Appalachian State took down Georgia Southern in four sets on Sunday, Oct. 8 (25-23, 20-25, 21-25, 27-25).
App State started the first set off strong with a 3-0 run. Fighting to the end, the Mountaineers lost by a mere two points with a final score of 23-25. Melissa McMath led the first set with seven kills. Ashlyn Brown had 12 assists.
The Mountaineers came out with a vengeance in the second set. Starting behind, they turned the game around to remain in the lead from 6-7 onward. At one point in the match, leading by eight, the Mountaineers pushed through for the victory 25-20.
For the third, App State stayed ahead of Georgia Southern for the entirety of the set. A 7-0 run and a 4-0 run aided in the 21-25 victory for App State. 17 kills for the team ensured points during the third set thanks to Melissa McMath, Lexi Kohut and Courtney Sullivan.
Set four was a back-and-forth battle between the Mountaineers and the Eagles. App State fell behind at 15-14 but regained the lead at 18-19 to hang on for a 27-25 victory.
App State is now 2-4 in SBC play and 7-13 overall. Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohut led the team in kills this match, and Ashlyn Brown dominated with 56 assists. Cassidy Stephenson helped the team at the net while McMath and Kohut led in points for the Mountaineers.
The Mountaineers play their next match is Friday, Oct. 13 at 6:30 p.m. at Coastal Carolina. They will play Coastal Carolina again at the Holmes Center on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 12:30 p.m.
Taylor Cimbalist and Ali Williams scored two goals apiece to lead Appalachian State University field hockey (6-8, 2-3 MAC) to a 5-0 win over Central Michigan (0-13, 0-3 MAC) on Sunday afternoon. Freshman Chloe Bell also scored her first career goal and goalkeeper Rachel Gaines picked up her sixth victory and third shutout of the season.
With six wins this season, head coach Meghan Dawson has surpassed her single-season win total of five from her first season in 2015. This is also the first six-win season for the Mountaineers since 2009.
Just four minutes into the game and on the first shot by both sides, Williams scored off an assist from Cimbalist.
At 30:04 in the first half, Williams delivered a pass to Cimbalist for the senior's ninth goal of the year. Just 47 seconds later, Cimbalist picked up her second assist on Bell's score as the Mountaineers went into the half with a 3-0 lead.
At the 37th minute, Cimbalist scored her second goal unassisted. The senior midfielder forced CMU's goalkeeper Lily Amadio out of the goal and pushed the ball right past her for goal number 10.
Williams scored her second goal of the game and seventh of the season in the 57th minute. Senior Rebecca McLean was credited with the assist, her second this year.
Gaines made three saves against the Chippewas and the Mountaineers had 13 shots, eight shots on goal, and two penalty corners.
App State will take an eleven day break before hosting Saint Louis on Oct. 19 at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Soccer Team (5-2-3, 2-2-2) took Anderson (5-5-1, 2-3-1) to double overtime but the contest ended in a 1-1 tie Saturday night in a South Atlantic Conference match at home.
Both goals were scored in the first seven minutes of the match – Lenoir-Rhyne senior forward Kevin Nadeau, a Freedom grad, at the 3:05 mark and Anderson's Colin Burris (Milton, Ga.) at the 6:40 mark of the first half – before the contest remained scoreless the rest of the way. Nadeau's goal was the third of the season. Lenoir-Rhyne held a 21-15 edge in shots taken. The Bears' senior goalkeeper, Zach King (Altamonte Springs, Fla.), made seven saves on the night.
Lenoir-Rhyne is 4-0-2 at home this year while playing its fourth overtime match of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Catawba in a conference match Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.
Appalachian State University men's soccer (3-5-3, 0-0-1 SBC) showcased another stingy effort on defense in its second-straight shutout and tie in a 0-0 draw against Howard (1-10-1, 0-0-1 SBC) on Saturday evening at Greene Stadium.
It's the first time App has blanked an opponent on the road since a 0-0 tie against Hartwick last season, while it's the first time since the prior campaign that Appalachian has collected back-to-back shutouts. It's the third shutout in the past five matches, and the defense has given up just two scores over the last five games (8 in prior five contests).
"It was a hard-fought point on the road in the Sun Belt," head coach Jason O'Keefe said after the conference opener. "We could have gotten more of the game but didn't. Have to give Howard credit for making things difficult for us. We will learn from tonight, recover and get ready for UNCA on Tuesday."
