App State Sports News.... (2018-08-25 14:50:20)

VB: Mountaineers Sweep Past The Citadel in 2018 Opener

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In the first match of the 2018 season, Appalachian State volleyball posted a 3-0 sweep of The Citadel on the opening day of the UNC Asheville Tournament.

Emma Longley paced the Mountaineers (1-0) with a match-high 13 kills and four digs. Kara Spicer added seven kills on a .600 hitting mark, while also posting five total blocks (three solo, two assists). Victoria Wilform chipped in with five kills and Grace Morrison tallied four.

Becky Porter dished out a game-high 27 assists, while also posting four digs. On defense, Emma Reilly and Sydney Hinds each recorded double digit digs with 15 and 11, respectively.

The Appalachian State defense was tough all evening, limiting The Citadel (0-1) to a -.065 hitting mark and recording five block solos and six block assists. App State hit .191 in the match and posted 34 total kills.

After the Bulldogs opened an early four-point edge, App State roared back and jump in front 10-9 in the opening set on back-to-back kills by Spicer. With the set tied at 17-17, the Black and Gold won eight of the final 10 points to win the opening frame 25-19.

App State captured the first four points of Set 2, only to see The Citadel pull within one at 8-7. From there, the Black and Gold reeled off 10 straight points to take control of the set en route to a 25-14 victory.

In Set 3, the Mountaineers jumped out to an early 10-6 advantage. The Citadel would trim the App State lead to 14-12, before four consecutive points by the Black and Gold gave them a 18-12 edge. Appalachian State would not look back, taking the set 25-17 to complete the sweep.

The Mountaineers will be right back at it on Saturday, facing Coppin State at 12:30 p.m. and host UNC Asheville at 6:30 p.m. to close out play in the season opening UNC Asheville Invitational.

FH: Mountaineers Victorious in Season Opener

BOONE, N.C. -- Appalachian State University field hockey (1-0) shut out the Towson Tigers (0-1) 2-0 in its season opener at Adcock Field on Friday night.

Freshman Fredi Stegen opened her Mountaineers' career with App's first goal of the season, putting Appalachian up 1-0 near the end of the first half. Sophomore Chloe Bell then doubled the lead in the second half, utilizing an impressive deke before smashing the ball into the back of the goal cage. Fellow sophomore Meghan Smart assisted the second goal with a pinpointed pass from midfield.

Goalkeeper Rachel Gaines and the Mountaineers' defense withstood eight Towson shots, helping secure the shutout victory. Gaines made four saves, which included a diving effort to preserve the 2-0 lead late in the second half.

"We played really well," head coach Meghan Dawson said. "With Rachel in goal and our back-three this time they were really calm and composed. They tried to not even let the ball get into the 25 and that was really important for our team and our development."

All seven shots for the Black and Gold came from underclassmen with Smart and freshman Sydney Lee joining the two goalscorers in attempts. Appalachian's starting lineup featured seven underclassmen, highlighting the team's young talent.

The Mountaineers will look to move to 2-0 when they host the Georgetown Hoyas (1-0) on Sunday at noon.

MSOC: App State 3, Jacksonville 2

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Appalachian State University men's soccer freshman Camden Holbrook (Cary, N.C./Green Hope) netted a hat trick scoring three goals in the Mountaineers' thrilling 3-2 overtime victory over Jacksonville on Friday evening at Southern Oak Stadium.

The Mountaineers picked up their first season-opening win since 2012 while it was the first victory on the road to open the campaign since 2008. App improves to 2-1-1 in overtime matches under head coach Jason O'Keefe.

"Great team effort tonight" coach O'Keefe said. "Give Credit to JU for showing some resiliency in the last 10 minutes to get back in the game. We showed some tremendous grit by our young team to pick themselves up and get the game-winner in OT on the road. We will regenerate and turn our focus to North Florida on Sunday night."

Facing the A-Sun Tournament runner-ups and a squad that finished 6-3-1 in its last 10 matches last season, the Mountaineers knew they were in for a tough test. Jacksonville would score two goals in the last 10 minutes of the second half facing a 2-0 deficit to force overtime. At the 99' mark, Reed Hunnicutt (Charlotte, N.C./South Mecklenburg) found Holbrook for the game-winning score, making the Cary, N.C., native the first Mountaineer since Arie Muniz in 2009 to net a hat-trick.

Up until the Dolphins' first score, the Mountaineers had dominated the hosts with the 2-0 lead following Holbrook's second score thanks to an assist from Parker Washburn (Cary, N.C./Guerin Catholic). It didn't take long for the Apps to get on the board in the opening stanza, as Dimitris Moraitakis' (Athens, Greece/Greece) assist to Holbrook for his first-career goal that gave App the 1-0 edge in the first 25 minutes of the match.

Appalachian was on the attack all evening, doubling up on JU in shots on goal, 10-5, while App took 15 shots total. Holbrook posted four of his six attempts on target, while six other Mountaineers fired away a SOG. Felix Kollmannthaler (Frankfurt, Germany/Gymnasium Feuchtwangen), Zeiko Harris (Sandys Parish, Bermuda/South Kent), and Jake Chasteen (Boone, N.C./Watauga) played all 100 minutes. Chasteen earned the nod between the posts and stopping three shots. The Mountaineers also held a 7-4 advantage in corner kicks.

For Moraitakis and Washburn, it was the first assists of the career while Hunnicutt tallied the fourth helper of his career.

App will look for its first back-to-back road wins since 2016 on Sunday when it takes on North Florida at 7 p.m. The Ospreys fell to Mercer in their season opener on Friday evening.

WSOC: Maryland 3, App State 1

BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's soccer (1-2) suffered a 3-1 setback to Maryland (2-1) on Friday evening at Ludwig Field.

Looking to build off last weekend's win, the Mountaineers got off to a strong start in the opening period, as Sarah Murphy (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mount Tabor) notched the first goal of her career at 21' to give App the 1-0 advantage.

The Mountaineers held the Terrapins at bay until the score was tied up in the 33rd minute, 1-1, which would stay as the tally going into the break.

Appalachian and the hosts stayed at a 1-1 deadlock for the majority of the second period until the Terps scored in the 63rd minute to take a 2-1 edge. The Terrapins later added the third goal with six minutes left.

Taylor Ray (Indian Trail, N.C./Porter Ridge) played all 90 minutes in the frame with a season-high six saves. Jessica Easley (Waxhaw, N.C./Marvin Ridge), Ava Dawson (Greenville, N.C./DH Conley), Alexa Asher (Raleigh, N.C./Millbrook), Molly Niewald (West End, N.C./Pinecrest) and Emmily Cowie (Davidson, N.C./W.A. Hough) played the entire 90 for the Black and Gold.

The Mountaineers will seek their first road win of 2018 on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Old Dominion.