Appalachian State University volleyball's freshman middle blocker Kara Spicer was named the Sun Belt Conference's Freshman of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday.
Spicer was also named the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational MVP for her performances over the weekend in Wilmington, N.C.
"It's not often that a freshman can put up the numbers that Kara put up over four matches," said head coach Matt Ginipro. "I thought she had a great weekend, and to get a tournament MVP and Freshman of the Week in her first time-out is pretty impressive."
In her Mountaineer debut last Friday, she talled 15 kills in a five-set loss to Missouri State in the season opener. She also led App State offensively in the match against Davidson, as the freshman racked up 17 kills while not committing an attack error.
In a 3-1 win over UNC Wilmington, the Peoria, Ariz. native had 11 kills, including back-to-back kills in the final set that sealed the first App State victory of the 2017 season.
On Sunday, she collected 13 more kills with five blocks and currently ranks second overall in the Sun Belt with 56 total kills and a her .372 hitting percentage ranks sixth.
Spicer and the Mountaineers return to action Friday night at 7 p.m. to host Towson in the Appalachian Invitational. The tournament also features East Tennessee State and Virginia.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Soccer Team was voted by the South Atlantic Conference's Head Coaches to finish third in the 2017 league preseason poll.
Wingate, the defending NCAA Division II National Champions, was voted on to repeat as league regular season champions after receiving 10 first-place votes for a total of 100 points. The Bears received 82 total points.
Lenoir-Rhyne also placed three players on the 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Preseason First Team: senior forward Ismael Noumansana (Bamako, MALI), sophomore forward Marc Fernandez (Barcelona, SPAIN) and senior defender Jens Roessler (Ettlingen, GERMANY).
Noumansana, the reigning South Atlantic Conference Player of the Year, led the league in goals scored (17) and total points (35) and was a first-team all-region selection.
Fernandez was also an All-SAC honoree last season after ranking first on the team with nine assists and second in total points (17) to go along with four goals. Roessler started all 20 matches for the Bears last year and totaled a pair of goals and an assist.
Lenoir-Rhyne (12-5-3, 7-3-1) earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the first time in 10 years last season. The Bears open the season on Friday, September 1, at 7:00 p.m., on the road against USC Aiken (4-13) in Aiken, S.C.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Men's Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Wingate (10) 100
2. Tusculum (1) 86
3. Lenoir-Rhyne 82
4. Lincoln Memorial 76
5. Catawba 58
6. Carson-Newman 47
7. Mars Hill 38
8. Queens 37
9. Coker 36
10. Anderson 29
11. Newberry 12
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Men's Soccer Preseason Teams
F – Ismael Noumansana, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Elma N'For, Wingate
F – Jon Ander, Wingate
F – Victor Peres, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Marc Fernandez, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Jens Roessler, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Danilo da Silva, Lincoln Memorial
MF – Tom Read, Carson-Newman
D – Georgios Charkoutsakis, Tusculum
D – Oscar Mitchell, Mars Hill
D – Vicente Munoz, Wingate
D – Damian Gaona, Wingate
GK – Pablo Jara, Wingate
F – Stian Sanner, Mars Hill
F – Jacob Simonis, Coker
F – Aladdin Elfares, Coker
F – Andreas Kvam, Tusculum
MF – Henrique Rezek, Lincoln Memorial
MF – David Fairgrieve, Wingate
MF – Mateo Correa, Wingate
MF – Ivan Andabak, Tusculum
D – Ronaldo de Jesus, Lincoln Memorial
D – Pau Peiro, Tusculum
D – Josh Calabria, Anderson
D – Claus Lehland, Newberry
GK – Joe Boyd, Carson-Newman
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team was picked to finish second in the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Preseason Coaches Poll.
Carson-Newman, who shared the SAC Regular Season Championship last year with Lenoir-Rhyne and Tusculum, was picked to win the title again after receiving eight first-place votes for a total of 103 points. The Bears have won six of the past seven conference regular season championships. LR also received two first-place votes for a total of 86 points.
In addition, four players – sophomore midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.), senior defender Helen Ramsey (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.), sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) and sophomore defender Christina Shimshock (Asheville, N.C.) – all earned preseason all-league accolades for the Bears.
McGarel and Ramsey were selected to the All-SAC Preseason First Team while Van Eerden and Shimshock were named second-team all-conference preseason honorees.
