HPU volleyball sweeps N.C. A&T
The High Point University volleyball team swept North Carolina A&T Friday at the Millis Center in the first match of the HPU Classic. Senior Maddie Simpson put up 30 assists and junior Chelsea Davis tallied her fourth double-double of the season.
“It was a good match for us to start the tournament,” said head coach Jason Oliver. “It was great to get everyone on the roster some playing time and see them all work in our system and with rhythm. “
Davis posted a double-double with a match-high 17 kills and 11 digs. Simpson had two blocks and one kill to go with her match-high 20 assists. Sophomore Annemarie Chin led all players with 19 digs.
Jillian Nobles led the Aggies with seven kills while Ashley Johnson led the team with 10 digs.
The Panthers improved to 5-7 with the 3-0 (25-19, 25-17, 25-14) while North Carolina A&T falls to 1-12.
The Panthers continue play in the HPU Classic today with a 1 p.m. match against Murray State. HPU will also face Davidson today at 7 p.m.
PANTHER WOMEN NOTCH DOUBLE-OT WIN
HIGH POINT — Junior Sarah Sermonet scored with a header in the 104th minute to give the High Point University women’s soccer team a 1-0 win over East Carolina in double-overtime on Friday night at Vert Stadium. The win was HPU’s second straight overall and its second-straight in double OT.
“This is a great win for our program,” head coach Marty Beall said. “We have never beaten East Carolina so this win speaks volumes about the hard work our girls have put in every day. Tonight was a great game. It was a very even game that either team could have won. I am very proud of the way our girls responded to the athleticism of a very good ECU team.”
With the score knotted at 0-0, the Panthers drew a corner kick after a nice combination of passes freed senior Sammy Vercellino down the right flank. Senior Brooke Lisson took the corner kick and hit the ball to the top of the six-yard box. Sermonet beat her mark and snapped a header to the far post to give High Point the win. The goal was the first of Sermonet’s collegiate career.
Neither team had many scoring chances during regulation as both teams defended well, making it difficult to carve out openings in the offensive third. East Carolina’s best scoring chance came in the 49th minute when Kelsey Reeves took a shot from just outside the HPU penalty area, forcing a full diving stop by Panther keeper Jesse May.
Just a minute later, senior Becca Hemby appeared to put High Point ahead with her first goal of the season when she split two ECU defenders in the box and beat the goalkeeper with a low shot, but the senior was called offsides negating the goal.
HPU had the better of the scoring chances in extra time with four shots to the Pirates’ one. The two teams finished regulation with 12 shots apiece. East Carolina finished the game with a slim 6-5 advantage in shots on goal and a 10-5 edge in corner kicks.
May finished the game with six saves to earn her second-straight win and her first clean sheet of the season. Baron made four saves for the Pirates in the loss.
The win over ECU is High Point’s first in six tried against the Pirates. The Panthers were 0-4-1 in five previous meetings with East Carolina.
HPU improves its record to 2-5-0 on the season with the win as the Panthers conclude non-conference play and enter the Big South portion of their schedule. East Carolina drops to 3-4-2 overall with the loss.
High Point returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 25, when the team hosts VMI at Vert Stadium in both teams’ Big South opener. Kickoff for the game is set for 7 p.m.
N.C. STATE’S AVENT GETS FIVE-YEAR DEAL
RALEIGH — North Carolina State baseball coach Elliott Avent has received a new contract that keeps him with the Wolfpack through at least the 2018 season.
School officials announced Avent’s new deal Friday, three months after leading N.C. State to its first College World Series appearance since 1968.
He will earn a base salary of $473,000 with up to $245,000 in incentives. Those include conference titles, appearances and advancement in the NCAA tournament, coaching awards and the players’ academic performance.
He also will receive automatic extensions of one year for each NCAA super regional appearance or two years for a College World Series appearance. Those extensions are capped at a total of five years, stretching the deal through the 2023 season.
HPU MEN’S LACROSSE COMPLETES FIRST WEEK OF FALL PRACTICE
HIGH POINT — The High Point University men’s lacrosse team began fall practices this week in preparation for the 2014 season. The Panthers will cap off the fall practice period with a weekend in Maryland to face Navy and the MLL’s Chesapeake Bayhawks.
HPU began official full-team practices this week after taking part in individual workouts since the beginning of school. The Panthers will play an instrasquad scrimmage on Friday, Oct. 4. High Point will travel to Maryland on Oct. 12 for scrimmages with Navy and the Chesapeake Bayhawks.
“We started out with mostly individual development, working on riding and clearing and really put an emphasis on our transition game,” said head coach Jon Torpey. “Actually having upperclassmen this year is a huge help. Practices are moving faster and it is great that we have guys in leadership roles. A lot of the guys who were here last year are stepping up as leaders and it is helping practice flow a lot smoother.
In January the Panthers will scrimmage Marquette at Vert Stadium before the season begins. The game will be Jan. 25 at noon. The season kicks off at Delaware on Feb. 1. HPU’s home opener is on Feb. 15 against St. Joseph’s at 1 p.m.
The Panthers return 32 players from last year’s inaugural team including senior captains Bucky Smith and Garrett Swaim. Sophomore Dan Lomas also returns as the team’s leading goal scorer (36 goals) and junior Matt Thistle is back after leading the team with 42 points on 19 goals and 23 assists last year. Redshirt-junior Austin Geisler is back after starting 14 games in goal for HPU. He averaged 12.78 goals per game for the Panthers.