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Appalachian State University volleyball pushed past UL Monroe on Sunday afternoon, take the match in five sets with scores of 25-22, 27-25, 27-29, 21-25 and 15-9.

The Mountaineers (17-4, 7-4 Sun Belt) overcame two losses in the third and fourth sets to come back and beat the Warhawks (7-17, 1-10 SBC) in the fifth.

The Apps started out the first set with a quick 6-3 lead, but UL Monroe would go on a 7-2 run to take a 11-9 lead over App State.

An Appalachian timeout proved to be a good idea as the Mountaineers came back from the break to go on an 8-2 run, finding kills from Lauren Gray, Emily Corrigan, Jacqui Spurgeon and Caroline Wainright to help them lead 20-14.

The Warhawks would come within one point of the Mountainees but it would not be enough as the Apps took the first 25-22.

With the score tied at five at the beginning of the second set UL Monroe would gain momentum, going on a 5-1 run for a 9-6 lead.

The Apps would tie the set at 11 with a kill from Cassidy Stephenson and then take a 15-12 lead, but the Warhawks would not go away, tying the score eight more times.

With the score tied at 23 the Warhawks would find two points to lead 25-24 before App would score the last three points of the set, featuring two kills from Gray, to take the second 27-25 and lead the match 2-0.

Appalachian jumped out to a 7-4 lead in the third set and would not let UL Monroe within three points of them until the Warhawks found four-straight points off Appalachian errors to tie the third at 15.

From there the Mountaineers would take another lead, making the score 20-16, but UL Monroe would not give up, suddenly scoring five-straight points to lead 21-20.

The end of the third set featured seven tied score as neither team could hold on to a lead until the Warhawks ended the set with a kill, taking the third 29-27.

UL Monroe got the early lead in the fourth set, leading Appalachian 12-9. The Apps continued to trail by no more than four points until UL Monroe would find three-straight points for a 21-16 lead.

The Mountaineers scored four-straight to trail 24-21 but it was not enought as the Warhawks took the fourth 25-21 to tie the match 2-2.

App State started the fifth set in control, finding kills from Corrigan, Stephenson and Jess Keller to take a 8-3 lead. From there the Apps would on a 5-1 run to lead 13-5, but then the Warhawks made their move, finding four-straight points to trail by only four points.

The Mountaineers finished out the set, taking the next two points to win the fifth 15-9 and take the match 3-2.

Corrigan led the Mountaineers on offense with 24 kills. She was followed by Gray's 16 kills, while Keller and Stephenson each notched ten in the victory.

Paige Brown recorded a season high of 61 assists and also tallied 14 digs. Meghan Mahoney led on defense with 24 digs on the day, while Olivia Reed had 12, Gray recorded 11 and Corrigan added ten.

Hope Pawlick led the Warhawks with 19 kills, while libero Marcela Araya had 40 digs.

The Apps hit .144 on the match, while holding UL Monroe to a .138 hitting percentage. Appalachian tallied 12 blocks to the Warhawk's nine. Gray led App State with six blocks in the match.

The Mountaineers return to action next weekend when they travel to Arkansas to take on Arkansas State on Friday and UALR on Saturday.

The setting was perfect on Sunday afternoon in the High Country for Appalachian State University women’s soccer to honor its seniors and defeat UL Monroe 1-0.

“It was a great day and I’m so proud to be able to honor the senior class and Lindsay Cobb and everything this group has stood for,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “For them to be my first true recruiting class and get the win today is a really exceptional thing. ULM was a great team, worked hard and stuck to their plan to make us work for the win.”

The Mountaineers (7-9, 4-3 Sun Belt) scored the only goal of the game and it came in the 29th minute in the first half. Lindsey Tully (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) played a ball up the far side to senior Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton).

Taking just a touch, Holz would send a perfect cross to the back post and Sam Childress (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) was able to get her head on it for her fifth goal of the season.

“The cross from Julia was just unbelievable and her selflessness was awesome,” said Strickland. “Sam’s diving header was great and we’re so glad to have her back and ready to go again.”

The game was totally dominated by Appalachian State as it generated 21 shots, including 12 on goal. Childress and senior Nicole Steyl (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) both tallied four shots to lead the Apps.

Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) started the game in net and played the first half without having to make a save. Senior Amy Kolowsky (Columbia, S.C./Spring Valley) entered the match in the second half and contributed to the shutout, while making one save on the Warhawks’ lone shot on goal.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Friday, Oct. 24 when they travel to Atlanta, Ga. for a matchup with Georgia State. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 15:09

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Edge Out Tusculum

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Soccer Team (10-3-1, 7-1) took over sole possession of first place in the South Atlantic Conference standings with a 1-0 win over Tusculum (8-5-1, 4-3) Sunday afternoon at the Upper Field.

Junior midfielder Emily Atkinson (Thomasville, Ga.) scored the lone goal of the match for the Bears, who ran their winning streak to six in the process.

Atkinson scored at the 31:56 mark of the first half when she finished off a free kick cross from junior defender Brianna Belsky (Egg Harbor Township, N.J.), who was credited with the assist. The goal was Atkinson’s second on the year.

Lenoir-Rhyne freshman goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) improved to 6-0 on the year after earning her fourth shutout victory. Morris stopped three shots for the Bears, who held a 19-6 advantage in shots taken.

Tusculum’s Marissa Williams (Canton, Mich.) suffered the loss in goal despite making seven saves on the afternoon. The Pioneers also suffered their second straight shutout setback.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts Catawba in a South Atlantic Conference match on Wednesday beginning at 5:00 p.m.

In a game in which Appalachian State University men’s soccer earned more scoring chances than its opponent, App State fell to Georgia State 1-0 in overtime on Saturday evening.

The Mountaineers (4-6-3, 0-1-2 Sun Belt) fell to the Panthers on an Andy Anglade goal in the 99th minute in the first overtime. Anglade sped past the defense on the far side and was able to score to his right to propel the Panthers.

Appalachian led in shots 16-10 and total scoring chances were highly in favor of the Mountaineers. With four shots on goal, App State had numerous extra chances inside the box but could not put the ball on frame.

Holland Hammond (Jacksonville, N.C./Jacksonville) stood on his head for the majority of the match and made spectacular saves to keep the game scoreless. Hammond made six saves on the night, including two where he had to dive to both his right and left with full extension to stop Panther shots.

Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) led the team in shots with five, including three on goal. Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) and Trey Hemphill (Asheville, N.C./T.C. Roberson) tallied three shots each.

The Mountaineers will return to action next Saturday, Oct. 25 when they host former Southern Conference and current Sun Belt rival Georgia Southern. Kick off is slated for 7 p.m. from Appalachian Soccer Stadium.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 11:38

Lenoir-Rhyne Swimming Competes at Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams split a dual meet with Mars Hill Saturday morning at Harrell Pool. The women's team won by a score of 109-85 while the men's squad fell, 135-65.

The Bears were led by juniors Abigail McRea (Hickory, N.C.) and Leah Watts (Hickory, N.C.).

McRea won the women's 200-yard freestyle (2:05.39) and women's 100-yard backstroke (1:05.91) while Watts placed first in the women's 200-yard individual medley (2:14.44) and women's 500-yard freestyle (5:26.87).

Both swimmers were also part of Lenoir-Rhyne's victory in the women's 400-yard freestyle relay (3:55.02).

Freshman Brandi Miller (Asheville, N.C.) picked up a win for the Bears in the women's 100-yard butterfly with a time of 1:04.84 as well.

On the men's side, Lenoir-Rhyne senior Chris Tilque (Charlotte, N.C.) finished first in the 100-yard freestyle (51.05) for the Bears in the setback.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's and Women's Swimming Teams next compete against Catawba and Pfeiffer on Friday, October 24, in Misenheimer, N.C., beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Appalachian State University football put together a dominating performance and picked up its first-ever Sun Belt Conference victory with a 53-14 rout over five-time Sun Belt champion Troy on Saturday afternoon at Veterans Memorial Stadium.

After falling into an early 7-0 hole, Appalachian State (2-5, 1-2 Sun Belt) scored 53 of the game’s final 60 points – including 29 unanswered to close it out – and finished with a 551-308 advantage in total yardage in the win, its first over an NCAA Division I FBS opponent since its historic 34-32 win at No. 5 Michigan in 2007.

Aided by two penalties and a conversion on fourth-and-eight, Troy (1-6, 1-2 Sun Belt) scored on its opening possession to grab the early 7-0 lead but it was all Mountaineers from there.

