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The South Atlantic Conference announced its AstroTurf Football Players of the Week for games played Sept. 24 through Sept. 30. Lenoir-Rhyne linebacker Clayton Horn was named the Defensive Player of the Week in LR's 35-10 win over Tusculum.

Horn, a junior from Mount Pleasant, N.C., was dominant on defense this week as the Bears shut down one of the top rushing teams in Division II. The linebacker was part of a defensive unit that held the Pioneer's leading rusher to negative five yards on five carries, while also holding the Pioneer passing game to just 11 completions in 36 attempts. Individually, Horn had 11 total tackles, including four solo tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a forced fumble. This is Horn's first Defensive Player of the Week accolade this season.

Horn and the first-place Bears return to action on Saturday afternoon when they travel to Newberry for a 4 p.m. contest.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team (1-0) completely dominated Fayetteville State (0-1) by a final score of 7-0 on Sunday afternoon at the YMCA of Catawba Valley.

The Bears only lost four games in singles play and earned four straight set victories. In doubles action, the Bears earned the point with wins of 6-0, 6-0 and 6-1.

LR returns to action on October 12-13 as they compete at the Belmont Abbey Tournament.

Lenoir-Rhyne 7, Fayetteville St. 0
Sep 30, 2018 at Hickory, N.C. (YMCA of Catawba Valley)

Singles competition:
1. Sanne Janssen (LR) def. Arnisha Cosby (FSU) 6-2, 6-1
2. Ally Garofoli (LR) def. Lauren Clark (FSU) 6-0, 6-0
3. Emily Murchland (LR) def. Kayla Williams (FSU) 6-0, 6-0
4. Spencer Cochran (LR) def. Jayla Wooten (FSU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Taylor Fredrickson (LR) def. Brittany Doss (FSU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Sophia Aguilar Di Camillo (LR) def. Amber Gladden (FSU) 6-0, 6-1

Doubles competition:
1. Sanne Janssen/Emily Murchland (LR) def. Lauren Clark/Kayla Williams (FSU) 6-0
2. Marta Escanero Funes/Ally Garofoli (LR) def. Jayla Wooten/Arnisha Cosby (FSU) 6-0
3. Sophia Aguilar Di Camillo/Spencer Cochran (LR) def. Sydney Harris/Amber Gladden (FSU) 6-1

Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:40

Lenoir-Rhyne Tennis Teams Compete at ITA Regionals

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Lenoir-Rhyne Tennis went four-for-four on final day of competition at the ITA Regionals. The Bears had a men;s doubles team get seeded for the first time in program history and Josh Lazenby picked up his first win for LR. Ally Garofoli almost pulled off big upset over GCSU and the women finished above .500.

"Both teams learned a lot from this year's regional tournament," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "With each match I felt we improved and by the last day everyone was playing some of their best tennis. We are excited to get on the practice court ahead of next weekend's matches as we continue our pursuit of excellence".

Women's Tennis
Doubles Rd. 64
Escanero/ Garofoli bt. Botella/ O'Connor (Emmanuel) 7-5
Murchland/ Janssen bt. Berkey/ Rickert (Erskine) 6-1

Doubles Rd. 32
DeAndreis/ Verpelli (Wingate) bt. Escanero/ Garofoli 6-3.
(2) Davidzenka/ Fleyer (Queens) bt. Murchland/ Janssen 6-3

Singles Rd. 128
Garofoli bt. Weber (Coker) 6-0, 6-1
Murchland bt. Schulz (Lander) 6-3, 6-2
Ferreira (Lander) bt. Escanero 6-0, 6-2
Janssen bt. Rozados (Emmanuel) 6-1, 6-1

Singles Rd. 64
Lopez (GCSU) bt. Garofoli 6-2, 2-6, 6-2
(9) Richter (GCSU) bt. Murchland 6-3, 6-0

Singles Back-draw
Escanero bt. Wright (Erskine) 6-3, 4-6, 10-8

Men's Tennis
Doubles Rd. 64
Picci/ Reid (Catawba) bt. Miranda/ Atkinson 6-3

Doubles. Rd. 32
Bosch/ Bompieri (Queens) bt. (5) Gandouz/ O'Dea 7-5

Singles Rd. 128
Atkinson bt. Yaguar (TC) 6-,0 6-2
Depaggio (And.)bt. Lazenby 6-2, 6-4
Blythe (BAC) bt. Gandouz 6-2, 6-3
Ascarrunz (YH) bt. O'Dea 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
Mathieu (Aug.) bt. Miranda 6-4, 6-0

Singles Rd. 64
(5) Avram (CSU) bt. Atkinson 6-2, 6-3

Singles Back-Draw
O'Dea bt. Nyguen (New.) 6-1, 6-2
Lazenby bt. Hiers (Cat.) 6-3, 3-6, 10-4
Miranda bt. Lehman (Coker) 7-5, 6-2
Jones (Wingate) bt. Gandouz 6-3, 6-4

Appalachian State University men's tennis netted 19 wins at the Davidson Fall Invitational this weekend hosted by the Wildcats.