McGarel totaled five goals, two assists and 12 total points last year and was named the SAC Freshman Of The Year. Ramsey, an all-league second-team and all-region third-team honoree, anchored a defensive unit which allowed just 18 goals in 20 matches.
Van Eerden finished second on the team in goals scored (six) and third in total points (13) while Shimshock started all 20 matches as a freshman for the Bears in 2016.
Lenoir-Rhyne (13-5-2, 8-2-1) opens the season at home against No. 21 Limestone (18-2) at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex on Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m. Both the Saints and the Bears earned playoff berths last fall.
2017 South Atlantic Conference
Women’s Soccer Preseason Coaches Poll
1. Carson-Newman (8) 103
2. Lenoir-Rhyne (2) 86
3. Wingate 81
4. Queens (1) 70
5. Tusculum 64
6. Anderson 53
7. Catawba 49
8. Newberry 35
9. Lincoln Memorial 33
10. Coker 17
11. Mars Hill 14
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Women's Soccer Preseason Teams
F – Lauren Wade, Carson-Newman
F – Holly Talbut-Smith, Carson-Newman
F – Alyssa Ortega, Newberry
F – Thea Mallett, Queens
MF – Abigael McGarel, Lenoir-Rhyne
MF – Charlotte Ring, Queens
MF – Breona Tate, Mars Hill
MF – Katja Andersson, Tusculum
D – Helen Seed, Carson-Newman
D – Helen Ramsey, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Mariah Lewis, Queens
D – Carlie Thornber, Tusculum
GK – Jacqueline Burns, Carson-Newman
F – Kimmi Moore, Wingate
F – Hannah Van Eerden, Lenoir-Rhyne
F – Becky Frost, Catawba
F – Taylor Leyble, Wingate
MF – Colleen Zickert, Wingate
MF – Sonja Ballmert, Tusculum
MF – Lara Hallgrimsdottir, Carson-Newman
MF – Cheyenne Upton, Tusculum
D – Averi Williams, Carson-Newman
D – Kaitlyn Fletcher, Wingate
D – Christina Shimshock, Lenoir-Rhyne
D – Alex Brandan, Carson-Newman
GK – Alexis Jones, Wingate
Catawba Valley Community College women’s basketball head coach Tisha England has announced the hiring of Tara Carver to her staff as an assistant coach.
Carver comes to CVCC after coaching last season at conference rival Louisburg College.
“I'm so excited to have Tara be a part of the CVCC family,” England said. “She brings energy, knowledge of the game and passion. I look forward to another successful season.”
A former prep standout at Kalamazoo Central High School (Mich.), Carver was a three-year varsity player for the Maroon Giants, earning all-conference honors as a senior after battling two ACL tears.
Carver went on to become a standout at NAIA Division II Goshen College (Ind.), where she earned all-conference honors twice and made the national tournament team as a senior, leading the Maple Leafs to the NAIA Division II Final Four.
Carver finished her collegiate career at Goshen ranking in the top 10 in scoring, field goals made and attempted, 3-point field goal percentage and free throws made and attempted.
Following her collegiate career, Carver played semi-professionally in the Women’s Blue Chip Basketball League (WBCBL) for the Grand Rapids Galaxy (Mich.).
Last winter, Carver was named an assistant coach for the Louisburg College varsity women’s basketball program and head coach of the school’s JV women’s basketball squad. She assisted in coaching a Hurricanes team that went 26-6 overall and 15-5 in conference play.
Carver also coached guard Jasmine Covington, who was named Region X Player of the Year and a National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) First Team All-American. Four of the Hurricane players whom Carver had a hand in coaching also signed with NCAA Division I and II schools last school year.
While coaching against each other last season, Carver made an instant connection with England, which drew her interest to the Catawba Valley women’s basketball program.
“I kind of felt like it was destined for us to work together,” Carver said of herself and England. “I felt this was a new opportunity for me to grow as a coach and as a person as well. I’m pretty excited about being here. I’ve learned more in two weeks here than I have in a whole year. I’m pretty excited about it. The facilities are nice. I enjoy the school.
“I love how it’s really academic based here,” she added. “At most junior colleges, you don’t really see schools focusing their athletes on being academically driven. I really like that a lot about being here. Academics are definitely more important than athletics at the end of the day. I’m just excited to be here, and I’m looking forward to the season starting.”
The daughter of Terrence and Tammatha Carver, Carver has a degree in Broadcasting with minors in both Kinesiology and Coaching from Goshen College.
