ASU senior Alex Markov (Pernik, Bulgaria/Hawai’i Pacific) improved his winning streak to five doubles and five singles matches, as Appalachian State University men’s tennis defeated Southern Conference rival
Davidson, 5-2, at Covington Tennis Courts on Sunday. The Mountaineers (8-5, 2-1 SoCon) have now won four of their last five matches, while the Wildcats (6-9, 2-3 SoCon) see their two-match winning streak snapped.
Markov and partner Alain Humblet (Montreal, Quebec/DE Mortagne) routed their opponents in the No. 2 doubles match, 8-1, while senior Steve Karendal (Kernersville, N.C./Lees-McRae) and junior Andrew McKinnon (Mooresville, N.C./Lake Norman) achieved the same margin of victory in their No. 3 match to take the doubles point.
Davidson’s Joe Schafer and Calum Gee won the top doubles match, 8-6.
In No. 1 singles action, Schafer hung with Markov in the second set, but the Mountaineer pulled out a 6-2, 7-5 victory.
ASU’s Sebastien King (Montreal, Quebec/George Vanier) also managed a two-set victory, earning a 6-3, 6-4 win in the No. 4 match. Appalachian State’s No. 2 player, senior Philip Kloc (Melbourne, Australia/Mentone Grammar), dropped his first set but rebounded to score a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory.
In the No. 3 match, Humblet picked up the first-set win but saw his Davidson opponent level the score in the second. Humblet regained momentum in the decisive set and won 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 for Appalachian’s fifth point.
Davidson redeemed the outing with three-set wins at No. 5 and No. 6 to stave off the shutout and solidify a 5-2 finish.
Appalachian continues with a road trip at Elon on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. before the Apps return home for the first time in eight matches when they host The Citadel on Thursday at 2 p.m.
ASU Women's Tennis Falls At Wilmington
Amidst a wet weekend across the state, Appalachian State University women's tennis fell to cross-state rival UNC Wilmington, 6-1, in neutral-site, non-conference action at the Charlotte Indoor Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers (9-6, 2-2 SoCon) suffer back-to-back losses for the second time this season, while the Seahawks (9-5, 4-1 Colonial) have won their third straight match.
Sunday's match began with singles action with Appalachian junior Ellie Linsell (Southamton, England/Cheam) powering through her match at the top of the lineup, 6-4, 7-5.
Rounding out the rest of the singles play, UNC Wilmington took a firm control over the five remaining matches, winning each in straight sets with no Mountaineer scoring more than three games. UNCW swept all three doubles matches, giving up a combined four games across all three positions.
After six matches away from Boone, the Mountaineers finally return home on Wednesday for their next match against Southern Conference opponent UNCG at 1:30 p.m.