The Mountaineers faced USC Upstate, Queens and Davidson in singles and doubles action.

Three of four doubles tandems earned multiple wins while four Mountaineers picked up multiple singles victories.

On day one, Appalachian faced Queens in singles play and Davidson in singles/doubles competition.

App State captured six of eight singles contests against Queens with Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College), Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State), Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual), Campbell Stone (Needham B. Broughton/Raleigh, N.C.), Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) and Will Hart (Vass, N.C./Union Pines) capturing victories to get the Black and Gold off to a good start to the weekend. Picking up singles wins over the hosts were Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Heaven for the freshman's second victory of the day. Bargeron defeated Mason in straight sets and Heaven earned a hard-fought triumph against Green.

In doubles play against Davidson, Webster and Heaven teamed up for a 7-6 (5) win as the top tandem in the lineup over Parkh/Fries. Bargeron and Brea were in the third spot, defeating the pairing of Rose/Green.

Day two, the Black and Gold face USC Upstate in singles/doubles and Queens in doubles play.

Webster was one of three players to earn a singles win against USC Upstate, downing Neto in a matchup of No. 1's in straight sets. Stone registered a 6-4, 6-4 win over Russwurm, and Carter notched a 6-4, 7-6 victory over Schiano.

The Mountaineers swept doubles against Queens with all four doubles tandems picking up victories. Alex Pavkovich/Stone picked up the first of two wins on Sunday against the Charlotte area school as the No. 2 pairing in the lineup. Carter and Hart also earned their first win of the weekend against Queens.

Finishing up the day was the doubles matchup against USC Upstate. Pavkovich/Stone won, 6-3, over Eble and Neto before Bargeron and Brea claimed a weekend-leading third win as a duo over Percy/Schiano.

Appalachian will return to action in two weeks at the ITA Regionals hosted by Duke in Cary, N.C.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:31

Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Sweeps Lincoln Memorial

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team won its fifth straight match with a convincing 3-0 sweep of Lincoln Memorial on Saturday afternoon.
Senior outside hitter Angelica Arroyo once again paced the Bears, finishing with 13 kills. Arroyo has now posted double-digit kills in five straight matches.

Taylor Prall added 10 kills and finished with a .320 hitting percentage. Madison Asher paced the Bears with a .467 hitting percentage and added five total blocks.

As a team, LR hit .312, compared to .155 by the visitors. The .313 hitting percentage is the best mark for LR all season, topping the previous high of .300 against Fayetteville State.

The Railsplitters were led by Rylee Storms who finished with a match-high 15 kills.

The Bears trail only Anderson and Wingate in the league standings.

In their five-game winning streak, the Bears have won three in straight sets and two more in five sets.

The match ends LR's four game home stand.

Lenoir-Rhyne is 12-3 overall and 6-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. The win puts LR in sole possession of third place in the conference standings. LR returns to action on Tuesday night as they travel to Anderson at 7 p.m. The Bears will look to avenge an earlier season loss to the Trojans.

One tournament appearance. One tournament win for the Mountaineers. 

It was a good start for the Appalachian State men’s golf team in its first tournament of the fall season, as the Mountaineers claimed the team victory at the Villanova Wildcat Invitational.

The three-day event, played at the par-71 White Manor Country Club, saw the Mountaineers (+12) lead from start to finish, finishing atop the team standings by eight strokes over Delaware (+20). App State put together rounds of 285, 285 and 294 for a three-day total of 864.

Junior Tripp Summerlin and senior Chance Watson finished in a three-way tie for individual medalist honors with Georgetown’s Patrick DiPasquale. All three were 2-over for the tourney. Summerlin had rounds of 71, 70 and 74, while Watson was consistent all weekend, carding rounds of 72, 71 and 72. Watson led the entire field with two eagles.

