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Junior Erica White picked up a win for GWU at the No. 1 position, winning 7-5, 6-1 against Radford's Hannah Crawford Sunday. White is 6-1 this year at No. 1 singles.
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Gardner-Webb Loses 4-3 Heartbreaker at Home Sunday
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          Release: February 26, 2012
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Runnin' Bulldogs fought to the end, but ultimately lost in heartbreaking fashion by a score of 4-3 to visiting Radford Sunday afternoon.

With the loss, GWU drops to 3-4 on the season.

Radford gained control of the match early, taking doubles wins at No. 1 and No. 3. The freshman duo of Alice Hopkins/Yasmin Doost stayed hot, earning their second consecutive win at the No. 2 doubles position. The pair won 8-6 over the Highlanders' Mia Drobnjak/Taylor Newman.

Reigning Big South Player of the Week Erica White (Charleston, W.V.) took the win at the No. 1 slot for the Runnin' Bulldogs, pulling away from Hannah Crawford to prevail 7-5, 6-1. White has posted a record of 6-1 thus far in singles competition on the season.

Hopkins (Birmingham, England) won at No. 2 to keep the Runnin' Bulldogs in the match. The reigning Big South Freshman of the Week improved to 2-0 on the day with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Petra Dajevic.

Senior Ioana Oprea (Bucharest, Romania) added a 6-1, 6-3 win for GWU at the No. 3 spot, defeating Drobnjak. Junior Ronia Hutterli (Duebendorf, Switzerland) battled back from an early deficit to force a third set at No. 5, but lost a grueling match at the hands of Newman by a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 margin.

GWU hits the courts again this Wednesday when the Runnin' Bulldogs host North Carolina A&T. The February 29 match is scheduled for a 2:00 p.m. start time.

Match Results

Doubles

1. Hannah Crawford/Meg Napolitano (RAD) def. Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde (GWU) 8-6

2. Alice Hopkins/Yasmin Doost (GWU) def. Mia Drobnjak/Taylor Newman (RAD) 8-6

3. Petra Dajevic/Gemma Valls (RAD) def. Erica White/Ronia Hutterli (GWU) 8-5

Singles

1. Erica White (GWU) def. Hannah Crawford (RAD) 7-5, 6-1

2. Alice Hopkins (GWU) def. Petra Dajevic (RAD) 6-4, 6-4

3. Ioana Oprea (GWU) def. Mia Drobnjak (RAD) 6-1, 6-3

4. Gemma Valls (RAD) def. Jenny Lunde (GWU) 6-2, 6-4

5. Taylor Newman (RAD) def. Ronia Hutterli (GWU) 6-3, 3-6, 6-4

6. Meg Napolitano (RAD) def. Yasmin Doost (GWU) 6-3, 6-2




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