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By Nathan Ham - [email protected]


WEST JEFFERSON — The Lady Husky varsity volleyball team dropped to 0-2 on the season with a 3-0 loss to Alexander Central.

The Cougars (2-1) scored a 25-15 win in the first set, a 25-13 win in the second set and a 25-12 win in the third and final set.

Ashe will be back on the court Tuesday at home against Mount Airy in the team’s third non-conference tilt of the young season.

JV scores

Volleyball: Avery 2, Ashe 1. Set scores were 23-25, 25-16 and 25-20.

Volleyball: Alexander Central 2, Ashe 0. Set scores were 25-10 and 25-7.

Soccer: Ashe 1, Watauga 0

Football: North Surry 26, Ashe 12

ASU volleyball adds assistant coach

BOONE — Appalachian State University volleyball head coach Matt Ginipro announced the hiring of Amber Miehlke as an assistant coach on Friday.

“I’m excited to add Amber to our coaching staff. She came highly recommended and knocked it out of the park during her interview,” said coach Ginipro. “Her playing and coaching experiences at Oakland were exactly what I was looking for and her personality is a perfect fit with our team. She immediately connected with our players and I know she will help us achieve our goal of a Sun Belt championship.”

“I would like to thank Matt, Chad and Efrain for this opportunity to become a part of the Appalachian State family,” said Miehlke. I also want to thank the players who met with me as they have painted a really good picture of what their program values, the things they consider important and the goals they want to achieve. I am excited to not only work with everyone, but to make an impact that will help us achieve those goals.”

Before coming to the High Country, Miehlke spent one year as a volunteer at Oakland University in 2014 and was also a four-year player for the Golden Grizzlies (2009-12).

In 2014, Miehlke helped the Golden Grizzlies to a 22-10 overall record, including a 12-2 mark in the Horizon League. With Oakland only joining the Division I ranks prior to the 2013 season, Miehlke was a member of many program firsts, including the program’s first 20-win season, Horizon League regular season and tournament championships and first NCAA Championships appearance.

As a student-athlete for the Golden Grizzlies, Miehlke was an outside hitter that saw action in 87 matches and 200 sets throughout her career. She never appeared in less than 18 matches in a season, while playing in a career-high 25 contests as a freshman in 2009.

After her career was over, Miehlke was a part of the winningest senior class in program history with 68 total victories. Miehlke not only saw success on the court, but in the classroom as well. She was named Academic all-Summit League twice in her career in 2010 and 2011. She graduated with a B.S.W. in social work and a minor in sociology.

Miehlke attended Lake Zurich High School in Lake Zurich, Ill., where she played on the conference championship team in 2007 and earned all-conference and all-region recognition during her career.

Nathan Ham can be reached at 336-846-7164 or followed on Twitter @NathanHam87

By Nathan Ham

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