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The Appalachian State University men's tennis squad won the first annual Mountaineer Cup, going above and beyond in the four values that exemplify the athletic department's values.
Courtesy: Appalachian State Athletics
Men's Tennis Earns First Annual Mountaineer Cup
Courtesy: Appalachian State Sports Information
Release: Sunday 09/18/2016 (ET)
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BOONE, N.C. – After a 2015-16 campaign exemplifying on-court success, succeeding in the classroom and going above and beyond in the community, Appalachian State University men’s tennis received the first annual Mountaineer Cup.

“These guys worked hard last season in not just on the court, but off it,” head coach Bob Lake said. “We preached that we wanted to take pride in the four values that the Mountaineer Cup represents and I couldn’t be more proud of the team.

The Mountaineer Cup is a competition amongst Appalachian’s 20 sports that is awarded yearly to the sport which embodies the athletic department’s core values of academic integrity, social responsibility, competitive excellence, and world-class experience. 

App State showed a perfect display of supporting the other sports and student-athletes at home events while having one of its most successful seasons in recent years. The Mountaineers also did a solid job in the classroom boasting an 3.18 GPA.

In addition, the Apps also did a tremendous job serving the community over the past year, most recently helping with Autism Speaks 4v4 Soccer Festival at the Ted Mackorell Soccer Complex that took place in early September. 

“Coach Lake and his student-athletes did an incredible job showing what it means to be Mountaineers on and off the court” said Brittney Whiteside, Senior Women’s Administrator. “We couldn’t be more proud of what the men’s tennis team was able to accomplish in the classroom, on the court, and in the community. We have a great group of student-athletes that represents our athletics department and the entire University.”

The Apps racked up the most wins since the 2012 campaign with 14 and picked up their first-ever Sun Belt Tournament win against then-defending Sun Belt Tournament Champion, Troy. Appalachian also ran a season-long six-match win streak, and four student-athletes in Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College), Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton), Oliver Casey and Jan-Willem Kleynhans were named to the all-Sun Belt squad for their accomplishments.

“It’s great to be recognized for the year we had,” said Webster. “We had three seniors who were unreal blokes and leaders, so that helped us achieve in the four areas of the Mountaineer Cup.  We are looking to have an even bigger season as again we have a talented group of guys and two seniors in Jack (Maddocks) and Trey (Morris).”

Appalachian will return to the court Oct. 7-9 for the College of Charleston Tournament in Charleston, S.C. 

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