Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Taylor Prall has been named the 2017 South Atlantic Conference Volleyball Freshman Of The Year, league officials announced this morning.
Prall, an outside hitter from Tipp City, Ohio, finished second on the team in kills with 255 to go along with 219 digs, 37 blocks and seven service aces.
In addition, senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) was named to the 2017 All-SAC Second Team for the Bears. Redmond, a three-time all-league honoree (2014-16), led the Bears in kills with 281 while finishing second in digs with 315. Redmond also tallied 40 blocks and 16 service aces on the season as well.
Redmond, the 2015 SAC Freshman Of The Year and the 2015 SAC Tournament MVP, led the Bears to two playoff appearances (2014 and 2015), a league tournament title (2015) and a berth in the regional finals (2015). On the Bears’ all-time career lists, Redmond ranks second in kills (1,286) and eighth in digs (1,248).
Lenoir-Rhyne finished 10-16 overall and 6-14 in South Atlantic Conference play in 2017.
2017 All-South Atlantic Conference
Katie Bludau, Wingate
Marissa Mitter, Anderson
Anna Holmquist, Wingate
Rebecca Cochran, Queens
Rachel Burts, Anderson
Emily Conlin, Anderson
Sydney Kunz, Queens
Morgan Ballard, Carson-Newman (libero)
Marnie Steeter, Carson-Newman
Kiera Holland, Lincoln Memorial
Rachel Alles, Wingate
Brooke Redmond, Lenoir-Rhyne
Taylor Henry, Queens Phoebe
Cassie Born, Tusculum
Kori Adams, Wingate (libero)
Serena Jackson, Anderson
Rebecca Butler, Mars Hill
Jessica Raines, Queens
Taylor du Bray, Coker
Lauren Hochstetler, Mars Hill
Shannon Murphy, Tusculum
Sally Anne Johnson, Mars Hill
Melissa Mazur, Tusculum (libero)
Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Anne Abernathy, Wingate
Megan Oldenburger, Carson-Newman
Casey Tarvin, Queens
Sarah Pasour, Mars Hill
Jaycee Jones, Queens
Alicia Kessler, Lincoln Memorial
Player of the Year - Katie Bludau, Wingate
Freshman of the Year - Taylor Prall, Lenoir-Rhyne
Coach of the Year - Todd Hay, Anderson
Appalachian State volleyball outside hitter Melissa McMath has been named Second Team All-Sun Belt, the league announced on Wednesday.
This is the first all-conference honor for the Lexington, N.C. native.
This season, McMath lead the Mountaineers with a career-high 342 kills (3.08 K/S), while also posting a career-best 47 total blocks (11 solo, 36 assists).
In Sun Belt action, McMath averaged a team-high 3.04 K/S (164 total). In a four set win over Georgia Southern on October 8, she recorded a career-high 28 kills on a .358 hitting percentage.
Overall, McMath tallied double digit kills in 18 total matches, including seven Sun Belt contests.
The Mountaineers, seeded sixth, will take on seventh seed UT Arlington in the First Round of the Sun Belt Tournament on the campus of Arkansas State on Thursday at 6 p.m. EST.
First Team All-Sun Belt
Drew Jones (Arkansas State, Senior, OH)
*Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Junior, OH)
*Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Senior, OH)
Lauren Reichard (Georgia Southern, Junior, MH)
Dree'Ana Abram (Louisiana, Sophomore, MB)
Hali Wisnoskie (Louisiana, Freshman, OH)
Kelley Hartman (South Alabama, Sophomore, MB)
**Qiana Cañete (UTA, Senior, OH)
Madison Daigle (Texas State, Junior, MB)
Micah Dinwiddie (Texas State, Sophomore, DS)
**Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Senior, S)
Amy Pflughaupt (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)
Second Team All-Sun Belt
Melissa McMath (Appalachian State, Sophomore, OH)
Marina Avram (Little Rock, Senior, OH)
Tatum Ticknor (Arkansas State, Freshman, DS)
Ellie Watkins (Arkansas State, Junior, S)
Sydney Alvis (Coastal Carolina, Junior, DS)
Celeste Friesen (Georgia State, Sophomore, DS)
Jessica Bartczyszyn (Louisiana, Senior, S)
Sydney Davis (Louisiana, Junior, LB)
Kristina Alabastro (South Alabama, Junior, OH)
Zhanelle Geathers (UTA, Junior, MB)
Jaliyah Bolden (Texas State, Senior, MB)
Megan Porter (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)
Player of the Year
Leah Hardeman (Coastal Carolina, Senior, OH)
Offensive Player of the Year
Carlisa May (Arkansas State, Junior, OH)
Defensive Player of the Year
Micah Dinwiddie (Texas State, Sophomore, DS)
Setter of the Year
Erin Hoppe (Texas State, Senior, S)
Freshman of the Year
Hali Wisnoskie (Louisiana, Freshman, OH)
Newcomer of the Year
Amy Pflughaupt (Texas State, Sophomore, OH)
Coach of the Year
Jozsef Foreman, Coastal Carolina
* - 2016 First Team All-Conference selection
** - 2016 Second Team All-Conference selection
2A Western Regional Finals
Panthers season ends at 24-2.
