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The Mountaineers look to win their third straight match when they face Gardner-Webb on Thursday.
Courtesy: Meghan Gay
Men's Tennis Heads to Face Gardner-Webb
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 02/22/2012 (ET)
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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Having won each of its last two matches on the team's home courts, Appalachian State University men's tennis heads to take on nearby Gardner-Webb in a non-conference road test on Thursday at 2 p.m.

The Mountaineers (2-2) fell just short of a sweep of East Carolina, dismissing the Pirates, 5-1, at home. The win followed the Apps' 4-3 win over UNC Asheville in their previous match on Jan. 29.

Appalachian's Sebastien King earned Southern Conference Player of the Week honors after scoring a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 4 singles to clinch Appalachian's overall win. Along with partner Philip Kloc, the duo's 8-6 win at No. 1 doubles also proved vital in the victory; Kloc went on to triumph at No. 2 singles, 6-1, 6-1.

For Gardner-Webb (2-5), Thursday's match marks the start of a three-match home stand, which includes the Runnin' Bulldogs' Big South opener against Radford.

After beginning the season with a 0-7 loss to nationally-ranked NC State, Gardner-Webb has squared off against four Southern Conference teams in its last five matches. GWU downed Davidson, 5-2, but incurred losses to UNCG, Chattanooga and Elon. The Runnin' Bulldogs other win this season came in a 7-0 sweep of Lees-McRae earlier this month.

Gardner-Webb is without its No. 1 player from last year, Julien Belair. Instead, sophomore Korhan Ates has taken over the lead spot for the Runnin' Bulldogs. In the team's Saturday loss Elon, junior Matthew Parker and freshman Ernest Alberch picked up GWU's lone win, taking No. 2 doubles, 8-4, in the squad's 0-7 loss.

After Thursday, the Mountaineers will travel to ETSU on Saturday before returning home to host Belmont at 11 a.m. on Sunday at Deer Valley Racquet Club.



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