The Lenoir-Rhyne Baseball Team battled back and forth in a pitcher's duel, and the opening game of the weekend series took 12 innings to decide as the Bears drop the Saturday afternoon game, 4-3.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Finals: Tusculum 4, Lenoir-Rhyne 3 (12-Innings)
Records: Tusculum (28-19, 15-7 SAC), Lenoir-Rhyne (22-25, 7-15 SAC)
Location: Pioneer Park | Greeneville, Tenn.
LR and Tusculum were locked in a 2-2 ballgame from the fourth through the twelfth inning. Lenoir-Rhyne's scoring came from a triple from Will Jones and a single down the line to give the Bears the 2-0 lead. The Pioneers answered with two runs batted in off a single to left center by Jarel McDade, both were unearned runs.
In the eleventh it was Brock Johnson who brought in a run with a double to left center, scoring Jones to put the Bears on top. But a sacrifice fly tied the game and the next inning an error by the road team's shortstop allowed the winning run to be plated in the 12th.
Typically the game three starter, Jake Conroy was given the opportunity to start in game one for Lenoir-Rhyne. Conroy worked 4.2, giving up two unearned runs while scattering four hits and striking out four batters. Hunter Martin took the loss in his fourth inning of work after striking out three in the same appearance.
It was Tusculum's Mitch McCain who earned his fifth win of the year in relief in just 1.1 innings of work. Chares Hall got the start and struck out nine Bears batters in 7.0 innings of work on the mound.
Tusculum was led at the plate by Jaden Steagall and Nate Montgomery who each had two base hits, while Lenoir-Rhyne's Jones had three base hits, an RBI and two runs scored in the game.
The Bears have been on the wrong end of extra-inning games more times than not, as this marks their fourth loss when free baseball is played.
Only one of the Pioneers' four runs were earned, thanks to three LR miscues.
LR drops to 22-25 overall and 7-15 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears will play the final two games of conference play in a doubleheader against the Pioneers on Monday afternoon with a start time of 3 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Lacrosse Team ran its winning streak to five games with a regular-season ending 11-6 victory at Coker on Saturday afternoon. Ryan Bell scored four times for the Bears and Joe Buduo netted a hat trick as LR turns its sights on the SAC Tournament next week.
After Coker took an early 2-1 lead in the first quarter, Edward Tate scored the equalizer before Bell and Buduo took over. The duo combined to score the next four goals in the game as LR extended the lead to 6-2.
The Bears would take a 7-3 lead into the break, allowing just one goal in the second quarter. Evan Torris opened the scoring in the second half and extended the Bears lead to 8-3 before Bell completed his hat trick with 5:28 left in the third quarter.
The Bears defense held Coker to just 23 shots on the afternoon and the offense pressured the goalie. LR recorded 64 shots in 60 minutes of action and forced Coker into 26 turnovers. The hosts went just 19-for-30 on clear attempts and LR absolutely dominated in ground balls, leading 47-15.
Patrick Sullivan went 17-for-20 on face offs and scooped up eight ground balls. Connor Stanley finished with six ground balls and three caused turnovers and Christian Starcke forced four turnovers.
The Bears have outscored opponents 81-20 in their five game winning streak.
The Bears have won five straight over Coker, with three coming by double digits.
The Bears are 5-7 overall and 4-2 in the South Atlantic Conference. L-R will host a SAC Tournament Quarterfinal game on Tuesday against Newberry. Face off is set for 7 p.m.
Twelve different players scored a goal as the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Lacrosse Team dominated Coker, winning by a final score of 18-6 on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Bears clinch sole possession of second place in the South Atlantic Conference standings.
Rachel Elmore led the scoring charge for the Bears, scoring four times. Lenoir-Rhyne scored 10 of the first 12 goals in the contest and never looked back. Cathleen Gaffney dished out a team-high three assists and Michelle Tang and Adriana Williams each recorded a pair of helpers. Half of LR's 18 goals on the afternoon were assisted.
Teanna Sieben made six saves to earn the win in goal.
Lenoir-Rhyne dominated in shots, outshooting the hosts 41-19. The Bears grabbed 24 ground balls compared to 16 by Coker and LR finished with 15 draw controls.
