Heaven Nelson, Avery 13 points

Elon 4, App State 0/App State 4, North Carolina A&T 0

ELON, N.C. - After falling 4-0 to a tough Elon team in the season opener, Appalachian State University men's tennis (1-1) defeated North Carolina A&T (0-2), 4-0, in the second match of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon.

With the win over the Aggies, head coach Craig Schwartz earned his first victory as the coach for the Black and Gold. Four different Mountaineers registered singles wins while one doubles tandem in Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood)/Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day) tallied a victory. Bargeron highlighted the day for the Apps with one singles and one doubles win.

Match 2: Appalachian State 4, NC A&T 0
Appalachian bounced back quickly, as it captured the four singles victories it needed to claim the win. Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield) got off on the right foot as the No. 5 in the lineup with a 6-3, 6-2, triumph over his counterpart, Jordan Lawrence. Continuing the strong opening was Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) as the No. 2, dealing Hayden Faulkenbury a 6-4, 6-3 triumph to give App a 2-0 edge during the contest. Picking up his first collegiate victory and pushing the Black and Gold to a 3-0 advantage was Afonso Viana (Rua Deviera, Portugal/Cebes Porto Portugal), earning himself a hard-fought win that included a tie-breaking second set over Vasil Ivanov, 6-4, 7-6 (8-6). Clinching the match was Bargeron, but it wasn't easy. The junior needed to come from behind after a 7-6 (7-1) first-set loss to deal his opponent a loss in the next two sets, 6-0, 6-2. Also seeing their first collegiate action was Bence Tamas (Budapest, Hungary) and Will Hart (Vass, N.C./Union Pines). Both of the freshmen's matches went unfinished.

Match 1: Elon 4, Appalachian State 0
The Apps had their hands full with a formidable Phoenix squad despite getting off to a good start. Bargeron and Brea notching a 6-1 victory over Felipe Osses-Konig/Dino Bonetta as the No. 3 tandem. Three of the four freshmen were a part of the top two duos in the lineup. Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) partnered with Pavkovich but fell 6-3 to Taylor Foote and Mario Paccini. In the deciding doubles match, Tamas/Viana suffered a 6-1 loss to Camilo Ponce/Kyle Frankel. Appalachian couldn't get any momentum going in singles with the hosts picking up the three singles victories it needed for the win.

App State will return to action tomorrow for another tough matchup against ETSU in Johnson City, Tenn. at 11:30 a.m.

Bobcats fall in three at Queens

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Lees-McRae College men's volleyball team fell in three sets on the road at Queens University of Charlotte Friday night in non-conference action (25-20, 25-13, 25-15). The loss pushes Lees-McRae's record on the young season to 1-2.

Set 1 – Queens came out of the gates Friday on a roll. The Royals scored seven of the first eight points of the frame to put the Bobcats in an early hole. Lees-McRae was able to claw back to get within three points but that's as close as it got as the Royals went on to take the opening set, 25-20.

Set 2 – Much like it did in the first set, Queens totaled 13 kills in the second set as well. However, the Royals did it in a much more efficient manner hitting .435 with 13 kills on 23 attacks. With the Royal offense clicking so well, the Bobcats ultimately fell in the second, 25-13.

Set 3 – It looked like Lees-McRae could mount a rally against Queens in the early stages of the third set. The Bobcats scored four of the first five points to put some pressure back on the Royals. Queens quickly answered with a 15-5 run to regain the momentum and the lead on its way to closing out the match, 25-15.

Stat Standouts – For the second straight match, senior Hector Serviat led the team in kills with eight. Drew Sims was not far behind with seven kills of his own, while Ethan Gardner collected five kills on his eight attacks. Defensively, the Bobcats were paced by libero Chris Woolslayer, who finished with a team-high seven digs.

Next Up – Lees-McRae will return to action next Tuesday when it host rival King University in its first conference match of the season. First serve between the Bobcats and Tornado is set for 7 p.m.

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LMC Swimming notches a pair of victories Friday in Kentucky

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. – The Lees-McRae College swimming programs each picked up a victories Friday afternoon in Kentucky. The men's team defeated Thomas More University 106-36 but fell to the University of Cumberlands, 127-64. The women's squad, meanwhile, also defeated Thomas More, 78-50, but dropped a decision to Cumberlands, 142-35.

Standout Swims – The pair of victories by the Bobcats were a result of several key swims. Arsham Mirzaei picked up a victory in the 100 yard freestyle event with a time of 47.65. Teammate Javier Sanchez notched a pair of wins of his own in the 200 yard butterfly (2:00.17) and 200 yard breaststroke (2:14.68). Finally, John David McCray also had a good day with two wins to his credit in the 200 yard freestyle (1:47.93) and 200 yard backstroke (1:58.47).

Freshman Jennifer Paul posted the lone event victory for the women's team Friday in the 500 yard freestyle event with a time of 5:34.56. Kaci Thornton also had a solid outing as she competed in the 1,000 yard freestyle event for the first time in her career.

Coach's Take – "The goal of this meet was to better our times set earlier this season," said Lees-McRae Head Coach Sean Weddell. "We had several swimmers that accomplished just that, and I would like to see them all improve again tomorrow."

Next Up – The Bobcats will take on the same two schools and Bethel University on Saturday afternoon. The action gets underway at 4 p.m.

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