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Senior Alex Markov leads the Mountaineers in the No. 1 singles position and will play the final home matches of his career this week.
Courtesy: Dave Mayo (Appalachian, '83)
Men's Tennis Hosts Final Two Duals
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Wednesday 04/11/2012 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's tennis is set for its final two matches of the regular season, as the Mountaineers host Southern Conference opponents Furman and College of Charleston to close out the year. The Apps host the Paladins at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday before taking on the Cougars at 2:30 p.m. on Friday; both matches will be held at ASU Tennis Courts.

Appalachian State (13-6, 6-2 SoCon) has won seven of its last eight matches and is 6-0 at home this year. The Apps have clinched at least fourth-place in the final SoCon standings and have clinched one of five first-round byes in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament.

Four seniors will play in their final regular season matches this week. Alex Markov represents ASU in the No. 1 singles spot for the second straight year and has teamed with Alain Humblet to go 13-2 at No. 2 doubles this season. With a team-high 14 wins, Humblet is the reigning SoCon Player of the Week and has won his last 10 matches, dating back to March 16.

Senior Philip Kloc is 13-5 in the No. 2 singles spot this year and has won eight of his last 10 matches, while Steve Karendal shares the team lead of 14 wins, posting a 14-4 mark in No. 5 singles with a 7-0 combined mark in doubles action.

Furman (8-13, 5-3 SoCon) began the season on a six-match slide but has won four of its last five matches entering the week. The Paladins' losses include four to nationally-ranked squads, while Furman has tabbed wins over Chattanooga, Georgia Southern, Davidson, Elon and The Citadel.

Individually, Tyler Droll enters the week on the team's hottest streak, having won his last six and nine of his last 10 matches, playing mostly at No. 6 singles. Furman's No. 1, Andrew Mellow, is 10-10 on the year and an even 5-5 in the last 30 days. In doubles, the two have combined for a team-leading 7-1 record in the No. 2 pairs position.

College of Charleston (14-3, 8-0 SoCon) remains perfect in league play but not without a few near-misses. Samford, UNCG and Georgia Southern came within one point of taking their respective matches, as the Cougars escaped 4-3 in each case. CofC's only losses this season have been to nationally-ranked squads: Clemson, Georgia State and South Carolina.

Cougars Crescente Lesser and Alon Faiman enter the week with seven-match winning streaks at No. 4 and No. 6 singles, respectively. Both are 9-1 in their last ten matches and 8-0 in conference action. Kyle Parker and Mickael Trintignac make up CofC's top doubles pair; with a 14-2 record, the duo has only lost in matches against Wofford and Samford, both by 6-8 margins.

After Friday, the Mountaineers rest up for next week's Southern Conference Tournament, April 19-22, hosted by College of Charleston and The Citadel. ASU will play its first match in Friday's quarterfinal round at CofC.

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