The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Soccer Team (3-1), ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II, went on the road and suffered a 2-1 loss to Belmont Abbey (3-1) Saturday afternoon at Alumni Field in its first setback of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne held a 25-13 edge in shots taken with 10 of its shots on goal (40 percent) despite the loss
The Bears fell behind by a 2-0 score before senior defender Helen Ramsey (Port Saint Lucie, Fla.) knocked in her first goal of the year. However, it was too little, too late as the score came in the 86th minute. The Crusaders' goals came courtesy of Morgan Patton (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Nicole Ferren (Charlotte, N.C.).
In goal, Belmont Abbey's Kaitlyn Paul (Fleming Island, Fla.) improved but Lenoir-Rhyne senior Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) fell as both players now sport a 3-1 record after today's match Paul outpaced Morris in saves by a count of nine to five. The Bears could not capitalize on multiple attempts as well including four corner kicks.
Lenoir-Rhyne continues their road trip to face Catawba in Salisbury, N.C,. on Wednesday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., in its South Atlantic Conference opener.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (3-2) won its 2017 home opener with a 3-1 victory over Lees-McRae (0-4) Saturday afternoon at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Bears won by scores of 25-16, 22-25, 25-11 and 25-19.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) led the way with a match-high 19 kills and 11 digs while sophomore defensive specialist Anna Smith (Harmony, N.C.) also added a double-double – 29 assists and 14 digs – in the win.
Lees-McRae was led by Caitlyn Smirne (Winterville, N.C.) with eight kills and Courtney Weathersbee (Raleigh, N.C.) finished with 20 assists and 12 digs but the Bobcats hit just .028 for the match and continue to search for their first win of the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne redshirt freshman Laila Horton (Charlotte, N.C.) added 10 kills as the Bears finished with 13 blocks as a team.
Lenoir-Rhyne opens South Atlantic Conference play Tuesday when the Bears travel to Anderson, S.C., to take on Anderson Tuesday at 7:00 p.m.
Alexander Central: 40
North Lincoln: 35
Bunker Hill: 7
Fred T. Foard: 22
West Lincoln: 20
South Caldwell: 0
Hunter Huss: 27
St. Stephens: 7
East Burke: 6
West Caldwell: 54
Ashe County: 40
Appalachian State's volleyball team finished Day One of the UND Classic with a Dakotas split.
After claiming a four-set win against South Dakota State on Friday morning, the Mountaineers lost in three sets Friday night against tournament host North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks improved to 12-1 by winning 25-18, 25-19, 25-19.
App State (3-6) will play two more matches Saturday, as it faces George Washington at 3:30 p.m. and North Dakota State at 8 p.m.
Freshman Kara Spicer led the Mountaineers with 16 kills against North Dakota, and Ashlyn Brown totaled 35 assists. Sydney Hinds and Olivia Loeffler had 13 digs apiece.
North Dakota, which won its 14th straight home match, has not allowed an opponent to score 20 points in any set on its home court this season. Three players had double-digit kills for the Fighting Hawks, and Sydney Griffin led them with 33 assists.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Cross Country Team finished second overall at its annual home meet – also called the Pre-SAC Invitational – Friday evening at Southside Park.
Wingate won the meet with 31 points while the Bulldogs’ Clementine Archinard was the individual champion (18:52). The Bears finished second with 45 points and were led by junior Audra Yarber (Abingdon, Va.), who was runner-up with a time of 19:01 on the 5K course.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women’s Cross Country Team next competes in the UNC Asheville Invitational on Saturday, September 23, at 8:30 a.m., in Swannanoa, N.C.
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne/Pre-South Atlantic Conference Invitational
Friday, September 8
Newton, N.C. (Southside Park)
1. Wingate 31
2. Lenoir-Rhyne 45
3. Catawba 73
4. Tusculum 84
5. Livingstone 149
2. Audra Yarber 19:01
7. Kylie Dahlberg 19:55
9. Kendall Toineeta 19:56
13. Gabriella Dalton 20:22
14. Faith Faller 20:23
17. Blakely Gantt 20:37
18. Domtila Kiplagat 20:44
19. Adie Bjerkness 20:45
22. Katie Gull 20:51
24. Brooke Zeman 21:00
Appalachian State University field hockey (2-3) earned its second victory of the season via a 2-0 shutout over the Davidson Wildcats (0-3) on Friday night at Brandon & Erica M. Adcock Field. This is App State's first shutout victory since Oct. 11, 2015, when the Mountaineers defeated Davidson by the same score.
