Wins at top not enough, Tech falls at Appalachian State, 4-3


BOONE, N.C. -  Tennessee Tech captured the doubles point and two top singles positions, but Appalachian State swept the bottom four singles spots to claim a 4-3 victory over the Golden Eagles Sunday afternoon at the Deer Valley Racquet Club.

Senior Syrym Abdukhalikov and sophomore Alejandro Augusto each won twice during the match, pairing up for an 8-3 win at No. 1 doubles, then posting straight set wins in singles play. Tech clinched the doubles point for a 1-0 lead when Artem Tarasov (in photo) and Vasily Eremeev teamed up to claim an 8-6 win at the No. 2 doubles position.

Abdukhalikov remained unbeaten during spring action with a 5-0 singles record when he outlasted Sebastian King, 7-6, 6-4, at No. 1 singles. Augusto, likewise, won in straight sets with a 6-2, 6-5 victory over Zach Bost.

But the Mountaineers were able to post their first victory of the season by claiming the remaining four singles points, all in straight sets.

Tech, 0-7, faces its toughest obstacle yet on Sunday when the Golden Eagles play at No. 1 Mississippi State at 5 p.m.

Singles
1.     Syrym Abdukhalikov (TTU) def. Sebastien King (APP) 7-6, 6-4
2.     Alejandro Augusto (TTU) def. Zach Bost (APP) 6-2, 6-5
3.     Steve Karendal (APP) def. Artem Tarasov (TTU) 6-1, 6-0
4.     Jen-Willem Kleynhan (APP) def. Vasily Eremeev (TTU) 6-3, 6-2
5.     Matt Saltgaver (APP) def. Arturo Santa Ruiz (TTU) 6-2, 6-2
6.     Andrew McKinnon (APP) def. Alvaro Cintas (TTU) 6-3, 6-2

Doubles
1.     Addukhalikov -  Augusto (TTU) def. Bost - King (APP) 8-3
2.     Tarasov - Eremeev (TTU) def. Karendel - McKinnon (APP) 8-6
3.     Lake - Kleynhans (APP) def. Cintas - Santa Ruiz (TTU) 8-3