App State needed exactly one play to draw even as, for the second-straight game, the Mountaineers scored on their first offensive snap when Taylor Lamb (Calhoun, Ga./Calhoun) found Malachi Jones (Roswell, Ga./Central Gwinnett) for a 59-yard touchdown pass to knot the score at 7-7.

The Mountaineers’ touchdown on their first offensive play opened a 24-point onslaught over the next 15 minutes that gave App State a commanding 24-7 lead less than six minutes into the second quarter. The early scoring barrage included a 37-yard field goal by Bentlee Critcher (South Daytona, Fla./Warner Christian Academy), defensive end Olawale Dada’s (Columbus, Ga./Shaw) 20-yard return of a fumble forced by outside linebacker Osvaldo Sombo (Charlotte, N.C./Butler) and the first of three touchdown runs by Marcus Cox (Dacula, Ga./Dacula), a two-yarder that gave Appalachian the 17-point advantage with 9:56 still left to play in the first half.

Troy cut the Apps’ advantage to 24-14 on a 99-yard kickoff return by Chandler Worthy (his second kickoff return for a touchdown in as many games) but that would be the last points the Trojans’ would score.

App State took a 26-14 lead into halftime thanks to a bizarre safety on the final play of the first half. With 13 seconds to go in the half and Appalachian on Troy’s eight yard line, Lamb completed a pass to wideout Montez McGuire (Beech Island, S.C./North Augusta) near the goal line. As McGuire tried to stretch the ball into the end zone for a touchdown, he fumbled into the arms of Troy defensive back Mark Wilson. When he caught the ball, Wilson ran back into Troy’s end zone where he was tackled by App State center Graham Fisher (Waynesville, N.C./Tuscola) that stretched the Mountaineers’ lead to 12 points with one second remaining on the first-half clock.

As dominant as Appalachian State was in the first half, it was even more so after the break when it outscored the Trojans, 27-0, to finish off the romp. Cox scored on runs of 33 and one yard, Lamb ran it in from 16 yards out and backup quarterback Kameron Bryant (Cary, N.C./Panther Creek) closed out the scoring on a three-yard run with 10:22 still left in the ballgame.

Appalachian State’s 551 yards included a whopping 441 on the ground, good for the Mountaineers’ highest rushing total since they ran for 448 yards against Jacksonville on Sept. 6, 2008.

For the second-straight week, Appalachian’s ground attack featured two 100-yard rushers in Cox (123 yards on 16 carries) and junior Ricky Fergerson (Fuquay-Varina, N.C./Fuquay-Varina), who came off the bench to amass 107 yards on 10 carries. The Mountaineers nearly had four 100-yard rushers, as Lamb ran for a career-high 98 yards on eight carries and Terrence Upshaw (Duluth, Ga./Northview) rushed 11 times for 82 yards before leaving the game with a minor lower-body injury in the third quarter.

Defensively, Appalachian State forced four turnovers, limited Troy to a 7-of-20 conversion rate on third and fourth downs and surrendered just one touchdown in the win. The Mountaineers also held the Trojans, who rushed for 360 yards in last week’s 41-24 win over New Mexico State, to just 79 yards on 32 carries (2.5 avg.).

True freshman cornerback Latrell Gibbs (Kennesaw, Ga./North Cobb) headlined the stout defensive performance with career-high eight tackles and the first two interceptions of his career, the first of which set up an Appalachian State touchdown. Inside linebacker D.J. Ward (Elizabeth City, N.C./Northeastern) led the Mountaineers with a career-high nine tackles.

Appalachian State has a bye next Saturday before returning home to host Georgia State on Saturday, Nov. 1. Kickoff for App State’s Family Weekend contest is set for 3:30 p.m. at Kidd Brewer Stadium.