Both teams would come away with a pair of shots at the frame through the 110 minute of action with App firing away on an attempt in each stanza. Marc Pfrogner and Parker Washburn each had a shot on goal but would end in near misses.
Jake Chasteen helped App tally a third clean sheet this season with two saves playing the entire match.
Appalachian will return to action at home on Tuesday against UNC Asheville.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Soccer Team made it two victories in a row with a 3-1 win over Anderson (3-6-1, 2-4) Saturday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND) and sophomore forward Hannah Van Eerden (Stokesdale, N.C.) both tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Bears. Van Eerden's goal was just 18 seconds into the match. Brown ranks first on the team in goals scored (five) and total points (10) while Van Eerden tops the squad in assist (four).
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Madi Kyle (High Point, N.C.) registered her first goal of the year while senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) earned the win after stopping three shots. The Bears held a 20-6 edge in shots taken.
Lyssa Engle (Fairborn, Ohio) scored for the Trojans.
Lenoir-Rhyne goes to 7-3-1 overall and 3-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. The Bears host Saint Leo on Tuesday at 2:00 p.m.
Sophomores Ali Williams and Melissa Nobile, each scored a goal to lead Appalachian State University field hockey (5-8, 2-3 MAC) to a 2-0 victory at Central Michigan (0-12, 0-3) on Saturday afternoon.
App State held the advantage in shots in the first half, five-to-two, but neither team was able to score. Mountaineer goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made one save and CMU's goalkeeper made two.
At the 42nd minute, freshman Veerle Van Heertum had a shot deflected by the Chippewa goalkeeper, but senior Taylor Cimbalist corralled the deflection. Cimbalist sent a pass to Williams for the sophomore's fifth goal of the season.
Central Michigan did not back down and received three penalty corners and had five shots over the next 14 minutes of play. The Mountaineer defense held strong and Gaines made two saves over that span.
Nobile scored her first goal of the season in the 56th minute, this time off another deflection by CMU's goalkeeper. The Mountaineers went up 2-0 and forced a Chippewa timeout.
Gaines picked up her fifth victory of the season and her sixth career victory, while making four saves. Both teams finished with five penalty corners, but App State out shot Central Michigan, 13-to-9.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team suffered its fifth straight loss with a 3-1 defeat to Coker (9-9, 4-5) Saturday afternoon in a South Atlantic Conference match at the DeLoach Center. The Cobras defeated the Bears by scores of 25-18, 19-25, 27-25 and 25-19.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) and freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) both totaled a team-high 12 kills in the setback. The duo also finished in double figures – Redmond with 14 and Prall with 17 – for the double-double.
Lenoir-Rhyne continues its exceptional play in blocking. The league leaders added to their total with 16 on the afternoon.
Four players had 10 or more kills for the Cobras including Taylor du Bray (Highlands Ranch, Ohio) with a match-high 16 kills. Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) finished with 49 assists as well for the Cobras.
Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its fifth straight setback and fell back to .500 on the year.
The Bears drop to 7-7 overall and 4-5 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne faces Anderson in a league match on the road Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in Anderson, S.C.
Hat tricks by pass-hungry defenders Tae Hayes and Clifton Duck coincided with a timely aerial contribution from an unlikely source.
Appalachian State's defense set a school record with six interceptions, including a record-tying three apiece from its two starting cornerbacks, and true freshman wide receiver Malik Williams threw the tiebreaking touchdown on a trick play with 5:45 remaining in the Mountaineers' 45-31 homecoming victory against New Mexico State on Saturday.
App State (3-2, 2-0 Sun Belt) trailed twice in the fourth quarter and overcame a fourth-quarter deficit in a victory at Kidd Brewer Stadium for the first time since its 31-29 win against UL Monroe in 2014.
"Guys finished in the fourth quarter, and you have got to be able to win games like this in the fourth quarter," App State head coach Scott Satterfield said. "Obviously, it was a lot closer than we wanted it and we didn't play well in spurts throughout the game, but we hung in there and our defense kept us in the game with the interceptions."
Williams, a high school quarterback, connected with true freshman Thomas Hennigan on a 27-yard score that pushed App State ahead 38-31. A fourth-down stop by linebacker Eric Boggs preceded a 56-yard touchdown run from Jalin Moore, who finished with 241 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries, and Duck's final interception with 1:16 left sealed the outcome.
