UPDATED: Saturday's Scoreboard (2018-08-26 01:21:25)


Mount Tabor 2, Watauga 1
Gabe Highfield - WHS goal
Ayden Franklin - WHS assist

Junior Varsity
Watauga 4, Ashe County 0


Volleyball Sweeps Past Coppin State and UNC Asheville to Cap Perfect Weekend

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Nine sets played, nine sets won. After sweeping past The Citadel on Friday, Appalachian State volleyball completed a perfect weekend to open the 2018 season with 3-0 sweeps of Coppin State and UNC Asheville on the final day of the UNC Asheville Invitational.
The Mountaineers (3-0) are off to their first 3-0 start since the 2014 season, when they started 13-0. The three sweeps marks the first time App State has started a season with three consecutive 3-0 victories since 2014.
Emma Longley was named Tournament MVP, with Becky Porter and Emma Reilly earning All-Tournament Team honors.
In the first contest of the day against Coppin State (0-2), the Mountaineers hit a sizzling .364, totaling 37 team kills against just nine errors. They also held their second straight opponent to a negative hitting percentage, limiting the Eagles to a -.014 mark after holding The Citadel to a -.065 hitting percentage on Friday.
Five players registered at least four kills, led by Longley, who registered a match-high 11 kills, against just one error, for a .556 hitting mark. Kara Spiceradded seven kills on a .353 hitting mark, while Porter had six kills on six attempts for a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage. Melissa McMath and Lexi Kohuteach added four kills in the victory.
Porter dished out a match-high 18 assists, while adding two block assists. On defense, Reilly had a match-high eight digs, Sydney Farthing had six and Longley had five.
The teams were tied at 10-10 in the opening set, before the Mountaineers were able to take a 14-11 lead. From there, the Black and Gold won 11 of the final 13 points to grab the opening set 25-14.
In Set 2, a kill by Porter gave Appalachian an early 7-2 lead. The Eagles would roar back and take an 11-10 edge, only to see the Apps counter with the next four points to take a 14-11 advantage. Leading 15-14, the Black and Gold won 10 straight points, getting two kills apiece from Porter and Spicer, to run away with the second set 25-14.
The Mountaineers took control of the third set building an early 10-3 lead. Appalachian State never let Coppin State get within seven points the rest of the way, cruising to a 25-13 victory to finish off the sweep.
In the match against UNC Asheville (2-1), the Black and Gold got three straight kills from Spicer to take a 15-14 lead in the opening set. With the set knotted at 18-18, the Mountaineers won five straight points to build a 23-18 lead, eventually winning the set 25-20.
The second set saw the Mountaineers score five straight points to erase an early 9-4 deficit and tie things at 9-9. The Apps would score five straight points again later in the set to break a 14-14 tie and take a 19-14 advantage. A kill from Kohut and an attack error from the Bulldogs gave App State the second frame 25-19.
In Set 3, the score was tight throughout before a six-point spurt allowed Appalachian to build a 23-14 edge. Clinging to a 24-18 lead, the Mountaineers got a kill from McMath to finish off the set and clinch the 3-0 sweep.
Five players recorded at least six kills in the victory, led by McMath, who tallied a match-high 10. Longley had eight kills, with Kohut and Spicer each finishing with seven. Anna Kincaid chipped in with six kills.
Porter finished with a game-high 30 assists and seven digs, while Reilly posted a match-high 11 digs.
The Black and Gold finished with 40 kills and hit .250 in the match. UNC Asheville posted 30 kills and a .178 hitting percentage.
Appalachian State will return home next weekend to host the Appalachian Invitational inside the Holmes Center on Friday and Saturday. The Mountaineers will take on Davidson on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and host ACC foe Clemson at 12:30 p.m. and SEC opponent Mississippi State at 7 p.m. on Saturday.



Women’s Volleyball falls twice to wrap up the Coker/FMU Invitational Saturday

FLORENCE, S.C. – The Lees-McRae College women's volleyball team fell twice Saturday on day two of the Coker/FMU Invitational. LMC dropped its first match of the day to Winston-Salem State by a score of 3-2 (25-19, 23-25,16-25,25-15,15-11) followed by a 3-0 loss (25-20,25-14,25-15) to Francis Marion.

Winston-Salem State Recap – It looked like the Bobcats might pick up their first victory of the 2018 season after winning two of the first three sets of Saturday's opening match. However, miscues hurt the Bobcats as they committed a total of 47 errors combined across attack, service, receiving and blocking errors to help the Rams rally and win the match in five frames.

Despite the loss, LMC put together one of its better offensive performance of the young season against the Rams. Overall, four Bobcats tallied eight or more kills. Logan Slusher paced the Bobcat attack totaling 14 kills on 31 attacks. Caitlyn Smirne chipped in nine kills, while Hanna Steckler and Kaci Thornton both added eight kills each. Freshman Erica Slinde picked up a double-double with 19 assists and 10 digs. Additionally, Allie Cunningham paced the Bobcat defense with 15 digs.

Francis Marion Recap – Lees-McRae's offense cooled off considerably in its second match of the day as it hit .077 against Francis Marion. FMU's offense was clicking, however, hitting .318 in 88 attacks on its way to a three-set victory over the Bobcats.

Smirne paced the Bobcats with eight kills and 11 digs in the matchup against the Patriots. Slinde once again led the squad in assists with 15. Lexi Zangari also had stellar showing hitting .625 on eight attacks with five kills. Zangari also had a solo block and a pair of block assists in the contest.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action next weekend in Pembroke, N.C. for three matches. LMC will take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday before taking on Shaw and Coker on Saturday to close out the weekend.

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