Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the 2015 schedule on Wednesday afternoon.
The schedule features 13 home matches and 16 regular-season conference matches.
"After having a great spring, we’re excited to get the 2015 season started this August," said Ginipro. "This team has been putting in a lot of hard work to continue the success that we had this past season and I know they are looking forward to our 2015 schedule."
The Mountaineers kick off the 2015 season by traveling to Clemson, S.C. for a tournament at Clemson on Aug. 28. The Apps will face Clemson, UNCW and Charleston Southern. Appalachian's second tournament of the season will take place at Virginia on Sept. 4, where they will play Virginia, VCU and Iowa State.
In between those tournaments, App State begins its home schedule with a match against non-conference opponent Gardner-Webb on Sept. 1 at the Holmes Center. The team will hold just one tournament in the High Country this season with the Appalachian Invitational. App will host Liberty, Charlotte and Missouri on Sept. 11- Sept. 12.
Volleyball ends its non-conference schedule against former Southern Conference foe Western Carolina on Sept. 15 in Boone.
"I think we set up our non-conference schedule to really help us prepare for the Sun Belt season," said Ginipro. "We have three challenging tournament weekends at Clemson, Virginia and here in Boone against tough opponents. Along with those, we have two really good home midweek matches against Gardner Webb and Western Carolina."
On Sept. 18 the Mountaineers start their second season of Sun Belt play, traveling to Troy, Ala. to play Troy before heading to South Alabama on Sept. 19. The Apps host their first conference match of the season on Sept. 26 against Texas State.
The Mountaineers end conference play on the road by traveling to Arkansas to face Arkansas State on Nov. 12, before ending the regular season against the 2014 Sun Belt champions, UALR on Nov. 13.
"The 2015 Sun Belt season will be a little different this year as we’re not playing a double round-robin schedule," said Ginipro. "The 16-match schedule will make travel easier and it gets the Sun Belt Championships off of Thanksgiving weekend. It’s going to be another tough conference season as a lot of teams have their core groups returning, but I know App volleyball is going to be ready for it."
The 2015 Sun Belt Championships will be held in Statesboro, Ga. on Nov. 19-Nov. 21.
Forest Hill: 0
Red Devils hosts Lake Norman Charter on Tuesday in the second round.
Red Tornadoes advance to the second round going to Asheville on Tuesday.
Marvin Ridge: 9
Panthers season ends at 7-3.
The potent Hickory Crawdads offense struck for 10 hits and created plenty of scoring opportunities Tuesday night in Greensboro, but ultimately the 'Dads bats failed to drive in enough runs as the team left a season-high 11 runners on base in a 3-1 loss to the Grasshoppers at NewBridge Bank Park.
The Crawdads finished the game 1-13 with runners in scoring position, with eight of the 11 stranded runners left a at either second or third base. Travis Demeritte provided the 'Dads with their only run of the night with a solo home run down the right field line in the 7th, part of a 3-5 night for the Hickory second baseman. The lost offensive opportunities spoiled a solid pitching effort from Crawdads hurlers Kelvin Vasquez, Kevin Matthews, and Chris Dula, who combined to hold Greensboro to three runs on seven hits with 9 strikeouts.
The Grasshoppers jumped out to an early lead in the 2nd, when KJ Woods and Brian Schales each hit doubles to plate a run and put Greensboro up 1-0. The score would remain the same all the way until the 6th, when the 'Hoppers pushed their advantage to 3-0 on a 2-run home run from Austen Smith.
Demeritte's long ball got the Crawdads on the board in the top of the 7th, but the 'Dads would leave three more base runners, two in scoring position, over the final two frames to end the game with a 3-1 defeat.
Greensboro starting pitcher Tyler Kolek (2-0) earned the win with five shutout innings pitched on six hits, one walk, and four strikeouts. Vasquez (0-1) was the hard luck loser for the 'Dads, with only one run given up on three hits, one walk, and six Ks during his five innings pitched. Grasshoppers reliever Josh Hodges (2) earned the save after stranding two Hickory runners on base in the 9th.
The Crawdads (13-5) will look to bounce back in game two of their 3-game series against the Grasshoppers (9-9) on Wednesday, with first pitch scheduled for 10:45 am.
Alexander Central: 10
North Iredell: 1
St. Stephens: 5
South Caldwell: 12
Fred T. Foard: 1
South Mountain Athletic:
East Burke: 2
East Rutherford: 9
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 7
East Lincoln: 5
West Lincoln: 4
Alexander Central: 14
North Iredell: 0
St. Stephens: 0
South Caldwell: 14
Fred T. Foard: 2
Southern District 7:
Bunker Hill: 12
East Lincoln: 10
West Lincoln: 18
South Iredell: 1
Alexander Central: 0
South Caldwell: 4
Fred T. Foard: 2
St. Stephens: 5
Southern District 7:
East Lincoln: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
Appalachian State University baseball traveled to Virginia to take on Virginia Tech on Tuesday for the first of two mid-week road games this week. The Hokies (21-24, 9-14 ACC) were fueled by a five-run fourth inning and went of to defeat The Mountaineers (13-32, 5-18 Sun Belt), 13-4.
With the game tied at 1-1 after the second inning, The Mountaineers hit two solo home runs to take a 3-1 lead over the Hokies. Michael Pierson (Coral Springs, Fla./Pine Crest) launched the first pitch he saw over the right field wall, for his seventh home run of the year. Two batters later the designated hitter, Matt Brill (Coal Valley, Ill./Moline), hit his second homer in as many games to give the Apps a two-run lead.
The Hokies would start to pull away in the third and fourth innings, scoring three runs in the third and tacking on five runs in the fourth to open up a 9-3 advantage. Mountaineer starting pitcher, Blake Burkett (Cumming, Ga./West Forsyth), gave way to Ryan Ross (Concord, N.C./Mount Pleasant) after pitching three innings and giving up five earned runs and walking five. Burkett suffered the loss and fell to 0-2 on the season.
In all, the Mountaineer pitching staff hit season-highs in walks (10) and hit batters (4), and tied a season-high in wild pitches (4). The Mountaineers’ offense also struggled, leaving 14 men on base and going 0-for-5 with the bases loaded.
The Apps tried to rally in top of the seventh inning with Noah Holmes (Rockwell, N.C./East Rowan), Brill, and Drake Zupcic (Waxhaw, N.C./Cuthbertson) all hitting singles to load the bases, but Carson Jones (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) lined out to the shortstop to end the inning. The Mountaineers added a run in the ninth when Zupcic drew a bases-loaded walk, but the game ended two batters later with Hamel grounding out to first base.
Appalachian will be back in action tomorrow to face ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn. to make up a game that was originally schedule for April 19 but was postponed due to rain. First pitch is set for 6 p.m.
First round matchups of the NCHSAA Dual Team Boys Tennis Tournament to be played Tuesday.
Newton-Conover at Forest Hills
Hibriten at Marvin Ridge
Hickory hosts Statesville