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Senior Philip Kloc notched a 6-3, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles and an exciting tiebreaker victory at No. 1 doubles in Wednesday's win over Wofford.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, 1983)
Men's Tennis Sweeps Wofford, 7-0
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 04/04/2012 (ET)
BOONE, N.C. - In the first date of a four-match, season-ending homestand, Appalachian State University men's tennis swept Southern Conference foe Wofford, 7-0, at ASU Tennis Courts on Wednesday.

Appalachian State (12-6, 5-2 SoCon) retains a perfect 5-0 record at home, while Wofford (4-11, 3-5 SoCon) drops its third-straight match.

With scattered thunderstorms in the forecast, play began with singles action. Appalachian had its first point in less than an hour, as sophomore Matt Saltsgaver recovered from an opening-game broken serve to score a 6-3, 6-0 win in the No. 6 match.

In the No. 2 match, senior Philip Kloc made winning look routine, as the Mountaineer tallied a trio of breakpoints in his speedy 6-3, 6-2 victory.

On the outside court, Appalachian's No. 5, Steve Karendal, followed suit as the senior won his match moments later by an identical 6-3, 6-2 margin, giving the Apps a 3-0 lead in the team scoring.

ASU's match-clinching point came on the No. 4 court, where sophomore Sebastien King cruised through his opening set before catching a late break to seal his 6-0, 7-5 victory.

Mountaineer Alex Markov showcased his skills by scoring a break point midway through the opening set before scoring four-straight games to close out his 6-3, 6-3 win in the No. 1 singles slot.

Senior Alain Humblet fought hard through his opening set, failing to convert on several set-point opportunities before closing out his Terrier opponent. Humblet opened the second set on a 4-0 run and sailed to a 6-4, 6-2 win to give the Black and Gold the 6-0 lead in the match.

In doubles action, Markov and Humblet tore through their No. 2 doubles match, notching an 8-1 win in under 30 minutes of play. Karendal, paired with junior Andrew McKinnon, clinched the Apps' doubles point with an 8-4 win in the No. 3 position.

Kloc and King fell behind in the final match on the court as their Terrier foes picked up an early break for a 2-1 edge. The Appalachian tandem finally broke back to tie the match at 6-6, and the rivals went to a tiebreak at 7-7.

In the tiebreaker, the teams scored on serve through the first nine points before ASU took a 6-4 lead. Wofford fought off two match-points before the Apps took another lead at 7-6. Once the dust settled, Kloc and King scored on their fourth match-point opportunity for the 8-7(9-7) win.

The Mountaineers reset to host Chattanooga on Saturday at 2 p.m. The match follows a women's match against Samford at 10 a.m., and fans are invited to join doubleheader festivities between matches.



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