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Friday, 02 February 2018 21:26

Appalachian State Men's Tennis Sweeps NC Central

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Appalachian State men's tennis won its fourth-straight match with a 7-0 victory over North Carolina Central at Deer Valley Racquet Club on Friday afternoon.

The Mountaineers (4-1) secured the doubles point, sweeping the Eagles (0-1) in both matches. Appalachian then rattled off five straight-set victories in singles competition to give the Black and Gold a third straight shutout.

Due to an NC Central forfeit for the No. 3 pairing, Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) clinched the doubles point with a 6-1 win over the Eagles' Theofanis Kontopolous and Pablo Juez Torres. The No. 1 pairing of Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) won minutes later, cruising to a 6-2 victory. Appalachian improved to 11-3 overall in doubles action with Scott and Bargeron posting a 3-0 mark, while Pavkovich and Webster own a 3-1 record.

In singles, Webster pushed the Mountaineers' advantage to 2-0 with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Sebastian Bromley. Shortly afterwards, Bargeron battled back in the second set to drop Kontopolous 6-2, 6-4.

Scott then picked up the match-sealing victory over Gabriel Cucalon 6-4, 6-2. With the Mountaineers up 4-0, Pavkovich and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) quickly downed their opponents 6-0, 6-1 and 6-0, 6-3 respectively.

Campbell and Ben are both on four-match winning streaks, and Pavkovich continued his impressive start, notching five straight victories to kick off the season. The sophomore is already one win away from matching last season's win total in singles.

Appalachian will hit the road for a match Saturday at Presbyterian College. First serve is set for 10 a.m.

Friday, 02 February 2018 21:24

McCall Joins CVCC Volleyball Program

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The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program announced the addition of Lauren McCall to its fall 2018 line up on Friday.

McCall, a transfer from West Virginia Tech and a former East Burke High School standout, signed her National Letter of Intent with the Red Hawks on Friday during a special ceremony held at the Tarlton Complex.

“We are so excited to have Lauren joining our team,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “She is a solid, experienced player who will have an immediate impact on the court. Her varied skill set makes her an invaluable asset, and I know she’s going to do great things as a Red Hawk.”

During her high school career at East Burke, McCall was a three-time All-South Mountain Athletic 2A/3A selection in volleyball, and she was named Player of the Year in both her conference and in all of Burke County. She also ran track & field for the Cavaliers.

A 5-foot-7 outside hitter, McCall tallied a team-best 311 kills and 298 digs as a senior at East Burke, leading the Cavaliers to an 18-6 overall record and 12-4 conference mark.

An outstanding student athlete off the court, McCall was named an Honors graduate, North Carolina Scholar graduate and a member of the National Honors Society while attending East Burke High School.

This past season at West Virginia Tech, McCall played in 31 matches (starting 21), registering 315 kills, 183 digs and 26 aces.

McCall, who played club volleyball for Carolina Select, plans to pursue an Associate in Arts degree while attending CVCC.

Catawba Valley Community College volleyball 2018 recruiting class
Abigail Gordon, West Stokes
Anna Clarke, First Assembly Christian
Are Myers, North Buncombe
Chesney Millsaps, Alexander Central
Emma Clark, Watauga
Jayln Rice, Fred T. Foard
Kelsea DeJarnette, Alexander Central
Lauren McCall, East Burke/West Virginia Tech (transfer)
Macy Pope, West Iredell
Madison Bolch, St. Stephens
Rachel Delcamp, West Stokes
Sophie Brennan, Willamette (Ore.)
Zoe Phillips, North Henderson

The Appalachian State men's basketball team came up on the short end of a 89-77 contest at Texas Arlington on Thursday evening.

Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) paced the Mountaineers (9-15, 4-7 SBC) with a team-high 31 points, to go along with three assists and three steals. His scoring total was one shy of tying his season-high scoring output of 32 points, set on November 16 against Iowa State. This marks the fourth time in his career that he has scored 30 or more points.

Senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) added 13 points and eight rebounds. Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) reached double figures for the sixth straight game, tallying 11 points, three assists and two steals.

Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) had six points, a team-high nine rebounds and three assists, while sophomore O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) tallied nine points in a reserve role.

Erick Neal finished with a game-high 38 points and six assists for the Mavericks (14-10, 5-6 SBC). Nathan Hawkins chipped in with 19 points and Kevin Hervey notched a double-double with 18 points and a game-high 14 rebounds.

After the Mavericks jumped out to an early 7-2 lead, the Mountaineers answered with a 15-2 run to open a 17-9 edge with 14:18 remaining in the opening half.

The Black and Gold would expand its lead to 10 points at 27-17, before UT Arlington responded with eight straight points, to cut the lead to 27-25 with just over seven minutes left in the first half. App State held a 39-35 edge at the break.

In the second half, Appalachian would build as large of a lead as seven points, only to see UTA use a 7-0 spurt to take a 58-57 lead with 8:10 remaining in the game.

UT Arlington would expand its lead to 67-62, but Shabazz answered with a three-pointer to bring the Mountaineers within two points at 67-65 with 4:47 to play.

Leading by two, the Mavericks would score six consecutive points to open up a 73-65 edge with 1:48 to play. The Mountaineers would get a free throw from Williams on their next possession to trim the deficit to seven points.

From there, UTA would shoot 16-of-18 from the free throw line down the stretch to seal the victory.

The Mountaineers went 28-of-70 (40.0 percent) from the field and 13-of-16 (81.3 percent) at the charity stripe. The Mavericks finished 25-of-49 (51.0 percent) in shooting and went 29-of-38 (76.3 percent) on free throws.

App State will continue its two-game road swing through Texas on Saturday by taking on Texas State. Tip is set for 5:30 p.m. EST.

Appalachian State University women's basketball (6-16, 4-7 SBC) suffered a heartbreaking 49-48 loss to UT Arlington (12-10, 6-5 SBC) on Thursday evening at College Park Center.

Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) and LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) both scored a game-high 15 points with four rebounds and three assists. The tandem guards put forth excellent performances where rest came sparingly as Mathews played the entire 40 and Stanley playing for 38.

Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) corralled a game-high 15 boards and added five points with four swats playing a career-high 40 minutes. The sophomore averaged a staggering 17.5 rebounds through two contests against one of the Sun Belt's tallest lineups.

Plummer and Rebekah VanDijk was one of the key matchups to watch in the paint. Both centers essentially canceled each other out on offense, but Plummer held VanDijk to a season-low four points on 2-of-9 shooting. The UTA senior came into the contest averaging 21.8 points and 11.7 rebounds over the last eight games since the Apps and Mavs met for the first time in December.

Also playing well for App was Maya Calder (Landover, Md/National Christian Academy), who scored six points and grabbed nine off the glass, including six offensive rebounds in just 20 minutes.

The Mountaineers dominated the boards with a 50-32 edge including 17 offensive rebounds that led to 14 second-chance points. However, UTA forced App into 23 turnovers, leading 25 points.

Both teams played stout defense as each team shot below 33 percent from the field. Appalachian held UTA to a conference-low in points and field goal percentage at 31.1 percent.

Stanley also did a stellar job on Crystal Allen, limiting UTA's second-leading scorer (12.9 ppg) to 10 points on 4-of-16 from the floor.

Leading by four, 48-44, with 54 seconds left, UTA scored the final five points to capture the win. VanDijk scored the go-attempt with eight seconds left in the game after UTA came away with a jump ball.

Stanley had a clean look at the game-winning attempt as she sprinted by the defenders with time winding down, but the shot just fell short.

UTA took its largest lead of seven (33-26) in the third quarter after Allen had made her only 3-pointer. The Mountaineers stormed back with a 9-4 surge over the next 3:26 thanks to Mathews scoring all nine points to close the gap to two, 37-35.