The offense was out in full force for Appalachian State University men's soccer (1-1), as three different student-athletes scored en route to a 3-2 triumph over VCU (0-2) on Sunday evening at Backers Stadium.
The Mountaineers' three goal scorers in Felix Kollmannthaler, Zeiko Harris and Austin Hill all scored their first-career goal for the Apps.
The three goals were the highest since tallying three against USC Upstate last season, while it was also the highest scoring output on the road since 2015 when the Black and Gold scored three goals against Presbyterian.
"Fantastic result," head coach Jason O'Keefe said after the win. "VCU is a championship level program that will compete for the A-10. They've been in the finals for two years in a row. Every player was all in with a complete effort and showed a refuse to lose mentality, which is what we needed this weekend. We look forward to getting home, regenerating and hosting two massive home games this weekend."
Appalachian wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard with two goals in the first 16 minutes of the match. Kollmannthaler got things started with his first goal of the season to break the 0-0 start before Harris gave App the 2-0 advantage when Daniel Avila found the freshman for one of his two assists.
After coming out of the half with a 2-0 edge, VCU cut the deficit to one after Ulrik Edvarsen hit a header off the crossbar. However, the Mountaineers gave themselves some cushion when Avila fed Hill for a shot to the far post, extending the lead to two goals.
VCU would score once more in the contest, but it wouldn't be enough, leading to Appalachian's victory. The Mountaineers took advantage of their opportunities as all four of their shots were on target, which three turned into goals. Jake Chasteen started between the posts and collected two saves.
App finished second in what turned into a round-robin tournament. For their performances, Harris, Hill and Jeremy Tshongo were named to the all-tournament team.
Appalachian will aim to keep the momentum going next weekend with a pair of home matches, starting with Central Arkansas on Friday at 5 p.m.
Appalachian State University field hockey suffered its first loss of the season to Georgetown 8-0 in Washington, D.C. on Sunday afternoon.
The Hoyas (2-0) started off the match applying much pressure at the net and scored three goals in the first eleven minutes. Following a Appalachian penalty corner in the 20th minute, the Apps (1-1) kept much of the action on their side of the field. In a span of five minutes, Taylor Cimbalist and Meghan Smart combined to have three shots deflected by Georgetown goalkeeper Chloe Verwiel.
Georgetown would continue to press the Appalachian defense and score three more goals to bring the score to 6-0 at the end of the half.
The second half opened with a Hoya goal in the 44th minute from Helena Masiello. Then in the 55th minute, Georgetown scored its final goal of the match following a scramble in front of the net.
Cimbalist led App State with five shots, three on goal, and was followed by Smart who had two shots on goal.
Appalachian will hit the road for a set of matches in Harrisonburg, Va. on Sept. 1-2. The Mountaineers will face James Madison on Friday at 4:00 p.m. before a matchup against Lafayette at 2:00 p.m on Saturday.
Dash Winningham hit a run-scoring single in the ninth inning, leading the Columbia Fireflies to a 4-3 win over the Hickory Crawdads on Sunday.
J.J. Franco scored on the play after he hit a double with two outs.
The Crawdads tied the game 3-3 when Anderson Tejeda hit an RBI single, driving in Leody Taveras in the fifth.
Taylor Henry (4-0) got the win with a scoreless inning in relief while Jake Lemoine (3-3) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game. Matt Blackham retired the side in order for his seventh save of the season.
Alex Kowalczyk doubled and singled for the Crawdads.
Despite the loss, Hickory remains a game ahead of Greensboro in the Northern Division of the South Atlantic League standings with a second half record of 36-27. The Crawdads are off on Monday before travelling to Southern Division leading Charleston on Tuesday.
Appalachian State University volleyball earned its second victory in the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational in a 3-1 match (25-20, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20) over Loyola Maryland on Sunday morning.
Ashlyn Brown snagged her fourth double-double in as many matches with 36 assists and 12 digs. For the fourth-straight match, Olivia Leoffler led the Mountaineers in digs with 20. Sydney Farthing also had double-digit digs with 10.
Melissa McMath and Kara Spicer paced the App State offense with 14 and 13 kills, respectively. Lexi Kohut tallied eight kills on the day.
In the opening set, the Mountaineers snagged a 25-20 win. Following a block by Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut with the score 23-18, the Greyhounds were forced to take their second timeout. Loyola would get the next two points, but a kill by Spicer and a kill by Cassidy Stephenson sealed the first set.