The Mountaineers took a quick 1-0 lead just three minutes into the match when Taylor Cimbalist scored off a high pass from Savanna Sheridan. That goal was Cimbalist's second of the season.
For the remainder of the first half, App State would continue to press the Wildcat defense and put up ten shots with most of them flying wide. Rachel Gaines preserved the lead with two saves.
Out of the half, the Apps continued to put pressure on Davidson's goalkeeper Sarah Zeszotarski who made seven second-half saves. In the 63rd minute, Veerle Van Heertum was able to find a hole beyond Zeszotarki and netted her first-career goal, putting the Mountaineers up 2-0.
Gaines played all 70 minutes in goal and made six saves to pick up her second victory of the season. Cimbalist led the Mountaineer offense with five shots, two on goal, and was followed by Van Heertum who had three shots. Meghan Smart also posted five shots.
Appalachian returns to Adcock Field on Sunday, Sept. 10, to host No. 4 North Carolina in a 2 p.m. matchup.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Men’s Cross Country Team placed first overall at the 2017 LR/Pre-South Atlantic Conference Invitational Friday evening at Southside Park.
Lenoir-Rhyne senior Jacob Black (Manassas, Va.) won the meet with a time of 25:26 over the 8K course while teammate and junior Corbin Boyles (Maiden, N.C.) was runner-up after crossing the finish line in 26:09.
The Bears, who won their home invitational for the second straight year, finished with 39 points while Wingate was second overall with 57 points. Black also took home individual honors for the second consecutive season.
Lenoir-Rhyne next competes in the UNC Asheville Invitational on Saturday, September 23, in Swannanoa, N.C., beginning at 8:30 a.m.
2017 Lenoir-Rhyne/Pre-South Atlantic Conference Invitational
Friday, September 8
Newton, N.C. (Southside Park)
1. Lenoir-Rhyne 39
2. Wingate 57
3. Catawba 69
4. Tusculum 82
5. King 104
6. Livingstone 176
1. Jacob Black 25:26
2. Corbin Boyles 26:09
9. Brett Vogelsang 27:04
11. Derek Chavis 27:14
16. Jacob Franklin 27:39
18. Josh Adkins 27:43
21. Zack Bunch 28:06
25. Brett Haas 28:33
30. Petar Ivackovic 28:55
33. Aubrey Hite 29:09
35. Peyton Jones 29:18
42. Jack Stuart 31:06
Appalachian State University volleyball earned its third victory of the season in a tight four-set battle (25-23, 28-26, 22-25, 25-22) against South Dakota State in the University of North Dakota Classic in Grand Forks, N.D., on Friday morning.
Melissa McMath tied her season high with 18 kills and Lexi Kohut also registered double-digits kills with 14. Grace Morrison tallied seven kills, a new career-high for the freshman outside hitter.
Ashlyn Brown paced the offense with 42 assists and also made 18 digs for her seventh double-double of the season.
Defensively, Olivia Loeffler made 15 digs and Syndey Farthing collected 11. Kara Spicer set a new career-high with seven blocks, which is also the most any Mountaineer has made in a single game this season.
In the opening set, the Mountaineers were up 23-19 before the Jack Rabbits responded with a 3-1 run to come within one point, but McMath would seal the set on her fifth kill of that set, 25-23.
South Dakota State reached set point in the second set with the score 24-22. App State used a service error, a Kohut service ace and a kill by McMath to take a 25-24 lead. The Jack Rabbits answered and reached its second set point up 26-25 before back-to-back kills by McMath and another service ace put the Mountaineers up 2-0.
The third set went in favor of the South Dakota State, 25-22.