Madison Prkna finished the game with three ground balls and a team-high three caused turnovers. Kaley Harris had a season-high five draw controls.
The 11 wins for Lenoir-Rhyne tie for the second-most wins in a single season in program history.
The Bears are 11-5 overall and 7-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. With the regular season concluded, the Bears turn their attention towards the South Atlantic Conference Tournament. The Bears earn a bye thanks to finishing second and will take on the winner of the No. 3 vs No. 6 Quarterfinal matchup. The semifinal will take place on Friday at Wingate with game time TBD.
Appalachian State (29-16, 12-8 SBC) defeated Troy (34-14, 16-6 SBC) in the series finale on Saturday. The Mountaineers took down the Trojans 2-1 in game three after dropping the first two games in a doubleheader on Friday.
With the win, the Mountaineers match the 2006 season win total with 29. It is the most wins since 2013 and second most in program history for App State.
The game remained scoreless through three and a half innings until Troy scored first in the bottom of the fourth. A Trojan walk and double to right center brought home the first run of the game and gave Troy the mid-game lead.
Each pitcher managed multiple strikeouts with their defense backing them up, keeping the offensive opportunites to a minimal.
In the sixth inning, bunts by both Keri White and Caylie Kifer became the largest threats the Trojan defense had faced all game. A single up the middle by Haley Stewart brought home both runners and gave the Mountaineers the lead and eventually the game.
Sydney Holland picked up the well deserved win in game three after suffering the loss in both of the first two games on Friday. Holland improves to 12-8 on the season, picking up two strikeouts on five hits and allowing only one run.
"We beat a very good Troy team today," head coach Shelly Hoerner said. "I am so proud of our team's resilience after a tough loss last night. Sydney pitched a great game with tough defense backing her up."
The Mountaineers are back in action on Tuesday as they travel to Western Carolina for a midweek doubleheader. First pitch for game one of the doubleheader is set for 2 p.m. followed by a 4 p.m. game two.
Lenoir-Rhyne's junior Paul Lenz was honored as the 2019 Elite 20 Award winner for men's tennis, presented by the South Atlantic Conference on Thursday, April 18.
This award honors the student-athlete with the top cumulative grade-point average (based on a minimum of 48 credit hours) in each of the league's 20 team championship sports.
Lenz, a junior from Ratingen, Germany has a 3.962 GPA while majoring in international business, completing 78 credit hours.
Prior to the championship weekend, Lenz has racked up 13 singles wins and 13 doubles wins.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Tennis Team rallied late but fell just short against No. 1 seed and No. 17 nationally-ranked Tusculum on Wednesday afternoon in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Semifinal, falling 4-2.
"Incredible effort from our ladies today and throughout the season," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "The ladies could not have given any more today and we were realistically 1 of 2 points away from playing for a championship. The past three years have been an unbelievable journey. Thank you seniors and thank you to everyone who has supported the program. We wouldn't be where we are without you."
Sanne Janssen and Lucy Whelan earned a 6-2 win in third doubles but Tusculum would grab wins in the first and second spots to earn the point and take the early advantage.
After grabbing wins in second and third singles, Tusculum was on the brink of clinching but the Bears didn't give in. Instead, they battled back led by a 6-2, 7-6 victory by Ally Garofoli in fifth singles that put LR on the board. Following that win, Marta Escanero concluded her career with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 win in fourth singles that pulled LR within one of the top team in the league. However, the Pioneers closed out the match with a 2-6, 6-3, 6-7 tiebreaking win in first singles to advance to the championship.
The Bears end the season at 18-5.
Appalachian State built a lead in support of Brandon Boone, and Andrew Papp shut down a comeback attempt before the Mountaineers added some needed insurance in a clutch road win.
App State closed its Sun Belt Conference series at Troy with a 9-7 victory on Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers improved to 8-9 in league play and 16-21 overall heading into a Tuesday home game against Radford.
Troy (21-19, 9-9) cut into an 8-3 deficit with a four-run bottom of the eighth, which ended with the tying run stranded at third on a popout to first. Luke Allison came through with a two-out RBI single to score Robbie Young from second in the top of the ninth, and relief pitcher Kaleb Bowman followed a difficult eighth inning with a perfect ninth.
