A late rally fell just short as Appalachian State University men’s tennis was unable to outlast a nationally-ranked Furman squad in a 4-3 loss in Southern Conference play on Thursday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.


The Mountaineers (7-10, 4-1 SoCon) suffered their first league and home losses of the season while the Paladins (12-7, 6-0) remain atop the league standings with a perfect conference record.


Appalachian started things off on the right foot as it won the doubles point by taking two of three doubles matches. The No. 1 team of Sebastien King/Zach Bost earned an 8-5 win before Furman earned an 8-4 win at No. 3 doubles.


With the doubles point hanging in the balance, the Mountaineers’ No. 2 tandem of Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang hung on in a tiebreaker to win 8-7 (7-6) and give App State the first point of the match.


Furman responded quickly as its top player, Adam Steryous, earned a 6-0, 6-2 win over King at the No. 1 spot. Steryous entered the match ranked No. 94 overall in the latest ITA rankings. The Paladins tacked on another point to make it 2-1 when Juan Sheppard defeated Jan-Willem Kleynhans at the No. 6 spot (6-4, 6-2).


Jack Maddocks picked up his 10th win of the season and moved to 10-7 in singles play when he earned a 6-2, 6-3 win at the No. 5 spot to tie the match at 2-2.


The Paladins picked up another win as Luke Synn defeated Hoang at No. 3 (6-3, 6-4) to give Furman a 3-2 advantage, but Bost earned a 7-6, 6-1 win at No. 4 to tie things at 3-3.


In the decisive match at No. 2, Casey fell 7-6 in the first set and trailed 5-4 in the second before pulling even, but ultimately fell by a 7-6, 7-5 tally.


Appalachian State returns to action on Saturday when it heads to UNCG for a noon match before coming back to Boone on Sunday for an 11 a.m. contest against Chattanooga.


#75 Furman 4, Appalachian State 3

Apr 03, 2014 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)

Singles competition

1. #94 Adam Steryous (FUR) def. Sebastien King (APP) 6-0, 6-2

2. Matt Browne (FUR) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 7-6, 7-5

3. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Daniel Hoang (APP) 6-3, 6-4

4. Zach Bost (APP) def. Joel Cook (FUR) 7-6, 6-1

5. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Jacob Behal (FUR) 6-2, 6-3

6. Juan Sheppard (FUR) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Zach Bost/Sebastien King (APP) def. Matt Browne/Joel Cook (FUR) 8-5

2. Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang (APP) def. Jacob Behal/Adam Steryous (FUR) 8-7 (7-6)

3. Ben Horst/Alex Christ (FUR) def. Steve Lake/Jack Maddocks (APP) 8-4

Match Notes

Furman 12-7, 6-0 SoCon; National ranking #75

Appalachian State 7-10. 4-1 SoCon

Order of finish: Doubles (1,3,2); Singles (1,6,5,3,4,2)

T-3:45 A-86



Mountaineers Win University Cup



The Appalachian State University men’s and women’s golf teams combined on Thursday to take down Gardner-Webb 4.5-3.5 to win the University Cup at the Mimosa Hills Golf and Country Club in Morganton, N.C.


With the team score tied at 3.5, senior John Michael Cole (Fayetteville, N.C./Cape Fear) and sophomore Lee Mitchell (Conover, N.C./Newton-Conover) pulled out to win the last match against Gardner-Webb’s Matt Yelverton and Elkie Kow without playing all 18 holes. Cole and Mitchell obtained a 3-and-2 victory to help the Mountaineers clinch the match.


The Mountaineers and Runnin’ Bulldogs paired players together in match play action of 18 holes. The Mountaineers started things strong taking the first victory of the match.


Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) and Lily Yatawara (Salisbury, N.C./Salisbury) teamed up to go 1-up over Gardner-Webb’s Blake Maum and Tessy Tuschen to give Appalachian the lead.


Gardner-Webb stormed back to win 3-and-2 in the second and third matches. Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) and Wenjia Cao (Ji Li, China/Monteverde Academy) teamed up to lose the second match while Kyle Austin (Mebane, N.C./Eastern Alamance) and Yuxuan Li (Beijing, China/ lost the third match.


Patrick Moriarty (Rockville, Md./Rockville) and Hannah Craver (Winston-Salem, N.C./Reagan) took the next match at 2-and-1 against Vincent Blanchette and Julia Hendderson. The Runnin’ Bulldogs got the point back in the next match with a 1-up victory.


With the Mountaineers down 2-3, Appalachian’s Andrew Furr (Clayton, N.C./Clayton) and Madalyn Davis (Marion, N.C./McDowell) teamed to secure the 1-up victory and tie the match with only two more pairings to play.


Jake Williams (Greensboro, N.C./Grimsley) and Emily Stinson (Charlotte, N.C./Ardrey Kell) squared off against Daley Byles and M.K. Donovan in the second-to-last match. Both teams battled to secure the match clinching point but they came all-squared to force the fantastic finish.


This match concluded the Appalachian State women’s team regular season. They will step on the green next at the Southern Conference Championships in Hilton Head, S.C. starting April 13.


The men’s team will continue its regular season play facing off at the Irish Creek Intercollegiate at the Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C. on Saturday.



Appalachian State 4.5               Score        Gardner-Webb 3.5

Eric Eberspeaker/Lily Yatawara 1UP          Blake Maum/Tessy Tuschen

Caleb Keck/Wenjia Cao           2&3          Chris Jones/Sarah Bertram

Kyle Austin/Yuxuan Li             2&3          Nick Browning/Courtney Yanch

Patrick Moriarty/Hannah Craver 2&1         Vincent Blanchette/Julia Henderson

Casey Komline/Haley Zagoria    1UP         Clement Kumiawan/Taylor Dodson

Andrew Furr/Madalyn Davis      1UP        Steve Jones/Pilar Morgan

Jake Williams/Emily Stinson       AS          Daley Byles/MK Donovan

Lee Mitchell/John Michael Cole 3&2         Matt Yelverton/Elkie Kow