The Red Devils will play for the 2A state championship Saturday afternoon at 2:05 taking on First Flight at North Carolina State University
Four members of the Lenoir-Rhyne University Football Team garnered 2017 All-South Atlantic Conference Football accolades, league officials announced earlier today.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) was named to the all-league first team after garnering second-team accolades in 2016. Brown finished with 1,071 yards on the ground in addition to 10 rushing touchdowns.
Brown rushed for 256 yards against Tusculum (a 23-7 victory) on September 30 – fourth-best in school single-game history – and finished second in the league in rushing yards (107.1 per game).
Three Bears – junior center Jalen Soto (Vacaville, Calif.), sophomore linebacker Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.) and sophomore safety Kyle Dugger (Fayetteville, Ga.) – were named to the All-SAC Second Team.
Dugger led the team in tackles with 87 in addition to six pass break-ups, two forced fumbles and an interception. Dugger, the 2015 league defensive freshman of the year, was an outstanding return specialist as well and returned one punt for a touchdown.
Williams was second on the team in tackles (72) to go along with two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble while Soto started all 10 games at center for the Bears and anchored the offensive line.
Lenoir-Rhyne finished 3-7 on the year including a 2-5 mark in league play and fell short – 24-20 - in the season finale this past Saturday against Catawba (9-2) in Salisbury, N.C.
Lenoir-Rhyne University Head Softball Coach Shena Hollar has announced the first six signees for the 2019 season and one for this upcoming spring season (Talon LaClair). The signees for next year are Kendall Osborne, Kory Hammett, Leanna Sherrill, Macie Gibson, Taylor Beard and Hannah Jennings.
Mount Pleasant High School
Osborne plays for the successful organization Caroline Elite under the direction of M.K. Cheek.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“We are getting a very well-rounded student-athlete with Kendall. She will have the opportunity to play outfield for us.”
J.F. Webb High School
Hammett plays travel ball for the NC Dominators coached by Jackie Day.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“We have had a handful of successful student-athletes come from the Dominators organization and we see Kory being no exception. Kory is a versatile athlete that can play outfield or infield.”
West Iredell High School
Sherrill played travel ball for the Carolina Cobras under coach Bryan York and now plays for the Carolina Cardinals under Scott Long.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Leanna is a true infielder; she can play any position on the infield and also has a consistent bat with power. I see Leanna playing third base and making a contribution in the lineup.”
Scotland High School
Gibson plays travel ball for the SEC Elite coached by Danny Lampley and Dee Harris.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Macie is the speed in this recruiting class. She mainly plays outfield but can easily play infield if needed. Macie brings a lot of energy and love for the game which is a great asset to possess.”
Maiden High School
Beard plays travel ball for the very competitive Team NC under Jesse Summey.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Taylor will carry some catching duties for us. She is a very smart catcher and blocks the ball well. Taylor is a true student-athlete who excels in the classroom. She should continue to excel in both the classroom and on the softball field.”
Madison County High School
Jennings plays travel ball for the successful organization Carolina Elite coached by Tim Collie.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Hannah is another versatile athlete who can pitch and play infield. She is very athletic, which is something I look for in our student-athletes. Her athleticism allows her to be good defensively and a treat on offense as she can slap and hit for power.”
ONE SIGNEE FOR THIS UPCOMING SEASON:
West Iredell High School
LaClair is a high school and travel ball teammate of Leanna Sherrill who also played travel ball for the Carolina Cobras under Bryan York and now plays for the Carolina Cardinals under Scott Lang.