Going into the fourth quarter, the Mountaineers and Mavericks went back-and-forth until with the game tied at 40-40, Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) sparked an 8-4 run with one of her two 3-pointers. Free throws by Mathews and another foul shot by Stanley pushed App to a 46-44 edge. A driving Stanley dropped off a beautiful pass to Calder for a bucket to give App the 48-44 advantage.

Both teams struggled from the floor in the opening half, which included a 7-6 output in the opening frame. Appalachian claimed a 24-23 lead going into the break thanks to a 3-pointer from Stanley.

App State takes on Texas State Saturday in Sun Belt Conference action on the road.

Friday, 02 February 2018 08:29

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Drops Spring Opener

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Tennis Team (3-2) suffered a 6-3 setback to Young Harris (1-0) in the 2018 spring opener Thursday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.

Despite the loss, the Bears were led by junior Hamed Gandouz (Hammam Sousse, TUNISIA), a 2018 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason honoree. Gandouz won at second singles and teamed with junior Paul Lenz (Ratingen, GERMANY) to prevail at No. 2 doubles by an 8-4 score.

Lenoir-Rhyne next faces North Georgia on Sunday, February 11, at 1:00 p.m., in Dahlonega, Ga., while Young Harris takes on Carson-Newman next Tuesday in Jefferson City, Tenn., beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Men's Tennis Final

Young Harris 6, Lenoir-Rhyne 3

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)

Singles competition:

1. Mateo Besada (YHC) def. Tales Miranda (LR), 6-2, 7-6

2. Hamed Gandouz (LR) def. Alex Pavel (YHC), 6-4, 6-1

3. Guilherme Sergio (YHC) def. Tomas Hons (LR), 6-0, 6-3

4. Javier Villar (YHC) def. Shane O'Dea (LR), 7-6, 6-4

5. Tim Fleerkamp (YHC) def. Alex Ayguavives (LR), 6-2, 6-7 (10-6), 1-0 (10-6)

6. Ignacio Ascarrunz (YHC) def. Alex Crespo Sanchez (LR), 6-4, 7-6

Doubles competition:

1. Alex Pavel/Guilherme Sergio (YHC) def. Tomas Hons/Shane O'Dea (LR), 8-7

2. Hamed Gandouz/Paul Lenz (LR) def. Tim Fleerkamp/Javier Villar (YHC), 8-4

3. Alex Crespo Sanchez/Tales Miranda (LR) def. Mateo Besada/Ignacio Ascarrunz (YHC), 8-4

Records: Young Harris (1-0), Lenoir-Rhyne (3-2)

Dual team wrestling championships
2A Third Round
Fred T. Foard: 40
West Wilkes: 36

2A Fourth Round
West Lincoln: 35
Fred T. Foard: 28
Tigers season ends at 34-1.

3A Third Round
North Henderson: 35
St. Stephens: 33
Indians season ends at 39-5.

Friday, 02 February 2018 08:05

Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Edge Out Young Harris

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Tennis Team (3-0) pulled off one of its biggest victories in program history, 5-4 over Young Harris (0-1) in the spring 2018 opener Thursday at the YMCA of Catawba Valley. The Mountain Lions came into the contest ranked No. 8 in the region.

Trailing by a 2-1 score after doubles play, the Bears rallied with four victories in the singles action to take the win.

The Bears were led by freshman Sanne Janssen (Maastricht, NETHERLANDS), who earned victories for the Bears in singles and doubles play. Janssen teamed with junior Emily Murchland (Mount Victoria, NEW ZEALAND) to earn an 8-5 win at No. 3 doubles.

Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in an exhibition against UNC Asheville on Friday, February 9, at 12:15 p.m., in Asheville, N.C. Young Harris travels to Jefferson City, Tenn., to take on Carson-Newman on Tuesday beginning at 1:00 p.m.