In set four, the Mountaineers used a 9-0 run to jump out to an early 10-5 lead, but the Jack Rabbits would go on their own 5-0 run to go up 20-19. App State would work its way back, however, and use a kill by Cassidy Stephenson to take the match, 25-22.
The Mountaineers will play one more match tonight as part of the UND Classic. That contest will feature the host North Dakota and is set to begin at 8:00 p.m. EST.
Appalachian State wrestling coach JohnMark Bentley on Friday announced his team's schedule for the 2017-18 season.
Highlighted by seven home events, including matches with two ACC opponents and three Southern Conference foes, the Mountaineers will attempt to win a third straight SoCon regular season championship.
"We are looking forward to the competition we will face this season," said Bentley, a three-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year. "Our fan base continues to grow, and we are constantly looking to wrestle a schedule that not only challenges our team but attracts fans to Varsity Gym."
Last season, App State went undefeated in its SoCon matches and finished 12-2 overall to set single-season program records for conference and overall victories. Since Dec. 15, 2015, it has won 22 of 27 dual matches, a stretch that includes victories against five Power Five conference programs and two top-25 teams.
Season tickets are available for $35 (adults) and $15 (youth) by contacting the Appalachian State ticket office at 828-262-2079, visiting appstatesports.com or going to the Appalachian State athletics ticket office located at the Holmes Center. It is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
Single-match tickets are $7 (adult) and $3 (youth), with N.C. State's visit set as a premium match with a price of $10 for adults.
The Wolfpack, which finished last season as a top-20 team, will wrestle in Boone on Dec. 10, and Duke visits Varsity Gym on Feb. 8. The Mountaineers will go to North Carolina on Nov. 26 and travel to Oklahoma to face the Sooners on Dec. 17.
On the SoCon schedule, App State will have home matches against Davidson (Nov. 11), SIU-Edwardsville (Jan. 21) and VMI (Jan. 31). The Mountaineers' road matches in the conference are against Gardner-Webb (Jan. 10), Campbell (Jan. 18), Chattanooga (Feb. 4) and The Citadel (Feb. 18).
App State begins the 2017 season with its annual Black and Gold exhibition match on Nov. 1 before heading to the Hokie Open hosted by Virginia Tech on Nov. 5. The first duals event on the schedule will be the Mountaineer Duals on Nov. 11, when Bloomsburg will join App State and Davidson in Boone.
The Keystone Classic on Nov. 19 in Pennsylvania will start a stretch in which seven of eight events are away from home. App State wrestles at UNC and Ohio (Dec. 2) before hosting N.C. State and hitting the road again to face Oklahoma. After that match, the Mountaineers are on the road for the Southern Scuffle from Jan. 1-2 in Chattanooga, followed by their SoCon matches at Gardner-Webb and Campbell.
The Appalachian Open in Boone on Jan. 27 occurs after the home match against SIU-Edwardsville and before the home match against VMI.
The final two SoCon matches come on the road in February, with App State facing long-time rival Chattanooga and The Citadel. The home match against Duke falls between those two league showdowns.
The SoCon championships are scheduled for March 3 in Charleston, S.C., and the NCAA championships will be held March 15-17 in Cleveland.
Date Opponent Location Time
Nov. 1 Black and Gold Match Boone, N.C. 6 p.m.
Nov. 5 Hokie Open Roanoke, Va. All Day
Nov. 11 Mountaineer Duals Boone, N.C. 12 p.m./2 p.m.
Nov. 19 Keystone Classic Philadelphia, Pa. All Day
Nov. 26 North Carolina Chapel Hill, N.C. 2 p.m.
Dec. 2 Ohio Athens, Ohio 1 p.m.
Dec. 10 NC State Boone, N.C. 3 p.m.
Dec. 17 Oklahoma Norman, Okla. 2 p.m.
Jan. 1-2 Southern Scuffle Chattanooga, Tenn. All Day
Jan. 10 Gardner-Webb* Boiling Springs, N.C. 7 p.m.
Jan. 18 Campbell* Buies Creek, N.C. 6 p.m.