Coach Shena Hollar:
“Talon is a gifted player that brings a lot to the field. She can play anywhere on the field and brings a very good bat to our lineup. I see Talon making an impact for us this spring.”
“I am very excited about this class,” said Hollar. “They represent the true student-athlete. They excel in the classroom and on the softball field. They will bring a lot to Lenoir-Rhyne University on and off the field.”
Lenoir-Rhyne (46-13, 20-4) clinched a share of the South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship last year and earned a berth to the NCAA Division II Southeast Regional Tournament. The Bears will open the season on Friday, February 2, and Saturday, February 3, at the Gulf Coast Invitational Tournament in Gulf Shores, Ala.
The Chowan Women's Basketball Team (2-0) remained unbeaten on the season with a 74-68 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (1-2), 74-68, Monday evening at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Hawks used balance scoring – with five players in double figures – in the victory. Chowan was led by Dhyamond Crenshaw (Burke, Va.) with 17 points while Joanne Williams (Norfolk, Va.) tallied a double-double – 10 points and 12 rebounds – in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) with a game-high 21 points while junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) neared a triple-double again – 16 points, nine rebounds and six assists – despite the loss.
The Bears cut a 16-point deficit to two points at 70-68 on a three-point play by Suddreth with 23 seconds left but the Hawks scored the final four points to take the victory.
The Hawks took control in the first quarter as they outscored the Bears by a 24-15 margin and forced Lenoir-Rhyne into 12 turnovers. Chowan also owned the free throw line: connecting on 22-of-36 free throw attempts.
Suddreth leads the team at 17.3 points per game.
Lenoir-Rhyne will hit the road for the first time this season on Wednesday, November 15, against Winston-Salem State in Winston-Salem, N.C., beginning at 6:00 p.m.
The Appalachian State football team’s first-place showdown at Georgia State on Nov. 25 has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on ESPN3.
App State, Georgia State and Troy are currently part of a three-way tie for first place with 5-1 records in the Sun Belt Conference, and all three teams have byes this weekend. Arkansas State, which fell to 4-1 in the league with a loss at South Alabama last weekend, could join the first-place tie with a home win Saturday against Texas State.
Two days after Thanksgiving, the winner of the game in Atlanta between the Mountaineers (6-4 overall) and Panthers (6-3 overall) will be 6-1 in the Sun Belt with a chance to clinch at least a share of a conference title in its Dec. 2 finale. It will also be App State’s first visit to Georgia State Stadium, which was formerly Turner Field as home to the Atlanta Braves.
Appalachian State head coach Scott Satterfield and first-year Georgia State head coach Shawn Elliott were App State teammates from 1991-95, with Satterfield playing quarterback and Elliott excelling as a defensive lineman. Elliott was also on Jerry Moore’s staff when Satterfield began his coaching career as an App State assistant from 1998-2008.
The Mountaineers are moving forward from a 27-6 win in which they limited Georgia Southern to 191 yards of offense with no touchdowns, quarterback Taylor Lamb threw two touchdown passes and Marcus Williams Jr. rushed for a career-high 130 yards.
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Jens Roessler has been named to the 2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men’s Soccer NCAA Division II First Team for District III. CoSIDA is the College Sports Information Directors of America. District III consists of Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt Conference and the South Atlantic Conference.
Roessler, a senior defender from Ettlingen, GERMANY, led the Bears to a 10-4-3 record (6-2-2 in the South Atlantic Conference), a second-place tie in the league regular standings and a berth in the NCAA Division II Playoffs for the second straight year.
Roessler, who played in all 17 matches with 16 starts, helped anchor a Bears’ defense which limited their opponents to just 18 goals in 17 matches, a 1.01 goals-against average and seven shutouts. Roessler, a two-year starter, has a 3.97 grade point average and is on the entrepreneurship track as part of the MBA program at Lenoir-Rhyne.
The Division II and III Academic All-America® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures, to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2017-18 D-II and D-III Academic All-America® teams program.
First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Team ballot, where first-, second- and third-team All-America honorees will be selected later this month.
