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Gardner-Webb men's tennis adds two new Runnin' Bulldogs to the fold this Fall. (Pictured from left, rising sophomores Joao Poli and Brendan Dempsey)
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Gardner-Webb Men’s Tennis Adds Two for the 2012-13 Season
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          Release: July 31, 2012
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb University and men's tennis head coach Mike Griffith are pleased to announce the addition of two student-athletes who will begin competing for the Runnin' Bulldogs during the 2012-13 season.

Gardner-Webb welcomes Jonathan Walker and Nikita Zverkov to the Runnin' Bulldog fold. Walker and Zverkov will look continue their stellar academic and athletic careers as Gardner-Webb student-athletes beginning in the Fall of 2012.

Walker, an Elkin, N.C. native, recently graduated from Faith Christian School (Roanoke, Va.). The talented performer who also trained at Johnan Kriek Tennis Academy received a ranking as high as 22nd in the N.C. 18's listing for his work. As hard-working in the classroom as he is on the court, Walker maintained a 4.0 GPA and earned his Eagle Scout merits. Walker intends to major in nursing.

Zverkov is a native of Moscow, Russia who graduated in June of this year. Zverkov's prowess on the court, particularly in doubles play, earned him a top 20 ranking for doubles competition in Russia. Additionally, Zverkov achieved a top 600 World 18's ranking. He intends to major in business.

"I am very excited to have both of these new players coming in for this year," said Coach Griffith. "With us returning seven out of our top eight from last year and five out of our top six singles players, I think we are set to have a great year."

Gardner-Webb will look to capitalize on veteran leadership as well as experienced underclassmen next season, as it will be led by three seniors as well as three sophomores who earned significant playing time competing as freshmen last season.

The two freshmen look to gel nicely, both on the court and in the classroom, with a group that posted a 3.5 GPA as a team last season.



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