After winning four-straight games, Appalachian State University women’s tennis saw its streak snapped with a 0-7 loss to College of Charleston in Southern Conference action on Sunday
at CofC Tennis Center. The Mountaineers (7-4, 1-1 SoCon) suffer their first league loss, while the Cougars (7-4, 3-0 SoCon) has won three in a row.
In doubles action, CofC took the No. 3 match handily, 3-8. At No. 2 doubles, Appalachian seniors Gabriela Celi and Gisela Fernandez competed hard but were unable to hang on, falling 6-8. Fighting off the pairs sweep, ASU juniors Jennifer Ansari (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) and Ellie Linsell (Southampton, England/Cheam) were tied 7-7 against their Cougar foes and pulled off a 7-2 win in the tiebreaker, taking an 8-7(7-2) win at No. 1 doubles.
In singles action, College of Charleston remained in solid control across all six matches. In the No. 1 spot, Linsell hung close in the second set but fell 6-1, 6-4, while sophomore Jessica Thaggard (Acworth, Ga./Etowah) fell in her No. 4 match by an identical score.
In the end, College of Charleston swept all six singles matches without losing a set, shutting out the Mountaineers.
Appalachian State’s road trip continues as the Mountaineers move on to face Jacksonville on Wednesday at 10 a.m.
Samford Nips ASU In Men's Tennis
In the Apps' Southern Conference opener, Appalachian State University men's tennis fell to Samford, 3-4, in league action at Samford Tennis Center on Sunday. The Mountaineers (4-4, 0-1 SoCon) have now lost two of their last three, while the Bulldogs (8-2, 2-0 SoCon) extend their winning streak to five matches.
At doubles, Samford swept the No. 3 match, 8-0, but Appalachian's top pair of Sebastien King (Montreal, Quebec/George Vanier) and Philip Kloc (Melbourne, Australia/Mentone Grammar) kept ASU in the mix by winning the No. 1 match, 8-3.
With the doubles point in the balance, Appalachian's Alain Humblet (Montreal, Quebec/DE Mortagne) and Alex Markov (Pernik, Bulgaria/Hawai'i Pacific) forced an 8-8 stalemate and a decisive tiebreaker, but Samford's duo edged the Apps, 9-7 to win the doubles point, 9-8(9-7).
In singles, Mountaineer senior Steve Karendal (Kernersville, N.C./Lees-McRae) cruised through his match at No. 5 to win 6-1, 6-2.
King also pulled out a singles win, taking a two-set victory at No. 4, 6-3, 6-4.
Samford showed its strength at the top of the lineup, coming out on top at No. 2 and No. 3 singles to build a 3-2 advantage in the team scoring, one win from the match.
SU clinched the match with a three-set match at No. 1, defeating Markov, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.
Sophomore Matt Saltsgaver (Winter Park, Fla./Winter Park) added one more point for the Mountaineers with his three-set victory at No. 6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4.
Appalachian State continues its roadtrip with a turn south to Florida for a Tuesday match against Jacksonville at 2 p.m.