2017 CoSIDA Academic All-District Men's Soccer
NCAA DIVISION II – DISTRICT III
(Conference Carolinas, Peach Belt, South Atlantic)
GK - Pablo Jara, Wingate, 3.42, Sport Management
D - Javier Anton, Limestone, 3.80, Business Management & Sport Management
D - Breki Bjarnason, Catawba, 3.96, Psychology
D - Quincy Kroeschell, Newberry, 3.98, Graphic Design
D - Jens Roessler, Lenoir-Rhyne, 3.97, Entrepreneurship (MBA)
MF - Filipe Checco, Wingate, 4.00, Sport Management
MF - Tom Deeley, Lees-McRae, 3.88, Psychology
MF - David Fairgrieve, Wingate, 3.97, Marketing
MF - Tom Read, Carson-Newman, 3.75, MBA
F - Juan Carlos Carrillo, Queens University, 4.00, Biochemistry
F - Carlos Gomez, Young Harris, 3.50, Business and Public Policy
F - Levin Sandmann, Francis Marion, 3.46, Business Economics
F - Pol Vassart, Lees-McRae, 3.61, Business Administration (Finance & Accounting)
Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Xzavion Huff has been named the AstroTurf South Atlantic Conference Football Special Teams Player of the Week, league officials announced today.
Huff, a freshman running back from Maiden, N.C., returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the Bears’ 24-20 setback to Catawba in the regular season finale last Saturday on the road.
Huff led the team in kickoff returns this year – 423 yards on 17 returns for a 24.9-yard average – and finished second on the squad in rushing (227 yards) with two scores.
In addition, Huff was named the Southside Power & Fitness Ronnie Lott Heavy Hitter winner for the Indians' game. Huff wins the honor for the first time in his collegiate career.
Southside Power and Fitness will make a contribution to Habitat for Humanity in the honor of Huff as this week's winner of the Heavy Hitter Award.
A fourth-quarter surge from Radford (1-0) doomed App State women's basketball (0-2) in a 61-40 setback on Sunday afternoon in the Dedmon Center.
Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) led the team with 11 points to go along with a game-high 12 rebounds, giving the sophomore her first double-double of the season and the third of her career. The Thomasville, N.C. native stepped up in the second half where she scored 10 of her 11 points in the stanza and went a perfect 5-for-5 from the field after missing all four of her shots in the first half.
LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rocklege) had an efficient performance with eight points on 4-for-6 shooting and five rebounds, while Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C./R.J. Reynolds) also turned in eight points. Lainey Gosnell (Demorest, Ga./Habersham Central) contributed seven points off the bench to lead the reserves, which was a season high for the first-year Mountaineer.
The Mountaineers gave the Preseason Big South favorites all they could handle until Radford's 23-6 run over the final 7:49 of the contest helped the hosts pull away. Radford shot 58.8 percent in the fourth quarter alone while entering the fourth quarter, the Apps held RU to just 30 percent shooting from the floor.
It was a low-scoring affair in the first half where each team shot below 33 percent. Trailing 7-1 in the opening frame, App State scored six of the next 10 points to go into the second period with a four-point deficit, 11-7.
Trailing 12-7 in the second frame, Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida) sparked a 10-2 run over a 2:48 span with five-straight points before back-to-back layups from Stanley and Gosnell capped off the spark to give App a 17-14 edge. With the momentum shifted to the Black and Gold, Radford would respond with a run of its own over the last 6:26 of the first half to retake the lead at four points. 22-18.
Despite a Jen Falconer 3-pointer that extended RU's lead to seven in the opening minutes of the third frame, 25-18, the Mountaineers fought back to tie up the contest at 29-29 with 4:25 left in the quarter. Plummer and Wilson spearheaded the surge with all nine of App State's points during a 9-4 spark.
Once again the Highlanders answered scoring seven of the next points to go into the final frame with a 36-30 lead. Appalachian dwindled the deficit to four points, 38-34, with 7:49 left in the game. Although the Highlanders showed why they have won 17 games in a row at home with the late surge it needed to clinch the win.
Through the first two games of the season, Plummer is averaging 12.5 rebounds per game.
The trio of Plummer, Stanley and Mathews shot a combined 11-for-18 from the floor and 24 points.
Appalachian will look to rebound on Wednesday against former SoCon rival, ETSU on Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside the Holmes Center.
Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) scored 25 points and junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) added 20 to lead Appalachian State men's basketball past Bridgewater 95-57 in a non-bracket game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach on Sunday inside the Holmes Center.
The Mountaineers stand at 2-0 on the season, marking the first time they opened the season 2-0 since 2010-11.
Shabazz tallied his second straight 20-point performance, after scoring 21 in Saturday's win over Toccoa Falls. He finished 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) from the field, dished out four assists and recorded a career-high tying three steals.
Johnson knocked down 8-of-9 (88.9 percent) of his free throws and also pulled down seven rebounds in the win.
Off the bench, freshman O'Showen Williams (Macon, Ga./Stratford Academy) tallied a career-high 17 points to go along with four rebounds.
The Mountaineers scored the first seven points of the game to jump out to an early 7-0 lead. App State used an 8-0 run minutes later to expand its lead to 15-6 with just under 14 minutes in the opening half.
A 10-0 run by Appalachian pushed its lead to 39-16 with just over three minutes left in the first half. App State took a 41-21 advantage into the break.
In the second half, the Mountaineers would continue to expand their lead and used a 9-0 spurt over a 2:52 span to build an 81-42 lead with 5:36 remaining and put the game away.
The Black and Gold defense was tough for the second straight game, limiting the Eagles (0-1) to 31.1 percent (19-of-61) shooting and forcing 25 turnovers.
Appalachian also held a 54-36 edge in the rebounding battle.
The Mountaineers will be back at it on Thursday, as they open the bracket portion of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach. Appalachian will take on Iowa State at 5:30 p.m. on ESPNU.
The Catawba Football Team (9-2, 5-2) won its fourth straight game after holding off Lenoir-Rhyne (3-7, 2-5), 24-20, Saturday afternoon in the regular season finale in a South Atlantic Conference game at Shuford Stadium.
Lenoir-Rhyne sophomore running back Nelson Brown (Salisbury, Md.) led the way with a team-high 104 yards and a touchdown to cross over the 1,000-yard mark for the season. Brown finished with 1,071 yards and 11 total touchdowns on the year.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman running back Xzavion Huff, a Maiden High School grad, returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, the first since October 29, 2016, by sophomore Sherrod Williams (Edison, Ga.): 91 yards versus Newberry.
Catawba totaled 233 yards on the ground including 142 yards and two touchdowns from Kenyatta Greene (Edgewater Park, N.J.). The Indians held a 392-229 edge in total yards.
Williams finished with a game-high 10 tackles and the Bears' defense registered three sacks on the day.
Brown is the first 1,000-yard back from Lenoir-Rhyne since Kristaan Ivory (1,066 yards) in 2015. Brown is the 14th player in school history to cross the 1,000-yard mark on the season for the Bears.
Catawba leads the all-time series with Lenoir-Rhyne, 49-44-4, and has won three straight over the Bears.
Catawba is currently sixth in the latest Super Region No. 2 Poll and will wait and see if it earns a berth to the playoffs (the top seven teams from each of the four regions advance).
Lenoir-Rhyne's season comes to an end with a record of 3-7 overall, 2-5 in conference play.
On the final day of the Peach Belt Conference/South Atlantic Conference Men's Basketball Challenge, Francis Marion (2-0) defeated Lenoir-Rhyne (0-2), 78-70, Saturday evening at Lumbee Guaranty Bank Court.
Lenoir-Rhyne was led by senior guard Reed Lucas (Greensboro, N.C.) with 14 points while junior forward Bertrand Awana (Yaounde, CAMEROON) added 13 points and eight rebounds in the setback.
Francis Marion's Detrek Browning (Columbia, S.C.) was the offensive player of the night, finishing with 29 points on 10-of-17 shooting including six treys.
The Bears led by as many as 10 points midway through the first half and held a 33-30 advantage at intermission.
The Patriots hit 11-of-12 free throw attempts in the second half.
Francis Marion avenged a loss to Lenoir-Rhyne last year – 75-52 on Saturday, November 12, 2016, in Hickory, N.C. – when the same four teams gathered including Catawba and UNC Pembroke - for the two-day challenge.
Lenoir-Rhyne looks to snap a seven-game losing streak dating back to last season.
Lenoir-Rhyne hosts King on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., in its home opener at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
A total of four program records fell as Appalachian State men's basketball rolled to a 135-34 victory over Toccoa Falls in its season opener on Saturday afternoon in the Holmes Center.
