Conway, S.C. - Gardner-Webb got singles wins from veterans Erica White and Yasmin Doost, but Coastal Carolina powered its way to a win in the opening doubles point and four singles wins as the Runnin' Bulldogs dropped a 5-2 match on Saturday to the host Chanticleers.
GWU (2-5, 0-1 Big South) got off to a good start in the match, getting a quick win at No. 1 doubles through the combined efforts of White and Jenny Lunde. The senior/junior pairing took an 8-3 win over the Chanticleers' No. 1 duo, Kortney Kowal/Shelby Bates, to put the Runnin' Bulldogs within another double win of earning a 1-0 advantage early in the match.
Unable to field a No. 3 doubles team, Gardner-Webb had to win at the No. 2 doubles spot. A great effort from Doost/Rokia Sacko pushed Coastal's Dominique De Wit/Libby Scott from beginning to end, but ultimately the Chanticleers (6-4, 3-1 Big South) came away with an 8-6 win to go up 1-0 after doubles.
A forfeit at No. 6 singles spotted Coastal Carolina a 2-0 lead. Doost (Bray, Maidenhead, England) cut the deficit in half with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Mikaela Davies at the No. 2 singles positions, but wins at No.'s 3 and 4 singles for the home-standing Chanticleers sealed the overall match win.
Doost evened her season singles record at 3-3 with the win on Saturday.
White (Charleston, W.Va.) made it two singles wins on the day for the Runnin' Bulldogs. The senior worked past Coastal Carolina's Scott for a 6-2, 6-4 win at the No. 1 singles position.
Gardner-Webb's women's tennis team is scheduled to hit the courts on Monday, March 11, staying in Conference play with a road match against Charleston Southern at 2:00 p.m.