Young went to the opposite field on his first career homer to supply one highlight for an offense that totaled 13 hits, including two apiece from Young, Alex Leshock and Tyler Leek.
The Mountaineers used a three-run fifth to break a 2-2 tie and led 5-2 going to the bottom of the sixth inning thanks to a strong start from Boone, who struck out a career-high-tying seven batters and gave up no earned runs in his first five innings of work.
A one-out homer, single and double in the bottom of the sixth led Papp to replace Boone (4-2) with two runners in scoring position. Appalachian maintained its two-run advantage as Papp induced a popout to short and a hard grounder to Young, who flipped to Papp covering first. Rigsby Mosley was out on a bang-bang play at the bag.
Appalachian turned a 5-3 lead into an 8-3 advantage with a three-run top of the eighth, as Leshock scored all the way from first base on a failed pickoff that included throwing errors to first and third. Back-to-back RBI doubles from Kendall McGowan and Joel McDaniel provided a five-run cushion.
The Mountaineers maintained the lead even though Mosley hit a one-out triple with the bases loaded and scored on an RBI groundout in the eighth. A two-out double and a wild pitch put the tying run 90 feet from home, but Bowman retired Sadler Goodwin on his popout to first.
Troy took advantage of a throwing error to score an unearned run in the first, and App State tied the game when Leek scored on Leshock’s two-out single in the second. Young’s leadoff homer in the fourth broke a 1-1 tie before an error while attempting to erase the lead runner on a sac bunt contributed to an unearned run for the Trojans.
Appalachian took the lead for good with its three-run fifth, starting with a one-out walk to McDaniel and Dalton Williams’ RBI double to deep right. Williams scored on Leek’s single up the middle, and Riley Smith followed a Young single with an RBI double to deep left.
App State improved to 3-1 in Game 3 conference starts from Boone, who allowed three runs (one earned) on eight hits in 5.1 innings. He had six strikeouts through three innings and seven Ks through four innings.
The No. 3 seeded Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team dropped a 4-0 decision to the No. 2 seed Queens Royals on Wednesday morning in the South Atlantic Conference Tournament Semifinal. The matchup featured a pair of team's ranked inside the top 25 in the nation and the second head-to-head victory for Queens over LR this season.
"I couldn't have asked for any more from these guys this season," said Head Coach Tom Rees. "They have taken the program to an unprecedented level and they should be proud of what they have accomplished. I am already looking forward to working with our returners in the fall and will be forever grateful to our seniors. To everyone who has supported our program this year, thank you. We couldn't have done it without you."
The Bears battled in doubles play but Queens ultimately came away with the point. The Royals narrowly edged Hamed Gandouz and Tales Miranda 6-4 in the third spot and came away with a tough 7-6 victory over Paul Lenz and Rhodri Atkinson in second doubles. The first doubles pairing of Shane O'Dea and Mauricio Hernandez was halted with the score tied at six as Queens clinched the point.
In singles play, Queens pulled away. The Royals took straight set wins in the first, second and fifth spots to clinch the 4-0 victory. Atkinson had won the first set in second singles and O'Dea won his second set but the matches went unfinished after the Queens clincher.
The Bears wrap up an unbelievable season with 18 overall wins to only four losses, and their first-ever trip to the SAC Semifinals. LR also earned its first-ever national ranking and placed six on the All-Conference team.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men's Tennis Team placed six players on the Honorable Mention list for All-Conference awards as announced by the league. Two doubles pairs along with three singles players earned the Honorable Mention accolade.
In doubles, Mauricio Hernandez and Shane O'Dea just missed the Second Team despite only playing together for the final six matches. The duo posted a 4-2 mark down the stretch all while playing at the number one spot. In back-to-back weeks, the pair defeated Wingate and Anderson with each team being nationally ranked. Against the Bulldogs top pair, O'Dea and Hernandez earned a 6-4 win to help LR to its first ever win over a team ranked inside the top five in the nation.
