SPARTANBURG, S.C. - Matt Saltsgaver's super tie-break victory made for a thrilling match as Appalachian State men's tennis defeated Southern Conference foe Wofford, 4-3, on Saturday afternoon at Reeves Tennis Center.
The Mountaineers (6-14, 3-7 SoCon) played a marathon match as they fought to the finish, edging the Terriers (3-14, 1-9 SoCon) in their final regular season contest.
Wofford earned the early point after rolling through doubles play with 8-6 victories at Nos. 1 and 2, followed by an 8-3 finish at No. 3.
Singles play proved to be a neck-and-neck battle as Steve Karendal split his first two sets against Rob Galloway, 6-3, 3-6 at No. 1, but dropped a 6-3 third set to give Wofford a two point edge (2-0).
Jan-Willem Kleynhans followed behind with a tie-break victory over Graham Duncan at No. 6 (6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7)) to make it a 2-1 match.
Drew Superstein responded for the Terriers at No. 2 with a three-set win of his own versus Sebastien King (1-6, 7-5, 6-3) to increase Wofford's lead to 3-1.
It would become all Appalachian from there, as Zach Bost defeated Jackson Keith in three-sets at the No. 3 spot (6-4, 2-6, 6-1), while senior Andrew McKinnon tied the match at 3-all when he knocked off Walker Heffron, 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, in fourth flight.
The deciding point came down to Matt Saltsgaver, who played a gripping three-set tie-break at No. 5. The junior split his first two sets, 6-1, 2-6, with Wofford's Tom Wood to force a deciding third set that he would take, 7-6 (9-7), for the Appalachian victory.
The Mountaineers will return to the courts when they head to Elon, N.C. for the SoCon Tournament, April 18-21.
Appalachian State 4, Wofford College Men 3
Apr 13, 2013 at Spartanburg, S.C. (Reeves Tennis Center)
|1. Rob Galloway (WOF) def. Steve Karendal (APP) 6-3, 3-6, 6-3|
|2. Drew Superstein (WOF) def. Sebastien King (APP) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3|
|3. Zach Bost (APP) def. Jackson Keith (WOF) 6-4, 2-6, 6-1|
|4. Andrew McKinnon (APP) def. Walker Heffron (WOF) 6-3, 4-6, 6-2|
|5. Matt Saltsgaver (APP) def. Tom Wood (WOF) 7-6 (13-11), 2-6, 7-6 (7-3)|
|6. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Graham Duncan (WOF) 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (9-7)|
|1. Rob Galloway/Walker Heffron (WOF) def. Zach Bost/Sebastien King (APP) 8-6|
|2. David Sklar/Parks Thompson (WOF) def. Andrew McKinnon/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-6|
|3. Jackson Keith/Tom Wood (WOF) def. Steve Lake/Steve Karendal (APP) 8-3|
|Appalachian State 6-14, 3-7 SoCon|
|Wofford College Men 3-14, 1-9 SoCon|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2,1); Singles (1,6,2,3,4,5)|