Appalachian State University volleyball started the 2014 campaign with a victory, sweeping Cleveland State in three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-12 and 29-27.
The first set started close as Appalachian struggled to maintain a lead, but a kill from Emily Corrigan set the tone for the rest of the game as the Mountaineers pulled ahead 5-4. The Apps would keep the lead for the rest of the set, letting the Vikings come within three points on several occasions.
With the score at 23-19, Corrigan took control, slamming down two kills to help App State take the set 25-22.
Appalachian immediately took a 2-0 lead in the second set and would not give up the lead for the rest of the game as Cleveland State trailed by as much as 11 points. The Mountaineers held the commanding lead, defeating the Vikings in the second with a score of 25-12.
The Vikings came back for revenge in the third set, scoring the first two points of the game. The Mountaineers were able to tie the score at three, but from there the lead would flip back-and-forth for the rest of the set.
The third game featured 12 tied scores as the teams battled to reach 25 points. With Appalachian leading 19-15 it looked like they had control of the set, but the Vikings would not go down easy, tying the score at 20.
The set continued with six more tied scores before Appalachian finally pulled ahead for good, winning the set 29-27 and taking the match 3-0.
Corrigan led the team on offense, tallying 15 kills on the night and .433 hitting percentage. She added eight digs, for the second-most on the team. Jess Keller recorded 11 kills in the win, while added Lauren Gray eight with .312 hitting percentage.
Paige Brown assists 39 kills, while Meghan Mahoney led the team on defense with 15 digs.
Grace Kauth led the Vikings with 10 kills and Ally Beck recorded a team-high nine digs.
Appalachian hit .312 on the night, while Cleveland State hit just .118 percent. The teams each tallied six blocks in the match.
The Mountaineers return to action at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow to take on Tennessee Tech, before playing Tennesse at 7 p.m.
Mens Soccer Ties Albany in Season Opener, 0-0
Appalachian State University mens soccer opened its season on Friday night against Albany in the James Madison Invitational. App State drew Albany, 0-0 in two overtimes.
The Mountaineers (0-0-1) finished last season with a program record seven ties, before drawing Albany on Friday evening.
Stanley Broaden (Wilmington, N.C./Eugene Ashley) and Stephen Chapman (Greensboro, N.C./Northwest Guilford) both lead Appalachian in shots with four a piece. Each had one shot on goal. Patrick Harrow (Davidson, N.C./North Mecklenburg) finished with two shots, while Walker White (Frisco, Texas/Justin Wakeland) finishes with two shots, including a shot on net.
Paul West (Apex, N.C./Apex) played the full 110:00 and made four saves to earn a clean sheet.
App State created four corner kick opportunities to Albanys two, but were outshot by the Great Danes 18-13.
We struggled in the first half a bit on the defensive side of the ball, but we continued to work hard and keep their scoring opportunities to a minimum, said head coach Matt Nelson. Im proud of the effort they put in and now we can focus on our next opponent.
That next opponent for the Mountaineers will be Vermont on Sunday to round out the James Madison Invitational. Kick off is set for 12 p.m.
Late Goal Propels Appalachian To a 5-4 Victory
A goal by freshman Savanna Sheridan in the waning minutes of Fridays contest against Georgetown propelled the Appalachian State field hockey team to a 5-4 victory in its first match at the Brandon and Erica M Adcock Field at Appalachian Field Hockey Stadium.
The Mountaineers trailed the Hoyas 4-3 with less than three minutes left until junior Hanna French delivered a pass to freshman Taylor Cimbalist on the left side of the goal. Cimbalist fielded the pass and delivered a shot to the left corner of net to tie the game at four.
The Mountaineers did not play for overtime after that goal. A misguided pass from a Georgetown player was stolen by senior Laura Malinoski right on the edge but inside the circle and she fired a shot that was tipped by freshman Micaela Diedericks and scored by Sheridan to seal the victory for the Mountaineers.
It only took Appalachian nine minutes to score its first goal. Jordyn Warren found herself alone after a fast break and scored to put the Apps up 1-0. The Hoyas rebounded with two goals nearly eight minutes apart until senior Dana Wetmore found a diving Diedericks to put Appalachian back on the board. Georgetown would score two more goals before Cimbalist and Sheridans magic.
Behind the net for Appalachian was sophomore Cristina Ceppi. Ceppi got the win for the Mountaineers playing all 70 minutes and moved to 1-0 on the season. Rosalie Nolen recorded the loss for the Hoyas.
Appalachian will continue action at home as Ball State will visit Boone on Labor Day. Match time is set for 11 a.m.
Mens Cross Country Finishes in Second
Appalachian State University mens cross country opened its season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open. The Mountaineers placed second behind Wake Forest with 83 points.
Leading the Apps was Kyle McFoy (Newark, Del./The Tatnall School) who placed fifth overall with a time of 21:08.54 in the 6,400m run. The rest of the pack finished 19th through 23rd for Appalachian. Chris Anderson (Greensboro, N.C./Weschester Country Day) ran a time of 21:32.28 and Josh Cox (Mooresville, N.C./Mooresville) finished with a time of 21:34.94.
In 21st, Evan Laratta (Angiers, N.C./Quince Orchard) finished in 21:36.04 with Grant Rodgers (Wake Forest, N.C./Heritage) right behind at 21:36.48. Michael Ellis finished 23rd with a time of 21:39.34.
Will Henderson (Pinehurst, N.C./Pinecrest) competed as an unattached runner and placed 11th with a time of 21:18.22.
We finished second behind Wake Forest and I figured they would be the team that would be really strong, said head coach Michael Curcio. As expected Kyle was up there mixing it up. Our pack did very well, but we need to move it a little bit closer. One to six we were basically 31 seconds. If we can close that up over four miles to 20 seconds itll do a lot more.
Curcio continued, We had some good things with our freshman standout Grant Rodgers. He did a great job for his first meet in uniform and our transfer, Evan Larattas first race was in our top five so were really happy with their progress. Im really excited about watching Will Henderson. He would have been our number two guy. He was 10 seconds behind Kyle who was an all-conference runner last year.
Things are boding well and were pretty happy with our first meet. We have some work to do and get used to that college level training.
Womens Cross Country Finishes in Third
Appalachian State University womens cross country opened the 2014 season by hosting the Covered Bridge Open and finished in third place as a team with 45 points.
The Mountaineers were led by Tristin Van Ord (Chapel Hill, N.C./Chapel Hill) who finished in sixth place overall with a personal record time of 18:35.16 in the womens 5K. Justine Stocks (Asheville, N.C./North Buncombe) finished right behind her teammate in seventh place with a time of 18:51.87.
Finishing in ninth place, Samantha Campanaro (Winston-Salem, N.C./Mt Tabor) ran a time of 19:05.14 and Brittany Williams (Simpsonville, S.C./Maudville) finished in 10th with a time of 19:05.44. Torre Moser (Cary, N.C./Apex) wasnt far behind finishing 13th in 19:25.52. Kayla Schneider (Boone, N.C./Watauga) ran a time of 19:31.91 for 15th place and Dana Cox placed 19th with a time of 19:46.36
Very happy with Tristin Van Ords progress running number one for us today, said head coach Michael Curcio. Her and Justine Stocks went after it against very talented ACC level young ladies. Our three and four did a great job and Torre Moser was excellent.
Curcio continued, As a team I think we did very well. I think a lot of the fans liked the course and I think the athletes enjoyed it as well. Overall, we were very happy to be that competitive with North Carolina and Wake Forest at this point in the season.