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App State tennis teams sweep weekend doubleheader

App State tennis teams sweep weekend doubleheader

Men’s:

Appalachian State men’s tennis defeated Chattanooga in its second outdoor match of the season by a final score of 4-3. 

The Mountaineers improved its record to 8-11 and must notch one more win in its final two matches to clinch the fourth seed in the Southern Conference tournament.

The Mountaineers took all of the doubles matches to earn the doubles point for the match and an early 1-0 lead.

Chattanooga took points during the single matches against senior Sebastian King at No. 1 with a score of 2-6 and 4-6, at No. 3 against sophomore Zach Bost with a score of 6-7 and 6-7, and at No. 4 against freshman Daniel Hoang, which was won by default.

“Chattanooga is a tough team,” head coach Bob Lake said. “Our record with them varies every year, and right now we just need to focus on beating Wofford to take the fourth seed in the tournament.”

The Mountaineers took the rest of the match by storm with freshman Oliver Casey winning his set 6-2 and 6-4 at No. 2, freshman Jack Maddocks at No. 5 with a dominating score of 6-0 and 6-0, and sophomore Jan-Willem Kleynhans at No. 6 who finished 6-4 and 6-4.

“Elon is the No. 1 seed so for us to be fourth and skip the first round of matches we need to win against Wofford,” Maddocks said.

App State will face Wofford on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. at home. It will be the last home regular season match.

Women’s:

Appalachian State women’s tennis defeated Western Carolina on Sunday by a final score of 6-1.

This was the last qualifying match for the Southern Conference tournament for the Mountaineers, which ends its season with an overall record of 7-15 and a 3-6 conference mark.

The Mountaineers took the Catamounts by storm, sweeping all the doubles matches to earn the doubles point to start off the match with a 1-0 lead.

“Our doubles is coming along,” head coach Colin Crothers said. “We’ve won the last four doubles points and we’re a forced to be reckoned with now.”

App State played six single matches against the Catamounts and won five of them, dropping No. 3, which was lost due to a technicality against App State freshman Gabrielle Wreder after her team making a verbal call before the ball was out.

The Mountaineers will face the Catamounts again in the first round of the Southern Conference tournament, which begins April 16 in Chattanooga, Tenn.

“[Western Carolina] plays well and they have good doubles, we always get a good match from them,” Crothers said. “We have developed a lot from the beginning of the season and even though it’s a young team, they’re ready for the tournament.”

The Mountaineers will play its final regular season match against Gardner-Webb on Thursday at 2 p.m.

Story: Jess Lyons, Sports Reporter

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