Appalachian State University volleyball won a three-set match against Texas State on Thursday, featuring scores of 25-21, 25-23 and 32-30.
The Mountaineers (20-9, 10-9 Sun Belt) beat the fourth-place Bobcats (19-12, 14-5) in three close sets, taking the third set into extended time with a score of 32-30.
With the scored tied at four to begin the first set the Mountaineers pulled ahead with kills from Jess Keller and Jacqui Spurgeon. The Bobcats responded by going on a 4-3 run to lead by just one point with a score of 9-8.
From there the Apps would recover, going on a 8-2 run to lead 17-10 and continued to score, taking a 21-12 lead. It looked as though the Mountaineers would easily take the first set but then Texas State took control, scoring seven of the next nine points to trail by just four points.
Appalachian was able to close it out with a kill from Emily Corrigan to win the first, 25-21.
The second set would be even closer as each team struggled to maintain the lead. With score tied at seven, the Bobcats went on a 5-1 run, forcing an Appalachian timeout.
App State would return and score to trail by just one points with the score 16-15, but Texas State would go on another run, scoring four-straight points to make the score 20-15.
The Apps then began to dominate, scoring seven-straight points to take a 21-20 lead and finishing out the set with a block assist from Keller and Hailey Kerr to win the second set, 25-23.
The third set began with Appalachian taking a 4-0 lead and Texas State immediately responding with four-straight points of their own. From there the set would be a battle as the teams would tie the score 19 different times during the third.
With the score tied at 14 Texas State scored four-straight for an 18-14 lead but Appalachian held their own, soon only trailing by two points with the score 20-18.
The Mountaineers would score three of the next four points to tie the score at 21, but then the Bobcats recorded three-straight points to lead, 24-21. Appalachian did not give up, forcing errors to make the score 24-24.
The rest of the set would feature six more tied scores before the Mountaineers would finally win the third, off a service ace from Corrigan, making the final score 32-30 and winning the match 3-0.
Corrigan led the team with 14 kills, while Keller followed with 13. Paige Brown tallied a match-high of 39 assists and Meghan Mahoney led the team with 22 digs.
Texas State was led by Alexandra Simm's 11 kills.
The Mountaineers hit .163 on the match, holding the Bobcats to a .146 hitting percentage.
The Apps return to action for their last regular-season match on Saturday against Georgia State in Atlanta, Ga.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (22-10) concluded the 2014 season with a 3-1 loss to Armstrong State (29-2) Thursday in the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II Southeast Region Tournament at Cuddy Arena.
The Pirates, ranked No. 20 in NCAA Division II, defeated the Bears by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 25-9 and 25-22. Armstrong State was the second seed in the tournament while Lenoir-Rhyne was seeded seventh.
Armstrong State moves on to face sixth-seeded Carson-Newman (27-6) in the regional semifinals Friday at 5:00 p.m. The Eagles defeated third-seeded USC Aiken (21-9) by a 3-0 score in their opening round match.
Emily Wylie (Gillsville, Ga.) led the way with a match-high 23 kills while Kamryn Sherman (Ponte Vedra, Fla.) added 56 assists and 18 digs as the Pirates defeated the Bears for the second time this year.
For Lenoir-Rhyne, sophomore outside hitter Brandi Thomas (Wilmington, N.C.) had a team-high 12 kills and junior setter Briana Gottberg (Mooresville, N.C.) chipped in with 35 assists and eight digs despite the loss.
The Pirates’ Stephanie Sfara (Boardman, Ohio) added 16 kills as Armstrong State finished with 68 kills for the match. The Pirates also hit .351 for the contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne, which won 20 or more matches for the fourth time in school history, also received a team-high 15 digs from sophomore libero Jillian Born (Wilmington, N.C.).
Due a forecast for severe thunderstorms late in the day, Saturday’s football game between Appalachian State and UL Lafayette has been moved up three hours to 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT), the schools and the Sun Belt Conference announced on Thursday afternoon.
The game will still be shown live on ESPN3. The Appalachian IMG Sports Network’s live radio coverage now starts at noon ET. New arrangements for the radio broadcast of Appalachian State’s men’s basketball game at Virginia Tech (1 p.m. ET) have not yet been finalized.
