Runnin' Bulldogs Drop Home Opener to Red-Hot Elon, 6-1, in Women's Tennis Action on Monday -—Official Web Site of Gardner-Webb Athletics
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White (Charleston, W.Va.) picked up a win at No. 1 singles in the Runnin' Bulldogs 6-1 loss to Elon on Monday.
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Runnin' Bulldogs Drop Home Opener to Red-Hot Elon, 6-1, in Women's Tennis Action on Monday
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: February 04, 2013
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - Senior Erica White (Charleston, W.Va.) picked up a win at No. 1 singles, leading the Runnin' Bulldogs during Gardner-Webb's season-opening 6-1 loss to the visiting Elon Phoenix on Monday at the Webb Tennis Complex.

GWU (0-1) found itself in a 1-0 hole after doubles play, as the Phoenix took wins at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles to grab an early lead. No match was played at No. 3 doubles due to injury or No. 6 singles due to injury.

Elon (3-1) continued its recent run of success by seizing control during singles play, taking the first set at No.'s 2-5. The Phoenix's run on Monday continued the momentum built through a dramatic 4-3 win over Wake Forest last week.

White went to work early at No. 1 singles, taking control of the first set en route to a 6-3 lead after set one. Elon's Jordan Johnston stormed back, taking command of set two at 5-2 as the match appeared to be headed toward a tiebreak.

White rallied, fighting to eliminate the deficit and tie the match at 5-5. The senior would complete the rally, holding serve to ensure a 6-3, 7-5 win for the Runnin' Bulldogs at the top of the lineup.

Monday's meeting between White and Johnston marked the latest in what has been a competitive rivalry forged between the two players over the past three seasons. Johnston, a junior, prevailed in the meeting two years ago, while White won in straight sets last season to set up Monday's thrilling match between the two competitors.

White and the Runnin' Bulldogs have little time to rest, as GWU's women's tennis team travels to take on Davidson on Saturday, February 9. Saturday's road tilt with the Wildcats is scheduled to start at 10:00 a.m.



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