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Paladins Blank Appalachian State To Advance In SoCon Tournament

Luke Synn
Luke Synn

ELON, N.C. – The eighth-seeded Furman men's tennis team blanked ninth-seeded Appalachian State, 4-0, Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Southern Conference Tournament, behind held this week in Elon, N.C.

Furman picked up wins at flights two and three to earn the doubles point.  Junior Alex Christ and freshman Matt Browne teamed up to defeat Andrew McKinnon and Jan-Willem Kleynhans, 8-5, at flight two, while sophomore Jacob Behal and senior Tyler Droll handed Steve Karendal and Steve Lake an 8-5 loss at number three.  The top match, pitting senior Andrew Mellow and junior Joel Cook against Sebastien King and Zach Bost, was unfinished.

In singles play, Mellow, an All-Southern Conference first team selection, recorded a quick 6-0, 6-1 win over Karendal in the top flighted match, then Behal topped Kleynhans, 6-4, 6-4, at number six.  Sophomore Luke Synn clinched the team win for the Paladins with a 7-5, 6-0 advantage over Matt Saltsgaver in the flight five contest.

Per league rules, the remaining matches were unfinished.

Furman (9-13, 5-5 SoCon) will face tournament host Elon, the top-seeded team in the tournament, Friday at 8 a.m. at the Burlington Tennis Center.  The match will begin with doubles, followed by singles.

Appalachian State concludes the season with a 6-15 record.


Furman 4, Appalachian State 0
Apr 18, 2013 at Elon University (Jimmy Powell Tennis Center)

Singles competition

1. Andrew Mellow (FUR) def. Steve Karendal (APP) 6-0, 6-1

2. Sebastien King (APP) vs. Matt Browne (FUR) no result

3. Zach Bost (APP) vs. Alex Christ (FUR) no result

4. Andrew McKinnon (APP) vs. Joel Cook (FUR) no result

5. Luke Synn (FUR) def. Matt Saltsgaver (APP) 7-5, 6-0

6. Jacob Behal (FUR) def. Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 6-4, 6-4


Doubles competition

1. Sebastien King/Zach Bost (APP) vs. Andrew Mellow/Joel Cook (FUR) no result

2. Alex Christ/Matt Browne (FUR) def. Andrew McKinnon/Jan-Willem Kleynhans (APP) 8-5

3. Jacob Behal/Tyler Droll (FUR) def. Steve Karendal/Steve Lake (APP) 8-3


Match Notes

Appalachian State 6-15

Furman 9-13

Order of finish: Doubles (3,2); Singles (1,6,5)

Furman advances to the SoCon Men's Tennis Championship quarterfinals