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The Mountaineers will play five-straight Southern Conference matches beginning with meetings at Georgia Southern and Davidson this weekend.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Menís Tennis Prepared for Road Conference Matches
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Thursday 03/22/2012 (ET)
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STATESBORO, Ga. - Following Wednesday's heartbreaking 3-4 loss to Charlotte, Appalachian State University men's tennis jumps back into its Southern Conference schedule with road tests against Georgia Southern on Friday at 2:30 p.m. and Davidson on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Mountaineers (6-5, 0-1 SoCon) are seeking their first league win of the season, while Georgia Southern (1-15, 0-5 SoCon) is also in need of a SoCon win, and Davidson (5-8, 2-2 SoCon) looks to avenge eight-straight losses to the Apps, dating back to 2005.

Appalachian has won three of its last five matches, losing the other two by slim, 3-4 margins. On March 11, ASU dropped its SoCon opener against Samford after the Bulldogs took the top three singles matches. The Mountaineers now look to begin their ascent of the conference standings, looking to surpass their fourth-place finish in last year's regular season.

ASU's top individual, senior Alex Markov is back in form after a slow start to the year and has won five of his last seven matches, including three straight.

In doubles action, the Mountaineers have found remarkable success with their re-defined pairings, as Markov and classmate Alain Humblet have gone 6-1 at No. 2, while senior Philip Kloc and sophomore Sebastien King have posted a 5-2 mark at No. 1.

For Georgia Southern, the season has featured a string of 15-straight losses. After opening the season with a 5-2 win over Mercer, the Eagles have managed to score as many as three team points on only one occasion, a 3-4 loss to UNCG. GSU enters the weekend following losses to league foes Chattanooga, Samford and Elon, all by a 1-6 score.

The bright spot in the Eagles' lineup has been the team's No. 1 doubles pair of Alain Garrido and Andrew Dromsky. The duo has won four of its last six matches, though Georgia Southern was only able to capture the doubles point on one of those occasions.

Davidson snapped a three-game losing streak with its 6-1 win over The Citadel on Sunday. The Wildcats' other conference win was a 5-2 decision over Georgia Southern. Davidson takes on Winthrop on Saturday at 1 p.m. before hosting Appalachian on Sunday.

Connor Evins has assisted the Wildcats with five-straight wins at the No. 6 position. Nicky Kunz has earned a winning mark of 8-6 while playing in No. 2 to No. 4 slots. Evins and partner Chris Mark have posted an overall record of 9-2 on the year, including 7-0 when playing at the No. 3 doubles position.

After the weekend, the Mountaineers wrap up a seven-match road streak with a trip to Elon on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. before returning home to host The Citadel at 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 29.

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