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Thursday, 16 April 2015 23:02

App State Men's Tennis Game Postponed

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The Sun Belt Conference announced that the time and venue of Friday's Sun Belt Tournament quarterfinal contest between Appalachian State University men's tennis and South Alabama will be moved to 9 a.m. ET at the UNO Tennis Center.

The change was made as heavy rain is forecast for the afternoon in New Orleans. The match was originally slated for 4 p.m. ET on Friday.

The Mountaineers (10-11) enter the tournament as the No. 6 seed while the Jaguars (14-8) are the No. 3 seed.

The Catawba Valley Community College Baseball team announced that Freshman Left Handed Pitcher Bryce Hensley has been named the National Junior College Athletic Association DII Pitcher of the Week for April 6-12.

Hensley threw a no-hitter vs. conference opponent New River CC in Radford, VA. Hensley threw 6.0 innings with 14 strikeouts and allowed only 1 walk.

Hensley has pitched in 10 games for the Red Hawks this season throwing 53.0 innings. Hensley currently has an earned run average on 1.87 and in conference games has a 0.33 era. Hensley is also ranked in the top 25 nationally with 2 shutouts (6th), 4 complete games (7th), 55 strikeouts (17th), and the 1.87 era (23rd).

This is the second time this season a Red Hawk has received the national recognition of a player of the week. In week 7 (March 16-22) sophomore third baseman, Danny Sullivan, received the recognition. The Red Hawks sit in first place of the Carolinas-Virginia Conference with a 10-2 record and have an overall record of 24-16. The Red Hawks will travel to Surry CC in Dobson, NC this weekend for a 3 game conference series. A double header is scheduled on Saturday and a single game on Sunday.

Despite rallying from a one-point deficit to send the contest to doubles play, Appalachian State University women's tennis saw its season come to an end in a heartbreaking, 4-3 loss to Arkansas State in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament on Thursday at City Park Center.

The Mountaineers (9-15) and Red Wolves (4-12) both fought against the elements as rain caused a 25 minute delay two hours into the match. Due to the poor weather conditions, the ITA Shortened Format was used - meaning the doubles portion was only played if the match was tied after singles play.

In a back-and-forth contest, Arkansas State grabbed the first point of the match when Tamara Slijepevic defeated Clare Cox by a 6-1, 6-1 score at No. 1. Melissa Machado would answer for Appalachian as she scored a straight-set win at No. 5 (6-4, 6-0]) to the the contest at 1-1.

Moments later, the Red Wolves would go up again as Julie Gaugery topped Gabrielle Wreder, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3), in a highly competitive match at No. 2 singles. Mackenzie LaSure would knot the contest at 2-2 when she earned a win for the Mountaineers at No. 3 (6-4, 4-6, 6-4).

With the match tied and two singles contests remaining, Sabina Jeresic put Arkansas State just one point shy of victory when she grabbed a 7-5, 6-4 win over Brianna Armellino at the No. 4 spot.

On the brink of elimination, the Mountaineers would get a huge lift from Megan Mullen as she rallied from a first-set loss to earn a 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-2 win that sent the match to doubles play.

The Red Wolves earned the first doubles win via a 6-2 win at No. 3 before Appalachian's No. 2 duo of Machado/Mullen pulled out a 6-3 win, setting up an heart-stopping finish as the match came down to the winner of No. 1 doubles.

In the end, it would be Arkansas State's tandem of Jeresic/Slijepevic whole would emerge victorious over Appalachian's team of Cox/LaSure. The 6-2 win gave the Red Wolves the match-clinching fourth point and set them up to face No. 2 Georgia State in Friday's quarterfinal round.

Arkansas State 4, Appalachian State 3
Apr 16, 2015 at New Orleans, La. (City Park Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara (ASU) def. Clare Cox (APP) 6-1, 6-1
2. Gauguery, Julie (ASU) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 6-4, 7-6 (7-3)
3. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Pisani, Victoria (ASU) 6-4, 4-6, 6-4
4. Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) def. Brianna Armellino (APP) 7-5, 6-4
5. Melissa Machado (APP) def. Stefanov, Chiara (ASU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Krsmanovic, Sofia (ASU) 6-7 (7-9), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition
1. Slijepcevic, Tamara/Jeresic, Sabina (ASU) def. Clare Cox/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) 6-2
2. Melissa Machado/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Krsmanovic, Sofia/Pisani, Victoria (ASU) 6-3
3. Gauguery, Julie/Heeps-Eriksen, Jess (ASU) def. Gabrielle Wreder/McKayla Zupan (APP) 6-2

Match Notes
Arkansas State 4-12
Appalachian State 9-15

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,5,2,3,4,6)

2015 Sun Belt Conference Women's Tennis Championship First Round

#7 Appalachian State vs. #10 Arkansas State

ITA Shortened Format: Singles played first, Doubles if necessary

RAIN DELAY: Approximately 25 minutes beginning at 9:57 AM CT

Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Brooke Robinson has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Outdoor Track Runner Of The Week, league officials announced today.