“The guys played really well this weekend, and I’m proud of Tripp and Chance for tying for medalist,” head coach Bo Redman said. “It was a wet, tough golf course, but a great golf course. Villanova ran a very good event.”

Alex Burris (+7 220) and Logan McNeely (+7 220) tied for 15th in the final standings with teammate Jack Brea, who was competing as an individual. Candler Rice (+18 221) rounded out the Mountaineers’ representation in a tie for 20th.

This is the Mountaineers’ second team tournament victory in as many years. They won the Patriot Intercollegiate at George Mason last fall.

Redman’s squad will be back in action for the Oct. 7-9 Musgrove Mill Intercollegiate, hosted by Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C.

 

Final Team Standings

1. App State – 285-285-294-864 (+12)

2. Delaware – 289-291-292-872 (+20)

3. Georgetown – 290-288-295-873 (+21)

4. VCU – 299-287-289-875 (+23)

5. St. John’s – 292-294-291-877 (+25)

6. Seton Hall – 296-288-296-880 (+28)

7. Villanova – 305-286-291-882 (+30)

Several Appalachian State University women's tennis student-athletes showcased a solid weekend at the Hokie Fall Invitational hosted by Virginia Tech over the weekend.

The Mountaineers faced the likes of Iowa State, Penn State, VT, Radford and West Virginia, Marshall, James Madison, Georgia Southern, VCU, Delaware, Liberty and Bluefield State.

App was able to come away with 20 wins across singles and doubles action highlighted by victories against the hosts in VT, Penn State, Iowa State and West Virginia.

Playing in the same singles flight, Rebecca Morse (Lehigh Acres, Fla./Cypress Lake) and Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord) made some noise with a combined six wins as Earnhardt finished third in the bracket while Morse bounced back from a day one setback to earn the consolation title. Two of Earnhardt's wins were from Power Five schools in VT and WVU. She defeated Liz Stefancic of Marshall in three sets in her final match.

Morse started the run with a win over VT's Emily Pence followed by a win against JMU (Emma Petersen) and Iowa State's Margarita Timkova in three sets, 3-6, 6-2, 11-9.

Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping, Östergotland, Sweden/Norrköping) also finished third in her flight as she started the weekend with wins over Dayton and Iowa State to advance to the semifinal round. She fell to James Madison's Amanda Nord, but came back to defeat Penn State's Gracey Hirsch in straight sets led to the third-place finish.

Maria José Zacarías (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) earned a first round victory against Dayton's Caragh Courntey of Dayton. In the Leadership Flight, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) fell in her first first contest but ended the weekend on a high note with back-to-back wins against Taylor Blaylock of Radford and Hannah Daniel of Georgia Southern. Teodora Sevo notched a win under her belt, defeating Madison Ballow from Marshall in a straight-set sweep.

In doubles play, the tandems of Zacarias/Swope and Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual)/Anglesjö both won three matches to advance to the consolation finals. Both duos defeated GASO, Marshall, Delaware and Radford to combine for a 6-2 record over the weekend.

Earnhardt played with Mendoza of Bluefield and picked up a victory in the consolation rounds.

Appalachian will compete next weekend in the Jimmy Powell Invite hosted by Elon on Oct. 6-7.

Appalachian State University women's soccer (6-4-1, 3-0-0 SBC) is off to its best start in Sun Belt play since joining the conference after a 2-0 win over Coastal Carolina (4-5-1, 3-1-0 SBC) on Sunday afternoon at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.

Sunday's contest was originally scheduled for Saturday in Conway, but was moved due to the unfortunate aftermath of Hurricane Florence.

"Today was about more than just soccer," head coach Sarah Strickland said. "We're here to support Coastal Carolina and to help them as far as rallying to get them home and get started again. The game was exciting and Coastal Carolina played really well. Our focus today was to play good soccer, but also be supportive of them and all they have gone through."

Appalachian improves to 4-2 at Ted Mack and snaps a two-game skid at home, while the three-match win streak is a season best.

The Mountaineers didn't waste any time in getting on the board when Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge) served up another impressive service kick, this time to Blair Anderes (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) in the box before the senior fired in the shot for her third goal of the season and a 1-0 edge for App.

After Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) made one of her eight saves on a shot attempt by CCU's Sigurvinsdottir, Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) delivered a perfect cross in the box to Jessica Peters (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville). The freshman sent the shot in the left side of the net for her first collegiate goal and pushed the App State lead to two (2-0).