Also earning Honorable Mention in doubles was the pairing of Paul Lenz and Rhodri Atkinson. The group posted a 9-4 overall mark and a 7-2 record against conference opponents.
Atkinson also earned Honorable Mention in singles play along with teammates Hamed Gandouz and Tales Miranda. Atkinson won a pair of SAC Player of the Week honors on his way to a 14-5 record and 7-3 mark in SAC play.
2019 SAC Men's Tennis Conference
First Team Doubles
Daniel Belsito / Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Agustin Aran Martin / Julian Bosch, Queens
Spencer Brown / Adam Kush, Anderson
Second Team Doubles
Paolo Bompieri / Joel Dunlap, Queens
Edison Ambarzumjan / Enrico Haas, Newberry
Enrico Giacomini / Roy Stepanov, Wingate
Honorable Mention Doubles
Mauricio Hernandez / Shane O'Dea, Lenoir-Rhyne
Paul Lenz / Rhodri Atkinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Luca Picci / Ryen Reid, Catawba
Sebastian Muem / Kasper Rolfsen, Queens
First Team Singles
Daniel Belsito, Wingate
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Agustin Aran Martin, Queens
Josep Canyadell, Wingate
Ignacio Bidegain, Anderson
Tolunay Sumer, Wingate
Second Team Singles
Matt Jones, Wingate
Melwin Krall, Coker
Yago Fernandez, Tusculum
Ryen Reid, Catawba
Mathias Degardin, Queens
Paolo Bompieri, Queens
Honorable Mention Singles
Rhodri Atkinson, Lenoir-Rhyne
Luca Picci, Catawba
Tales Miranda, Lenoir-Rhyne
David Segarra, Lincoln Memorial
David Akinpetide, Tusculum
Hamed Gandouz, Lenoir-Rhyne
Player of the Year
Edison Ambarzumjan, Newberry
Freshman of the Year
Tolunay Sumer, Wingate
Coach of the Year
Michael Cabana, Wingate
The Catawba Valley Community College baseball team suffered its first run-rule loss in three seasons on Saturday, falling 12-2 in eight innings against conference rival Brunswick Community College.
With the loss, the Red Hawks fall to 26-17 overall and 10-8 in Region X play. The run-rule loss is CVCC’s first since April 9, 2016 — when it also fell 12-2 against Brunswick in a six-inning contest.
After rain cancelled Friday’s single nine-inning game between the two squads, CVCC and BCC were scheduled to play a doubleheader on Saturday, but game two was called by officials during the middle of the second inning due to inclement weather. The contest will not be made up.
Center fielder Brett Eurey led CVCC in Saturday’s single nine-inning game, going 2-for-4 at the plate with a solo home run — his team-leading fourth blast of the season.
Red Hawk second baseman R.J. Conner added two hits, including an RBI double, while first baseman Tyler Campbell and infielder Jamie Sheek also tallied one hit apiece.
On the mound, Catawba Valley starting pitcher Blake Dockery suffered just his second loss of the season. He allowed seven hits, one earned run, one walk and struck out five batters in four innings of work.
Kyle Tatum and Tristian Marsh led Brunswick (31-8, 21-4 in Region) on offense with two RBIs each. Kolbie MacKinnon recorded a team-high three hits, while Chase Sykes, Hunter Ashburn and Alec Dumas each tallied two hits.
Dolphins starting pitcher Josh Jarman picked up the win, allowing four hits, one earned run, one walk and striking out five batters.
The CVCC baseball team returns to action on Tuesday with a non-conference road doubleheader against Spartanburg Methodist. First pitch between the Red Hawks and Pioneers is set for 1 p.m.
Saturday, April 20, 2019 will go down in Lenoir-Rhyne history as the first Track & Field South Atlantic Conference Championship in school history. Head Coach Danny Williamson in his second year as the mentor for the Men's and Women's Track and Field Program has turned both around, as the women took the 2019 title and the men placed second behind Queens. Williamson was also designated the 2019 Women's Coach of the Year.
The first final of the day, Destiny Gayton placed third in the women's heptathlon, setting a new LR record with 3,808 points. Autumn Drayton went on to claim the 2019 SAC Title in the women's discus with a toss of 46.07-meters.
