Appalachian State University men’s tennis could only find the scoreboard in the final singles match of the afternoon, as the Mountaineers fell 6-1 to No. 73 ETSU Saturday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club. Freshman Jan-Willem
Kleynhans picked up his first career victory as a Mountaineer, defeating Ricardo Pabon 6-2, 7-6 at No. 6 singles, but it came after ETSU clinched the victory and moved to 3-2 on the young season.
The Mountaineers fought hard throughout the day, highlighted by a heartbreaking three-set loss by Steve Karendal at No. 3 singles. With the loss, Karendal moves to 1-3 on the season in singles play.
“ETSU is a good team and it’s the last ranked team we have on the schedule as of now,” head coach Bob Lake said. “But tomorrow we got to get a win and get this started.”
App State quickly returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 3 as the Apps host Tennessee Tech at the Deer Valley Racquet Club. Action is set to begin at noon.
ETSU (3-2) 6, Appalachian State (0-4) 1
1. Jesus Bandres (ETSU) def. Sebastien King (APP) 6-4, 6-2
2. Rogerio Ribeiro (ETSU) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-2, 6-0
3. Jorge Varon (ETSU) def. Steve Karendal 3-6, 6-4, 6-3
4. Juan Ramirez ETSU) def. Andrew McKinnon (APP) 6-0, 6-2
5. Roger Ordeig (ETSU) def. Matt Saltsgaver (APP) 6-2, 6-1
6. Jen-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Ricardo Pabon (ETSU) 6-2, 7-6
1. Bost/King (APP) vs. Bandres/Ribeiro (ETSU), unfinished
2. Juan Ramirez/Varon (ETSU) def. Karendal/McKinnon (APP), 8-2
3. Ordeig/Pabon (ETSU) def. Lake/Kleynhans (APP), 8-4