NCAA Division II Women's Tennis Final

Lenoir-Rhyne 5, Young Harris 4

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)

Singles competition:

1. Elin Rundcrantz (YHC) def. Iulia Ponomareva (LR), 3-6, 7-5, 1-0 (10-7)

2. Marta Escanero Funes (LR) def. Oriana Labaqui (YHC), 6-1, 2-6, 1-0 (10-6)

3. Sara Kalkenova (LR) def. Ana Rodriguez (YHC), 6-4, 3-6, 1-0 (10-4)

4. Laura Sanchez (YHC) def. Emily Murchland (LR), 6-3, 6-3

5. Lucy Whelan (LR) def. Carol Quevedo (YHC), 6-0, 5-7, 1-0 (10-1)

6. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Beth Taylor (YHC), 6-2, 6-3

Doubles competition:

1. Oriana Labaqui/Ana Rodriguez (YHC) def. Marta Escanero Funes/Lucy Whelan (LR), 8-4

2. Carol Quevedo/Elin Rundcrantz (YHC) def. Iulia Ponomareva/Sara Kalkenova (LR), 8-5

3. Emily Murchland/Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Maria Puerta/Laura Sanchez (YHC), 8-5

Records: Young Harris (0-1), Lenoir-Rhyne (3-0)

The Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team has made a couple of changes to its upcoming schedule.

The Red Hawks (13-4, 8-1 in Region X) will make up this past Tuesday’s postponed home game with Patrick Henry on Feb. 13 at 5 p.m. as part of a doubleheader that will also feature the CVCC men’s basketball team in action against Vance-Granville Community College at 7 p.m.

The Catawba Valley women’s basketball team has also cancelled its game on Thursday, Feb. 1 against the Milligan JV squad and plans to add two games against Johnston Community College, but those dates have not been confirmed.

Also, the Red Hawks’ road game on Saturday at Clinton has been changed to a home game due to a broken backboard at Clinton. The CVCC women’s basketball team plays Clinton at 1 p.m. with the CVCC men’s basketball team hosting Bryant & Stratton at 3 p.m.

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 45
South Caldwell: 39

Lincolnton: 52
Draughn: 48

Hickory: 47
Newton-Conover: 28

St. Stephens: 51
Fred T. Foard: 37

Northwestern Conference:
Watauga: 95
South Caldwell: 89, 3 OT

Draughn: 68
Lincolnton: 66

Hickory: 70
Newton-Conover: 42

St. Stephens: 49
Fred T. Foard: 39

The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Basketball Team (9-11, 7-7) rallied from a 16-point deficit to down Newberry (11-10, 5-8), 89-82, Wednesday evening in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.

Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Billy Bales (Elizabethton, Tenn.) and junior guard Djibril Diallo (Conakry, GUINEA) with 19 points each. Bales and Diallo were two of four players to score in double figures for the Bears.

Bales scored 17 points in the first half highlighted by five treys and kept the Bears in the contest – LR trailed by a 43-33 advantage at intermission.

Newberry was led by Rob Valentine (Richmond, Va.) with 29 points and 11 rebounds while James Stepp (Greensboro, N.C.) scored 19 points but the Wolves couldn’t maintain a 36-20 advantage at the 7:04 mark of the first half.

Lenoir-Rhyne’s defense did clamp down in the second half as the Bears totaled 10 steals while the Wolves hit just three of their 14 treys after intermission.

Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) scored six points to increase his career total to 1,057, ranking 47th on the Bears’ all-time list.

The Bears held a 33-10 edge in points off the bench and were spearheaded by junior guard Cory Thomas’ (Louisville, Ky.) double-double: 15 points and 10 rebounds. Thomas leads the team in scoring (14.2) this year.

The two teams split the season series.

Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to take on Carson-Newman Saturday afternoon beginning at 4:00 p.m.

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