The Mountaineers jumped out to an 15-8 lead in the second set - burning through two more Geryhound timeouts. A 10-7 run capped a commanding set for the Apps. The set included a service ace from Brown, Emma Reilly and Sydney Hinds.
The outpour of service aces would continue in the third set as Spicer had back-to-back serves drop in, leading to a Greyhound timeout with the score at 13-10. Loyola would take its first lead of the match to go up 16-14, which led to head coach Matt Ginipro calling his first timeout of the day.
Out of the timeout, a Greyhound service error sparked a 5-1 Mountaineer run for a 19-17 advantage. Loyola and App State would trade points for the remainder of the set until a 4-0 Greyhound run sent the match to 2-1.
In the fourth set, App capitalized on seven Loyola errors to take an early 11-7 lead. Much like the third set, the Greyhounds tied the set up at 17. Loyola’s eleventh service error ignitated an 8-3 Appalachian run to clinch the set and the match.
The Mountaineers return home to host the Appalachian Invitational next weekend on Sept. 1-2. The tournament features Towson, East Tennessee State and Virginia. Action starts on Friday with a match between ETSU and Virginia at 4:00 p.m and App State plays Towson at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University women’s soccer (0-2-1) ended in a 1-1 draw against Ball State (1-2-1) on Sunday afternoon at the BSU Soccer Field in Muncie, Ind.
For the second-straight contest, the Apps held their opponent scoreless in the first half as both teams went into the second period tied at zeroes.
Into the first 10 minutes of the second half, Erin Settle (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) found Maggie Hanusek (Cumming, Ga./Lambert) from 15 yards out to give App the 1-0 lead. The score for Hanusek was the first of the season for the sophomore and third of her career, while it was Settle’s first assist of 2017.
App would keep the Ball State offense at bay until the Cardinals’ Emily Scott tied the match up from inside the 18-yard box. Both teams had an opportunity to take the lead, including a shot from Morgan Mosack (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) that was on target but just missed.
Appalachian had another shot to take the lead in the first overtime period when Abbey Rand (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day School) mustered up an attempt at the frame before Tristin Stuteville came away with the save.
Neither team came up with another shot on goal the rest of the way, leading to the draw.
Five of the seven shots attempted by App State were on target, while BSU registered three shots on goal. Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) got the nod between the posts while playing all 110 minutes which was a career high, surpassing her previous best of 106 from last season against Gardner-Webb.
App State is still in search of its first win and will have a shot against Northern Kentucky on the road to close out the swing on Tuesday. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball earned its first victory of the 2017 season in a 3-1 match (27-25, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23) over UNC Wilmington on Saturday night.
“We had been playing hard the first two matches so it was nice to get challenged again by a really good Wilmington team,” said head coach Matt Ginipro. “Melissa McMath did an awesome job on the right and I thought everybody played great - the energy was high tonight.”
The Mountaineers got the win behind stellar performances from McMath and Emma Longley. McMath finished with 18 kills while Longley tallied 17. Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut rounded out the App State attack with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
Ashlyn Brown racked up 45 assists and had 19 digs - good for her third double-double of the season. Olivia Loeffer led the Mountaineers with 33 digs while Sydney Farthing also had double-digit digs with 11.
Down 16-9 in the first set, the Apps would use a 9-0 run to take the lead from the Seahawks and go up 18-16. The Mountaineers would trade points with Wilmington for the rest of the set until taking the set on back-to-back Seahawk errors, 27-25.
Wilmington seemed to try and sway the momentum back in its favor and got out to a 9-4 lead in the second set. Again, Appalachian would answer and steal the lead from the Seahawks, 14-13. Unlike the first set, App State would pull away and go up by as many as six points to take set two and a 2-0 advantage going into the break.
Appalachian would get out to a quick start in the third set and snag a 16-11 lead before Wilmington executed its own 9-0 run. The Seahawks would eventually force a fourth set on back-to-back kills by Madison Peters.
In the fourth set, multiple kills by McMath and Longley gave App State its largest lead of the night by seven points, 19-12. Appalachian maintained the lead for much of the set before Wilmington tied it up at 23, but back-to-back kills by Spicer secured App State’s first victory of 2017.
The Mountaineers will play once more this weekend in a morning match tomorrow against Loyola (Md.) at 10:00 a.m.
Anderson Tejeda tripled twice and singled, driving in four runs and scoring three as the Hickory Crawdads beat the Columbia Fireflies 11-7 on Saturday.
Franklin Rollin singled three times for Hickory.