Coastal came out of the locker room with an aggressive mindset with seven of its 10 shots on goal in the second period. However, Ray and the defense stopped all seven of the shots including a pair of team defensive saves that kept the score at 2-0.

Ray's eight stops this afternoon is a season best for the redshirt junior, while the clean sheet is the first of the campaign.

The Mountaineers will go for a 4-0 mark in league action next Friday when they host Texas State at 7 p.m.

Notes
- Appalachian is 6-4-1 after 11 contests. In 2017, the Mountaineers were 2-7-2 in 11 matches
- Through the first three games of conference play, the Apps have scored on seven of their 10 shots on goal
- Appalachian is 3-4-2 against Coastal Carolina
- Dating back to last season, the Mountaineers are 5-2-1 at home in the past eight games.

Appalachian State volleyball overcame a two sets to none deficit, rallying for a 3-2 (22-25, 24-26, 25-19, 25-20, 15-9) victory over Louisiana in Sun Belt play on Sunday afternoon inside the Holmes Center.

The Mountaineers (12-4, 4-0 SBC) snapped a three-match losing skid to the Ragin' Cajuns (9-9, 1-3 SBC). App State is now 4-0 to begin conference play for the first time since 2015 and is just one of three teams in the league to be undefeated in conference play.

The comeback is also the first time Appalachian has erased a 2-0 deficit since Sept. 18, 2015, when the Mountaineers rallied from two sets down at Troy.

The Black and Gold found themselves down two sets to zero after Louisiana rallied late to win the first set 25-22, before grabbing the second set 26-24.

In Set 3, App State used a 4-1 spurt midway through the set, with kills coming from Melissa McMath and Victoria Wilform, to build a 15-8 lead. The Ragin' Cajuns pulled to within four at 23-19, but kills from Becky Porter and McMath closed out the set for the Mountaineers by a 25-19 count.

The fourth set saw Louisiana jump out to a 5-3 lead, only to see the Black and Gold respond with an 8-1 run to take a 11-6 advantage. The Ragin Cajuns would trim to the App State lead to one-point at 12-11, but the Mountaineers came right back with three consecutive points to open a 15-11 edge. Appalachian State would hold the lead for the remainder of the set and a kill from McMath clinched the fourth set 25-20.

Louisiana jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the deciding fifth set. From there, the Mountaineers reeled off 11 of the next 12 points, getting two service aces from Kara Spicer along the way to open a 13-7 lead. Leading 14-9, Emma Reilly would cap off the comeback with her lone kill of the match.

Offensively, Emma Longley tallied a team-high 16 kills, while McMath had 14. WIlform registered 13 kills on a .323 hitting percentage. Kara Spicer added eight kills and Anna Kincaid chipped in with six kills on a .417 hitting mark.

Porter posted a near triple-double with 51 assists, 13 digs and seven kills. The double-double marks her fifth in the last six contests.

Reilly recorded 20 digs to pace App State, with Sydney Hinds adding a season-high tying 13 and Jana Owens tallying a career-high 10.

App State finished the contest with 70 kills, marking the third time this season they have notched at least 70 kills in a match.

Appalachian State will put its perfect Sun Belt record on the line on Friday at 6:30 p.m. against Little Rock. The contest will be played in Varsity Gym on campus. The Mountaineers will also welcome Arkansas State to the High Country at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.

Sunday, 30 September 2018 22:02

App State Field Hockey Drops to 4th Ranked Duke

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Appalachian State University field hockey (4-8, 0-3 MAC) dropped a home contest to No. 4 Duke, 8-0 Sunday afternoon.

A high-powered Blue Devils' team came into Sunday's game 8-3 with seven wins over ranked opponents. Sunday's victory at Adcock Field marked Duke's sixth victory in seven games, including three wins over top-15 opponents during that span.

The Mountaineers applied pressure throughout the first half, earning five penalty corners. Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum had Appalachian's best goal-scoring opportunity off of a first-half penalty corner, but Duke's Sammi Steele made a diving stop to save the goal.

Redshirt-freshman Madison Nuckols made her second-straight start in goal for Appalachian. Nuckols posted three saves after facing 13 total shots from the Blue Devils. In the second half, junior Rachel Gaines checked in for Nuckols and made six saves.

Van Heertum led Appalachian with two shots, one of which was on target. Junior Melissa Nobile also recorded a shot on target in the second half.

The Blue Devils' Olivia Sahaydak netted a hat trick in Duke's 8-0 victory.

Appalachian closes out its season-long home stand Friday against St. Francis at 7 p.m.

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