Men's Tennis Begins Spring Break With 5-2 Loss to Appalachian State

Roman Cacha

Roman Cacha

March 10, 2013


ORLANDO, Fla. – Army men’s tennis began its four-match spring break trip to Florida with a 5-2 setback to Appalachian State on Sunday morning. Meeting for the first time in program history, the Black Knights (8-3) and Mountaineers (2-6) squared off at University of Central Florida’s Tennis Center in Orlando, Fla.

Army had its winning streak cut at four matches and suffered its first loss when winning the doubles point (7-1), as ASU battled back after the Black Knights won two of three to begin the day.

Junior Asika Isoh and freshman Harrison improved to 10-0 this dual season by capturing an 8-2 victory at No. 1 doubles, topping ASU’s Sebastien King and Jan Kleyhans. Senior Rashad Shelton and freshman Austin McCasin clinched the point for the Black Knights with their 8-6 victory at No. 2. The pair improved to 4-4 this spring, including 3-2 at the No. 2 spot.

Army earned its lone singles point when sophomore Roman Cacha defeated Robert Jenkins in straight sets at the No. 6 slot, 6-2, 6-2. The win was Cach’s fourth straight as he improved to 7-1 in duals.

The Black Knights will remain in Orlando for their next match as they face UCF on Tuesday. The Knights currently stand at 7-6 but will face Cleveland State on Sunday afternoon. Army and UCF squared off last spring break in Florida, with the host Knights topping the Black Knights 6-1 to gain the advantage in the all-time series, 3-2.

Singles competition

1. KING, Sebastien (ASU) def. Isoh, Asika (ARMY) 7-5, 3-6, 6-2

2. KARENDAL, Steve (ASU) def. Best, Caison (ARMY) 6-2, 6-4

3. BOST, Zach (ASU) def. Shelton, Rashad (ARMY) 6-2, 6-3

4. McKINNON, Andrew (ASU) def. Sienko, Peter (ARMY) 4-6, 6-4, 3-1, retired

5. SALTSGAVER, Matt (ASU) def. McCormick, Harrison (ARMY) 6-4, 6-2

6. Cacha, Roman (ARMY) def. JENKINS, Robert (ASU) 6-2, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. ISOH, Asika/MCCORMICK, Harrison (ARMY) def. KING, Sebastien/KLEYNHANS, Jan (ASU) 8-2

2. MCCASIN, Austin/SHELTON, Rashad (ARMY) def. BOST, Zach/McKINNON, Andrew (ASU) 8-6

3. LAKE, Steve/KARENDAL, Steve (ASU) def. SIENKO, Peter/JANG-MILSTEN, Henry (ARMY) 8-7 (7-3)

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