In the team's final away match of the season, Appalachian State University overcame host Presbyterian, 6-1, in non-conference action at Templeton Tennis Courts on Wednesday. Appalachian (11-6, 4-2 SoCon) found
success in its last road match of the season, posting a final 7-6 mark on the road, while Presbyterian (11-12, 1-3 Big South) slips below .500 after dropping its final home match.
In doubles action, ASU junior Zeke Sansing (Memphis, Tenn./White Station) and senior Steve Karendal (Kernersville, N.C./Lees-McRae) were first to finish with an 8-5 win in the No. 3 spot, but Presbyterian responded with an 8-6 win in the No. 1 position.
Appalachian seniors Alex Markov (Pernik, Bulgaria/Hawai'i Pacific) and Alain Humblet (Montreal, Quebec/DE Mortagne) fought to an 8-8 tie in the No. 2 match before prevailing in a tiebreaker to win the team point, 9-8.
In singles, the Blue Hose quickly evened the score at 1-1 by stealing the No. 6 match, 6-1, 6-1.
Appalachian's No. 2, senior Philip Kloc (Melbourne, Australia/Mentone Grammar), regained the Mountaineer lead with his 6-1, 6-2 win, while classmate Karendal soon followed with a 7-5, 6-0 score in the No. 5 match, giving the Black and Gold a 3-1 lead.
The match-clinching point came from top individual Markov, who controlled his No. 1 duel from wire to wire, notching a 6-2, 6-2 victory.
ASU's No. 4 player, sophomore Sebastien King (Montreal, Quebec/George Vanier) pulled out a 7-5 opening set and needed a tiebreaker in the latter of a 7-5, 7-6, two-setter. Humblet closed out the match with a tight 6-4, 7-6, finish at No. 3 singles.
The Mountaineers return to Boone to complete their season with four matches on their home courts. Appalachian hosts Wofford on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. before taking on Chattanooga on Saturday at 2 p.m. The season concludes with matches against the Southern Conference's top two teams, Furman and College of Charleston, next week.
ASU Women's Tennis Blanks Davidson
The Mountaineers picked up their second shutout in three matches, as Appalachian State University women's tennis defeated Davidson, 5-0, in Southern Conference action at ASU Tennis Courts on Tuesday.
Appalachian State (11-8, 4-4 SoCon) has matched its win total from last season and surpassed its previous total of three league wins, while Davidson (3-15, 0-5 SoCon) was sent packing in search of its first conference win of the year.
With the threat of rain looming, the squads' coaches agreed to start play with singles action. ASU's No. 6 player Gabby Gabriel (Weddington, N.C./Providence Day) jumped out to the fastest win of the day, as the freshman picked up a 6-1, 6-1 victory for her third-straight win.
At No. 2 singles, junior Jennifer Ansari (Greensboro, N.C./Walter Hines Page) stole two break points for a 3-0 lead in the opening games and held on for a 6-2 set before sweeping the second set in her 6-2, 6-0 win.
Appalachian junior Ellie Linsell (Southampton, England/Cheam) fell behind early in her match at No. 1 singles, but pulled through for a 6-4 first set before winning five straight games to end her match, 6-4, 6-1, giving ASU a 3-0 lead.
The match-clinching point came from senior Gabriela Celi (Orlando, Fla./Lake Howell) in the No. 3 match, as the Mountaineer won six straight games to win the first set and kept up the pressure in her 6-1, 6-3 victory.
Sophomore Jessica Thaggard wrapped up the match with her 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 4 singles before ominous storm clouds rolled into Boone and halted play with the Mountaineers in front, 5-0.
In the final match left on the court, junior Kim-Lea Dinh (Maisons-Alfort, France/Lycee Eugene Delacroix) fell behind after a first-set loss and had taken a lead in the second set before her No. 5 match was terminated at 3-6, 2-1.
Appalachian State hits the road for its final road match of the season, as the Mountaineers pay a visit to Wofford on Thursday at 3:30 p.m.