The Mountaineers' previous record for interceptions in a game was five, set against Elon in 1968 and Mississippi College in 1991. Hayes and Duck tied Mark LeGree (2008 against Wofford) and Larry McKenzie (1973 against Davidson) for the most single-game picks in school history.
"We always try to bring out the best in each other," Duck said. "We always look for each other to make plays because we can only control what the people in our room can control. Watching film, we knew they were going to throw it a lot, having a high-powered passing offense. All week we just challenged each other on who could get interceptions and who could make those plays when the opportunity comes."
"We knew we were going to get good opportunities to come out here and make plays," Hayes added. "We knew we had to make the best of them. Every day we always get on each other — we don't like PBUs. We needed to get some picks. We don't need any PBUs. So we go at it and get after each other every day, and that's what we did today."
Moore is currently the only active FBS back with three games of at least 240 rushing yards, as he gained 244 at Idaho in 2015 and a career-high 257 at Akron last season. Terrence Upshaw added two touchdown runs, including a tying effort midway through the fourth quarter, as App State scored 31 points off the first five turnovers by New Mexico State (2-4, 0-2). The interceptions came from a short-handed secondary that had free safety Desmond Franklin making his second straight start in place of an injured Josh Thomas and strong safety Austin Exford playing extensively over the final three quarters following the departure of senior starter A.J. Howard.
Seventy-three seconds after the Mountaineers tied the game thanks to quarterback Taylor Lamb's 38-yard touchdown run with 10:31 remaining in the game, New Mexico State quarterback Tyler Rogers threw a 61-yard touchdown pass to Jason Huntley.
Moore's 41-yard carry started a drive that ended with Upshaw's 10-yard touchdown run with 7:13 left, and Duck's 39-yard interception return to the Aggies' 29 set up the go-ahead score.
Lamb looked right and fired a behind-the-line lateral to Williams, who played three years of quarterback at Chester (S.C.) High School. He hit Hennigan in stride in the end zone, allowing the Mountaineers to break a 31-all tie on a connection between two true freshmen.
"It was something that we've just been working on," Williams said. "We just knew it was the right time to run it. We just hoped that it worked out."
The Aggies moved downfield before facing a fourth-and-6 scenario from the App State 26, and Boggs tripped up Huntley as he sprinted toward the first-down marker following a short pass. An official review overturned the on-field call of a first down and ruled Huntley short of the marker.
Moore's long touchdown with 2:12 left gave App State some breathing room and capped a strong performance for the preseason offensive player of the year in the Sun Belt.
"We got our running game back today," Satterfield said. "I think Jalin had the breakout game today we've been waiting on, and that's good to see."
The Lenoir-Rhyne Football Team suffered a 34-7 setback to Newberry (4-2, 2-0) Saturday afternoon on the Bears' Homecoming at Moretz Stadium.
Newberry's quarterback, Greg Ruff (Rock Hill, S.C.), threw for three touchdown passes – all to wide receiver Markell Castle (York, S.C.) - and ran for a score as the Wolves built a 28-0 lead early in the third quarter. Castle finished with 135 yards receiving on six catches. Newberry has won three straight games against Lenoir-Rhyne and four consecutive games overall. The Wolves also retained the Bishops' Trophy, which marks the annual battle between the two Lutheran Schools of North and South Carolina.
The Bears' lone score came in the third quarter at the 8:56 mark when junior wide receiver T.J. Smith (Charleston, S.C.) caught a six-yard touchdown pass from sophomore quarterback Jarrod Kellar (Shinnston, W.Va.). The league's leading running back, Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.), finished with 88 yards rushing and 67 yards receiving. On defense, the Bears were led by sophomore defensive back Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) with 12 tackles.
The Bears fall to 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne next travels to Gaffney, S.C., to take on Limestone Saturday, October 14, at 6:00 p.m. L-R won't play home again until Saturday, November 4, at 2:00 p.m., against Carson-Newman for Senior Day.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 13
Fred T. Foard: 6
East Burke: 0
South Fork Athletic Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 14
West Lincoln: 8
Alexander Central: 33
South Caldwell: 46
West Caldwell: 33
St. Stephens: 21
Morgan Mosack nabbed her first goal of the season, but it wasn't enough as Appalachian State University women's soccer (2-9-3, 1-4-1 SBC) suffered a 2-1 setback to Georgia Southern (5-6-1, 3-3-0 SBC) on Friday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
Trailing 1-0 after Asha Vilaythong gave GS a 1-0 lead early in the first half, the Apps fought back later in the second stanza to tie things up when Mosack took advantage of the penalty kick that App received in the 71st minute. Mosack collected the third goal of her career, while she ended the night leading the team with five shots and two shots on goal.