Jan. 21 SIU-Edwardsville* Boone, N.C. 3 p.m.
Jan. 27 Appalachian Open Boone, N.C. All Day
Jan. 31 VMI* Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 4 Chattanooga* Chattanooga, Tenn. 2 p.m.
Feb. 8 Duke Boone, N.C. 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 18 The Citadel* Charleston, S.C. 2 p.m.
Mar. 3 SoCon Tournament Charleston, S.C. All Day
Mar. 15-17 NCAA Tournament Cleveland, Ohio All Day
* Denotes SoCon Opponent
South Fork Conference:
East Lincoln: 3
North Lincoln: 3
Alexander Central: 3
South Caldwell: 0
West Caldwell: 0
St. Stephens: 2
Davie County: 3
Fred T. Foard: 0
Bunker Hill: 1
Fred T. Foard: 1
St. Stephens: 1
West Forsyth: 7
Alexander Central: 0
The first win of the season for Appalachian State University women’s soccer (1-4-2) couldn’t have been more thrilling in the 3-2 triumph over Davidson (1-5) on a cold and brisk Thursday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex.
The Mountaineers scored a season-high three goals but also needed to claw and fight their way back as they came back from a one-goal deficit twice in the contest before valiantly pulling through for the win in the last three minutes of the match.
Sharon Osterbind (Jacksonville, Ala./Jacksonville)) would lift the Apps to the eventual victory when she stole the ball from two Davidson defenders before beautifully sailing the shot just over the goalkeeper’s head for the score. Osterbind had a hand in two of the three scores on the night when she also assisted on one of two Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley) goals.
The defense did the rest as the backline held Davidson without a shot attempt for the final 2:32 of the match, leading to the victory.
“I’m proud of our program tonight,” head coach Sarah Strickland said. “Davidson is a very good team and battled the entire match. We have been very unlucky this offseason, so it was good to pick up a result. “
Dawson provided much of the offense with a career-high two goals and three in her last three matches. The sophomore now has three goals in six-career games for the Black and Gold.
Davidson struck first at 32” when Allison Gray found the net to give the visitors a 1-0 advantage before Dawson answered back when she volleyed a header over the goalkeeper.
Both teams went into the half with a 1-1 tie in an intense clash between the in-state foes. The Wildcats took the lead once again after Cameron DavFrance hit a shot inside the box to break the tie and give Davidson the 2-1 lead.
That would be the last score for the Wildcats as Dawson tied things up for the second time after Osterbind found her Mountaineer teammate for a perfect ball that slice into the net. The tying goal would set up a dramatic finish between a pair of teams that were hungry for a victory.
“Our program has been working hard to correct mistakes, to become more dynamic in the final third, to battle for balls in the air and to maintain a work rate and energy on and off the field, “ Strickland mentioned. “I believe we achieved some of those goals tonight, and we are certainly grateful for the support in the stands tonight and from those watching online at home.”
Appalachian will look to keep the momentum going on Saturday when it travels to Wilmington, N.C. for a 7 p.m. match against UNCW.
With all, but two players in its line up, the Catawba Valley Community College volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 conference victory against USC Salkehatchie on Wednesday afternoon.
Playing in her first game since the season opener, sophomore middle hitter Leslie Leonard tallied a team-high eight kills, while freshman Adair Melton continued her trend of stellar play of late, adding seven kills and four aces.
Fellow freshman Karsyn Mundy, who saw her first action of the season due to injury, added five kills.
"It was nice to have a few of our players back," said CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson. "We had Leslie Leonard back at middle (hitter). She's been out with a concussion, so it was good to have her back in the game. We had Na-Diea (Atkins) come in for the first time. We just kind of eased her into it and let her play some right side. She looked really good. Karsyn (Mundy) was back in the outside hitter spot. It was nice to have a few key pieces back."
The Red Hawks had stellar play on serve, tallying 13 aces in Wednesday's match, including a team-high five by Kara Williams and four by Katie Rupp. Defensively at the net, captain Ramsey Fulmer registered three blocks.
