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Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
Hickory: 4
St. Stephens: 0

Freedom: 7
McDowell: 1

South Caldwell: 3 (4)
Alexander Central: 3 (2)

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
East Burke: 3
Bunker Hill: 0

Fred T. Foard: 4
West Caldwell: 1

West Iredell: 5
Patton: 0

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Bandys: 2
North Lincoln: 0

East Lincoln: 4
Newton-Conover: 0

Lincolnton: 6
Maiden: 0

For the second straight week, Appalachian State setter Sam Bickley has been named Sun Belt Volleyball Freshman of the Week.

Bickley also earned the award last week along with teammate Emma Reilly, who was tabbed as Sun Belt Volleyball Defensive Player of the Week. She becomes the first Mountaineer to win Sun Belt Freshman of the Year twice in a season since Kara Spicer did so in the 2017 season.

In a pair of Mountaineer road Sun Belt wins this weekend, Bickley dished out 91 assists (11.38 a/s), 12 digs (1.50 d/s) and four kills.

In App State's 3-2 comeback win at Louisiana on Friday, she dished out 55 assists, to go along with six digs and a block. She followed that up with a 36-assist, six-dig effort, while adding two block assists.

On the season, Bickley has dished out a conference leading 652 assists and sits second in the league in assist average at 10.52.

The Black and Gold have won its first four conference games and is just one of two teams (Coastal Carolina) to stand at 4-0 in conference play. App State will put its perfect league record on the line this weekend at Arkansas State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. EST and at Little Rock on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played during week five of the 2019 season. Lenoir-Rhyne return specialist Kyle Dugger picked up Special Teams Player of the Week honors.

Dugger, a senior from Fayetteville, Ga., helped the No. 8 Bears secure a 63-6 win over UVa-Wise last week. He returned two punts for touchdowns in the first quarter of action. His first return was for 68 yards, in which he broke five tackles on his way to the end zone. He then returned his second punt for a 67-yard touchdown. Dugger now holds two punt return records at Lenoir-Rhyne, most career punt return yards, and he is only player in program history to have two punt returns for touchdowns in a game twice in a career. This is Dugger's first special teams player of the week accolade of the season.

It is the fourth conference player of the week award for the team as Jace Jordan won Offensive player of the week honors last week and Landon Scott and Eric Jackson won defensive player of the week honors in September.

App State women's tennis concluded the Hokie Fall Invite over the weekend, totaling 16 victories in Blacksburg during the three-day event.

App State faced Virginia Tech, VCU, Radford and Marshall in the hidden dual format while finishing 7-3 in doubles play and 9-5 in singles action

The Mountaineers' Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) finished 4-0 in doubles play as she went 2-0 with Teodora Sevo (Futog, Sebia/Ucenika Futog) and Cassie McLay (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton Community). McLay also went 4-1, where she earned a pair of wins as well with María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo). The pair of McLay/Zacarias are a stellar 9-1 through the first three tournaments of the fall.

In singles, Virginia Poggi (Civitavecchia, Italy/Ernest Hemingway) and Zacarias each tallied three wins to lead the way for the Black and Gold, while Earnhardt and McLay followed suit with two and one wins, respectively.

App State totaled wins against all four opponents, including the Hokies in singles action with Earnhardt, Poggi and Zacarias earning victories on Friday against VT.

Friday Doubles
Kozar/Sorkin (VT) def. Zacarias/McLay (APP) 8-6
Clark/Disbergen (VT) def. Poggi/Anglesjo (APP) 8-4
McLay/Earnhardt (APP) def. McCLure/Leahy (RAD) 8-6
Ifidzhen/Tutunaru (VCU) def. Zacarias/Anglesjo (APP) 8-4
Clark/Witmus (VT/VCU) def. Van Hansewyck/Joseph (MAR) 6-0
McLay/Earnhardt (ASU) def. McCLure/Leahy (RAD) 8-6
Ifidzhen/Tutunaru (VCU) def. Zacarias/Anglesjo (ASU) 8-4

Friday Singles
1.Kozar (VT) vs. McLay (APP) 6-1, 6-3
2.Sorkin (VT) vs. Sevo (APP) 0-6, 6-4, 1-0(10)
3.Earnhardt (APP) def. Disbergen (VT) 6-3, 6-2
4.Poggi (APP) def. Clark (VT) 6-4, 6-2
5.Zacarias (APP) def. Woo (VT) 6-0, 6-2

Saturday Singles
1. Balyaeva (RAD) def. Sevo (APP) 6-4, 6-2
2. McLay (APP) def. Dzeubou (RAD) 7-6(4), 6-1
3. Falk (RAD) def. Earnhardt (APP) 6-3, 7-6(4)
4. Poggi (APP) def. Cramer (RAD) 6-1, 7-5
5. Zacarias (APP) def. Freuhauf (RAD) 7-6(3), 6-1