Ironically, the time change is Appalachian State’s second-straight for a game played in Louisiana. The last time the Mountaineers visited the Bayou State for their season opener at LSU in 2008, kickoff was moved from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. CT due to the impending arrival of Hurricane Gustav.
Appalachian State University women's basketball got its first win of the 2014-15 season on Wednesday night against East Tennessee State, 76-70.
The Mountaineers (1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt) trailed the Bucs (2-1, 0-0 Southern) for the majority of the game but were able to get their first lead with 8:54 left to play to come behind and win in thrilling fashion.
The Buccaneers' Serena Clark scored two points just 15 seconds into the game to give ETSU its first lead of the game, but the Mountaineers would tie the score at six with a layup from Joi Jones.
From there ETSU would take a 10-6 lead and would not let the Apps pass them until late into the second half. The Bucs continued the score, finding points from both their post players and their guards to lead 21-15 with 8:18 left in the first half.
Despite trailing ETSU for most of the game, Appalachian did not let them out of their reach, never trailing by more than six points. With 4:16 left in the first half Bria Huffman would hit a jumper to put the Mountaineers within three points for a score of 27-24.
Appalachian tied the score at 29 off a three-pointer from Katelyn Doub with 2:28 in the first, but the Bucs would enter the half with a 34-29 lead.
Katie Mallow and Maryah Sydnor each notched nine points in the first half to lead the Mountaineers while the team shot 36.4 percent from the floor.
ETSU was led by Destiny Mitchell's 10 points as the team recorded a 42.9 field goal percentage.
Appalchian came out in the second half with vengeance, scoring the first three points of the half from Sydnor. Despite only trailing by two points the Mountaineers continued to struggle to take the lead as the Bucs found points from behind the arc from Shamauria Bridges.
Ashley Bassett-Smith got her first minutes of the game in the second half, immediately coming out to score four points, putting the Apps down by three points with 15:50 to play.
The rest of the game would be a battle as a team would score and the other would immediately respond. Appalachian found points but it seemed like they would not be able to catch up to the Bucs until free throws from KeKe Cooper and Mallow would give the Mountaineers their first lead with a score of 55-54 and 8:54 to play.
From there the Mountaineers would take charge, as Mallow and Sydnor collectively scored 16 of Appalachian's next 18 points to lead the Bucs, 72-64 with a 1:32 to play.
The Mountaineers would hold on to the game, thanks to two free throws from Cooper with 30 seconds left, to get the 76-70 win over ETSU.
Sydnor led the team with 25 points, while Mallow added a career-high of 21 points. Sydnor also led the team on the boards, tallying eight rebounds and Mallow added a game-high six assists.
The Mountaineers 43.3 percent from the floor on the night, while grabbing 34 boards and turning the ball over 21 times.
ETSU was led by Serena Clark's 18 points and 10 rebounds, while the team recorded a 40.4 field goal percentage, notching 45 rebounds and 24 turnovers.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday, Nov. 22 for their home opener vs. UNCW at 2 p.m.
The Queens Men’s Basketball Team (1-2, 1-0) ran away in the second half en route to a 77-52 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (0-3, 0-1) in the South Atlantic Conference opener Wednesday night at the Levine Center and Cuddy Arena.
Rob Lewis (Houston, Texas) led all scorers with 32 points for the Royals, who rallied from a five-point halftime deficit and outscored the Bears by a 52-22 margin after intermission in their first win of the season.
Junior guard Will Perry (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with a team-high 14 points for Lenoir-Rhyne, who led by as many as 11 points in the first half in the setback.
Queens took the lead for good on a lay-up by Lewis at the 17:25 mark of the second half which broke a 32-32 tie and never looked back. The Royals also shot 68 percent (19-of-28) after halftime and forced the Bears into 18 turnovers in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior forward Rob Noyes (Morganton, N.C.) added 11 points and eight rebounds but the Bears shot just 26 percent (six-of-23) in the second half.
Nkosi Ali (Atlanta, Ga.) added a double-double – 12 points and 13 rebounds – in the victory for the Royals.
In the next round of South Atlantic Conference games on Saturday afternoon at 4:00 p.m., Lenoir-Rhyne remains on the road to face Anderson.
