Men’s tennis yields mixed results over weekend

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Andrew Clausen

Freshman Zach Bost and junior Sebastien King team up against East Tennesse State University Saturday afternoon. The Mountaineers lost to the Buccaneers 1-6. Appalachian State University men’s tennis team endured two tough matches this weekend, but managed to finally earn their first win of the season.

The Mountaineers (1-4) opened up the weekend with a 6-1 loss to East Tennessee State University (3-2) Saturday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

It was the fourth straight loss to start the season as ASU has struggled with a difficult opening schedule, facing three nationally ranked opponents in the first four matches.

Zach Bost and Sebastian King defeated Jesus Bandres and Rogerio Ribeiro in doubles at the No. 1 position, but Appalachian was unable to secure a win at No. 2 and No. 3, losing 8-2 and 8-4.

Freshman Jan-Willem Kleynhans tallied his first career victory as a Mountaineer, with a win over Ricardo Pabon 6-2, 7-6 at No. 6 singles, according to goasu.com.

 

 

Unfortunately, No. 73 ETSU already clinched the match, due to no other Mountaineer coming away with a victory.

“We’re not used to starting out a season 0-4,” head coach Bob Lake said. “We can’t just rely on our seniors to pull us through. We need everybody on the team to step up.”

The Mountaineers responded with a dramatic 4-3 win over Tennessee Tech (0-7) Sunday, earning their first mark in the win column this season.

The match started out slow for the Mountaineers, losing in the singles No. 1 and No. 2 positions. The first win in singles came when Steve Karendal defeated Artem Tarasov, 6-1, 6-0 in No. 3 spot.

Kleynhans earned his second singles win in a row over the weekend when he beat Vasily Eremeev, 6-3, 6-2 in No. 4 singles, bringing ASU back within one point of Tennessee Tech.

With momentum going into the final two games, junior Matt Saltsgaver won 6-2, 6-2 at No. 5, while senior Andrew McKinnon won 6-3, 6-2 at No. 6, clinching the Mountaineer victory.

After the match, Lake said that everyone is happy to finally get a win this season.

“We know what we’re capable of as a team, we just have to go out and execute,” Lake said.

Appalachian will look for their second win Saturday, at 3 p.m. when they travel on the road to play UNC-Asheville.

Story: MATTHEW SMITH, Intern Sports Reporter

Photo: COURTNEY ROSKOS, Staff Photographer