Beginning the track events, it was the women's 4x100-meter relay team who brought home third place with a time of 48.36. This team was made up of Dakota Alston, Saidah Hardwick, Kayonna Lewis and Tyra Poole. The Bears placed third in the 100-meter hurdles as Savannah Watkins ran it in 14.81. In the 400-meters, LR claimed first, second and fourth in the forms of Hardwick (56.19), Poole (56.28) and Paiton Fair(57.56). In the women's 100-meters, Alston secured fifth place with a time of 12.43. The Bears nearly owned the 800-meters outright as Kyle Dahlberg won the gold in a time of 2:18.31, Taylor Meadows ran her way to second place with a time of 2:20.70 while Fair and Adie Bjerkness claimed fifth and seventh, respectively. Jada Harrison added to Lenoir-Rhyne's gold medal collection as she ran the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:04.40. Hardwick followed up an impressive performance in day one with her second gold medal of the SAC Championship, winning the 200-meter race with a mark of 25.34.
The Lenoir-Rhyne men's team leapt from fourth to second on day one to day two of the meet. The day was off to a hot start as the 4x100-meter team set a new LR and SAC record with a time of 40.47, and that time is good for No. 5 in all of division two. The record-setting team was comprised of, Kaynmon Maddox, JaTay Culliver, All-American P.J. Lotharp, and Lucas Besong. Anthony Brown took home the gold in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 14.65. Besong is also your SAC Champion in the 400-meter with a time of 48.23. Lotharp continued his string of fast performances with a third place mark of 10.57 in the 100-meters. Brown also wrapped up the men's decathlon with a third place finish, totaling 5,679 points. Devine Drummond finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 57.07 while Lotharp (21.85) and Culliver (22.35) placed third and fifth, respectively, in the 200-meters. In their final event of the day the 4x400-meter team dominated the field, taking home the gold with a time of
In the field, Cole Henderson continued his solid performance with a fourth place finish (47'11") in the shot put while Jason Poe (47'7") wrapped up the Championship with a fifth place finish. Former SAC Athlete of the Week, Demarius Hampton, lept his way to a second place finish in the men's triple jump, hitting a mark of 14.72-meters.
The Bears are set to host a qualifier meet in Hickory on Sunday, May 12.
In a matchup that nearly mirrored each other, the Mountaineers dropped both games in the games one and two doubleheader against Troy on Friday. App State (28-16, 11-8 SBC) was shut out 0-5 in game one and fell 5-6 in game two to Troy (34-14, 16-5 SBC).
Sydney Holland suffered the loss in the circle in game one. Holland finished with five strikeouts and three walks giving up five hits on the day. It is her seventh game this season with five or more strikeouts.
The Mountaineers managed only two hits in the loss. Ally Walters and Mary Pierce Barnes combined for App State's only hits, a single a piece.
The Trojan pitcher, Leanna Johnson, excelled in the two-hit shutout as she tallied 16 strikeouts in game one, good for 11th most nationally in a game this season.
Troy stuck first with a two run home run in the bottom of the third inning. The Mountaineers played great defense between innings until the Trojans were able to capitalize again with a single and a triple in the bottom of the fifth to bring home three more runs and set the score at 5-0.
The Mountaineers set the tone early for game two. In the top of the first, Caylie Kifer doubled to left field to get the bats started. After a passed ball and a Trojan error, Kifer scored and started the Mountaineers off in a different direction this game.
A handful of walks and a double by Allison Durrence brought home three more runs in Haley Stewart, Mary Pierce Barnes, and Ally Walters and the Mountaineers were up 4-0.
Troy battled back scoring one run in each of the first, fourth and sixth innings.
In the fifth inning, Keri White and Barnes singled to put runners on who would eventually score the fifth run for the Mountaineers.
With one out in the bottom of the seventh inning, a Trojan double would force the hand of the Mountaineer bullpen to bring back Holland in relief for Taylor Nichols.
Holland forced the next batter to ground out to third leaving one out left in the game. With runners on first and second, Troy hit a shot landing on the right field line and staying fair. Both runners would score with the game ending on a walk-off triple for the Trojans.