Furman hit eight of its first nine shots and built an early double digit lead to hand Appalachian State University men’s basketball its second-straight loss as the Mountaineers (0-2) fell by an 84-65 final on Wednesday night at Timmons Arena.
After Chris Burgess (Lakeland, Fla./George Jenkins) knotted the contest at 3-3 with 18:48 on the clock, the Paladins (1-1) reeled off a 12-0 run over to take a 15-3 advantage and never led by less than eight points the rest of the way en route to their second-straight victory over their former Southern Conference rival.
During Furman’s 8-of-9 start, sophomore Stephen Croone connected on a pair of three pointers while Daniel Fowler and Larry Wideman each scored four in the opening five minutes to give the Paladins an insurmountable lead.
The Mountaineers were able to mount a small comeback when, down 23-11 with 10:25 to go in the first half, they pulled within eight (25-17) thanks to Tommy Spagnolo (West Jefferson, N.C./Ashe County [Radford]) and Frank Eaves (Greensboro, N.C./Page). Spagnolo nailed a jumper and threw down a dunk while Eaves hit a pair of free throws during the stretch to help cut into the deficit.
It would be all the closer Appalachian would get, as Furman outscored the Mountaineers 22-13 over the final nine minutes of the opening period to take a 47-30 lead into the locker room.
The Paladins shot a blistering 58.1 percent (18-of-31) from the floor in the first half and hit 5-of-12 shots from beyond the arc while Appalachian managed to connect on just 9-of-23 attempts (39.1 percent).
In the second half, Furman remained hot from the floor, shooting 50.0 percent (11-of-22). The Paladins led by as many as 26 points and never led by less than 15 over the final 20 minutes of action.
Eaves led all scorers with a career-high 20 points and finished 8-of-12 from the charity stripe. Spagnolo notched his ninth career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Furman was paced by a team-high 14 points from Kris Acox, who also pulled down 10 rebounds, while four other Paladins scored in double figures. Croone finished with 12 points and a game-high seven assists while Wideman and Kendrec Ferrara each poured in 12. William Gates added 10 off the bench.
On the night, the Mountaineers shot just 39.3 percent (22-of-56) and were outrebounded 39-29. Furman outscored the Apps 42-32 in the paint and the Paladin bench outscored Appalachian’s 30-8.
The Mountaineers return to action on Saturday when they head to Virginia Tech for a 1 p.m. tipoff against the Hokies.
NOTES: The Mountaineers fell to 39-46 all-time against Furman ... the Paladins upped their record to 28-10 when facing App State at home ... Appalachian has dropped back-to-back games to the Paladins for only the second time since in the last 20 seasons ... the loss marked the Mountaineers’ 10th-straight to a Division I non-conference foe (last win - Dec. 22, 2012, 78-70 vs. Presbyterian) ... Logan Jackson (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge [NC State]) saw his first action as he was subbed in during the final two minutes of play ... Jacob Lawson (Reidsville, N.C./Oak Ridge Military Academy [Purdue]) did not play due to a violation of team rules ... no timetable has been set for his return.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Basketball Team (1-2, 1-0) opened South Atlantic Conference play with a 55-46 win over Queens (0-3, 0-1) Wednesday evening at Curry Arena and the Levine Center.
Senior guards Jazmine Charles (Lexington, N.C.) and Jenni Gust (Colfax, Wis.) combined for 35 points for the Bears, who picked up their first win under first-year Head Coach Katie Pate. Charles led all scorers with 19 points to go along with seven rebounds while Gust added 16 points in the win.
Lenoir-Rhyne raced to a 23-4 lead to start the game and held off several Queens’ rallies to take the league road victory.
Abby Pettit (Raleigh, N.C.) scored a team-high 14 points and Lacey Singletary (Burlington, N.C.) added 12 points for the Royals, who just 16 percent (three-of-19) in the first half and never led in the contest.
Queens cut the lead to three points on several occasions including a 42-39 deficit with 5:38 remaining but Lenoir-Rhyne responded with a 9-0 run to take control the rest of the way. The Bears also forced the Royals into 17 turnovers.
Lenoir-Rhyne returns to action on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., in a South Atlantic Conference match in Anderson, S.C., against Anderson beginning at 2:00 p.m.
