Gardner-Webb Men's Tennis Grabs 6-1 Win in Home Opener versus Augusta State -—Official Web Site of Gardner-Webb Athletics
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Freshman Benjamin Kaszás (Budapest, Hungary) won 6-2, 6-3 at the No. 2 singles position, his second straight singles win, as Gardner-Webb defeated visiting Augusta State 6-1 on Saturday.
Courtesy: Saxon Simpson
Gardner-Webb Men's Tennis Grabs 6-1 Win in Home Opener versus Augusta State
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: February 09, 2013
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Boiling Springs, N.C. - The Runnin' Bulldogs grinded out a tough doubles point to open the match and used wins at five of the six singles positions to earn a 6-1 home victory over ninth ranked Division II foe Augusta State at the Webb Tennis Complex on Saturday.

The home-opening win moves Gardner-Webb to 1-3 early in the 2013 season.

To open the match, GWU found itself in a dogfight at all three positions, as Augusta State (1-1) came out firing on the road. Midway through doubles play, the Runnin' Bulldogs trailed at all three positions.

After the Jaguars clinched a win at No. 3 doubles, the senior tandem of Matthew Parker (Marietta, Ga.) and Adam Knutsson-Sundblad dug deep for a tough 8-6 win versus Cabellos/Guimaraes at No. 1 doubles.

Freshman Nikita Zverkov (Moscow, Russia) and sophomore Ernest Alberch would take it from there. The pair outlasted ASU's Labas/Brunei pairing for a point-clinching 8-7 (3) win at No. 2 doubles.

Singles play proved to be less dramatic, with Gardner-Webb riding the momentum of two doubles wins to garner straight set wins at four singles spots. Knutsson-Sundblad (Gothenburg, Sweden) won at No. 1 singles, improving to 2-0 on the week at that position with a 6-4, 6-2 against Victor Cabellos.

A win at No. 2 from Benjamin Kaszás (Budapest, Hungary) put the Runnin' Bulldogs up 3-0. The powerful freshman defeated Jon Labas by a 6-2, 6-3 margin.

Senior Roman Piftor (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) got the clinching point for Gardner-Webb with a win at No. 3 singles. Piftor pulled away from the Jaguars' Victor Guimaraes for a 6-1, 6-2 triumph.

Gardner-Webb also got a straight set win from sophomore Brendan Dempsey (Dublin, Ireland), who improved to 3-1 in singles play on the season after Saturday's win. Dempsey knocked off Gustavo D'Ascenzi 6-2, 7-5.

With the outcome determined, Alberch (Torello, Spain) won at No. 4 singles by tiebreak, outlasting Romain Brunei to score a 6-2, 6-7, 10-4 win.

Gardner-Webb's men's tennis team travels to play Wofford on Thursday, February 14 at 2:30 p.m. prior to returning home for a match versus Brevard on Friday, February 15 at 2:30 p.m.



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