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Dempsey (Dublin, Ireland) picked up a win at No. 6 singles in the Runnin' Bulldogs' 6-1 loss at No. 18 North Carolina Saturday evening.
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Gardner-Webb Men's Tennis Drops Season Opener, 6-1, at #18 North Carolina
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: January 19, 2013
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Chapel Hill, N.C. - The Runnin' Bulldogs were unable to overcome an early 1-0 doubles deficit, as Gardner-Webb saw the Tar Heels race out to an early lead in a 6-1 loss at UNC's Cone-Kenfield Tennis Center in its season opener.

GWU (1-0) found itself in a 1-0 hole versus the ACC heavyweight Tar Heels, currently ranked as the 18th best team in the country. The Runnin' Bulldogs' doubles tandems at No. 1, 2, and 3 fell by 8-1, 8-3, and 8-1 margins respectively as UNC cruised to the early lead.

Gardner-Webb suffered losses at No. 1, 2, and 3 singles to ranked opponents, including the Tar Heels' #18 Esben Hess-Olesen.

UNC (2-0) garnered first set wins at all six singles positions.

Sophomore Brendan Dempsey (Dublin, Ireland) grabbed a win at No. 6 singles for the Runnin' Bulldogs, battling back from an early deficit to knock off Maik Ulrich by a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 win.

Gardner-Webb will be back in action at the Army Tournament in West Point, N.Y. The three-day tournament hosted by the Black Knights begins Friday, January 25 and concludes Sunday, January 27. 



Results: #18 UNC 6, GWU 1

Doubles (Order of finish: 3, 1, 2) -

1. #44 Hess-Olesen and Vick (UNC) def. Ernest Alberch and Matthew Parker (GWU) 8-1

2. Clark and Parker (UNC) def. Adam Knutsson-Sundblad and Nikita Zverkov (GWU) 8-3

3. DePaolo and Steiro (UNC) def. Benjamin Kaszás and Joao Poli (GWU) 8-1


Singles (Order of finish: 2, 3, 1, 5, 4, 6)

1. #18 Hess-Olesen (UNC) def. Knutsson-Sundblad (GWU) 6-3, 6-0

2. #58 Vick (UNC) def. Roman Piftor (GWU) 6-1, 6-0

3. #102 Parker (UNC) def. Kaszás (GWU) 6-1, 6-3

4. Steiro (UNC) def. Alberch (GWU) 6-4, 6-3

5. Meyer (UNC) def. Parker (GWU) 6-4, 6-0

6. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) def. Ulrich (UNC) 3-6, 6-3, 6-2



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