Thursday, 20 April 2017 22:31

App State Men's Tennis Lands Three on All-Conference Team

Scott Webster earns first team honors on both the singles and doubles team Scott Webster earns first team honors on both the singles and doubles team Appalachian State Athletics

Appalachian State University men’s tennis had three student-athlete receive All-Sun Belt accolades on Thursday evening, as the awards were announced at the Sun Belt Awards Banquet on Thursday night.

The Mountaineers are one of five teams in the league to have multiple student-athletes receive postseason honors and one of two teams (South Alabama) to have a student-athlete on both the all-first team and all-second team singles list.

Scott Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College), Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood) and Jack Maddocks (Newcastle, Australia/Lambton) all were recognized for their successful seasons. Webster landed on the all-first team singles and doubles team, while Bargeron joined Webster as his partner on the all-first team doubles list. Maddocks’ career season led to an all-second team singles nod.

“All three athletes are very deserving of the recognition they receive,” said head coach Bob Lake. “Jack, Milo and Scott all had successful seasons for us, and I couldn’t be more proud of them.”

The trio helped App to a 12-8 mark going into its first round matchup against No. 2 seed South Alabama on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (ET). Bargeron, Maddocks and Webster have contributed to the Mountaineers' 9-3 finish after a 3-5 start to the season.

Webster is the first student-athlete to land on the All-Sun Belt First Team since the Mountaineers joined the conference, while he is the first athlete to garner all-first team honors since Alex Markov in 2011 when App was in the Southern Conference. He’s also the first athlete to make both the all-first team singles and doubles team. The junior led the Appalachian with an impressive 14-4 singles mark as the No. 1 in the lineup, surpassing last season’s win total. Webster is a stellar 10-1 in his last 11 matches going into the Sun Belt Championship. He ran a season- long seven-match win streak at one point, while all his victories have come in straight sets.

Bargeron and Webster make the first team after a solid 9-2 mark in singles as the top duo in the lineup. The pair didn’t start playing together until Feb. 19 at Coastal Carolina. Bargeron and Webster are the first doubles team to land on an all-first team doubles list since Zach Bost and Sebastien King made first-team all-doubles in 2014 when App was in the SoCon. The pair for App are 7-1 in their last eight doubles contests. In addition, Bargeron has the best doubles record of any Mountaineer with 13-4 overall record in doubles play. He’s the first freshman since Webster to earn an all-conference honor.

It’s no surprise as one of the most consistent Mountaineers in the last four seasons was tabbed for a postseason award. Maddocks ended the regular season with a 13-6 singles mark as the No. 2 in the lineup. His 13 wins tied a career high from his freshman season. The senior has played his best tennis of the season down the stretch where he’s boasted a 6-1 record. Maddocks earns postseason recognition by the conference for the second-straight season while he's earned a postseason award all four years at App.

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