The Apps (1-0) 134 points topped the previous program record of 120 points, set in a victory over Wofford on December 7, 1977.
In addition, the 101-point margin of victory betters the program record of 68, set last season in a 119-51 win over Warren Wilson. It is also just the sixth game in Division I men's basketball history to have a margin of victory over 100 points. (ESPN Stats & Info)
App State made 50 field goals in the win, bettering the previous mark of 49 set on February 13, 1978 against Chattanooga. The Mountaineers also set a new program standard in 3-pointers made, draining a total of 20, topping the previous mark of 17 set against the Citadel on January 27, 2006.
All 13 Mountaineers to see action played double digit minutes and scored. Junior Ronshad Shabazz (Raleigh, N.C./Huntington Prep) led App State with a game-high 24 points on 61.5 percent (8-of-13) shooting.
Freshman Justin Forrest (Decatur, Ga./Greenforest McCalep Christian Academy) and junior Trey Ford (Morresville, N.C./Lake Norman) each finished with 15 points. Ford's scoring output marks a new career-high.
Junior Tyrell Johnson (Atlanta, Ga./Stephenson) had 14 points and six rebounds, senior Griffin Kinney (Delaware, Ohio/Fork Union Military Academy) tallied 13 points and seven rebounds and senior Craig Hinton (Winston-Salem, N.C./East Forsyth) and junior Kevin Kerley (Loveland, Ohio/Archbishop Moeller) each had 10 points.
On the glass, sophomore Isaac Johnson (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) and junior Jake Wilson (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook) each posted new career-highs with 13 and 11, respectively.
Appalachian came out of the gates strong, scoring the first seven points to jump in front 7-0.
The Mountaineers later used a 18-0 run to open a 39-5 lead with 9:47 remaining in the first half. Appalachian held the Screaming Eagles scoreless for a span of 6:12 during the stretch.
App State took a 63-16 lead into the intermission.
In the second half, the Mountaineers went on a 35-1 run over a 9:45 span to put an exclamation point on the victory.
App State dominated the rebounding battle, holding a 76-24 advantage. The Mountaineers also dished out 31 assists on its 50 made field goals.
Defensively, the Apps limited Toccoa Falls to 15.9 percent (11-of-69) shooting mark and a 12.0 percent (3-of-25) clip from deep.
The Coker Volleyball Team (14-16, 7-13) earned a berth to the South Atlantic Conference Championship with a 3-1 victory over Lenoir-Rhyne (10-16, 6-14) Saturday afternoon in the league and regular season finale at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
The Cobras' Taylor du Bray (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished with 15 kills and 14 digs while Christen Bragg (Rock Hill, S.C.) added 49 assists and 14 digs in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) also totaled 15 kills and senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) added 13 kills and 14 digs but the Bears hit just .142 for the contest.
Junior setter Bailey Cloninger (Hickory, N.C.) came back in a big way for the Bears from injury – totaling 23 assists and 10 digs – despite the loss.
Coker swept the season series from Lenoir-Rhyne and handed the Bears their sixth consecutive setback.
Lenoir-Rhyne failed to advance to the conference tournament for the first time since the 2010 campaign.
LR recognized its five seniors prior to the contest: Redmond, senior middle blocker Emily Steele (Greenville, N.C.), senior defensive specialist Ashley Markland (Conover, N.C.), senior setter Kathryn Sizemore (Arden, N.C.) and senior middle blocker Samantha Bishop (Spring Hill, Fla.).
Appalachian State’s wrestling team swept two matches at the Mountaineer Duals on Saturday, beating Bloomsburg 28-7 and starting Southern Conference competition with a 45-0 victory against Davidson in Varsity Gym.
Laken Cook (157 pounds), Thomas Flitz (165), Forrest Przybysz (174), Alan Clothier (184), Randall Diabe (197), Cary Miller (285), Irvin Enriquez (141) and Gavin Londoff (149) won two matches apiece for the Mountaineers (2-0, 1-0 SoCon).
MATCH ONE: App State 28, Bloomsburg 7
Starting at 157 pounds, App State built a 20-0 lead by winning the first six matches before closing with major decisions from Enriquez and Londoff.