Sydney Holland suffered the loss again in the circle bringing her record to 11-8 on the season.
Troy used a fifth-inning outburst to break free from a one-run game and claim a 9-1 victory against visiting Appalachian State on Friday night.
The series finale is scheduled to begin Saturday at 2 p.m. ET with App State’s Brandon Boone and Troy’s Sadler Goodwin taking the mound.
Luke Drumheller, Dalton Williams and Hayden Cross — all freshmen who bat left-handed — led the Mountaineers (15-21, 7-9) with two hits apiece in Game 2. A walk meant that Drumheller reached base three times from the leadoff spot in the order, and Williams scored on an RBI double from Robbie Young in the sixth inning.
Troy (21-18, 9-8) had built a 5-0 lead on just three hits by that point. App State starter Tyler Tuthill lasted 4.1 innings and gave up just one hit while issuing five walks and striking out six batters on 99 pitches.
Two walks and an error contributed to an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning, and the Trojans broke the game open with their four-run fifth. A walk, flyout, steal of second on an unsuccessful pickoff attempt and steal of third prompted a pitching change, and Goodwin singled off Kaleb Bowman to give Troy a 2-0 lead.
Bowman struck out the next batter, but Goodwin stole second, advanced to third on a passed ball and, after a two-out walk, scored on a balk. Hunter Mercer’s RBI double produced a 4-0 lead, and another run scored when a popup near the mound was misplayed.
Jack Hartman pitched the next two innings and totaled four strikeouts while allowing one run for App State. Will Herman and Bobby Hampton pitched the eighth inning.
Troy starter Cory Gill struck out 11 batters and allowed one run on five hits in 5.2 innings. Lance Johnson recorded four strikeouts in 2.1 innings of relief, and Ryan Fultz had one strikeout in a scoreless ninth.
Appalachian State University men's tennis (5-20) suffered a 4-0 decision to Georgia State (16-9) in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Championship held at the Peachtree Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers were unable to come away with a Sun Belt Tournament victory for the third time in the past five seasons over a higher-seeded program.
App State's season ends, while GSU advances to the semifinals tomorrow.
Appalachian State was on Georgia State's heels in the doubles portion of the match despite the Panthers taking a 1-0 lead.
After GSU captured the match on Court No. 3, Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) impressively defeated Giles Hussey and Jack MacFarlane by a score of 6-4. Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) and Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) took their match into a tiebreaker to decide the doubles point but fell to Roberts Grinvalds/Andrei Duarte 7-6 (3).
The Panthers took the momentum into singles and claimed the first three finished singles matches by straight sets.
1. Hussey, Giles (GSU) def. Milo Bargeron (APP) 6-2, 6-1
2. Grinvalds, Roberts (GSU) def. Zion Heaven (APP) 6-2, 6-3
3. Coulaud, Quentin (GSU) def. Alex Pavkovich (APP) 6-3, 6-3
4. Showers, Bailey (GSU) vs. Webster, Ben (APP) 1-0, unfinished
5. Duarte, Andrei (GSU) vs. Afonso Viana (APP) 0-0, unfinished
6. Huynh, Kevin (GSU) vs. Campbell Stone (APP) 0-0, unfinished
1. Bargeron/Heaven (APP) def. Hussey, Giles/MacFarlane, Jack (GSU) 6-4
2. Duarte, Andrei/Grinvalds, Roberts (GSU) def. Pavkovich/Webster (APP) 7-6 (6-3)
3. Coulaud, Quentin/Showers, Bailey (GSU) def. Brea/Stone (APP) 6-2
Appalachian State University women's basketball landed a pair of Mountaineers in Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) and Pre Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge) on the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association (NCCSIA) All-State Second Team.
Plummer garners the award for the second straight season while Stanley is named all-state for the first time in her career. The pair helped the Mountaineers have their best season in recent history with 22 victories and their second Women's Basketball Invitational title following a 76-59 victory over North Texas. The 17-point victory in the championship was the largest margin of victory in the title game. In addition, the 14-win turnaround going from eight to 22 wins is in the top five of the fifth-largest turnarounds in the country.
