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Appalachian State University women's tennis (6-4) split a pair of matches on Friday to end the week. The Mountaineers convincingly defeated North Carolina Central, 6-1, in the morning before suffering a 7-0 decision to No. 11 North Carolina State in the evening.

The Mountaineers ended the week with a 3-2 mark and is now 4-3 on the road this season.

After Friday, Heidi Swope (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) is 8-2 in singles play while six other Mountaineers boast at least three singles victories. Sandra Anglesjö (Norrköping Östergötland, Sweden/Fria Läroverken Norrköping) and Teodora Sevo (Futog, Serbia/Ucenika Futog) are a team-best 6-1 in doubles.

App State 6, North Carolina Central 1
App State was unblemished in doubles play with all three tandems capturing wins.

Swope and María José Zacarias (San Luis Potosi, Mexico/La Loma Centro Deportivo) won their match over Frida Cnossen/Hannah Gaines, 6-1, while Sevo/Anglesjö captured a 6-0 sweep over Maru Berghaus/Ivana Dragovic. Completing the 3-0 doubles record was Kate Earnhardt (Concord, N.C./Concord)/Jeannez Daniel (Port Charlotte, Fla./Florida Virtual won their second straight match with a 6-3 win over Sofia Miller/Emily Pena.

The momentum continued in singles, as the Black and Gold came away with five of the six singles match going to straight sets. Daniel picked up a win over Gaines, 6-2, 6-3. Zacarias won her battle over Berghaus in sweeping fashion, 6-3, 6-2.

Rebecca Morse (Cypres Creek, Fla./Lehigh Acres) topped Miller in her match, 6-1, 6-1, while Hope won her eighth match of the campaign against Polina Sakharova, 6-3, 6-2.

Anglesjö kept up her play as the No. 6 in the lineup against Dragovic, 6-1, 6-1.


No. 11 NC State 7, App State 0
Appalachian faced another top ACC program, as the Wolfpack were the second-nationally ranked program from the ACC the Mountaineers have faced (then-No. 2 North Carolina.)

App State couldn't get any rhythm going against NC State in doubles play. The Apps had won the last two doubles point prior to Friday's match.

In doubles, Swope and Zacarias gave Anna Rogers/Alana Smith, the No. 12 doubles partner in the country, all they could handle. The App pairing only lost by two points to their counterpart.

NC State claimed the next doubles contest to go into singles with a 1-0 edge. App was unable to get any momentum going, as NCSU claimed the six singles matches to pull away for the win.

App State will face Coastal Carolina on the road to open Sun Belt play. First serve is set for 10 a.m. in Conway on Wednesday, March 13.

Appalachian State (12-6) defeated Georgia Southern (13-9) on Friday in a 7-0 shutout to secure the Sun Belt series win. Sydney Holland picked up her fifth win as a Mountaineer for a complete game shutout.

Today's win marks the second ever Sun Belt series victory for the Mountaineers. Their last series victory was against the ULM Warhawks in the opening weekend of Sun Belt play in 2018.

Senior Megan Walker continued her hitting streak against the Eagles, batting 3-3 with a double and two singles. Walker is now 7-7 against the Eagles this weekend after having only three hits in the previous 16 games. In the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs, she made a fantastic diving play in centerfield to end the game.

The first Mountaineer run of the game came in the top of the third inning after back-to-back doubles from Baylee Mortonand Walker. Three scoreless innings followed for both the Apps and the Eagles, but App State picked up six insurance runs off of four hits in the top of the seventh inning.

Ally Walters led off with a single to centerfield. Walker and White both followed with singles before Caylie Kifer drew a walk for the RBI. Jenny Dodd was hit by a pitch to bring in the third run. Haley Stewart's singled through the right side, bringing the Mountaineers to a total of five runs. Mary Pierce Barnes earned an RBI on a groundout to the first baseman, and Dakota Christie scored the seventh and final run for the Apps on a wild pitch while pinch running for Stewart.

Sunday, 10 March 2019 21:22

Evans Joins App State Men's Soccer Staff

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Appalachian State University men's head coach Jason O'Keefe is excited to announce the addition of assistant coach Matty Evans to the coaching staff.

"We are very excited to add Matty to our staff," O'Keefe stated. "Matty has worked some of our camps in the past and will be a fantastic addition to our program. He has hit the ground running and already helped the program in many ways. He brings international experience to the staff coming from England, where he grew up playing and then came over to the US to play and get his degree. He has worked with two of the top Division II programs over the past couple of years, so he knows what it takes to win a championship. He brings a great wealth of knowledge and background of successfully training goalkeepers to develop and exceed their potential."