Sunday Doubles
Disbergen/Kozar (VT) def. Smith/Dankanych (MAR) 8-7(4)
Stefancic/Ballow (MAR) def. Woo/Clark (VT) 8-4
Butterworth/Hackbirth (VT) def. Joseph/Van Hansewyck (MAR) 8-6
Zacarias/McLay (APP) def. Cramer/Dzeubou (RAD) 8-1
Freuhauf/Falk (RAD) def. Poggi/Anglesjo (APP) 8-7(6)
Earnhardt/Sevo (APP) def. Balyaeva/Acierto (RAD) 8-5
Zacarias/McLay (APP) def. Smith/Dankanych (MAR) 8-7(6)
Poggi/Anglesjo (APP) def. Stefancic/Ballow (MAR) 8-7(5)
Earnhardt/Sevo (APP) def. Joseph/Van Hansewyck (MAR) 8-6
Tutunaru/Witmus (VCU) def. McClure/Leahy (RAD) 8-1

Sunday Singles
Smith (MAR) def. McLay (ASU) 6-3, 6-1
Earnhardt (APP) def. Dankanych (MAR) 6-3, 6-1
Poggi (APP) vs. Ballow (MAR) 5-7, 6-2, 1-0(8)
Zacarias (APP) def. Stefancic (MAR) 6-2, 6-4

The Mountaineers will return to action in the ITA Regionals hosted by Winston-Salem, N.C. from Oct. 24-28.

The Appalachian State men's soccer team tallied its first Sun Belt win of the season Sunday afternoon, defeating Central Arkansas, 1-0. With the win, App State moves to 7-2-1, 1-0 in the conference. The Bears fall to 4-5-1, 0-1 in the Sun Belt.

This is the Mountaineers' first 1-0 start to Sun Belt play since 2016.

"We are very pleased to go on the road for a conference game and get three points," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "It's always a difficult thing to do and today we made just enough plays to do that. We will recover and turn our full attention to Howard which will be another difficult Sun Belt game."

A first half goal was enough for the top Sun Belt defense to close out the win. Camden Holbrook scored his second goal of the season off a mistake from the Central Arkansas goalkeeper, Marc Olsen. Olsen went to clear the ball out of his own box and Holbrook was there to redirect the deflection into the back of the net in the 15th minute of play.

From there, the App State defense shut down the Bears for its fifth shutout of the season. Central Arkansas had seven shots in the first half, with two on goal. Madden came up big for the Mountaineers, making two saves in the first half to take the 1-0 lead into the break.

Central Arkansas looked to equalize in the second half but the Apps' defense remained solid. Madden made two saves off of six shots taken by the Bears.

Offensively, the Mountaineers were led by Holbrook with two shots and a goal. Nick Rogers also had a scoring opportunity in the second half, taking a hard shot in the middle of the box, but it was right at Olsen.

App State returns home on Oct. 12 to start a three-game homestand beginning with Howard at 7 p.m. next Saturday.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team finishes the weekend strong moving to 2-0 on Sunday with a win over University of Charleston, sweeping them 7-0.

The Bears were led by double tandem Sanne Janssen/Lucy Whelan (6-1) and Diana Babinets/Gemma Southwick (6-4) which gave the Bears an early lead with the doubles point.

The Bears didn't lose a match against Charleston. The Bears were led by Whelan who defeated Simon 4-6,6-3,10-5 The Bears as a whole only lost one set to Charleston.

This puts the Bears at 2-0 on the season and a dominant win against a team who made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament.

"To win 7-0 against a team that made the Sweet 16 of the NCAA torunament last year is a wonderful achievement," Head Coach Jesse Tarr said. "Our ladies competed so hard and represented LR so well."

The Bears will be back in action Oct. 11 against Lees-McRae and Johnson C. Smith.

Sunday, 06 October 2019 22:34

App State Women's Soccer Blanked by Texas State

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App State women's soccer suffered a 2-0 decision to Texas State on Sunday afternoon at the Bobcat Soccer Complex.

App State falls to 4-7-2 (1-3-1 SBC) while Texas State improves to 6-5-2 (2-2-1 SBC).

Facing one of the best defenses in the Sun Belt, App State couldn't get any rhythm on offense to come up with clean looks at the net, attempting seven shots with two on goal.

The Bobcats scored on an own goal as the ball deflected off an App State defender to put the hosts up 1-0.

Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) had a chance to tie things up following a corner kick with a shot on goal towards the bottom of the net. The Sun Belt's leading goalkeeper, Heather Martin, came up with the stop to keep the score at 1-0.

Appalachian had two more attempts by Sunna Thorbjornsdottir (Reykjavik, Iceland/Haukar) and Olivia Cohen (Atlanta, Ga./Lakeside) later in the half, but both were off target, making the score 1-0 in TXST's favor going into the break.

The Bobcats tacked on one more goal early in the second period to take a 2-0 lead.

The App offense did attempt four more shots with Mary Perkins (Huntersville, N.C./Cox Mill) attempting three and one goal. However, the Black and Gold couldn't take advantage of the opportunities.