The junior from Thomasville had a stellar season for the Apps, where she once again dominated the glass, and this time in even more historic fashion. Plummer posted 463 rebounds for the season, which broke the single-season school record, smashing Valorie Whiteside's mark of 435 in 1984-85. For a second consecutive year, she led the Sun Belt in rebounding and finished sixth in the nation with a staggering average of 12.9 rebounds per game. She was the first player since Chastity Gooch (WKU) in 2012-13 to lead the conference in rebounding in consecutive seasons. Her rebounding average is the highest in the Sun Belt since 1993-94 when Travesa Grant (Lamar) averaged 13.2 rebounds per game. Plummer is one of eight players in league history to lead the conference in rebounds in back-to-back years. Plummer was named third-team All-Sun Belt for her whopping numbers.
Plummer also notched five games with at least 20 or more rebounds, including the last three games of the WBI Tournament highlighted by a career-high 22 rebounds against the Mean Green. Plummer is third all-time in school history with 990 rebounds and is just 10 boards from joining Whiteside (1,369 rebounds)) and Anna Freeman (1,008 rebounds) as the only players with 1,000 career boards.
Stanley had a solid sophomore season highlighted by a torrid stretch during the postseason. The Rockledge, Fla., native averaged 17.7 points on 51.6 percent shooting from the floor, 42.1 percent shooting from beyond the arc and 75.9 percent shooting from the charity stripe. She also added 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 rebounds in the Apps' 6-1 stretch in the Sun Belt and WBI Tournament. Stanley was named to the Sun Belt All-Tournament Team after putting forth averages of a team-high 15.7 points per game during the tournament and shot a team-best 51.4 percent from the field. The wing was sixth in the tournament in scoring and 10th in field goal percentage.
During the WBI Tournament, Stanley continued her hot stretch where she poured in 19.3 points and shot 51.9 percent from the field in four games en route to being named the WBI Tournament's Most Valuable Player. She scored at least 15 points in all seven games during the postseason and scored a career-high 28 points in the victory over Marshall in the WBI quarterfinals.
Both players will return for App State next season in what looks to be a loaded squad that returns four of five starters.
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Fresh off a 22-win season and a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC), Appalachian State has announced a three-year contract extension for volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro on Friday.
"We are pleased to have Matt continue to lead our volleyball program," Senior Associate Athletics Director Jonathan Reeder said. "He has a passion for the success of Mountaineer student-athletes academically, competitively and in the community. We are excited for the future of our volleyball program."
Ginipro recently completed his 12th season at the helm of the Mountaineers in 2018. He guided the Black and Gold to a 22-9 overall mark and 13-3 record in conference play, resulting in the Sun Belt East Division title. App State also appeared in the Sun Belt Tournament championship match and earned a berth in the NIVC, marking the first postseason appearance for the program since 1994.
Ginipro helped four players earn All-Sun Belt honors in 2018, highlighted by first team accolades for Emma Longley and Becky Porter. Emma Reilly and Kara Spicer were named second team and Porter was also tabbed the Sun Belt's Newcomer of the Year.
"It has been an honor to be the head coach of Appalachian State volleyball for the past 12 season and I'm excited to keep it going," said Ginipro. "I can't tell you how great it is to continue being a part of App Nation. I greatly appreciate (Director of Athletics) Doug Gillin's support and commitment to our program as we keep pushing to be at the top of the Sun Belt."
Ginipro was named the eighth head coach of the program on June 2, 2007 and immediately made an impact. In the 2007 season, App State posted a 19-14 record and 14-4 mark in the Southern Conference, advancing to the Southern Conference Tournament semifinals. For his efforts, Ginipro was voted as Southern Conference Coach of the Year.
Ginipro helped the Mountaineers make a successful transition into the Sun Belt in 2014, opening the season with 13 straight wins and finishing 21-10 overall. App State went 11-9 in league play and saw Paige Brown earn Sun Belt Setter of the Year honors.
Coming off a stellar 2014 season, Ginipro guided the Mountaineers to a 2015 campaign that saw the program soar to 22 victories and finish second in league play during the regular season, including a trip to the Sun Belt Tournament title match against Arkansas State. During the season, App State matched its program record 16-match winning streak, finishing with 22 victories, including 13 in conference play.