Evans joins a program that was the top defensive team in the Sun Belt in 2018 with seven shutouts, while the Mountaineers had their highest finish in the Sun Belt since joining the conference and posted an 8-5-3 record. It was Appalachian's first winning mark in the O'Keefe era and the first winning season since 2012. The Mountaineers will bring back 25 of the 28 players from last season's team but will need to replace graduate, Jake Chasteen. Chasteen was the top goalkeeper in the league. He earned a plethora of awards including Sun Belt's Co-Player of the Year and was named an Academic All-American.

Evans will be responsible for the development of the goalkeepers and looking for more talent to join the High Country.

The newly-hired assistant is no stranger to success, as both of his stints at West Chester and most recently, Lander, combined for a 30-5-5 mark and deep runs in the postseason. In his one-year stint at Lander, he helped the Bearcats boast a 16-2-3 record and a 6-1 Peach Belt Conference record. Lander finished as a regular season and tournament runner-up while earning a Southeast Regional championship and an NCAA Elite Eight appearance. Lander finished the season ranked fifth in the nation. The Bearcats allowed just 12 goals during the season thanks in large part to a stellar 16 shutouts and a Lander record of 942 minutes without suffering a score. Lander saw six players earn all-conference recognition, five all-region selections and one All-American in Jordan Skelton. Among Lander's all-conference selections was the goalkeeper, Jordan Withers, who led the league in save percentage and posted nine clean sheets out of the 11 opponents he faced.

While at West Chester, he contributed to the Golden Rams' 14-3-2 season and an unblemished 11-0 record in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference, capturing a conference championship. West Chester advanced to the NCAA Division II Sweet 16 for the first time in over 50 years. Five players earned all-conference honors with four being named all-region. The Golden Rams finished 17th in the country in the final rankings.

Evans played professionally in the USL league 2 in 2016 for the Pittsburgh Riverhounds.

As a player at Seton Hill, Evans was a successful goalkeeper, starting in 36 career matches and totaling over 3,000 minutes of playing time between the posts. He helped the team to a school-record 12 wins in 2015, while his eight shutouts were the fourth most in conference history. He totaled 131 saves in two seasons with a career save percentage of .744.

"I want to give a big thank you to coach O'Keefe and Doug Gillin for the opportunity to coach in an extremely successful athletics department," coach Evans said. "I am excited to be able to work with Jason & Brad (Franks) in continuing to transform Appalachian State men's soccer into a championship-winning program. I have been able to get to know Jason over the past few months and our philosophies, coaching style, and beliefs are very similar. His love for the game is contagious and I am excited to be apart of his coaching staff. I want to say thank you to Lee Squires at Lander University for being an incredible mentor as I continued to make the transition from being a player to a coach. I wish Lee and the program all the best for the future"

Evans graduated from Seton Hill University with a bachelor's of science degree in sports management. He will be joined in Boone by his wife, Rachel.

Friday, 08 March 2019 13:29

Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Sweeps Mars Hill

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The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team ran its winning streak to seven straight with a SAC-opening 7-0 victory over Mars Hill on Thursday afternoon. The win over the Lions is LR's fourth straight win over Mars Hill.

"The guys finished very strongly today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "I was pleased that all our freshman got their first wins in the SAC and we are looking forward to a good challenge against Belmont Abbey on Saturday."

Doubles action was tightly contested by the hosts but Lenoir-Rhyne came away with the point. At first doubles, Hamed Gandouz and Shane O'Dea beat MHU's top pair by a score of 6-4. In the second spot, Tales Miranda and Rhodri Atkinson won 6-4 and Josh Lazenby and Mauricio Hernandez won in the third line by a final of 6-3.

The Bears won all singles matches in straight sets. Reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Week Lazenby took a 6-4, 6-3 win in second singles for his third straight victory. Fellow freshman Lewis Scott earned his first conference win by a final score of 6-3, 6-2 in fifth singles. Atkinson also earned his first conference win in singles 7-5, 6-0.

The Bears are 10-1 overall, 1-0 in South Atlantic Conference action. L-R will return home for a match against Belmont Abbey on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team ran its winning streak to seven straight with a SAC-opening 7-0 victory over Mars Hill on Thursday afternoon. The win over the Lions is LR's fifth straight win over Mars Hill.

"The ladies took care of business as was expected today," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "I was pleased that some of our freshmen got their first wins in the SAC. It was another solid outing for our program."

Doubles action went to the Bears thanks to wins in all three spots. The first doubles duo of Lucy Whelan and Marta Escanero took a 6-3 victory, while Diana Babinets and Gemma Southwick took a 6-4 win.

It was more of the same in singles play with the Bears sweeping the Lions, all in straight sets. Freshmen Southwick, Babinets and Ally Garofoli all earned their first league wins in convincing fashion.

