ELON, N.C. - Appalachian State men's tennis entered its match versus No. 8 seed Furman with high hopes, but fell early as the Paladins scored the first four points of the morning to capture a 4-0 decision on day one of the 2013 Southern Conference Men's Tennis Championships at Jimmy Powell Tennis Center.
First round competition kicked off with Furman (9-13, 6-5 SoCon) taking the doubles point, as number three pair Jacob Behal and Tyler Droll picked up an 8-3 win over senior Steve Karendal and sophomore Steve Lake. The Paladins wrapped up doubles competition when Alex Christ and Matt Browne defeated Andrew McKinnon and Jan-Willem Kleynhans, 8-5, at No. 2.
The Mountaineers (6-15, 3-8 SoCon) fought through singles play, but fell short in their bid to advance to the next round. Furman scored wins at No. 1, 5, and 6 to total its four points and the early victory.
Steve Karendal dropped a 6-0, 6-1 decision at No. 1 to give Furman its second point. Furman's Behal followed shortly behind at number six with a straight-set victory over Kleynhans, 6-4, 6-4, for the third point of the morning.
Matt Saltsgaver then fell short to Luke Synn in his No. 5 match, giving up a 7-5, 6-0 decision to finalize the Furman victory.
The Paladins will move on to the quarterfinals of the SoCon Tournament, where they will face No. 1 Elon on Friday, April 19.
Furman 4, Appalachian State 0
Apr 18, 2013 at Elon University (Jimmy Powell Tennis Center)
|1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. Steve Karendal (APP) 6-0, 6-1|
|2. Sebastien King (APP) vs. Matt Browne (FUR) no result|
|3. Zach Bost (APP) vs. Alex Christ (FUR) no result|
|4. Andrew McKinnon (APP) vs. Joel Cook (FUR) no result|
|5. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Matt Saltsgaver (APP) 7-5, 6-0|
|6. Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4, 6-4|
|1. Sebastien King/Zach Bost (APP) vs. Andrew Mellow/Joel Cook (FUR) no result|
|2. Alex Christ/Matt Browne (FUR) def. Andrew McKinnon/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-5|
|3. Jacob Behal/Tyler Droll (FUR) def. Steve Karendal/Steve Lake (APP) 8-3|
|Appalachian State 6-15|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,6,5)|
|Furman advances to the SoCon Men's Tennis Championship quarterfinals