandem of Taylor Bygrave (Monto, Australia/Miami Gold Coast) and Megan Mullen (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) led the team with five wins, while Bygrave also notched three more with former App State student-athlete Mackenzie LaSure to give Bygrave eight total triumphs.


App State is in the midst of its current fall schedule, where it will wrap up the slate at the ITA Regionals in Chapel Hill, N.C., held on UNC’s campus Oct. 19-23.


In head coach Blake Mosley’s first season, the Mountaineers scheduled a tough slate that will help the Apps prepare for the Sun Belt Tournament at the end of the season.


“This schedule will challenge us and prepare us for the Sun Belt Tournament,” stated Mosley. “We’ll look to finish strong in the final fall tournament next week and then start looking towards the spring. I think with the improvements we’ve made thus far, we’ll be ready to go in the spring.”


Appalachian will begin the spring schedule with a match against ACC foe NC State (10 a.m. ) and Campbell (2 p.m. ) on Jan. 20 in Raleigh. Nine days later, the Apps will make the trek to Asheville to play the Bulldogs at 3 p.m. followed by a Feb. 2 matchup against Western Carolina at the Yonahlossee Saddle Club in the Apps’ home opener.


In Greenville, N.C. on Feb. 4, the Black and Gold will play East Carolina to start a string of six-straight road matches. Appalachian will travel to Norfolk, Va., for a 10 a.m. affair against Old Dominion before hitting the road to Spartanburg, S.C. to play USC Upstate (2/16) and then Wake Forest two days later on Feb. 18.


The Mountaineers will close out the road swing against their third ACC opponent of the season at North Carolina (Feb. 21) and Davidson four days later. Appalachian returns for a pair of home matches against Grand Canyon (3/10) and Gardner-Webb (3/11).


Two contests in Charleston, S.C. will ensue during spring break against College of Charleston (3/13) and Charleston Southern (3/16). Appalachian will travel to Mercer for a match on Mar. 18 before squaring off against four straight Sun Belt opponents, starting with inaugural member Coastal Carolina (3/25) and then playing South Alabama (3/26) the following day. Both matches will take place in Mobile, Ala.


App State will play its next two league opponents in Statesboro, Ga. against Georgia State (4/8) and archrival Georgia Southern (4/9). Appalachian will end the regular season against Elon on the road.


The Sun Belt Tournament will take place April 20-23 in New Orleans.

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