Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb's women's tennis team fought during singles play despite a hard-luck deficit after doubles, but was unable to overcome the visiting Fighting Camels, dropping a 4-3 match on Thursday at the Webb Tennis Complex.
GWU (5-10, 1-5 Big South) won three singles matches against Campbell (6-10, 4-2 Big South) in a fight to get the doubles point back. GWU's No. 1 doubles team, Jenny Lunde and Erica White, won their fifth straight on Thursday, defeating Campbell's Tamara Stanic/Karolina Chernaya 8-2.
At No. 2, GWU's Rokia Sacko/Yasmin Doost pairing found themselves down 5-2, but won three of the next four games to move the score to 6-5 in favor of Ana Ortíz/Natasha Afridi. Campbell's duo would win the remaining two games, however, sealing an 8-5 No. 2 doubles win as well as the doubles point after a No. 3 win by default.
Down 2-0 after a default win by Campbell at No. 6 singles, Rokia Sacko (Montreal, Canada) stepped up get a key singles win at the No. 5 spot, getting GWU right back in it by defeating Ewa Telenga 6-4, 6-0.
At No. 3, Campbell increased its lead over Gardner-Webb to 3-1, getting a win from Ortíz, 6-4, 6-2.
Erica White (Charleston, W.Va.) responded with a No. 1 singles win for the Runnin' Bulldogs. The senior outlasted Stanic at the No. 1 spot, 6-4, 6-4, to record her fourth consecutive singles win at the position.
A No. 4 singles win from Afridi, who edged GWU freshman Valeriia Popko 6-4, 6-4, sealed the match for Campbell.
Sophomore Yasmin Doost (Bray, Maidenhead, England) tacked on another singles win for Gardner-Webb. Doost took a 3-6, 7-5, 10-8 decision over Chernaya at the No. 2 spot, improving her singles win total to eight on the year.
Gardner-Webb's women's tennis team is off until Monday, April 1, when the Runnin' Bulldogs are scheduled to host Big South counterpart Presbyterian at 2:00 p.m. at the Webb Tennis Complex.