Hickory took the lead in the first when Tejeda hit a two-run triple and then scored on a fielder's choice.
Columbia answered in the next half-inning when Quinn Brodey hit a two-run home run to get within one.
The Crawdads later added five runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. In the fourth, Tejeda hit a two-run triple, while Ricardo Valencia and Tanner Gardner hit RBI singles in the sixth.
Columbia missed a scoring opportunity in the sixth, when Natanael Ramos grounded out with the bases loaded to end the inning.
Hickory right-hander Walker Weickel (5-4) picked up the win after allowing two runs on six hits over 5 2/3 innings. Opposing starter Gabriel Llanes (5-11) took the loss in the South Atlantic League game after a rough outing in which he allowed eight runs and 10 hits over four innings. C.D. Pelham recorded his 14th save of the season.
In the losing effort, Columbia got contributions throughout its order, as five players collected at least two hits. Brodey homered and singled, driving home four runs.
With the win, Hickory improved to 10-3 against Columbia this season.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped its second-consecutive five-set contest (26-24, 22-25, 25-22, 18-25, 12-15) to Davidson in the Springhill Suites Invitational in Wilmington on Saturday morning.
The Mountaineers were led offensively by a pair of freshmen as Kara Spicer and Lexi Kohut finished with 17 and 13 kills, respectively. Kohut also registered three service aces.
Ashlyn Brown had 49 assists and also made 12 digs for her second-consective double-double this season. Olivia Loeffler had a team-high 22 digs.
Despite being down 20-15 midway through the first set, the Mountaineers used four kills from Melissa McMath, two kills by Spicer and a couple Wildcat errors to take the first set, 26-24.
In the second set, neither team was able to get a lead higher than three points as Appalachian held the lead for most of the set before Davidson went on a 3-0 run to take its first lead, 23-21. The Wildcats would close out the set, 25-22, and tie the match 1-1.
Davidson built off its momentum from the second set and started set three on a 4-0 run. App State responded and was able to cut the deficit down to one and get the score to 11-10. The teams would trade points over the next 18 rallies until App tied the set at 20-20 on a Kohut kill. The Black and Gold commanded the final rallies to win the set 25-22.
Needing to win the fourth set, Davidson jumped out to a 17-11 lead. The Apps would get to within three points of the Wildcats, but Davidson would ultimately force a fifth set.
Much like the third set, App State and Davidson would trade points in set five until the Wildcats forced a match point up 14-10. A kill by Spicer followed by a block by Emma Longley and Courtney Sullivan would then force a Davidson timeout. App State couldn't recover from the two-point deficit and lost the set 15-12.
Appalachian will return to play tonight against the host UNCW Seahawks at 7:30 p.m.
Alexander Central: 28
Wilkes Central: 6
Fred T. Foard: 23
Kings Mountain: 54
South Caldwell: 6
West Caldwell: 0
East Burke: 6
R-S Central: 29
St. Stephens: 35
Bunker Hill: 7
Dash Winningham doubled and singled twice, and Darwin Ramos allowed just two hits over 5 2/3 innings as the Columbia Fireflies beat the Hickory Crawdads 3-1 on Friday.
Matt Blackham struck Yohel Pozo out with a runner on second to end the game for his sixth save of the season.
Ramos (2-2) picked up the win after he struck out six and walked four while allowing one run.
Columbia got on the board first in the fourth inning when Winningham hit an RBI single and Ian Strom scored on a wild pitch and Winningham scored on a groundout.
The Crawdads cut into the deficit in the sixth inning when Alex Kowalczyk hit an RBI single, scoring Eric Jenkins.
Edgar Arredondo (6-6) went seven innings, allowing three runs and seven hits while striking out seven in the South Atlantic League game.
Despite the loss, Hickory is 9-3 against Columbia this season.
Newly acquainted Appalachian State University men’s soccer student-athlete Michael Davidson (Weddington, N.C./Weddington) notched a goal in his first-career match, but it wasn’t enough in the season opener against Old Dominion on Friday evening at ODU Soccer Complex, falling 3-2.
The Monarchs (1-0) needed a late goal in the 84th minute of the match to push past Appalachian (0-1) for the victory, 2-1.
Both teams played to a 0-0 first half despite an aggressive ODU team that took 11 shots, four of which were on goal. Jake Chasteen (Blowing Rock, N.C./Watauga) was able to come away with all four saves to keep the clean sheet in the first frame.
