DELAND, Fla. – Appalachian State University men's tennis came up one point short in a 4-3 loss to Stetson to open a three-match road swing.
The Mountaineers (4-4) were able to pick up three singles wins, but the Hatters (4-5) were able to take the doubles point, which proved to be the difference in the end.
Two of the three doubles went into a tiebreak situation while two singles matches went to a decisive third set and one went to a third-set tiebreak.
Appalachian picked up wins at No. 1, No. 2 and No. 6 singles. Sebastien King came away with a 6-4, 6-4 win at No. 1 while Oliver Casey snagged a 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 win at No. 2. Matt Saltsgaver played the most exciting match of the day in the No. 6 spot.
Saltsgaver, who dropped the first set in a tiebreak (6-7 (4-7)), picked up a 6-2 win in the second set and then earned a 10-5 victory in the tiebreak. The Mountaineers dropped the remaining three singles flights in straight sets.
In doubles play, the No. 1 tandem of King/Zach Bost fell 8-7 (7-5), while Casey/Daniel Hoang dropped an 8-6 match at No. 2. The No. 3 team of Steve Lake/Jan-Willem Kleynhans battled throughout its match, but finally lost 8-7 (7-4).
Appalachian continues its week in the Sunshine State when it takes on Bethune-Cookman tomorrow at 10 a.m. before wrapping up the week with a noon contest against Florida A&M on Friday.
Stetson 4, Appalachian State 3
Mar 12, 2014 at DeLand, Fla. (Mandy Stoll Tennis Center)
|1. Sebastien King (APP) def. Nathan Debut (STET) 6-4, 6-4|
|2. Oliver Casey (APP) def. Laurynas Antropikas (STET) 3-6, 6-3, 7-5|
|3. Cahit Kapukiran (STET) def. Daniel Hoang (APP) 6-2, 6-4|
|4. Chester Espie (STET) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-0, 6-1|
|5. Graham Ball (STET) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-1, 6-4|
|6. Matt Saltsgaver (APP) def. Gonzalo Arroyo (STET) 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 1-0 (10-5)|
|1. Hans Adrian Riseng/Nathan Debut (STET) def. Zach Bost/Sebastien King (APP) 8-7 (7-5)|
|2. Chester Espie/Laurynas Antropikas (STET) def. Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang (APP) 8-6|
|3. Steve Lake/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Cahit Kapukiran/Graham Ball (STET) 8-7 (7-4)|
|Appalachian State 4-4|
|Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (4,5,1,3,6,2)|