HPU volleyball falls to Cleveland State
The High Point University volleyball team lost the opening match of the Cleveland State Invitational to Cleveland State on Friday. The Panthers struggled to overcome a slow start, losing to the tournament host 3-0 (25-15, 25-13, 25-22).
Junior Chelsea Davis led the Panthers with 13 kills and sophomore Annemarie Chin tallied a match-high 19 digs. Senior Maddie Simpson recorded a double-double with 22 assists and 10 digs.
Grace Kauth led the Vikings with nine kills an Ally Beck added eight in the win. The win improves Cleveland State to 4-1on the season while HPU moves to 2-2.
The Panthers play two more games in the Cleveland State Invitational today. HPU faces UC Irvine at 10 a.m. and IPFW at 4:30 p.m. UC Irvine is 4-0 on the season including a win over IPFW in the first game of this weekend’s tournament.
GAMECOCKS TOP PANTHER MEN, 5-2
COLUMBIA, S.C. — The High Point University men’s soccer team fell on the road to South Carolina by a score of 5-2 on Friday night. Junior Mamadee Nyepon and sophomore Adam Storm each scored for HPU.
“I am extremely disappointed in the performance and mentality of the group tonight,” head coach Dustin Fonder said. “ Whether or not we are short handed or on the road the team needs to show much better resolve in the future.”
High Point took a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute when Storm scored with a glancing header. Sophomore Austin Yearwood delivered a cross into the box for Storm who redirected the ball into the goal for his first score of the season. The assist was the third of the season for Yearwood.
The lead lasted for just 27 seconds as South Carolina hit a cross into the box which caromed off HPU defender Sonny Mukungu and into the net for an own goal, tying the score at 1-1.
The score remained knotted up at 1-1 until the 51st minute when J.P Rafferty received a pass from Kurtis Turner and scored with a shot from the top of the box to put the Gamecocks in front, 2-1.
South Carolina added three more goals in the second half to push ahead by a score of 5-1 with just over 10 minutes left to play. Asa Kryst with a shot to the far post, J.P. Rafferty picked up his second goal of the game on a free kick and Hunter Wyer scored on a header off a free kick to put the Gamecocks in front by a score of 5-1.
HPU got a goal back in the 87th minute when Nyepon was fouled in the box giving the Panthers a penalty kick. The forward stepped to the spot and beat the South Carolina keeper with a shot to the lower left corner for his second goal of the season.
High Point drops to 0-3-0. South Carolina improves to 2-1-0.
High Point wraps up its season-opening road swing on Wednesday, Sept. 11, when the team takes on inter-triad rival UNC Greensboro. The game is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m.
UNCG WOMEN EDGE HPU, 3-1
HIGH POINT — The High Point University women’s soccer team fell in their home opener to UNC Greensboro by a score of 3-1 on Friday night. Senior Kelli Joline found the back of the net for the Panthers in the loss.
“I am very pleased with our performance tonight,” head coach Marty Beall said. “UNC Greensboro is an outstanding team and I feel like we out played them in the middle of the field. The difference tonight was that we did not have enough quality in the defensive and offensive thirds. I am excited about the growth that the program has shown. Last year when we played them we were out shot 20-5 and tonight we out shot them, which speaks volumes to the hard work our players are putting in every day to get better.”
The Spartans scored the first goal of the game in the 19th minute with a header from Chesney White. UNCG’s Ashley Stokes delivered a cross from the right side to the far post where White lofted a soft header over the outstretched hands of HPU goalie Ivy Cocklereece.
The Panthers pushed for an equalizer coming out of halftime, putting up three shots, including one on goal, in the first 17 minutes of the second half.
UNC Greensboro doubled its lead with a goal against the run of play by Katelyn Mountjoy in the 73rd minute to make the score 2-0. Candice Forbes found space at the end line on the right flank and hit a low cross into the box. The ball was kicked around in front of the goal before being tapped in by Mountjoy.
Mountjoy scored her second goal of the game just four minutes later when she corralled an HPU goal kick and cut back to her left foot before hitting a low shot past Cocklereece to push the Spartan lead to 3-0.
High Point got on the board in the 79th minute with Joline’s first goal of the season, making the score 3-1. Redshirt-sophomore Claire Kelly forced a save with a shot from outside the box. The rebound came to senior Becca Hemby whose header was blocked out to Joline. The forward hit a hard shot into the left side netting for the goal. The goal was the first surrendered by UNCG keeper Jaime Simmons in regulation this season.
High Point finished with a 15-9 advantage in overall shots with both teams putting seven shots on goal. Cocklereece made four saves in her season debut for HPU.
The Panthers fall to 0-3-0 on the season with the loss while UNCG improves to 4-1-0.
High Point travels to Burlington on Sunday to face another inter-Triad rival, Elon. The game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.
N.C. AUTHORITIES MULLING CHARGES IN AGENTS PROBE
HILLSBOROUGH — The prosecutor involved in an investigation into whether sports agents broke state law by providing gifts to former Tar Heels football players says authorities will decide on “potential charges” by early October.
Jim Woodall, district attorney for Orange County, said Friday he’ll meet with North Carolina Secretary of State’s office representatives. The decision on whether to file charges, possibly against more than one person, could come “by the end of this month or the first week ... in October.”
Search warrants have focused on Terry Watson of the Georgia-based Watson Sports Agency. Ex-UNC players Greg Little and Marvin Austin told investigators Watson provided cash and other benefits.
The law requires agents to register with the Secretary of State’s office and prohibits offering gifts to entice athletes to sign representation contracts.
NELSON EYES FIFTH CAREER EGOLF TITLE
WALLACE — Ryan Nelson of Charleston, S.C. carries a two-stroke lead into today’s final round of the eGolf Tour River Landing Open at par-72, 6,969-yard River Landing Country Club.
Nelson, a four-time eGolf Tour winner, stands at 17-under 199 after rounds of 65, 66 and 68. Will Collins of Salisbury holds second at 15-under 201.