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On Thursday, senior Alex Markov rallied from a set down to win his No. 1 singles match in a tiebreak, completing the Apps' sweep of The Citadel.
Courtesy: DCMayo (Appalachian, '83)
Men's Tennis Prepped for Test at UNCG
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Friday 03/30/2012 (ET)
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GREENSBORO, N.C. - After closing the front half of the team's Southern Conference slate with four straight wins, Appalachian State University men's tennis looks to keep its momentum going when the squad heads to UNCG for a noon match on Saturday.

The Mountaineers (10-5, 4-1 SoCon) have won six of their last seven matches, including four league wins in a row. Earlier this week, the Black and Gold polished off a 5-2 victory over Elon on Wednesday and a 7-0 sweep of The Citadel on Thursday.

Senior Alain Humblet pulled off a 6-0, 6-0 shutout at No. 3 singles in Thursday's match against The Citadel for his sixth win in a row. Reigning SoCon Player of the Week Alex Markov was challenged in his No. 1 singles match on Thursday but rallied to put away Bulldog David Orces, 3-6, 6-3, (11-9), completing the Mountaineer sweep. Together, Humblet and Markov have combined for an overall 10-1 record since teaming up in February.

UNCG (7-9, 4-2 SoCon) has had an up-and-down season, as the Spartans have alternated wins and losses over their last 11 matches. Saturday's match is the Spartans' first in a week, following a 3-4 loss to Wofford last weekend.

Against common non-conference opponents, both UNCG and ASU notched wins over UNC Asheville, Gardner-Webb and Belmont, while both teams lost to Charlotte. Appalachian defeated East Carolina, 5-1, while UNCG fell 2-5 to the Pirates.

UNCG's No. 1 player, Orcun Seyrek has posted an 11-5 record this season, including 8-2 in his last 10 matches. Behind Seyrek, Ahmet Sarioglu is 12-4 at No. 2 and has won his last eight straight matches. UNCG's weakness is hidden in the bottom of its lineup, as the Spartans have gone 22-42 in singles between No. 3 and No. 6.

After Saturday, the Mountaineers play their final road match at Presbyterian on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. before returning to host Wofford on Wednesday in the first of four home matches to conclude the regular season.



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