Boiling Springs, N.C. - Erica White, Yasmin Doost, and Jenny Lunde went 2-0 on the day, and the Runnin' Bulldogs used a No. 2 doubles comeback to spark a 5-2 win over visiting UNC Asheville on Wednesday at the Webb Tennis Complex.
GWU (5-7, 1-2 Big South) jumped out to a 1-0 lead by winning at No. 1 and No. 2 doubles. At the No. 1 doubles spot, Erica White and Jenny Lunde teamed up for an 8-0 win against Zoe Hamel/Erickia Rivero, their eighth doubles win of the season.
The visiting Bulldogs (7-6, 1-2 Big South) who won at No. 3 doubles by default, built a 6-3 lead at No. 2 doubles and seemed poised to take that match and the doubles point. GWU's No. 2 tandem, Rokia Sacko and Yasmin Doost, broke serve to spark a rally that pushed the match to a tiebreak.
Down 3-0 early in the tiebreak, Sacko and Doost teamed up for another rally to take the tiebreak and a 9-7 win over Asheville's Christin Boissevain/Emily McNall.
The momentum transitioned into singles play, where White (Charleston, W.Va.) got Gardner-Webb started with a victory at No. 1, cruising past Hamel 6-1, 6-1 for her ninth singles win of the season.
At No. 2 singles, sophomore Yasmin Doost (Bray, Maidenhead, England) used a 6-3, 6-1 win over McNall to move GWU within one point of clinching the match.
Lunde (Oslo, Norway) provided the clincher, taking a 6-4, 6-2 win against Amryn Soldier at No. 3 singles. Lunde, the reigning Big South Player of the Week, has won four of her past five singles matches, all at the No. 3 position.
GWU's Valeriia Popko tacked on a No. 4 singles win, outlasting Rivero to win by a 7-5, 6-2 margin. The freshman from St. Petersburg, Russia has won five singles matches this year for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
With the overall outcome of the match in hand, the visiting Bulldogs picked up a win at the No. 5 singles slot, with Christin Boissevain winning 4-6, 7-5 10-8 Sacko.
Gardner-Webb will look to pick up Big South win number two this weekend when the Runnin' Bulldogs take on Liberty on Saturday, March 23. Weather permitting, the match will take place at 12:30 p.m. at the Webb Tennis Complex.