BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University women's tennis is set for its matchup against No. 7 seed and archrival Georgia Southern on Thursday at 12:30 p.m. in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Tennis Championship held in New Orleans at City Park Tennis Courts.
App is playing in its third Sun Belt Tournament while still having yet to pull out a win. The Mountaineers have come close as both of its setbacks have been decided by a point.
Appalachian's last win in a conference tournament came in the first round of the 2014 SoCon Tournament.
The10th-seeded Mountaineers will face off against Georgia Southern for the second time in the past three matches. App knocked off GASO on the road in a thrilling 4-3 victory where Heidi Swope and McKayla Zupan grabbed the doubles-clinching point, and Swope clinched the win with a three-set triumph as the No. 1 in the lineup.
App has four student-athletes with at least seven wins while Taylor Bygrave is leading the with eight singles victories, a career mark for the sophomore. Melissa Machado, Megan Mullen and Swope all have seven wins, and Rebecca Morse rounds out the pack with six victories.
In doubles play, Swope and Zupan have a team-high eight wins as the No. 2 tandem in the lineup. Mullen and Gabrielle Wreder are second with seven wins and Bygrave/Machado have a 5-4 mark as a pair.
Georgia Southern finished the regular season with a 10-11 mark and is on a four-match slide after falling to College of Charleson in the season finale, 4-1. The Eagles failed to win a Sun Belt match with a 0-5 record.
The winner of tomorrow's match will face No. 2 seed South Alabama in the quarterfinals at 12:30 p.m. (ET) on Friday.