Cook and Flitz began the Bloomsburg match with 11-2 and 12-1 major decisions, and Przybysz posted a 6-2 decision. Clothier won a 2-1 decision against Trevor Allard by accumulating more than a minute of riding time during a sequence in which a lengthy escape allowed Allard to enter the third period with a 1-0 lead. Clothier opened the final period with a one-point escape and had exactly one minute of riding time, the minimum to gain an additional point, when the match ended.
Diabe’s 8-4 decision pushed the Mountaineers ahead 17-0, and Miller won a 2-1 decision against Bruce Graeber. Trailing 1-0 as he entered the final period in the down position, Miller received two points in quick succession when he completed an escape moments after Bloomsburg committed a one-point violation for a hand lock.
Bloomsburg cut into its deficit with two straight victories before Enriquez and Londoff won 9-1 and 10-1, respectively.
App State 28, Bloomsburg 7
157: Laken Cook (APP) def. Kevin Laubach Jr. (BLM), 11-2 maj. dec.
165: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Nate Newberry (BLM), 12-1 maj. dec.
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Kyle Murphy (BLM), 6-2 dec.
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Trevor Allard (BLM), 2-1 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Logan Womelsdorf (BLM), 8-4 dec.
285: Cary Miller (APP) def. Bruce Graeber (BLM), 2-1 dec.
125: Willy Girard (BLM) def. Logan Durham (APP), 16-0 tech. fall, 4:07
133: Andy Schutz (BLM) def. Codi Russell (APP), 15-6 maj. dec.
141: Irvin Enriquez Jr. (APP) def. Braden Stahlnecker (BLM), 9-1 maj. dec.
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Evan Campbell (BLM), 10-1 maj. dec.
MATCH TWO: App State 45, Davidson 0
App State won in all 10 weight classes, using two pins and two victories by technical fall to register the SoCon win.
Przybysz won by fall in 3:37, and Logan Durham (125 pounds) won by fall in 46 seconds. The victories by technical fall came from Flitz (17-2 in 5:31) and 133-pound Codi Russell (25-10 in 6:43).
The tightest matches occurred at 184, where Clothier won 7-4 by breaking a tie with a takedown in the final 30 seconds before gaining a point via riding time, and 197, where Diabe won a 2-0 decision. Ahead 1-0 in the final period, he accrued riding time while preventing Konner Pritchard from escaping from the down position.
Cook, Miller (by forfeit), Enriquez and Londoff also contributed wins for the Mountaineers, who wrestle next weekend at the Keystone Classic in Philadelphia.
App State 45, Davidson 0
157: Laken Cook (APP) def. Tony Palumbo (DAV), 12-0 maj. dec.
165: Thomas Flitz (APP) def. Hunter Costa (DAV), 17-2 tech. fall, 5:31
174: Forrest Przybysz (APP) def. Noah Satterfield (DAV), fall, 3:37
184: Alan Clothier (APP) def. Ryan Devlin (DAV), 7-4 dec.
197: Randall Diabe (APP) def. Konner Pritchard (DAV), 2-0 dec.
285: Cary Miller (APP) won by forfeit
125: Logan Durham (APP) def. Michael McClelland (DAV), fall, 0:46
133: Codi Russell (APP) def. Zamir Ode (D), 25-10 tech. fall, 6:43
141: Irvin Enriquez Jr. (APP) def. Dustin Runzo (D), 5-1 dec.
149: Gavin Londoff (APP) def. Will Baldwin (D), 12-1 maj. dec.
The Lenoir-Rhyne University Women's Basketball Team (1-1) picked up its first win of the 2017-18 campaign with a 90-79 victory over Mount Olive (0-2) Saturday morning in a high-scoring affair at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The game tipped off at 10:30am, roughly 12 hours after the conclusion of their first game of the season Friday night.
The Bears benefitted from a balanced effort with five players scoring in double digits led by senior guard Justyce Swango (Virginia Beach, Va.) with 24 points in addition to nine assists and flirted with a double-double.
Junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.) added 17 points and junior forward Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) scored 15 points for the Bears, who broke the contest open with a 31-point third quarter and led by as many as 24 points – 75-51 with 8:24 remaining in the contest – in the win.
Freshman guard Kennedy Weigt (Manteno, Ill.) came up big for the Bears, scoring 12 points off the bench on four three-pointers.
