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Thursday, 10 April 2014 09:46

App State Men's Tennis Falls to Nationally Ranked Elon

Kleynhans gets the only win for App at number six singles Kleynhans gets the only win for App at number six singles Appalachian State Sports Information

Appalachian State University men’s tennis fell to its fifth nationally-ranked opponent of the season in a 6-1 loss at No. 44 Elon in Southern Conference action on Wednesday.

The Mountaineers (9-12, 6-3 SoCon) dropped the doubles point and never recovered as the Phoenix (16-3, 9-0) wrapped up the 2014 SoCon regular season title.

Jan-Willem Kleynhans was the only App State player to score a point as he earned his eighth win of the season with a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 6 singles to moved to 8-4 on the year.

Elon won in straight sets in four of the remaining five singles matches, including a win at No. 1 singles as Appalachian’s Sebastien King fell by a 6-0, 6-0 score to Cameron Silverman, who entered the match ranked No. 35 in the latest ITA rankings.

The best match of the day came at No. 3 singles, as Appalachian’s Zach Bost won the first set in a tiebreak, but lost the second set and ultimately was defeated in a thrilling third-set (6-7 [5-7], 6-3, 10-8).

Wednesday’s contest marked Appalachian’s final regular-season match of the year, though the possibility remains that a previously postponed match against Charlotte could be rescheduled prior to the SoCon Tournament, which takes place in Chattanooga, Tenn. from April 16-19.

#44 Elon 6, Appalachian State 1
Apr 09, 2014 at Elon, N.C. (Jimmy Powell Tennis Center)

Singles competition
1. #35 Cameron Silverman (ELON) def. Sebastien King (APP) 6-0, 6-0
2. Stefan Fortmann (ELON) def. Oliver Casey (APP) 6-3, 6-1
3. Robert Lindgren (ELON) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 10-8
4. Brian Kowalski (ELON) def. Daniel Hoang (APP) 6-1, 6-3
5. Jordan Kaufman (ELON) def. Jack Maddocks (APP) 6-3, 6-1
6. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) def. Juan Madrid (ELON) 6-1, 6-1

Doubles competition
1. Cameron Silverman/Jordan Kaufman (ELON) def. Zach Bost/Sebastien King (APP) 8-3
2. Brian Kowalski/Robert Lindgren (ELON) vs. Oliver Casey/Daniel Hoang (APP) 3-5, unfinished
3. Stefan Fortmann/Juan Madrid (ELON) def. Steve Lake/Jack Maddocks (APP) 8-3

Match Notes
Appalachian State 9-12, 6-3
Elon 16-3, 9-0; National ranking #44
Order of finish: Doubles (3,1); Singles (6,1,5,4,2,3)

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