NOTES: Appalachian State, which is in its first season as a member of NCAA Division I FBS, beat an FBS team for the first time since its historic 34-32 victory over Michigan on Sept. 1, 2007 … the win snapped Appalachian’s 10-game losing streak against FBS opponents … the Mountaineers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and avoided dropping five-straight games for the first time since 1977 … App State moved to 2-2 all-time against Troy and 2-1 at Veterans Memorial Stadium … the Mountaineers’ 39-point margin of victory was its largest in a conference game since it toppled Wofford, 70-24, in a Southern Conference matchup on Oct. 31, 2008 … the 39-point margin of victory was also the second-largest in a Sun Belt game this season, behind only Arkansas State’s 52-10 win over Georgia State last Saturday … the Mountaineers’ 441 rushing yards were the second-most by a Sun Belt team this season, behind only Georgia Southern’s 564 rushing yards against Savannah State on Sept. 6 … only a sophomore, Cox moved into Appalachian State’s all-time top 10 on Saturday for rushing touchdowns in a career … his 24 career rushing touchdowns are tied for seventh in school history with Alvin Parker (1980-83) … with three touchdown runs on Saturday, Cox surpassed D.J. Campbell (22 – 1989-92), Richie Williams (22 – 2002-05) and current head coach Scott Satterfield (23 – 1992-95) on Appalachian State’s all-time rushing touchdowns list … Fisher, a senior that has never played a position outside of the offensive line during his collegiate career, has a safety and a reception to his credit – in addition to Saturday’s safety, he had a 13-yard catch on a deflected pass against Montana in 2012.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 11:16

Lenoir-Rhyne Football Defeats Newberry

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The No. 5 Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team (7-0, 4-0) remained unbeaten on the year after pinning a 23-10 defeat on Newberry (2-5, 1-4) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference game at Setzler Field.

With the score tied at seven midway through the second quarter, Lenoir-Rhyne junior defensive lineman Placid Ajoku (Powder Springs, Ga.) returned a fumble 70 yards for a score to give the Bears the lead for good while senior placekicker Justin Powell (Connelly Springs, Ga.) kicked three field goals in the victory.

Lenoir-Rhyne, the second-best rushing team in NCAA Division II, finished with 391 yards on the ground. Senior quarterback Miles Freeman (Sacramento, Calif.) rushed for a season-high 165 yards while senior running back Jarrod Spears (Bunnlevel, N.C.) added 114 yards on the ground for the Bears in the win.

Freeman scored from two yards out on Lenoir-Rhyne's opening possession to culminate a 16-play, 90-yard drive in the first quarter while Spears crossed the century mark for the second straight game.

Lenoir-Rhyne put the contest away with two more field goals after halftime while the Bears' defense held the Wolves without a point after intermission and to just 217 yards of total offense on the day. Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore defensive back Marcus Kincaid (Morganton, N.C.) finished with a team-high 13 tackles in the win.

For Newberry, quarterback W.T. Murden (West Columbia, S.C.) found wide receiver Jalen Cook (Lexington, S.C.) for a 23-yard touchdown reception early in the second quarter for the lone touchdown of the game for the Wolves. Murden finished with 121 yards through the air.

Lenoir-Rhyne is now 20-1 in its last 21 games and won its 17th consecutive South Atlantic Conference regular season game.

Lenoir-Rhyne also defeated Newberry for the fourth straight year and held on to the Bishops' Trophy, the annual game between the two Lutheran schools of North and South Carolina.

Lenoir-Rhyne returns home to face Mars Hill in a South Atlantic Conference game next Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m., at Moretz Stadium.

The Wingate Volleyball Team (21-1, 14-0), the eighth-ranked team in NCAA Division II, made it 15 wins in a row with a 3-0 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne (14-7, 8-6) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

The Bulldogs won by scores of 25-22, 25-17 and 25-23 and ran its winning streak in league regular season matches to 51.

Wingate was led by Susie Murach (Burke, Va.) with a match-high 13 kills to go along with 11 digs while Alison Cooke (Davidson, N.C.) added 38 assists as the Bulldogs completed the season sweep of the Bears.

Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore middle blocker Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) finished with a team-high nine kills and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) totaled 24 assists in the loss.

Junior defensive specialist Morgan Bunker (Mount Airy, N.C.) also finished with 11 digs for the Bears, who hit just .106 for the match.

Lexi Potter (North Liberty, Iowa) and Abby Saehler (Iowa City, Iowa) each totaled nine kills as well for the Bulldogs, who improved to 134-2 in its last 136 conference matches as well.

Lenoir-Rhyne now plays its next four matches on the road beginning on Tuesday against Newberry in Newberry, S.C., in a South Atlantic Conference contest at 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 10:57

App State Women's Soccer Falls to UL-Lafayette

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Appalachian State University women’s soccer dropped a tough game on Friday evening to UL Lafayette, 2-1.

“We learned a lot about ourselves tonight,” said head coach Sarah Strickland. “We created chances and had opportunities. We need to find a way to finalize that last shot and really believe that we can do this. The girls deep down know that they are a great team and they are going to pull it together.”

