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Senior Philip Kloc's win at No. 2 singles kept the Mountaineers alive in last month's 4-3 win over UNCA. Appalachian faces stiff competition from ECU on Saturday.
Courtesy: Meghan Gay
Men's Tennis Hosts East Carolina
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 02/16/2012 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. - After several weeks without formal competition, Appalachian State University men's tennis is back in action Saturday, when the Apps play host to East Carolina at Deer Valley Racquet Club at 1 p.m.

The Mountaineers (1-2) enter the weekend coming off a dramatic 4-3 home victory over UNC Asheville on Jan. 29. After UNCA took two of three doubles matchups, ASU's mistakes plagued them in the early singles. Philip Kloc kept the Mountaineers alive with his win at No. 2 singles, but the Bulldogs held an early 3-1 lead, needing one point to clinch the match.

At the bottom of the Apps' order, Sebastien King, Steve Karendal and Matt Saltsgaver pulled off the rally, giving Appalachian its first win of the season.

East Carolina (7-2) enters Saturday riding a three-match winning streak as part of a busy early-season schedule. The Pirates' only losses have come to nationally ranked No. 59 NC State and No. 43 Memphis. Most recently, ECU notched a 7-0 sweep of Georgia Southern on Sunday.

At the top spot, East Carolina is led by sophomore Joran Vliegen of Belgium, who started the year 0-2 but has won each of his last six matches. Nicolas Soriano is 6-3 at No. 2, and No. 3 player John Schmitt has won his last five.

In doubles, ASU's pair of Alain Humblet and Kloc, ranked No. 8 regionally, will be challenged by Soriano and Vliegen, who are 7-2 on the season.

After Saturday, the Mountaineers will hit the road next week for visits to Gardner-Webb on Thursday at 2 p.m. and No. 74 ETSU on Saturday. The latter match time will be posted on GoASU.com as soon as it is determined.

SCHEDULE NOTE: Appalachian's March 14 match against Mercer has been canceled and will not be rescheduled.

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