Robinson, a sophomore from Newton, N.C., broke her own school record in the women’s 200-meter dash last weekend at Western Carolina University’s Beynon Catamount Classic.

Robinson finished 10th overall with a school-record 25.31 seconds and was part of a women's 400-meter relay squad which set a new program mark at the meet as well (49.46).

Robinson was the 2014 South Atlantic Conference Women’s Track and Field Freshman Of The Year and the league champion in the women’s 400-meter run, an event she also holds the school record in at 56.54 seconds.

Wingate’s Christina Matheny was named the AstroTurf SAC Women’s Outdoor Field Athlete Of The Week.

Lenoir-Rhyne next hosts the 2015 South Atlantic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Friday and Saturday at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex and the Irwin Belk Track.

Appalachian State University women's tennis has had its first round match at the Sun Belt Conference Tournament moved up due to impending rain in New Orleans.

The Mountaineers (9-14) will take on No. 10 Arkansas State (3-11) at 9 a.m. ET on Thursday at City Park/Pepsi Tennis Center in New Orleans. The match was originally slated for an 11 a.m. ET start.

Appalachian State University women’s golf finished Sun Belt Championship on Wednesday at the Steelwood Country Club. The Championship was scheduled for three rounds but rain delays on Monday and Tuesday shortened the tournament to 36 holes. The Apps placed fourth, shooting 305 in the first round followed by a second round 307 for a total of 612.

The Mountaineers placed two golfers in the top ten of the field. Haley Zagoria (Atlanta, Ga./Woodward Academy) fired a 2-over 74 in the first round followed by a 75 on the second 18 holes. Zagoria’s total of 149 was good enough for sixth place. Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) also shot a second round 75 on Wednesday after she posted a 76 in round one. Stinson finished tied ninth place with a total score of 151.

Both Savanna Wood (Boone, N.C./Watauga High School) and Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) shot 156 over two rounds. Wood carded back-to-back rounds of 78 while Davis posted a 77 in round one followed by a second round 79. The pair of Mountaineers tied for 25th place.

Rounding out the Mountaineer lineup, Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) shot a 161 for the championship with rounds of 79 and 82. Craver finished in 34th place.

The fourth place finish is the highest in a conference tournament since the Mountaineers finished fourth at the 2002 SoCon Championship.

The conclusion of the Sun Belt tournament brings one most successful seasons in program history to a close. The Mountaineers had seven top-five finishes during the 2014-15 season including three first place finishes during the spring campaign.

Appalachian will return four of five starters for the 2015-16 season.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 22:22

Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Contest Rescheduled

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Softball Team has rescheduled its home South Atlantic Conference doubleheader with Queens for Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. The two teams were originally supposed to play on Tuesday but the contest was canceled due to rain.

Lenoir-Rhyne also plays on the road against Lincoln Memorial on Thursday at 3:00 p.m., and hosts Tusculum on Saturday for Senior Day beginning at 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, 15 April 2015 22:20

App State Baseball Contest Postponed

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Wednesday’s baseball game between Appalachian State and North Carolina A&T has been postponed due to heavy rain in the High Country. A makeup date has not been announced.

Appalachian State returns to action this weekend when it hosts a three-game Sun Belt Conference series versus first-place Georgia State. Game times are set for 6 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday at Appalachian’s Beaver Field at Jim and Bettie Smith Stadium. Tickets are available at appstatesports.com/tickets.

Appalachian State University softball's doubleheader at Radford, originally scheduled for 5 p.m. on Wednesday, has been canceled due to rain. No makeup date for the doubleheader has been announced.

As of right now, the Mountaineers will return to Sun Belt Conference action this weekend when they host No. 9 UL Lafayette for a three-game series beginning on Saturday, April 18 at 1 p.m.

The series finale on Sunday, April 19 will also serve as Senior Day in recognition of the 2015 softball senior class.

The Catawba Valley Community College baseball game scheduled for Thursday against the Lenoir-Rhyne JV squad has been cancelled due to field conditions. No make-up games will be scheduled.

The Red Hawks will return to the diamond this weekend at Surry Community College. The two teams will play in a doubleheader Saturday with the rubber match of the series on Sunday.

CVCC is 24-16 overall and 10-2 in conference play.