Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Runnin' Bulldogs got flight wins from Adam Knutsson-Sundblad, Joao Poli, and Brendan Dempsey, as well as the doubles tandem of Matthew Parker and Ernest Alberch, as Gardner-Webb hosted the GWU Fall Classic Friday and Saturday at the Webb Tennis Complex.
Gardner-Webb's men's tennis team is off to a stellar Fall season, now having completed two tournaments' worth of valuable experience.
Knutsson-Sundblad (Gothenburg, Sweden) took the championship in Flight 1 singles. The senior first knocked off Presbyterian's William O'Connell 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Friday, then fought from behind to defeat Rob Galloway of Wofford 0-6, 7-5, 11-9 to open up Saturday's day of competition. Knutsson-Sundblad hung on for a 6-1, 1-6, 10-8 triumph against USC Upstate's Yvon Haessig later on Saturday to complete the sweep of Flight 1.
Dempsey, a sophomore from Dublin, Ireland, won his individual flight for the second time this Fall, cruising to a 3-0 record in No. 3 singles. After disposing of Presbyterian's Steven Weaver 6-2, 6-2 on Friday, Dempsey cruised to a pair of 6-1, 6-2 wins over Joey Francis (Wofford) and Jacob Darling (USC Upstate) in rounds two and three to take the flight.
Dempsey has looked solid thus far during the Runnin' Bulldogs Fall slate of matches, having gone undefeated in singles play at the No. 6 position at the 49er Invitational last weekend.
GWU picked up the win in Flight 3 singles as well, as Poli (Londrina, Brazil) went undefeated against opponents from USC Upstate as well as Wofford. Poli took care of Wofford's David Sklar by a 6-4, 6-4 margin early on Saturday, then went on to outlast USC Upstate's Ramon Simonetti 6-4, 6-7 (2), 10-6.
Runnin' Bulldog senior Roman Piftor (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) received joint champion designation for Flight 3 singles after winning on day one 6-2, 6-2 over Weaver.
Gardner-Webb also picked up a win in Flight 2 doubles, as Parker (Marietta, Ga.) and Alberch (Torrello, Spain) teamed up to go undefeated in three doubles matches. The senior-sophomore tandem first took down Presbyterian's Weaver/Broyhill 8-4, then turned around for an 8-1 over Wofford's Sklar/Francis on Saturday. Round three saw the pair defeat USC Upstate's Selander/Simonetti 8-6 with the flight win on the line.
Viktor Selander of USC Upstate went undefeated to win Flight 2 singles, as did the doubles pair of William O'Connell and Gonzalo Asis of Presbyterian to win Flight 1 doubles.
Gardner-Webb will next be in action Saturday, October 13 - Sunday, October 14 for the Wofford Invitational in Spartanburg, S.C.
Results from Gardner-Webb Fall Classic
Flight 1 - Champion - Gardner-Webb's Adam Knutsson-Sundblad
Round One: Knutsson (GWU) defeated William O'Connell (PC) 6-2, 7-6 (4)
Rob Galloway (WC) defeated Yvon Haessig (UP) 6-4, 6-3
Round Two: Knutsson defeated Galloway 0-6, 7-5, (11-9)
Haessig defeated O'Connell 6-1, 6-3
Round Three: Knutsson defeated Haessig 6-1, 1-6, (10-8)
Galloway defeated O'Connell 6-4, 2-6, (10-8)
Fight 2 - Champion - USC Upstate's Viktor Selander
Round One: Gonzalo Asis (PC) defeated Ernest Alberch (GWU) 2-6, 6-4, (10-2)
Selander (UP) defeated Walker Heffron (WC) 2-3, injury default
Round Two: Alberch defeated Heffron 6-2, 6-2
Selander defeated Asis 7-5, 6-2
Round Three: Selander defeated Alberch 4-6, 6-3 (10-7)
Asis defeated Heffron 6-4, 6-2
Flight 3 -
Round One: Piftor (GWU) defeated Steven Weaver (PC) 6-2, 6-2
Ramon Simonetti (UP) defeated David Sklar (WC) 6-4, 6-2
Round Two: Poli (GWU) defeated Sklar 6-4, 6-4
Simonetti defeated Weaver 6-3, 6-0
Round Three: Poli defeated Simonetti 6-4, 6-7 (2), 10-6
Weaver defeated Sklar 6-2, 6-2
Flight 4 - Champion - Gardner-Webb's Brendan Dempsey
Round One: Dempsey (GWU) defeated P.H. Broyhill (PC) 6-1, 6-0
Joey Francis (WC) defeated Jacob Darling (UP) 6-7 (4), 6-2, 10-5
Round Two: Dempsey defeated Francis 6-1, 6-2
Darling defeated Broyhill 7-5, 4-6, (10-8)
Round Three: Dempsey defeated Darling 6-1, 6-2
Broyhill defeated Francis 7-6 (2), 6-3
Flight 1 - Champion - Presbyterian's William O'Connell / Gonzalo Asis
Round One: O'Connell/Asis (PC) defeated Knutsson/Nikita Zverkov 8-6
Galloway/Heffron (WC) defeated Darling/Haessig 8-3
Round Two: Galloway/Heffron (WC) defeated Knutsson/Zverkov 8-5
O'Connell/Asis defeated Darling/Haessig 8-4
Round Three: Darling/Haessig defeated Knutsson/Zverkov 8-6
O'Connell/Asis defeated Galloway/Heffron 8-4
Round One: Parker/Alberch (GWU) defeated Weaver/Broyhill (PC) 8-4
Selander/Simonetti (UP) defeated Sklar/Francis (WC) 8-3
Round Two: Parker/Alberch defeated Sklar/Francis 8-1
Selander/Simonetti defeated Weaver/Broyhill 8-1
Round Three: Parker/Alberch defeated Selander/Simonetti 8-6
Weaver/Broyhill defeated Sklar/Francis 9-8 (8)