In his 12 seasons at Appalachian State, Ginipro has won 186 matches, which is second most in program history, trailing only Tony Wyatt's 233 wins. He has coached 19 all-conference honorees, five AVCA All-Region honorees and one AVCA All-American. In addition to his team's success on the court, Ginipro's squads have been highly successful in the classroom. During his tenure, Ginipro has seen one player earn Academic All-American honors and three players earn Academic All-District accolades. In all, the Mountaineers have earned nine AVCA Team Academic awards and the current squad owns a 3.44 cumulative GPA.
The Mountaineers welcome back 13 members from last season's squad and will begin their season in August.
Appalachian State and Charlotte will play a four-game football series from 2026-29, the two schools announced Friday.
Each team will play two home games and two road games, as follows:
· Sept. 19, 2026 – Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.
· Sept. 18, 2027 – Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
· Sept. 16, 2028 – Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone, N.C.
· Sept. 15, 2029 – Jerry Richardson Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The Mountaineers won the teams’ first meeting of a home-and-home series last year in Charlotte by a score of 45-9. It was the first contest between the Mountaineers and the 49ers, whose football program was established in 2013. They will square off again this year on Sept. 7 in Boone.
App State also has future series scheduled against in-state programs East Carolina and North Carolina. The ECU series will be played in 2021 (Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte), 2023 (Boone), 2024 (Greenville) and 2026 (Greenville). The UNC series is set for this year (Chapel Hill), 2022 (Boone) and 2023 (Chapel Hill).
App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin:
“I’m excited about playing football against another in-state school. Thanks to Mike Hill and his team for working with us to get this scheduled. Regional games make sense. It’s great for college football, great for our state, and great for both fanbases to be able to travel to a game within two hours, home or away. We saw the passion for this game last year in Charlotte, and we’re expecting a sellout crowd at The Rock this fall. We have been trying to get this series on the books for a while and wanted to lock in the years as soon as possible.”
Charlotte Director of Athletics Mike Hill:
“This is such a natural rivalry, and I am excited for our program to be able to compete against App on a more regular basis. I appreciate Doug Gillin for working with us to schedule this series. We would have liked to have started the series sooner but several long-term contracts on both sides prevented us from doing so. We are looking forward to our trip to Boone this fall as well as this future rivalry series.”
Future App State Football Nonconference Opponents
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 7 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 21 at North Carolina
Nov. 9 at South Carolina
Sept. 5 vs. MORGAN STATE
Sept. 11 at Wake Forest
Sept. 19 at Wisconsin
Sept. 26 vs. MASSACHUSETTS
Sept. 4 vs. East Carolina (Bank of America Stadium - Charlotte, N.C.)
Sept. 11 at Miami (Fla.)
Sept. 18 vs. ELON
Sept. 25 vs. MARSHALL
Sept. 3 vs. NORTH CAROLINA
Sept. 10 at Texas A&M
Sept. 17 at Marshall
Sept. 24 vs. THE CITADEL
Sept. 2 vs. GARDNER-WEBB
Sept. 9 at North Carolina
Sept. 16 vs. EAST CAROLINA
Sept. 23 at Wyoming
Aug. 31 vs. EAST TENNESSEE STATE
Sept. 7 at Clemson
Sept. 14 at East Carolina
Sept. 20 vs. SOUTH CAROLINA
Sept. 5 at East Carolina
Sept. 19 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 18 at Charlotte
TBA at South Carolina
Sept. 16 vs. CHARLOTTE
Sept. 15 at Charlotte
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
Bunker Hill: 6
West Iredell: 3
South Fork 2A Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 3
North Lincoln: 1
West Lincoln: 4
Northwestern Foothills 2A Conference:
South Fork 2A Athletic Conference:
West Lincoln: 2
North Lincoln: 14
St. Stephens: 0
Marvin Ridge: 7
Bunker Hill: 1
Northwestern 3A/4A Conference:
South Caldwell: 8
West Caldwell: 0
South Fork 2A Athletic Conference:
East Lincoln: 8
North Lincoln: 1