The Catawba Valley Community College men's basketball team fell to Spartanburg Methodist College 87-62.
Tryle Poindexter led CVCC with 15 points and Dalton Nelson chipped in 10 points.
The Red Hawks are now 3-3 on the season. CVCC goes on the road to Lenoir Community College Saturday.
The Southern Conference named Appalachian State University wrestler Denzel Dejournette (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) the conference’s wrestler of the week, the SoCon office announced on Wednesday afternoon.
Dejournette has enjoyed a fantastic start to his sophmore season. The Winston-Salem native remained unbeaten at 9-0 on the year after taking home first place at the Road Runner Open on Sunday. Dejournette is 4-0 is duals thus far this season.
“Denzel is getting better each day, and he has put in a ton of work in the offseason, said head coach JohnMark Bentley. “It’s nice to see his hard work coming together!”
Over the weekend, Dejournette earned seven victories including three wins over wrestlers from No. 11 Illinois.
Appalachian started the weekend with a tri-dual with CSU Bakersfield and Illinois. Dejournette recorded wins in both duals, defeating Bakersfield’s Alex Encarnacion-Strand 11-5 and topping Illinois’ Chris Lopez 5-2.
On Sunday at the Road Runner Open, Dejournette won five-straight matches on his way to first place. He opened his tournament with 19-4 technical fall of Bakersfield’s Steven Wood and then earned another victory over Lopez, this time 5-4.
Dejournette recorded his first pin of the weekend against Sam Alnassiri at 6:05 in the quarterfinal and followed up with a semifinal 5-3 (TB-1) victory over Nathan Butler of Stanford. In the final, Dejournette pinned Brooks Black, who was ranked 18th by Wrestling Insider Newsmagazine (WIN), at the 5:48 mark.
After the sucessful weekend, Dejournette jumped to No. 16 in the Open Mat poll and No. 17 in the WIN poll.
Dejournette is the first Mountaineer to earn SoCon Wrestler-of-the-week Honors since Dylan Cottrell (Spencer, W.Va./Roane County) recieved the award on December 18, 2013. Mountaineer wrestlers have recieved this award 32 times since 2000-01.
Appalachian State University softball coach Janice Savage announced her signing class Tuesday, welcoming 11 student-athletes into the Mountaineer family for the 2015-16 season.
“I am very happy with the 2015-16 class that we have added to our Mountaineer family, said coach Savage. “There is an immense amount of athleticism and experience with this group of young ladies. Adding them to the players that we currently have on the roster is a great building block for the future of this program. Not only are they phenomenal athletes – they are great people and dedicated students, which is what it takes to wear the Black and Gold.”
MADISON BLOOM • 5-6 • Outfielder • Junction, N.J. • West Windsor-Plainsboro HS
Lettered four years in softball ... member of New Jersey Cheetahs.
Savage’s Take: “Madison has a lot of raw talent that we are looking forward to developing here at App. She comes from a strong family and is a hard worker and we are excited to see her continue to grow.”
CASEY BRESCIA • 5-7 • Outfielder • Cornelius, N.C. • W.A. Hough HS
Four-year varsity starter and was all-district, all-conference and all-state as a junior. Batted .400 with 81 hits, 28 extra base hits and 59 RBI through junior season. She’s a member of Team NC Louisville Slugger in 2013 and 2014 and batted .370 with 97 hits, 25 extra base hits and 63 RBI.
Savage’s Take: “Casey is a strong power hitting outfielder. We look for her bat to make an impact as soon as she steps on campus. She’s a great student in the classroom and a great student of the game”
MALLORY CHOPLIN • 5-9 • Utility • Yadkinville, N.C. • Forbush HS
Three-time all-conference in softball and volleyball and member of the Carolina Cardinals.
Savage’s Take: “Mallory is a tremendous athlete with great speed. She is a true lefty that slaps and can lay down the bunt. Her speed is her biggest asset and will make an impact right away in our lineup. She comes from an athletic family who is excited about this opportunity and we are excited to have her on board.”
CLAIRE EOSSO • 5-10 • Pitcher • Barco, N.C. • Currituck County HS
Named first-team all-conference and first-team all-area as a junior, while only recording two regular season losses – both in extra innings. Threw a no-hitter against the conference championship team and is a member of Virginia Legacy Elite Gold.
