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Courtesy: Meghan Gay
Men's Tennis Defeats Gardner-Webb, 5-2
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 02/23/2012 (ET)
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BOILING SPRINGS, N.C. - Backed by wins in five of six singles matches, Appalachian State University men's tennis earned a 5-2 win over Gardner-Webb on Thursday at Webb Tennis Complex. The win marked the third-straight for the Mountaineers (3-2), while Gardner-Webb (2-6) is off to a rocky start in its non-conference season.

Following ASU's success against East Carolina, the Apps began the match with their revised doubles lineups. At No. 2 doubles, seniors Alain Humblet and Alex Markov found success with an 8-3 victory, but the Runnin' Bulldogs were not easily dismissed.

Gardner-Webb pulled out 8-5 wins at both No. 1 and No. 3 doubles, earning the first point of the match.

In singles, however, the Black and Gold stole the show. After falling to four demanding opponents to start the year, No. 1 Mountaineer Markov picked up a straight-sets victory, 6-4, 6-4 for his first win of the season. Fellow senior Philip Kloc followed suit with a 6-4, 6-3 win at No. 2 doubles.

Sophomore Matt Saltsgaver also notched a two-set win for the Apps, taking the No. 6 match, 6-3, 7-5.

Appalachian's Humblet stumbled in his first set but recovered well, winning his No. 3 match, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

ASU's final win of the day came at No. 5 singles, where senior Steve Karendal dropped his second set but dominated the third, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-1.

Gardner-Webb's only singles win came in the No. 4 slot, as Roman Piftor scored the Runnin' Bulldogs' second match point, 7-5, 6-3.

With five singles-matches wins, the Mountaineers clinched the 5-2 win for their third-straight victory.

Appalachian State continues action this weekend with a road trip to No. 74 ETSU on Saturday before hosting Belmont on Sunday at 11 a.m. at Deer Valley Racquet Club.



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