However, the visitors retook the lead four minutes later when Sarah Price got off a shot attempt from close range to give GS a 2-1 advantage. Appalachian fired away two more attempts in the last 15 minutes of the contest including a shot from Emmily Cowie that was on the mark, but Laurin Karinshak mustered up the save.
Cowie and Mosack combined for four of the five shots on goal and Sharon Osterbind registered a chance on the frame as well.
Taylor Ray started between the posts playing all 90 minutes to go along with two saves.
App will return to action next Friday at 8 p.m. (EST) against Little Rock on the road.
Appalachian State volleyball lost a close match to Georgia State on Friday, Oct. 6 (21-25, 26-24, 25-20, 22-25, 22-20).
In the first set, App State had a 6-0 run to come out ahead of the Panthers, bringing the score to 14-19 after being down 14-13. Lexi Kohut ended the match with a kill for a 21-25 triumph.
Looking to finish the second set like the first, the Mountaineers diminished the Panther's four-point deficit to bring the score to 13-13. The rest of the set was a battle to the end until the Panthers took the victory 24-26.
The Panthers stayed ahead of the Mountaineers the entirety of the set despite efforts from Courtney Sullivan and Melissa McMath who helped lead the team in the third set. The Mountaineers were on fire for the fourth set, answering a 5-0 run from Georgia State with a 4-0 run to tie up the score early. The Mountaineers finished off the Panthers with the help of a 6-0 run for a victory of 22-25.
App State remained ahead in the fifth set until the Panthers brought the score to 9-9. The battle continued until Georgia State pulled ahead for a 20-22 success.
Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohut both destroyed the game with 20 kills apiece. These two also led the team in attacks and points for the match.
App State's next match will be Sunday, Oct. 8 at 12:30 p.m. at Holmes Convocation Center against SBC opponent and long-time rival Georgia Southern.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team came up short with a 3-1 defeat to Newberry Friday night in a South Atlantic Conference match on the road. The Wolves won by scores of 25-20, 25-23, 30-32 and 25-22.
Freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall led the way for the Bears with 16 kills while senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond added a double-double – 10 kills and 15 digs – in the loss. Lenoir-Rhyne senior defensive specialist Ashley Markland , a St. Stephens grad, added 20 digs as well.
The Bears, the league leader in blocks, added 10 against the Wolves.
Lenoir-Rhyne suffered its fourth straight loss and first league setback on the road.
The Bears are 7-6 overall and 4-4 in the South Atlantic Conference. In the next round of South Atlantic Conference matches on Saturday, Lenoir-Rhyne plays Coker in Hartsville, S.C., at 2:00 p.m.
After an outstanding run in Appalachian State's last two tournaments, Tripp Summerlin has been tabbed the Sun Belt Conference Men's Golfer of the Week, the league announced Thursday.
A junior by way of Summerfield, North Carolina, Summerlin torched the golf course for a tournament victory at the Sept. 25-26 Patriot Intercollegiate, hosted by George Mason, before capturing a runner-up finish at the Oct. 2-3 Cleveland State Invitational in Aurora, Ohio.
"Tripp has been playing some great golf on some difficult long courses," said first-year head coach Bo Redman, who directed the Mountaineers to their first team tournament title since 2014 with a win at the Patriot Intercollegiate. "His ability to shake off a poor shot or bad break and focus on the next shot is fantastic."
Summerlin won individual medalist honors at the Patriot Intercollegiate with a 7-under 209. He also collected a tourney-high 14 birdies as he helped his team win the first-place trophy out of a field of 16. Summerlin was the runner-up at the Cleveland State Invitational, just one stroke off the tourney champion, finishing with a three-round total of 215. He had four rounds at par or better and finished the reporting period with a 70.67 average.
This is the first time an Appalachian State player has been tabbed men's golfer of the week since the school joined the Sun Belt Conference for the 2014-15 season.