App State returns to action next Sunday at Little Rock to conclude its three-match road trip.

Appalachian State volleyball improved to 4-0 in Sun Belt play with a 25-11, 25-23, 25-21 triumph at University of Louisiana-Monroe on Sunday.

It marks the second straight season and third time overall that App State (8-9, 4-0 SBC) has started 4-0 in Sun Belt play since joining the league in the 2014 season.

In the win, the Black and Gold hit .351, which is its second best hitting percentage of the season, trailing only a .354 hitting mark against Western Carolina on Sept. 12.

Emma Longley and Kara Spicer paced the Mountaineer offense with 12 kills each. Longley hit .194 and added nine digs, while Spicer did not record a hitting error and hit .667. Victoria Wilform had nine kills and Grace Morrison added seven.

Sam Bickley dished out 36 assists and added six digs. Emma Reilly tallied a team-high 13 digs and Grace Kinsch reached double figures in digs for the third time this season with 10.

In the first set, the Mountaineers took control early, using an early 8-1 run to take a 10-3 lead. App State used a 7-0 run late in the set to open a 24-10 lead, eventually winning the frame 25-11 to open a 1-0 lead

In Set 2, App State broke a 15-15 tie with three consecutive points, only to see the Warhawks (9-10, 0-4 SBC) answer with five of the next six points to take a 20-19 lead. ULM opened a 22-20 lead, before App State scored the next four points to take a 24-22 lead. Following a ULM point, Longley clinched the set for the Mountaineers with a kill to give them a 2-0 lead.

In the third set, ULM jumped out to a 11-7 lead. The Mountaineers came back to tie the set at 15-15, only to see the Warhawks score four straight points to take a 19-15 advantage. App State countered with the next five points to jump in front 20-19. With the score tied at 21-21, the Mountaineers reeled off the final four points to finish off the set and sweep.

App State will put its perfect Sun Belt start and four-match winning streak on the line on Friday at Arkansas State at 7:30 p.m. EST and Little Rock on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST.

Wingate extended their home winning streak to 48 games by beating the Lenoir-Rhyne volleyball team 3-0 on Saturday.

Mackenzie Hulsey just missed a double-double, Hulsey finished with 10 assists and nine digs. Katrina Samuels lead the team in kills with 6, followed by Colette Romp and Taylor Prall with 4. Rachel Bewick paced the Bears with 12 digs. Helen Hamilton added 5 digs to get to 100 for the season; currently 4th on the team.

The Bears had a season-low in kills (22) and hitting percentage (.019).

Wingate has now won the last 5 meeting with the Bears as LR look to end that streak when Wingate comes to Hickory on November 16.

The Bears are 10-4 overall, 6-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will return to action Friday with 2 games at Mars Hill; Bears will play Augusta at 1 PM and Lander at 4 PM.

Sunday, 06 October 2019 22:04

CVCC Volleyball Finish Valley Invitational 3-1

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The third-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team capped a successful fifth Valley Invitational on Saturday with a pair of victories at the Tarlton Complex.

The Red Hawks finish their annual event with a 3-1 record after two matches each on Friday and Saturday.

“I’m so proud of how the girls played together and got three wins,” said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. “I wished we could have gotten four, but that’s oaky. I won’t be too upset. It was nice competition, and there were some good lessons learned. It will help us moving forward.”

With the victories, the Red Hawks improve to 18-3 overall on the season.

No. 3 Catawba Valley 3, Pasco-Hernando 0

The Red Hawks defeated the Bobcats for the fourth time in the past five meetings, winning in straight sets to open the second day of play at the fifth annual Valley Invitational on Saturday morning.

Set scores were 25-19, 27-25 and 25-13.

Emma Clark led the Red Hawks with 14 kills and five blocks, Meredith Patterson added eight kills and 12 digs and Macy Pope made 14 assists and 16 digs.

Defensively, Aasia McNeill tallied a team-best 18 digs for CVCC, while Amber Barker made a team-high 18 assists.

No. 3 Catawba Valley 3, Spartanburg Methodist 0

The Red Hawks closed out their host event with a straight sets sweep against the Division I Pioneers on Saturday afternoon.

Set scores were 25-14, 25-22 and 25-14.

Emma Clark and Meredith Patterson both recorded 10 kills each to lead CVCC. Clark added six blocks (two solo) in the win.

Defensively, libero Bre Myers made a team-high 15 digs for Catawba Valley and Aasia McNeill added 12 digs.

At the net, Red Hawk setters Macy Pope (13) and Amber Barker (12) combined for 25 assists.

The CVCC volleyball team returns to the court on Tuesday for a home conference match against Davidson County Community College.

Match time is set for 7:30 p.m. at the Tarlton Complex.

“It’s one of our last home games,” Hudson said of Tuesday’s match up with the Storm. “That’ll be good for the fans to have one more home game before we hit the road again and go visit Wallace State in Alabama this upcoming weekend. There will be some more competition coming up.”

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