App State Sports News.... (2018-09-09 14:14:04)

Volleyball Posts Victories Over Wright State and Campbell

BUIES CREEK, N.C. – The Appalachian State volleyball team posted a 3-1 victory over Wright State and a 3-0 sweep of Campbell in their final two matches of the N.C. State/Campbell Invitational on Saturday.

App State now stands at 6-3 on the season.

Against Wright State (6-3), the Mountaineers posted a 25-17, 25-11, 20-25, 25-20 victory. Five players reached double figures in digs, led by Sydney Farthing, who had a team-high 18. Emma Reilly was right behind with 17, Sydney Hinds had 12, Becky Porter tallied 11 and Emma Longley recorded 10.

Lexi Kohut posted a match-high 15 kills, with Longley finishing with 14 to post her first double-double of the season. Kara Spicer added nine kills and seven total blocks (one solo, six assists) and Anna Kincaid had a career-high eight kills.

Porter dished out 38 assists to go along with her 11 digs for her second double-double of the season.

In the opening set, a 5-0 run from the Mountaineers allowed them to open a 11-7 lead. The Black and Gold built its lead to as large as eight points, capturing the set 25-17.

In the second set, App State took control early and built an early 9-1 lead and never looked back, en route to a 25-11 victory.

In Set 3, the Raiders built a 10-point lead at 18-8. The Mountaineers were able to pull within four points at 24-20, but could not get any closer, dropping the set 25-20.

The fourth set saw Appalachian use an early 7-0 run to build a 9-5 edge. App State used a four-point spurt later in the set to open a 19-9 advantage and went on to win the set 25-20 to clinch the match.

Against Campbell (2-7), the Black and Gold notched a 25-19, 25-18, 25-12 sweep of the Camels. In all, the Mountaineers registered a season-high 12 service aces, with four apiece coming from Porter and Reilly.

Reilly recorded three service aces in the first five points of the match as the Mountaineers opened an early 5-0 lead. App State would build a nine-point edge, only to see the Camels pull within four at 21-17. But the Mountaineers rebounded and an attack error by Campbell gave the Black and Gold the opening frame, 25-19.

After Campbell jumped out to a 10-8 lead in the second set, the Mountaineers roared back with six of the next seven points to open a 14-11 advantage. Clinging to a three-point lead, Longley would serve two aces in a three-point span to push the Mountaineer edge to 20-14.

Set 3 was tied at 7-7, before Appalachian broke a 7-7 tie with seven consecutive points, getting three service aces along the way from Porter. The Mountaineers would not let Campbell get closer the rest of the way, capturing the set 25-12 to complete the sweep.

On offense, Spicer led the way with eight kills, with Kohut adding seven and Kincaid chipping in with six.

Porter finished with 28 assists and eight digs, while Reilly posted a match-high 16 digs.

Appalachian State will be back at it on Tuesday, with a non-conference road contest at East Tennessee State at 6 p.m.

WSOC: Radford 2, App State 0

BOONE, N.C. – Two second-half goals by Radford (3-1-1) doomed Appalachian State University women's soccer, 2-0, on Saturday evening.

App State (3-4-1) had its opportunities Saturday evening at Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex, tallying 10 total shots and five that were on goal. Although, Radford was able to find the back of the net twice within three minutes late in the match.

Eight Mountaineers were able to get a shot off tonight, with Kat Greer (Cayce, S.C./Brookland Cayce) (one on goal) and Molly Niewald (West End, N.C./Pinecrest) leading the way with two shots each.

Goalkeeper Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) held firm in the net all game with five saves. A cross by Nelia Perez helped Radford get their first goal in the 71st minute and a deflection off an App defender at 73' that was poked in scored the second.

Both teams played to a 0-0 tie in a defensive battle in the first period. Greer's shot on goal came within the first minutes of the game while Blair Anderes' (Charlotte, N.C./Myers Park) shot on goal came midway through the stanza and Audrey Emerson (Gastonia, N.C./Forest View) looked to get App on the board with her shot with five minutes left in the half.

Appalachian's next game will be back at home next Friday in their Sun Belt opener, where they will face the defending league champions South Alabama at 7 p.m. at Ted Mackorell.

MSOC: ETSU 1, App State 0

JOHNSON CITY, TENN. - Appalachian State University men's soccer suffered its first loss of the season in a 1-0 setback to a tough ETSU (2-3) squad on Saturday evening at Summers-Taylor Stadium.

The Mountaineers despite the loss, are still at a 4-1 mark for the season and is one win away from matching last season's win total. Entering Saturday, App was one of 14 programs in the country that remained undefeated.

Appalachian faced a formidable ETSU team that is now 11-1-5 at home over the past two seasons.

"Tough one tonight," head coach Jason O'Keefe said. "I thought had we many moments to produce a result. Hats off to ETSU, they are a good team that is well-coached. We will learn from this game, move forward tomorrow and become better for the experience it gave us."

Appalachian had several opportunities early in the contest highlighted by a Zeiko Harris (Sandy Parish, Bermuda/South Kent) header that was saved by the ETSU keeper in the 30th minute when the score was in a 0-0 deadlock.

Ten minutes later, ETSU scored the only goal it needed from Danny Barlow to give the hosts a 1-0 lead, which would be the score going into the break.

Early in the second frame, Parker Washburn (Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic) had a golden chance to things up with a shot on target, but it was saved by ETSU.

The Mountaineers continued to attack but couldn't find a shot on target. Camden Holbrook's (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) attempt in the 82nd minute was right there on frame but Josh Perryman came up with his third save of the contest to keep the App offense at bay after scoring multiple goals in the first four games of the season.

Washburn and Alex McGrath (County Durham, England/Durham University) led the way with two shots apiece, while Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) started between the posts and played all 90 minutes.

Appalachian will look to bounce back on the road against UNC Asheville on Wednesday at 6 p.m.