Strickland continued, “I thought Aubrey Fletcher (Berryville, Va./Clark County) worked hard and created some chances. Julia Holz (Marietta, Ga./Walton) played great and was really shining out wide.

The Mountaineers (6-9, 3-3 Sun Belt) scored the games first goal in the 24th minute when Holz sent a blast from 25 yards out on an angle from the outside corner of the box.

The ball would be placed perfectly in the upper 90. Merlin Beckwith (Rochester Hills, Mich./Rochester Adams) was credited with the assist on the play.

App State would go into the locker room with the one goal lead, but in the 53rd minute the Ragin’ Cajuns’ Natalie Newman shot a ball from about 25 yards out and it snuck in the lower left corner of the frame to tie the game at 1-1.

Then in the 73rd minute, UL Lafayette’s Yazmin Montoya would net the game-winner on a free kick blast from 40 yards out that snuck underneath the crossbar for the 2-1 lead.

Appalachian dominated stat categories, but could only muster the one goal. App State led in shots 22-6, but shots on goal was in the Apps’ favor by just a 6-5 margin. The Mountaineers also took seven corner kicks to the Ragin’ Cajuns’ five.

Holz led the team with five shots, including one on goal. Jane Cline (Charlotte, N.C./Charlotte Catholic) tallied four shots on the night. Megan Roberson (Kernersville, N.C./East Forsyth) made three saves in the effort.

The Mountaineers will be back in action on Sunday, Oct. 19 when they host UL Monroe at 1 p.m. It will also be Senior Day and the players will be recognized for their contributions to the program.

Sunday, 19 October 2014 10:51

App State Volleyball Defeats UL-Lafayette

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Appalachian State University took down UL Lafayette on Friday night, going into four sets with scores of 19-25, 25-21, 25-22 and 25-20.

The Mountaineers (16-4, 6-4 Sun Belt) beat the Ragin Cajuns (15-7, 5-6 SBC) after falling to them in four sets in their previous match up on Sept. 26.

The first set began with UL Lafayette scoring four-straight points to take a 9-4 lead. The Mountaineesr found a few points but the Ragin Cajuns continued to dominate, fnding three-straight kills to lead 16-7.

The Apps would find six-straight points toward the end of the set to to come within five points, but UL Lafayette would close out the set, taking the first 25-19.

The second set would feature five tied scores at the beginning until Appalachian would pull ahead. The Mountaineers scored four-straight points with two kills from Lauren Gray to lead 10-6.

The Ragin Cajuns came back from a timeout with determination, finding two service aces to help them tie the set at 12. The second-half of the set included five tied scores. With the score tied at 21 the Mountaineers took charge, scoring the last four points to take the second set 25-21 and tie the match 1-1.

UL Lafayette took a quick 7-3 lead in the third set, but Appalachian would find a way to tie the set 10-10. From there the Apps took control, finding kills from Emily Corrigan to take a 15-12 lead. The Ragin Cajuns were not done yet, going on a 6-2 run to take an 18-17 lead.

The Mountaineers found two kills from Gray to pull ahead 21-18 and finished out the third with a 25-22 victory to lead the match 2-1.

The Mountaineers dominated the beginning of the fourth set by taking a 5-1 lead, but the Ragin Cajuns suddenly found six kills to help them pull ahead 10-9. The Apps would come back from a timeout and with new energy, finding kills from Corrigan, Jacqui Spurgeon and Cassidy Stephenson to help them to a 17-13 lead.

From there Appalachian seemed to have control of the set, until UL Lafayette scored four-straight points to trail 23-20. The Apps would not be fazed, scoring the next two points to take the set 25-20 and win the match 3-1.

Corrigan led the team with 21 kills, followed by Gray and Spurgeon's 11 each.

Paige Brown recorded 43 assists on the night, while Meghan Mahoney found 18 digs. Kati Stammen had 13 digs in the win. Gray and Caroline Wainright each had five blocks to help the Apps to the 3-1 victory.

The Ragin Cajuns were led by Stacey Reilly's 12 kills and Andrea Hole's 52 assists.

The Mountaineers hit .200 on the match with UL Lafayette hitting .201. The Apps had ten blocks to ULL's eight.

Appalachian is back in action Sunday when they take on UL Monroe at 2 p.m. in the Holmes Center.