Because she sets herself apart in her commitment to coaching student-athletes and athletics, Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin was presented with the Richard A. Costello Special Achievement Award at her alma mater, Southern Maine on Saturday evening.
The ceremony was part of the 2017 Southern Maine Hall of Fame Induction, while her former head coach, Gary Fifield, presented the award to Elderkin.
"Last night was an honor and privilege to have someone so influential in my life, coach Gary Fifield, present me with the Richard A. Costello Achievement Award," Elderkin said. "I am grateful to the University of Southern Maine for the impact it has had on my life, and for developing the character skills necessary to win not just on the court, but in life."
The 27th recipient of the honor that started in 1992, Elderkin was successful both on and off the court at USM where she helped the Huskies capture three Little East Championships, four trips to the NCAA Division III National Championship and as the floor general for USM contributed to a stellar 104-15 record over four years. Off the court, Elderkin worked just as hard where she was a two-time honoree of the William B. Wise Scholar-Athlete Award and earned her degree in sociology with a minor in education in 1999. Her expertise, passion, and love for the game had her on the rise at coaching stops such as Siena, Virginia, St. John's, Tennessee and LSU before making her way to the High Country.
In 2016-17, Elderkin faced and overcame adversity where she battled endometrial cancer, and because of her strength and courage, she received the United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Pat Summitt Most Courageous Award at the Final Four in Dallas. Elderkin coached for all 31 games on top of traveling to Chapel Hill for chemo-treatments during the first part of the season, including a five-game road trip at the beginning of the campaign.
Elderkin helped App State win two more games last season en route to capturing its first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win over Coastal Carolina in the first round.
The Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program is hosting its third annual Catawba Valley Invitational this weekend at the Tarlton Complex.
The 17th-ranked Red Hawks enter the tournament on a 13-game winning streak with its last loss coming Sept. 2 against No. 16 Illinois Central. All three of CVCC’s losses this season – all coming at the Owens Community College Invitational – are to the current No. 2, 3 and 6 teams in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division II rankings.
For the first time in program history, CVCC welcomes a No. 1 team to its campus when Owens (Ohio) visits Hickory. The Red Hawks and Express – who play at 10:30 a.m. Saturday – last competed against each other in the third-place match at last year’s NJCAA DII National tournament in Charleston, W.Va.
Owens is one of two ranked teams the Red Hawks will face during the Catawba Valley Invitational, including No. 12 Pasco-Hernando (Fla.). CVCC also faces St. Clair County (Mich.) and perennial NJCAA DI powerhouse Wallace State (Ala.).
A total of 10 teams are competing at the tournament this weekend, including Bob Jones (S.C.), Cape Fear (N.C.), Lansing (Mich.), Northern Virginia and Spartanburg Methodist (S.C.).
Admission to the Catawba Valley Invitational is free.
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
East Burke: 3
West Iredell: 3
Bunker Hill: 0
South Caldwell: 1
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Fred T. Foard: 3
East Burke: 0
West Iredell: 4
Bunker Hill: 1
South Fork Conference:
Alexander Central: 3
West Caldwell: 2
St. Stephens: 5
South Caldwell: 0
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women’s Soccer Team responded after falling four days ago with a 2-0 victory over Mars Hill Wednesday night at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
The Bears scored both goals in the first half. Junior midfielder Abbie Brown opened the scoring and freshman midfielder Stephanie Figueiredo notched the second. Brown’s goal was her team-leading fourth of the season.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 23-5 advantage in shots taken and notched its fifth shutout of the year. Senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) made three saves in the victory.
The Bears improve to 6-3-1 overall and 2-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne hosts Anderson for Homecoming on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex in a South Atlantic Conference contest.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Men's Soccer Team got back on the winning side with a 2-0 shutout victory over Mars Hill Wednesday evening at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Junior forward Ignacio de Goya scored both goals of the match for the Bears – one in each half – and now has a team-leading six goals on the year. His first goal was a penalty kick at the 39:40 mark of the first half. The second goal came at 84:29 in the second with an assist from Emil Tansinda.
The Bears dominated the match as Lenoir-Rhyne held a 16-6 edge in shots taken. Senior goalkeeper Zach King notched his fifth shutout of the year and lowered his goal-against average to 0.52, second in the league.
Lenoir-Rhyne improves to 5-2-2 overall, 2-2-1 in the South Atlantic Conference. Lenoir-Rhyne remains at home to face Anderson on Homecoming Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.