CVCC rushed out to a 2-0 lead in the match, winning set one, 25-5, and set two, 25-3.
Trying to avoid the shutout, the Redskins battled closely with the Red Hawks in the early stages of the third set before being overtaken and falling 25-12.
The Red Hawks return to the court on Tuesday with a road non-conference match against Spartanburg Methodist.
CVCC was originally scheduled to compete at the Pasco-Hernando Bobcat Invitational in Dale City, Fla., but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma.
"We're disappointed that we aren't going to get to go to Florida for the Pasco tournament this weekend," Hudson said. "We were looking forward to some competition down there, but It'll be be nice to have a few more days in practice and work on a couple of things now that we have our pieces back in place. It's not a total loss. We are upset that (Hurricane) Irma has kind of interrupted our plans, but we are trying to keep things in perspective. We know a lot of people are going to be in harm's way with the storm. We are definitely praying for them and for all the schools that are involved in that mess that's going on."
The Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Soccer Team (3-0), ranked No. 21 in NCAA Division II, continued its hot start to the year with a 3-0 victory over Mount Olive (0-2) in a regional match Wednesday night at a very wet Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore midfielder Abigael McGarel (Morristown, Tenn.) scored twice including the match-winner just 15:24 into the contest after finishing off a corner kick from junior midfielder Abbie Brown (Leeds, ENGLAND). McGarel leads the team with three goals so far on the year while Brown registered her second game-winning score off her own corner kick.
McGarel gave the Bears a 2-0 advantage with a penalty kick in the 49th minute before sophomore midfielder Aqsa Mushtaq (Bradford, ENGLAND) rounded out the scoring at the 67:41 mark with a header into back of the net.
Lenoir-Rhyne was dominant throughout – holding a 33-1 edge in shots taken – and has outscored its opponents by a 10-0 margin so far on the year.
Senior goalkeeper Alayna Morris (Westminster, Md.) was credited with the victory for the Bears while the Trojans' Abigail Ross (Nashville, N.C.) suffered the loss despite making nine saves on the evening.
Lenoir-Rhyne hits the road to take on Belmont Abbey on Saturday at 1:00 p.m., in Belmont, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Audra Yarber has been named the first AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Week for the year, league officials announced today.
Yarber, a junior from Abingdon, Va., was the top NCAA Division II runner at Appalachian State University’s Covered Bridge Open last Friday. Yarber finished 14th out of 123 runners with a time of 18:25 over the 5K course. The Bears finished sixth overall as a team.
Yarber was an NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region honoree in 2016 and earns weekly league honors for the second time in her collegiate career.
The Bears host the Lenoir-Rhyne Invitational at Southside Park in Newton, N.C., on, Friday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. Yarber won last year’s home meet for the Bears.
Still fighting through several key injuries that have marred the early part of its season, the fourth-ranked Catawba Valley Community College volleyball program earned a victory during this past weekend's Owens Invitational in Perrysburg, Ohio.
The Red Hawks defeated 19th-ranked Muskegon Community College 3-1 during the first day of the tournament on Friday.
Adair Melton led CVCC in its win with 12 kills, while Sabrina Pinard and Mallory Bailey added 11 kills each. Defensively, the Red Hawks' Emily Williams made a team-high 26 digs against the Jayhawks, while Bailey recorded a team-best six blocks.
The weekend tournament didn't come without its share of troubles for CVCC, which lost 3-0 to the top-ranked team NJCAA Division II in the country – defending national champion Parkland College.
The Red Hawks also dropped competitive contests against two other ranked teams in No. 13 Grand Rapids Community College and No. 16 Illinois Central College.
Despite the losses and being short-handed, CVCC head volleyball coach Shannon Hudson was proud of how her team battled.
"I'm really proud of how our team played this past weekend." Hudson said. "We had several players out of position because of our extensive injury list right now, and they stepped up to do great things against amazing competition. Yes, there are things we need to work on, but they played together well."
CVCC returns to the volleyball court on Wednesday with a road match at USC Salkehatchie before playing this weekend in the Pasco-Hernando State College Bobcat Invitational tournament in Dale City, Fla.