Savage’s Take: “Claire is right-handed power pitcher who has tremendous upside. We feel getting her in the weight room right away and getting her stronger will only elevate her game to the next level. She has great poise on the mound and we look for her to be a strong leader for the freshmen class.”
STACY FODRIE • 5-4 • Outfielder • Leland, N.C. • North Brunswick HS
Has been team MVP, all-conference, all-state and North Bruswick’s Female Athlete of the Year. Hit .500 as a freshman, .550 as a sophomore and .447 as a junior and is also a member of NC Lady Lightning Gold.
Savage’s Take: “We look forward to Stacy making an offensive impact for us, while also giving us great depth in our outfield. She is a good athlete who always wants to learn and improve her game. She’s played high-level travel ball and knows what it takes to compete in the Sun Belt Conference.”
JORDAN HARRIS • 5-7 • Catcher • Asheville, N.C. • Enka HS
State-finalist for the 2014 Wendy’s Heisman Student-Athlete Award. She was a three-time all-state, all-region, all-district and all-MAC conference. She is entering her senior season with a career batting average of .475, 87 RBI, 18 home runs and collected a .987 fielding percentage her junior campaign and also plays for FCA SC.
Savage’s Take: “Jordan has a very contagious positive attitude and excitement to be a part of the Black and Gold. Her commitment to the program and the growth of our team will have a tremendous impact as a freshman.”
JULIA HODGES • 5-5 • Utility • Dunn, N.C. • Cape Fear Christian Academy
Pitched to a 0.33 ERA in 84 innings with 109 strikeouts in 2014 and also batted .500. She was an NCISAA All-Conference first-team honoree and a 2013 all-conference second-team. Hodges is a member of the North Carolina Challengers.
Savage’s Take: “Julia offers us a lot of different options that we can utilize her on the softball field. Her versatility, hard work and academic achievements are what our program stands for.”
MONICA JOSEPH • 5-4 • Catcher • Dover, Del. • Dover HS
Was a second-team all-conference catcher and NCFA All-America Scholar Athlete. Previously attended PolyTech HS for three years before transferring and is also a member of NC Lady Lightning.
Savage’s Take: “Monica is a true lefty-lefty who we look to fill the catching role her freshman year. She’s a power hitter who also can play some first base for us as well. We look for her to make an immediate offensive impact in the middle of our lineup.”
NATALIE ORCUTT • 5-8 • Utility • Senoia, Ga. • Starr’s Mill HS
Four-year all-county and four-time all-region 4AAAAA first-team shortstop and also earned team Rookie of the Year and Offensive Award during sophomore and junior seasons. She broke the following school records: career batting average (.432), highest OBP (.507), most career triples (11), most walks, runs scored and total stolen bases (86). Orcutt is a member of Atlanta Vipers and was 2012 14-U PGF champions, 2013 fifth-place PGF and 2014 seventh-place ASA 18-U Gold.
Savage’s Take: “Natalie is a tremendous athlete who also swings from the left side with power. She offers us depth in the infield and in the outfield. She’s very coachable and willing to learn – we look for her to be another leader for us in this freshmen class.”
MEGAN WALKER • 5-6 • Outfielder • Raleigh, N.C. • Middle Creek HS
Has been a three-time all-conference, academic all-conference and two-time all-state player. She earned team’s Most Valuable Offensive Player and Most Valuable Defensive Player, while batting .478 as a junior. Walker plays club for NC Lady Lightning.
Savage’s Take: “Megan is a scrappy player. I love watching her play because she never takes a play off. I look forward to her bringing that mentality and intensity to our program day in and day out. Along with her hard work and dedication in the classroom she will be a great asset for our program.”
ALLISON WALTERS • 5-11 • Utility • Orange City, Fla. • University HS
Four-year letterwinner, four-time all-area first team and four-time team Offensive MVP. Batted .451 with three home runs. Walters is a member of Wagners Gold and went to ASA Nationals and is an ASA State Champion. Walters carries a career .382 batting average and over 30 home runs.
Savage’s Take: “Allison is the type of athlete that can do anything that you ask her to. She adds depth to our infield and outfield, as well as, a vast amount of experience and knowledge playing at a high level.”