Senior Casey Komline (Dorset, Va./Burr and Burton Academy) climbed the leaderboard on Sunday to hold the Mountaineers 10th place finish at the Irish Creek Collegiate at the par-71, 7,099 yard The Club at Irish Creek in Kannapolis, N.C.
Komline shot a 1-under-par 70 in the final round to improve from 27th place on Saturday to tie for 12th place in the tournament. Komline shot a 3-over par 216 for the tournament and won the head-to-head battle against 79 golfers.
The Appalachian State University mens golf team shot a 31-over-par 883 for the tournament, 24 shots behind tournament champion No. 47 Georgia State. The Panthers was able to surpass second-place North Florida by one stroke finishing with a 7-over-par 859. North Florida finished with an 8-over-par 860 and tournament host Charlotte finished in third place with a 19-over-par 871.
After tying for 46th place on the first day, Lee Mitchell (Conover, N.C./Newton-Conover) was able to go 3-over-par in the final round to finish tied for 30th and second for the Mountaineers. John Michael Cole (Fayetteville, N.C./Cape Fear), who was first for Appalachian after day on, finished tied for 41st and third for the Mountaineers.
Eric Eberspeaker (Rock Hill, S.C./Rock Hill) was not able to better his position in the final round, finishing in 52nd place. Caleb Keck (Reidsville, N.C./Rockingham County) finished last for the Mountaineers and tied for 81st place overall.
MJ Maguire of North Florida, who is ranked No. 54 in the country, earned low medalist honors at 8-under-par following a final-round 68. Charlie Bull of Akron and Niall Platt of Notre Dame finished 4-under-par tying for second place.
Appalachian will continue course action at the Coca-Cola Wofford Invitational at the Country Club of Spartanburg in Spartanburg, S.C on April 14, which would be its last tournament of the regular season before the Southern Conference Championships.
Apps Crush Catamounts on Senior Day
Jessica Thaggard earned her 10th singles win of the season on Senior Day and Appalachian State University womens tennis rolled to a 6-1 win over Southern Conference rival Western Carolina on Sunday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.
The Mountaineers (7-15, 3-6 SoCon) swept all three doubles matches to earn the doubles point and earned straight-set victories in four of six singles matches to top the Catamounts (1-15-1, 0-7) in their final conference match.
Appalachians No. 3 doubles team of Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen set the tone early with an 8-4 win while the No. 1 pairing of Mackenzie LaSure/Gabrielle Wreder earned an 8-7 (7-4) win and the No. 2 team of Clare Cox/McKayla Zupan came away with an 8-7 (7-3) victory.
In singles play, LaSure made short work of her opponent in a 6-2, 6-1 win at the No. 2 spot while Thaggard scored a 6-4, 6-0 win at the No. 5 position. The Mountaineers wrapped up the match when Mullen earned a 6-3, 6-3 win at No. 6.
Armellino and Cox added two more points to the scorebook for the Apps later in the day. Armellino grabbed a 6-4, 6-2 win at No. 4 while Cox earned a hard-fought 6-4, 3-6, 10-7 win at No. 1
Appalachian State wraps up its regular season when it hosts Gardner-Webb in a non-conference contest at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Appalachian State 6, Western Carolina 1
Apr 06, 2014 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)
1. Clare Cox (APP) def. Stacia Kissell (WCU) 6-4, 3-6, 10-7
2. Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 6-2, 6-1
3. Megan McLinden (WCU) def. Gabrielle Wreder (APP) 2-6, 6-4, 6-2
4. Brianna Armellino (APP) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares (WCU) 6-4, 6-2
5. Jessica Thaggard (APP) def. Nicole Nielly (WCU) 6-4, 6-0
6. Megan Mullen (APP) def. Erin Maguire (WCU) 6-3, 6-3
1. Gabrielle Wreder/Mackenzie LaSure (APP) def. Stacia Kissell/Shannon Bettiol (WCU) 8-7 (7-4)
2. Clare Cox/McKayla Zupan (APP) def. Megan McLinden/Nicole Nielly (WCU) 8-7 (7-3)
3. Brianna Armellino/Megan Mullen (APP) def. Sara Ruiz Pajares/Erin Maguire (WCU) 8-4
Western Carolina 1-15-1, 0-7 SoCon
Appalachian State 7-15, 3-6 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (2,5,6,4,1,3)
ASU Mens Tennis Topples Chattanooga
Appalachian State University mens tennis topped Southern Conference rival Chattanooga by a score of 4-3 on Sunday at the Appalachian Tennis Courts.
The Mountaineers (8-11, 5-2 SoCon) snapped a three-match losing streak while the Mocs (6-12, 1-7) fell for the fifth-straight time in league play.
Appalachian took the doubles point as it won all three matches. Steve Lake/Jack Maddocks cruised to an 8-4 win at No. 3, while Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang won 8-3 at No. 2. The No. 1 pairing of Zach Bost/Sebastien King sealed the sweep with an 8-6 win.
Maddocks continued his doubles form in singles play and earned the Mountaineers their first singles point with a 6-0, 6-0 win at No. 5 to move to 11-8 in his freshman season. At the No. 4 slot, Hoang trailed by a score 6-3, 5-3 before losing the match by default.
Casey won his No. 2 contest 6-2, 6-4 and Jan-Willem Kleynhans earned the clinching point with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 6. Casey improved 12-6 to on the year, while Kleynhans moved to 6-4 in singles play this season.
The Mountaineers return to action at Appalachian Tennis Courts on Tuesday when they take on Wofford in a 2:30 p.m. contest on Senior Day.
Appalachian State 4, Chattanooga 3
Apr 06, 2014 at Boone, N.C. (Appalachian Tennis Courts)
1. Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) def. Sebastien King (APP) 6-2, 6-4
2. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Jorge Varon (UTC) 6-2, 6-4
3. Luke Saunders (UTC) def. Zach Bost (APP) 7-6, 7-6
4. Gino Delavalle (UTC) def. Daniel Hoang (APP), by default
5. Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Austin Boaz (UTC) 6-0, 6-0
6. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Derrick Brown (UTC) 6-4, 6-4
1. Zach Bost/Sebastien King (APP) def. Jorge Varon/Pavels Grigorjevs (UTC) 8-6
2. Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang (APP) def. Luke Saunders/Gino Delavalle (UTC) 8-3
3. Steve Lake/Jack Maddocks (APP) def. Austin Boaz/Derrick Brown (UTC) 8-4
Chattanooga 6-12, 1-7 SoCon
Appalachian State 8-11, 5-2 SoCon
Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (5,4,2,1,6,3)
Photo Courtesy: Casey Komline, ASU Athletics