SPARTANBURG, S.C. -Southern Conference officials have overturned the result of Thursday's men's tennis match between Appalachian State University and Furman, as announced by assistant commissioner for championships Brandon Neff on Friday. After the Mountaineers handed the Paladins a 4-3 defeat, FU coaches protested the decision. SoCon officials have upheld the FU appeal, and Thursday's result has officially been declared a 3-3 tie.
First-year head coach Kelly Jones claimed that Appalachian State University did not adhere to ITA guidelines in ranking its singles line-up in order of ability. Appalachian's change was necessitated by an injury at the No. 4 position.
As a result of the committee's decision, ASU's win in the No. 6 match was declared a "no contest," deducting one point from ASU's team score.
Furman's protest was filed after the team departed with the loss. FU coaches did not raise objection to the lineup change prior to the match, even after receiving ASU's proposed singles lineup.
The result of the decision will not impact Appalachian's seeding in the upcoming Southern Conference Tournament. Any tie between ASU and FU would be broken by total team match points; Furman cannot catch ASU even with a 7-0 win over Wofford and a 0-7 loss by ASU to College of Charleston on Friday.
Furman will likely finish as the league's No. 4 seed and will still face No. 5 UNCG in the quarterfinal round.
With the tie, the Mountaineers still snapped a 16-year losing streak to the Paladins.