Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb used wins in five of six singles matches to cool off the Blazers of UAB, winning 5-2 on Saturday at the Webb Tennis Complex.
The Gardner-Webb ladies improve to 5-4 (1-1 Big South) on the year. UAB drops to 3-6 overall in the 2012 season.
The Blazers got off to a hot start, winning the first two doubles matches to put the Runnin' Bulldogs in an early 1-0 hole. Gardner-Webb would respond by winning at five of the six singles positions to put the match away.
Freshman Alice Hopkins (Birmingham, England) continued her stellar rookie campaign with her sixth consecutive win in singles competition, defeating the Blazers' Paula Alvarez 6-2, 6-0 at the No. 2 position. Hopkins ties for the team lead with eight singles victories in 2012.
Erica White (Charleston, W.V.) pulled away from Isabel Fernandez to score a 6-4, 6-1 win at No. 1 singles. The junior is 8-1 at the No. 1 singles slot this year for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Freshman Yasmin Doost (Bray, England) gave GWU a key win at No. 6 singles, outlasting UAB's Rachel Cohen by a 6-4, 6-1 margin.
GWU got the deciding win at No. 3 from Ioana Oprea (Bucharest, Romania), who earned a 6-2, 6-3 win over Rachel Daniell. The senior has posted a 7-2 record for the Runnin' Bulldogs in singles competition this season.
Sophomore Jenny Lunde (Hoevik, Norway) won at No. 4, outlasting UAB's Menanteau Moolman 4-6, 6-0, 10-2.
Gardner-Webb will look for similar success as it travels to face Big South rival Liberty University on Friday, March 9. The match in Lynchburg, Va. is set for a start time of 1:00 p.m.
1. Paula Alvarez/Isabel Fernandez (UAB) def. Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde (GWU) 8-1
2. Rachel Daniell/Menanteau Moolman (UAB) def. Alice Hopkins/Yasmin Doost (GWU) 8-3
1. Erica White (GWU) def. Isabel Fernandez (UAB) 6-4, 6-1
2. Alice Hopkins (GWU) def. Paula Alvarez (UAB) 6-2, 6-0
3. Ioana Oprea (GWU) def. Rachel Daniell (UAB) 6-2, 6-3
4. Jenny Lunde (GWU) def. Menanteau Moolman (UAB) 4-6, 6-0, 10-2
5. Caroline Faught (UAB) def. Ronia Hutterli (GWU) 2-6, 0-2, RET
6. Yasmin Doost (GWU) def. Rachel Cohen (UAB) 6-4, 6-1