"We will travel to Pasco-Hernando this weekend, and I'm looking forward to the tournament," Hudson said. "It's another weekend of strong competition, and that's what we need to continue to grow as a team. Hopefully we will have Leslie (Leonard) back in the middle position for the tournament, but if not, I know our healthy players will keep working hard."
Northwestern Foothills Conference:
Bunker Hill: 3
East Burke: 3
Fred T. Foard: 3
South Fork Conference:
Lake Norman Charter: 0
Alexander Central: 3
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Ignacio de Goya has been named the first AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Men’s Soccer Player of the Week for the 2017 season.
De Goya, a junior forward from Madrid, SPAIN, scored twice and added an assist in leading the Bears to a 2-0 week to start the year with a pair of victories over USC Aiken (3-0) and Lander (3-0), respectively.
De Goya scored the match-winner off a free kick early in the first half in the Bears’ win over the Bearcats in the home opener this past Sunday.
Lenoir-Rhyne (2-0) remains at home to take on Limestone (1-0-1) on Saturday evening at 5:00 p.m., at the Moretz Sports – Athletic Complex.
Appalachian State University women's basketball head coach Angel Elderkin is excited to announce the addition of Central Florida transfer, Ashley Polacek (Ottawa, Canada/UCF), to the program on Tuesday. Polacek will sit out during the 2017-18 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
Polacek, a 5-5 guard from Ottawa,Canada, played two seasons at UCF where she started in 38 of 59 appearances, including 23 of 28 games during her freshman season. In her first season with UCF, Polacek made some noise where she led all freshman and was 10th in the American Athletic Conference averaging 2.9 assists per game. In her debut for UCF, she dropped a career-high 22 points on nine shots against Nebraska-Omaha, which started a streak of four-straight games in double figures to begin her career. Polacek continued the season as the Knights' floor general where she notched seven games with at least five assists that was highlighted by a career-high 10 helpers against Stetson. Her 80 assists was tied for the team lead.
During her sophomore season, Polacek started the final 12 contests for UCF at the end of the season. She dished out a season-best eight assists against Houston in a season-high 22 minutes, and finished the season with 43 assists and 26 miscues. For her career, Polaceck averaged 3.1 points and just over two assists per game.
Prior to UCF, she was a member of the U17 Team Ontario squad that captured gold at the 2012 National Championships, while earning an OFSAA AAA title with Louis-Riel Rebelles in 2010.
Elderkin on Polacek
"We are excited with the late addition of Ashley (Polacek) to our team. Ashley is in alignment with our program's core values, and will bring value not only on the court, but in the classroom and the community. Her work ethic is contagious and we will look for her to mentor our younger players this season."
A total of 74 Lenoir-Rhyne University student-athletes earned Division 2 Athletic Directors Association (D2ADA) Academic Achievement honors for the 2016-17 school year. The Academic Achievement Awards is a program that recognizes the academic accomplishments of student-athletes at the Division II level.
To earn this honor, a student-athlete must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, must have attended a minimum of two years (four semesters) of college level work and have been an active member of an intercollegiate team during his or her last academic year.
Lenoir-Rhyne’s 74 student-athletes trails only Wingate (77) with regards to South Atlantic Conference schools.
The award is another in an outstanding year of academic success for Lenoir-Rhyne. LR placed 292 on the inaugural Athletic Director’s honor roll and put a league-high 188 student-athletes on the 2016-17 SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll.
In addition, the department-wide grade point average for the Spring 2017 semester was 3.20, up from 3.10 in the fall while 18 of the Bears’ 22 intercollegiate sports posted a 3.0 GPA or higher.
“I am extremely proud of the academic success of our student-athletes and applaud their work in the classroom. I appreciate the leadership of our coaches in emphasizing academic excellence as well as the outstanding faculty and support staff on campus who are committed to student success,” said Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics Director Kim Pate.
The D2 ADA is the first organization of its kind to provide educational and networking opportunities; enhancement of acceptable operating standards and ethics; and establishment of the overall prestige and understanding of the profession of Division II athletics directors.