ATHENS, Ga. – Appalachian State University men’s tennis posted a solid opening weekend with four different Mountaineers earning wins in the first fall tournament of the season.
The Mountaineers were highlighted by the singles play of Milo Bargeron (Chislehurst, England/Bullerswood), Blake Carter (Raleigh, N.C./Wakefield), and Campbell Stone (Raleigh, N.C./Needham B. Broughton) while Alex Pavkovich (Queensland, Australia/Mansfield State) and Zion Heaven (Ewa Beach, HI/Florida Virtual) teamed up for the first time to make some noise in the tournament.
Bargeron dealt Tim Gennes of Stetson a first-round straight-set defeat to advance to the Round of 32 on Friday before falling to Gregor Hutterer (Georgia Gwinnett). Carter had himself a solid weekend, as after he earned a first-round bye, the sophomore Austin Anderson (Kennesaw State) in a hard-earned 7-5 (5), 7-5 (6) triumph to move on to the quarterfinal round. Carter suffered a 6-3, 6-3 setback to George Wong of Lipscomb.
In the same bracket, Stone registered a first-round victory over UT Chattanooga’s Kaisei Kuroki in a convincing victory to advance. Teaming up for the first time was Pavkovich and Heaven, who was the lone tandem to earn a victory. The duo toppled Paul LaHue and Bo Nash of UT Chattanooga, 8-2, to advance to the Round of 16. William Hart and Stone paired up while Alex Brea (Charlotte, N.C./Providence Day)/Carter and Bargeron and Ben Webster (Perth, Australia/Scotch College) all represented Appalachian in the doubles bracket.
Appalachian fared well in the consolation rounds with Webster racking up a win over Josh Laka from Stetson, while Pavkovich came back from a one-set deficit to down Lipscomb’s Jake Penny.
The Mountaineers will have two weeks off before the Elon Invitational Sept. 21-23.