Mount Olive lost despite a 41-point, 10-rebound day from Felecity Havens (Wilmington, N.C.).
The Bears got 22 points from their bench and hit 12 treys on the day.
The game was part of the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Tip-Off Classic and was the first win under new Lenoir-Rhyne mentor Cameron Sealey.
Lenoir-Rhyne will continue its home stand on Monday night against Chowan at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium at 6:00 p.m.,
The Lenoir-Rhyne University's Women's Basketball Team (0-1) fell in the season opener to Barton (1-0), 65-56, in the South Atlantic Conference/Conference Carolinas Tip-off Classic on day one Friday night at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium.
Lenoir-Rhyne junior guard and preseason all-league selection Madi Suddreth (Taylorsville, N.C.) finished with a team-high 16 points but was lone player to score in double figures for the Bears.
Despite the loss, the Bears held a 45-41 edge in rebounding and received a near triple-double performance from junior guard Kendall Toineeta (Cherokee, N.C.). Toineeta totaled nine points, nine rebounds and seven assists on the evening.
Barton was led by the duo of Alex Kimble (Virginia Beach, Va.) and Dinah Neal (Browns Summit, N.C.) with a combined 49 points. Kimble had 26 points while Neal added 23 points in the victory.
The game marked the first contest for Head Coach Cameron Sealey as the mentor of the Lenoir-Rhyne Women's Basketball Team after her stellar career ended in 2011-12.
Appalachian State women's basketball (0-1) suffered a 75-41 setback in the season opener to Georgia Tech (1-0) on Friday evening at the Holmes Center.
It was the first time App had hosted a Power Five program since 2006-07 when the Yellow Jackets invaded the High Country. It was a matchup in which experience trumped youth as the Apps' five starters in Tierra Wilson (Winston-Salem, N.C.), LaPresha Stanley (Rockledge, Fla./Rockledge), Nicola Mathews (Adelaide, Australia/College of Central Florida), Armani Hampton (Winston-Salem, N.C./Atkins) and Bayley Plummer (Thomasville, N.C./East Davidson) have just one combined start between the five athletes, and four making their first-career start (Wilson, Stanley, Mathews, Plummer).
Appalachian had open shots but couldn't convert on a night where it shot under 30 percent from the floor, while GT turned in a 44.6 shooting clip to go along with nine 3-pointers. GT also took advantage of 26 App miscues that turned into 25 points.
With the Yellow Jackets holding onto an 8-3 advantage, Wilson hit her second trifecta in the first 4:12 of the contest to bring the Apps to within one possession of the 2017 WNIT runner-ups. However, GT finished the quarter with an 18-3 edge in the final 5:48 of the opening frame to go up 26-9.
GT wouldn't relinquish the lead the rest of the night, but the App State defense would impressively hold Georgia Tech to just five points in the ensuing period. Appalachian held the Yellow Jackets to only 16.7 percent shooting from the floor and 1-for-7 from beyond the arc, showing how stingy the Black and Gold defense can be.
Also, the Mountaineers battled all evening on the boards picking up 14 on the offensive end. Plummer registered a personal-best 13 rebounds, which was her fourth-career outing with at least 10 or more rebounds. Plummer also led the way with three steals.
Appalachian will look for its first win of the season in a quick turnaround in its road opener on Sunday against Radford at 5 p.m.
The Lenoir-Rhyne Volleyball Team (10-15, 6-13) fell to Newberry (9-17, 5-14) by a 3-2 score on Friday evening in a South Atlantic Conference match at Shuford Memorial Gymnasium. The Wolves won by scores of 13-25, 25-20, 18-25, 25-22 and 16-14.
The Wolves, who rallied from a 2-1 deficit, were led by Toni-Anne Whitlow (Poquoson, Va.) with 13 kills and Vanessa Blas (Concord, N.C.) with 11 kills in the victory.
Lenoir-Rhyne freshman outside hitter Taylor Prall (Tipp City, Ohio) and senior outside hitter Brooke Redmond (Statesville, N.C.) with 12 kills each while freshman setter Maggie Bogart (Shawnee, Kan.) added 10 kills, 22 assists and 12 digs in the loss.
Despite the loss, the Bears totaled 19 blocks but hit just .105 for the match.
The Wolves swept the season series from the Bears. Lenoir-Rhyne lost its fifth straight match.