ELON, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's tennis is set for two matches in as many days when the squad takes on a pair of Southern Conference opponents this week. On Wednesday, the Apps travel to face Elon at 2:30 p.m. before returning to the ASU Tennis Courts on Thursday to host The Citadel at 2 p.m.
Appalachian (8-5, 2-1 SoCon) wraps up seven-straight road matches with a visit to Elon, where the Phoenix (7-9, 4-1 SoCon) have not lost a league match on their home court. The Citadel (5-13, 0-6 SoCon) comes to Boone after nearly four weeks without a win over a Division I opponent.
Last week, the Mountaineers fell in non-conference action to nearby rival Charlotte before picking up league victories over Georgia Southern, 7-0, and Davidson, 5-2. Pending any weather-related relocation, Thursday's mach will be the Apps first on their own outdoor courts.
Appalachian's top individual and reigning SoCon Player of the Week Alex Markov has won 10-straight matches, including five in a row each in singles and doubles action. His combined 6-0 week led him to become the third Mountaineer to receive the league distinction this season. Along with doubles partner Alain Humblet, the two seniors are 8-1 in their partnership at No. 2 doubles.
Elon's lone conference loss came by way of a 2-5 defeat by College of Charleston earlier in March. Of the Phoenix's nine losses, four have come to nationally-ranked opponents, including a 0-7 sweep by No. 50 North Florida last week. Elon has defeated The Citadel, Chattanooga, Davidson and Georgia Southern in the front half of its SoCon slate.
Elon's top singles player, Cameron Silverman, has posted an 11-5 overall record, including a win over No. 115 Danny Kreyman of No. 42 Wake Forest in February. Silverman had strung together eight straight wins before his most-recent loss against UNF. Stefan Fortmann is 11-4 at the No. 2 spot, and like Silverman, he has gone 8-2 in his last 10 matches.
After a 4-2 start to the year, The Citadel slumped into a streak of 11 losses in a row, finally snapping the lull with a 5-2 win over Wisconsin-Whitewater on Monday. The Bulldogs finished the 2011 season with a 0-10 league mark and are still in search of their first SoCon victory since 2010.
The bright spot in The Citadel lineup is top individual David Orces. The junior Ecuadorean and 2010 SoCon all-Freshman selection has won eight straight in the No. 1 slot, including four wins over conference opponents.
After Wednesday, the Mountaineers head to UNCG on Saturday for a noon match to start the second half of their league schedule.