BOONE, N.C. - Appalachian State University men's tennis will have its hands full in the first round of the 2017 Sun Belt Championship against No. 2 seed South Alabama at City Park Tennis Courts in New Orleans on Friday.
First serve is at 7:30 p.m. (ET) with the winner advancing to the semifinals against the winner of No. 3 seed UT Arlington and No. 6 seed Georgia Southern on Saturday at 4 p.m. (ET).
App will play South Alabama in the Sun Belt Tournament for the third-straight season since the Mountaineers joined the league. App State fell to USA last season in the semifinal match after defeating then-defending Sun Belt Tournament Champion and No. 3 seed, Troy, in the first round.
The Mountaineers, who finished the season at 12-8, have won nine of their past 12 matches going into tomorrow's contest. App has won back-to-back winning seasons for the first time since the 2011 and 2012 campaigns. Appalachian boasts a strong lineup where four Mountaineers have at least 12 wins in singles action.
Scott Webster leads the way with a 14-4 mark, surpassing last season's win total in victories while Jack Maddocks tied a career best with 13 wins as the No. 2 in the lineup. Trey Morris and Milo Bargeron both have 12 wins. Bargeron's 12 wins in singles are the most for a freshman since Webster's 18 two seasons ago. Appalachian is 62-44 (.585) overall in singles.
In doubles play, Webster and Bargeron are 9-2 to lead the team while riding a three-match win streak. The senior tandem of Maddock and Morris are 8-2 in the No. 2 slot. Alex Brea and Alex Pavkovich are 6-5 to round out the leaders. Appalachian is a solid 32-18 (.640) in doubles action.
Ranked 47th in the nation, South Alabama posted a 21-5 mark in the regular season and heads into the match on a four-match win streak. The Jaguars are led by four student-athletes with at least 15 wins. Loic Cloes is 21-2 on the year while Juan Cruz Soria is 17-4. USA is an impressive 98-28 (.778) in singles overall.
Cloes and Soria lead USA's doubles contingent with a 10-7 record. USA is 36-26 in doubles play this season.