App State Sports News.... (2018-09-15 03:20:13)

Volleyball Closes Out Non-Conference Season With Sweep of Winthrop

GREENVILLE, S.C. -- Appalachian State volleyball swept past Winthrop 29-27, 29-27, 25-20 to close out its 2018 non-conference slate on Friday afternoon in Greenville, S.C.

The Mountaineers end their non-conference season with an 8-4 mark.

The first two sets were tight, with the Black and Gold winning by identical 29-27 scores. In Set 1, App State lead 16-9 before the Eagles (3-8) stormed back to tie the score at 16-16. With the score tied at 27-27 in the opening set, Appalachian got a kill and service ace from Emma Longley to capture the opening frame. The Mountaineers saved three set points in the second frame and won the final three points of the set, with kills coming from Grace Morrison and Kara Spicer, to build a 2-0 lead.

In Set 3, App State used a 5-0 spurt midway through the frame to build a 15-9 edge. Winthrop would pull within three points at 23-20, before a kill from Longley and a service ace from Spicer closed out the set and clinched the sweep.

Longley paced the Black and Gold with 18 kills, while Victoria Wilform reached double figure kills for the second consecutive contest, tallying 12. Morrison added seven kills and Anna Kincaid chipped in with five kills and four blocks (all block assists).

Reigning Sun Belt Setter of the Week Becky Porter posted her second straight double-double with 38 assists and 14 digs. Emma Reilly recorded a match-high 22 digs, marking the second time this season she has had at least 20 digs in a contest.

The Mountaineers tallied 49 kills and eight service aces in the win.

Appalachian State will return to action on Sept. 21 and Sept. 22 during the opening weekend of Sun Belt play. On Sept. 21, App State will play at Georgia Southern at 6:30 p.m. and will take on Georgia State in Atlanta on Sept. 22 at 7 p.m.


Mountaineers Drop Opening MAC Contest at Ohio

ATHENS, OHIO -- Appalachian State University field hockey (4-4, 0-1 MAC) suffered a 1-0 setback to Ohio in its opening Mid-American Conference game of 2018.

The Mountaineers shut down the Bobcats' offense in the first half, taking a 0-0 scoreline into the break. Junior goalkeeper Rachel Gaines made a save on an Ohio (2-4, 1-0) penalty stroke early in the half. She finished the period with three saves.

The Bobcats broke the scoreless tie with a goal from Jillian Shive in the 50th minute. The Black and Gold applied pressure in the second half, outshooting the Bobcats 6-5.

With less than five minutes remaining, head coach Meghan Dawson called a timeout and pulled Gaines. Freshman Friederike Stegen produced a goal-scoring opportunity in the game's final minute, but Ohio goalkeeper Alex Pennington denied Stegen's chance.

Sophomore Veerle Van Heertum led the team with four shots, two of which ended up on goal. Stegen recorded two shots, while junior Ali Williams and sophomore Meghan Smart notched one shot each.

Gaines finished the game with six saves, making three in each half.

The Mountaineers return home to Adcock Field Thursday when they host MAC opponent Longwood at 6:30 p.m.


App State To Assist Community Through Extra Yard For Teachers Grant

BOONE, N.C. — Through the affiliations Appalachian State Athletics and its record-setting FBS football program have with the Sun Belt Conference and the College Football Playoff Foundation, App State is receiving a $10,000 grant that will benefit the local community thanks to a partnership between the University, App State Athletics, the Reich College of Education and Watauga County Schools.

In recognizing the hard work of educators through the CFP Foundation's Extra Yard for Teachers platform, each of the 10 football-playing institutions in the Sun Belt is receiving a grant. Appalachian State's grant will contribute to the Watauga County Teachers of the Year program.

The Extra Yard for Teachers Week runs from Sept. 15-22. A ceremony with a check presentation was planned for this weekend's home-opening football game, which was called off because of increased weather concerns connected to Hurricane Florence, and there are plans to reschedule the ceremony for a future home game.

The conference will also recognize the Extra Yard for Teachers initiative via pregame and in-game presentations during the inaugural 2018 Sun Belt Football Championship Game on Saturday, Dec. 1.

The CFP Foundation created the Extra Yard for Teachers Week in 2015, a year after the Mountaineers began competing at the FBS level as a member of the Sun Belt Conference, to provide an opportunity for universities, coaches and student-athletes to take part in its mission of elevating the teaching profession through inspiring and empowering educators. Since 2015, App State has posted a 31-10 record and become the only program to win a bowl game in each of its first three years after the complete FBS transition.

The Mountaineers beat Ohio 31-29 in the 2015 Camellia Bowl, Toledo 31-28 in the 2016 Camellia Bowl and Toledo again 34-0 in the 2017 Dollar General Bowl.