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Senior Steve Karendal and the Mountaineers look to pick up two wins with matches in Florida this week.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Men's Tennis Heads to Two Florida Duals
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Monday 03/12/2012 (ET)
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After dropping the team's Southern Conference opener, Appalachian State University men's tennis looks to rebound with matches against Jacksonville and Bethune-Cookman this week. The Apps are set to face Jacksonville on Tuesday at 2 p.m. before heading to Daytona Beach to square off against B-CU on Friday at 2 p.m.

Appalachian (4-4, 0-1 SoCon) fell, 3-4, in its league opener against Samford on Sunday. ASU's No 4 through No. 6 players earned big wins, as Sebastien King, Steve Karendal and Matt Saltsgaver notched wins for the Apps. Mountaineers King and Philip Kloc picked up an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles, but Samford was able to avenge its loss by the same score in last year's regular season.

Jacksonville (2-7) has picked up early-season wins against Bethune-Cookman and Hampton but has struggled in recent weeks. The Dolphins enter Tuesday on a six-match losing streak, dating to Feb. 19. JU took on College of Charleston and won the doubles point in the only other SoCon game on its schedule, but inclement weather forced a postponement.

Doubles pair Richard Casagrande and Fernando Lopez started the year at 3-3, playing in the No. 1 spot for the Dolphins. Jose Fantova leads Jacksonville from the top spot, while Lopez and Casagrande round out the top half at No. 2 and No. 3 singles, respectively.

Bethune-Cookman (7-6) began the season with losses in four of its first five matches, but the team has been hot in recent weeks, winning each of its last four completed matches. The Wildcats scored a 7-0 shutout of Robert Morris on March 7 and followed with a 6-0 sweep of Kennesaw State on March 9. B-CU will showdown with Siena and Youngstown State on Monday, with Army on Wednesday and with Winthrop on Thursday before hosting NJIT on Friday prior to taking on Appalachian State.

Senior Marc Misanovic leads the Wildcats from the No. 1 singles position, while Juan Varon and Diego Garvito have filled in at No. 2. Freshman Moritz Pronath has strung together seven-straight wins, making contributions from No. 3 to No. 6 in the lineup. Varon and Santiago Lobelo have been the most consistent doubles pair, recording a 6-6 mark on the season.

After Friday's match, the Mountaineers return to North Carolina for their next match, as the Apps are set for a meeting at Charlotte on Wednesday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m.



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