The Fayette Tribune, Oak Hill, W.Va.

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April 10, 2014

Tech hires volleyball coach; softball, baseball squads compete

MONTGOMERY — Kenny Howell, WVU Tech’s interim athletic director, has announced the appointment of Ashley Ziegle as head volleyball coach.

Ziegle took over the reins of the Golden Bear program on April 4.

She comes to Tech from Concord University in Athens, where she has been a graduate assistant coach since August 2012. At CU, she helped the team go 16-17 in 2013, the most wins by the program since 2002. The 16-win season was Concord’s fifth-best campaign in nearly a quarter-century. The Mountain Lions placed two players on the Mountain East Conference team and advanced to the quarterfinals of the inaugural MEC tournament.

Ziegle also has coaching experience through club volleyball. She coached at Upland Volleyball Club (2007-08), Clash Southwest Volleyball Club (2012-13) and Survivor Jo’s Club (2013-14).

“I am very excited to start this next endeavor in my career. I plan on bringing this enthusiasm and energy to Tech’s program to help move it in the right direction,” said Ziegle. “I will be working hard to make sure each student-athlete reaches their full potential on and off the court.”

Ziegle received her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from West Virginia Wesleyan and is working towards her masters degree in health promotion at Concord University.

WVU Tech volleyball finished the 2013 season with a 9-23 record, marking the most wins in a single season for the program since 2006.

Ziegle, a native of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., plans to reside in Montgomery.

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The WVU Tech baseball team split a doubleheader Saturday afternoon against Ohio University Lancaster at Douglas M. Epling Field in East Bank. The Golden Bears (10-17) fell in game one, 2-0, before taking game two in 10 innings, 2-1.

Tech was limited to just one hit — by freshman Doug Prather — in the opener. Seniors Zach Sizemore and Marc-Richard Culmer each stole a base.

Freshman Jayson Sykora (0-1) surrendered two runs, both unearned, for the complete game in the loss. Sykora recorded five strikeouts while walking three.

A sacrifice fly to left field by freshman Trevor Lam scored Sizemore to give Tech a 2-1 win in the 10th inning over Ohio University Lancaster to close the series.

Sizemore led off for the Golden Bears in the bottom of the 10th, knocking an infield single, then pinch hitter Zach Maynard walked his way on to advance Sizemore. Freshman Austin Lucas stepped to the plate and did his job, advancing runners to second and third, by laying down a sacrifice bunt. With one out, Lam brought Sizemore home for the game-winning run.

Lam and senior Zeke Grissinger each had an RBI, and Prather had two hits.

Freshman Ryan Windon (1-1) registered his first collegiate win on the mound after giving up two hits, striking out six batters and walking one in 5.2 innings of work. Junior Zack Thomas drew the start, pitching 4.1 innings while striking out two and giving up one run.

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