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(from left) Rokia Sacko, Yasmin Doost, Erica White, Jenny Lunde, and Valeriia Popko. Gardner-Webb's women's tennis team competes at the 2013 Big South Championships this week, with their first match being played on Wednesday, April 17 at 1:00 p.m. vs. Longwood in Rock Hill, S.C.
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Gardner-Webb Seeded Eighth for Upcoming Big South Women’s Tennis Championships
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          Release: April 15, 2013
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Charlotte, N.C. – Gardner-Webb’s women’s tennis team finished the regular season with a 3-6 Big South record to earn the No. 8 seed in next week’s Big South Women’s Tennis Championship, it was announced by the League office.

Both Radford and Gardner-Webb finished the Big South season with a 3-6 record, but the tiebreaker procedure puts the Highlanders in the No. 7 spot and the Runnin’ Bulldogs land the No. 8 seed.

The Highlanders edged the Runnin’ Bulldogs, 4-3, in Radford, Va. on April 5.

Winthrop finished the season with a 9-0 Conference record to garner the Big South Women’s Tennis Regular-Season Championship for the third consecutive year.

Charleston Southern finished second with an 8-1 record and earned the No. 2 seed.  Campbell and Liberty finished Conference play with identical 6-3 records, but in the tiebreaker procedure the Fighting Camels claimed the No. 3 seed and the Lady Flames landed the No. 4 spot.  Coastal Carolina finished fifth with a 5-4 record, while UNC Asheville garnered the No. 6 slot with a 4-5 Conference mark.

New Big South member Longwood claimed the No. 9 seed with a 1-8 mark, and Presbyterian College’s 0-9 record was good for the No. 10 position.

Gardner-Webb will help kick off day one of the 2013 Big South Women’s Tennis Championship, playing in the second match on Wednesday, April 17.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs will face Big South newcomer Longwood on Wednesday at 1:00 p.m in Rock Hill, S.C.. Earlier this season, GWU defeated the Lancers 5-2 at home thanks to singles wins from Erica White, Yasmin Doost, Jenny Lunde, Valeriia Popko, and Rokia Sacko.

The Big South’s tournament champion receives an automatic bid to the NCAA Women’s Tennis Tournament.  The Conference Championship schedule is as follows:

Wednesday, April 17 - First Round

Match 1: No. 7 Radford vs. No. 10 Presbyterian College, 10:00am ET

Match 2: No. 8 Gardner-Webb vs. No. 9 Longwood, 1:00pm ET

Thursday, April 18 - Quarterfinals

Match 3: No. 1 Winthrop vs. Winner Match 2, 8:00am ET

Match 4: No. 4 Liberty vs. No. 5 Coastal Carolina, not before 10:00am ET

Match 5: No. 2 Charleston Southern vs. Winner Match 1, 12:30pm ET

Match 6: No. 3 Campbell vs. No. 6 UNC Asheville, 3:30pm ET

Friday, April 19 - Semifinals

Match 7: Winner Match 3 vs. Winner Match 4, 10:00am ET

Match 8: Winner Match 5 vs. Winner Match 6, 2:00pm ET

Saturday, April 20 - Championship

Match 9: Winner Match 7 vs. Winner Match 8, 9:00am ET




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