It wasn’t until the first two minutes into the second period that the hosts would score as Brandon Perdue gave his team the 1-0 lead. Appalachian quickly struck back just 53 seconds later when Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) played a free kick into the middle of the box that found his freshman teammate for the score.
With the match at a 1-1 stalemate, the Apps couldn’t get any more momentum on offense, while Marc Pfrogner (Aurach, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen) was the only Mountaineer that was able to get a shot at the target the rest of the way.
Appalachian will have to make the quick turnaround on Sunday for a 7 p.m. match against VCU in Richmond.
Sophomore Ali Williams scored two goals and senior Taylor Cimbalist scored one to push Appalachian State University field hockey passed La Salle, 3-1, on Friday in Philadelphia.
This is the first time the Mountaineers have won a season opener since 2014 and the first season-opening victory on the road since 2009.
App State (1-0) only had two shots in the first half to La Salle’s (0-1) seven, but goalkeeper Rachel Gaines was able to fend off the Explorer attack with five first-half saves.
The score would remain tied at zero going into the half until Cimbalist opened up the scoring in 38th minute on her first goal of the season.
Just under three minutes later, Williams would score her first goal of the night unassisted. La Salle answered in the 45th minute with a goal by Rialee Allen cutting the Appalachian lead in half.
With a 2-1 lead, Gaines deflected two La Salle shots to preserve the Moutaineer lead. In the 59th minute, freshman Annette Jarosz sent a shot towards the goal that Williams was able to tip in for a 3-1 lead. Williams matched her career-high in goals scored and Jarosz picked up her first career assist.
Williams led the Mountaineer offense with five shots while Cimbalist, Jarosz, freshman Meghan Smart and Melissa Nobile each had one shot. Gaines finished with eight saves and picked up her second-career victory.
Appalachian will stay on the road and head to Washington, D.C. to take on Georgetown on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Appalachian State University volleyball dropped a five-set thriller, 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 13-15), to Missouri State in the 2017 season opener on Friday at the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers (0-1) were lead offensively by Emma Longley who finished with a team-high 18 kills and she was followed by freshman Kara Spicer who had 15 kills in her App State debut. Melissa McMath was the other Mountaineer to finish with double-digit kills with 14. Ashlyn Brown dished out 48 assists.
Defensively, four Mountaineers collected double-digit digs. Longley and Brown finished with 13 and 10, respectively, and Olivia Loeffler led the team with 24. Freshman Emma Reilly rounded out the defense with 14 digs.
In the match-tying second set with a 22-20 lead, App State used two kills by McMath and a Missouri State setting error to secure the first set win of the season.
Neither team could get a lead higher than three points in the third set until the Mountaineers went on 5-0 run at the end of the set. McMath made a huge block to put App State up 24-20 right before the Bears benefited from a App State service error. The Mountaineers would then win the set and take a 2-1 lead on a Spicer kill.
Missouri State would control much of the fourth set as the Bears used a 6-0 run to close out a 25-15 set win, leveling the match at 2-2.
In the match-deciding fifth set, Missouri State lead halfway though, 8-6, but the Mountaineers would go on a 4-0 run to take a 13-12 lead. The Bears would score three-straight points and secure a 15-13 victory.
Appalachian heads to Wilmington for the Springhill Suites Mayfaire Invitational on Saturday and Sunday. The Black and Gold will play Davidson on Friday at 9:30 a.m. before play the host UNCW at 7:30 p.m. that night. On Sunday, the Mountaineers play a 10:00 a.m. match against Loyola.
Alexander Central: 3
East Burke: 0
West Lincoln: 0
Fred T. Foard: 3
Lincoln Charter: 3
St. Stephens: 1
South Caldwell: 3
North Gaston: 0
Alexander Central: 2
Fred T. Foard: 0
Hickory Christian Academy: 3
A.J. Alexy allowed just two hits over six innings, leading the Hickory Crawdads over the Delmarva Shorebirds in a 6-0 win on Thursday.
Alexy (1-1) picked up the win after he struck out eight and walked one.
Hickory started the scoring in the second inning when Andretty Cordero hit an RBI single and Franklin Rollin hit a sacrifice fly.
The Crawdads later added one run in the sixth and seventh innings and two in the ninth to finish off the shutout.
Travis Seabrooke (3-8) went seven innings, allowing four runs and eight hits in the South Atlantic League game. He also struck out four and walked three. Christian Torres pitched three scoreless innings for his fifth save of the season.
The Shorebirds were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Crawdads' staff recorded their ninth shutout of the year.