The Bears are 9-1 overall, 1-0 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will return home for a match against Belmont Abbey on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m.

In the Sun Belt opener, Appalachian State (11-6) captured its first conference win of the 2019 season on Thursday over Georgia Southern (13-8). In a 9-2 ballgame, the Mountaineers tied their season-best 13 hits.

With the win, the Mountaineers break a 17-game losing streak dating back to May 2013 against the Georgia Southern Eagles. This is also the second time the program has won its Sun Belt opener since joining the league in 2014. Both instances occurred under the helm of head coach Shelly Hoerner.

Eight of nine Mountaineers collected at least one hit in an impressive offensive performance. Haley Stewart and Sidney Russell each had two hits apiece. Megan Walker went 4-4 with a double and three singles for two RBI, leading the Mountaineers. Walker earned herself a spot in the record book for her four hits, tying the highest number of hits in a single game for the Apps.

Baylee Morton threw out her fourth runner caught stealing this season, currently tied for third in the Sun Belt.

Kenzie Longanecker picked up the win for a 6-0 overall record in the circle for the Mountaineers. With only one walk, she limited the Eagles to two runs with five strikeouts in 93 pitches.

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 13
Hickory: 3

Alexander Central: 5
Watauga: 0

Freedom: 4
West Caldwell: 3

South Caldwell: 10
McDowell: 7

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Draughn: 13
East Burke: 2

Fred T. Foard: 11
West Iredell: 1

Hibriten: 16
Patton: 5

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

East Lincoln: 11
Newton-Conover: 0

Maiden: 11
Lincolnton: 2

Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
St. Stephens: 10
Hickory: 0

Alexander Central: 10
Watauga: 0

Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 12
West Iredell: 4

South Fork Athletic 2A Conference:
Newton-Conover: 5
East Lincoln: 4

Maiden: 19
Lincolnton: 0

North Lincoln: 1
Bandys: 0

Draughn: 1
Freedom: 0

St. Stephens: 5
Newton-Conover: 2

Wilkes Central: 8
Alexander Central: 0

The second-seeded Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball team overcame a slow start and seventh-seeded USC Salkehatchie on its way to an 88-50 win in the Region X/District J quarterfinals on Thursday afternoon at the Roger G. Taylor Athletic Center on the campus of Louisburg College.

The Red Hawks (24-5) advance to Friday’s semifinals against third-seeded Cape Fear, who defeated sixth-seeded Wake Tech, 83-70.

CVCC and CFCC split the regular season series with both teams winning at home — the Red Hawks claiming a 73-60 win on Jan. 5 in Hickory, N.C. and the Sea Devils coming away with an 83-61 victory on Feb. 23 in Wilmington, N.C.

Danielle Rainey scored a career-high 19 points to lead Catawba Valley in its quarterfinal victory on Thursday, while teammates Zharia Brown and Aniya Taylor also reached double figures with 17 and 15 points, respectively.

CVCC took a quick 6-0 lead in the early moments of Thursday’s quarterfinal match up, but USC Salkehatchie (13-15) came back to tie the comets 12-12 at the end of the first quarter.

Gathering itself and gaining a 40-33 lead by halftime, the Red Hawks would outscore the Indians 48-17 during the second half on its way to advancing to the tournament semifinals.

Loni Sales and Zymbraya Corley each scored a team-high 13 points to lead the Indians, who committed four technical fouls during Thursday’s game.

Friday’s semifinal match up between Catawba Valley and Cape Fear is set for 4 p.m. at the Roger G. Taylor Arena.

The winner of that contest will meet the winner of the other semifinal between top-seeded Bryant & Stratton and fifth-seeded Clinton in Saturday’s championship game at 1 p.m.


2018-19 Region X/District J women’s basketball tournament


First round
#6 Wake Tech 70, #11 Lenoir 37
#7 USC Salkehatchie 86, #10 Fayetteville Tech 49
#9 Brunswick 69, #8 Guilford Tech 60


Quarterfinals (Thursday, March 7 at Louisburg)
#1 Bryant & Stratton 80, #9 Brunswick 45
#5 Clinton 93, #4 Louisburg 82
#2 Catawba Valley 88, #7 USC Salkehatchie 50
#3 Cape Fear 83, #6 Wake Tech 70


Semifinals (Friday, March 8 at Louisburg)
#1 Bryant & Stratton (24-5) vs. #5 Clinton (10-15), 2 p.m.
#2 Catawba Valley (24-5) vs. #3 Cape Fear (23-4), 4 p.m.


Championship game (Saturday, March 9 at Louisburg)
Bryant & Stratton/Clinton winner vs. Catawba Valley/Cape Fear winner, 1 p.m.

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