Runnin’ Bulldogs Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker at Chattanooga on Sunday -—Official Web Site of Gardner-Webb Athletics
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Sophomore Korhan Ates (Istanbul, Turkey) won at the #1 singles position 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5 Sunday in the Runnin' Bulldogs' 4-3 loss at Chattanooga.
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Runnin’ Bulldogs Drop 4-3 Heartbreaker at Chattanooga on Sunday
Courtesy: Gardner-Webb
          Release: February 12, 2012
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Chattanooga, Tenn. - Gardner-Webb won three singles matches, but fell 4-3 to host Chattanooga Sunday in a match in which 4 of 6 singles matches came down to three-set tiebreaks.

With the loss, GWU falls to 2-4 on the year.

The highly competitive match also saw the deciding doubles match go down to a tiebreak. Chattanooga won at the #1 doubles position, but the duo of Ernest Alberch/Matthew Parker defeated the Mocs' Ankit Chopra/Stephen Crofford 8-5 to force the deciding match. The Runnin' Bulldogs' Brendan Dempsey and Blake Dunlap dropped a hard-fought 9-8 (7-2) to decision as Chattanooga won the point.

Dempsey (Dublin, Ireland) won his fourth consecutive singles match, dominating a 6-0, 6-0 decision at #6 singles to get the Runnin' Bulldogs on the board.

After the Mocs won at #5 singles, Gardner-Webb battled in the remaining matches to overcome the 2-1 deficit. Roman Piftor (Tashkent, Uzbekistan) won 6-4, 5-7, 7-5 over Manuel Barroatavena at #4 and Korhan Ates (Istanbul, Turkey) outlasted the Mocs' Roberto Vieira 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5 at the #1 position for the Runnin' Bulldogs.

Chattanooga would win at #2 and #3 to provide the final margin.

Gardner-Webb will be back in action at Elon on Saturday, February 18. The match is scheduled for a 1:30 p.m. start time.


Match Results


1. Smith/Vieira (UTC) def. Ates/Knuttson-Sundlbad (GWU) 8-5

2. Alberch/Parker (GWU) def. Chopra/Crofford (UTC) 8-5

3. Grigorjevs/Tresnan (UTC) def. Dempsey/Dunlap (GWU) 9-8 (7-2)



1. Ates (GWU) def. Vieira (UTC) 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 7-5

2. Smith (UTC) def. Knutsson-Sundlbad (GWU) 6-1, 4-6, 7-6 (11-9)

3. Chopra (UTC) def. Alberch (GWU) 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7-4)

4. Piftor (GWU) def. Barroetavena (UTC) 6-4, 5-7, 7-5

5. Tresnan (UTC) def. Poli (GWU) 6-2, 6-0

6. Dempsey (GWU) def. Crofford (UTC) 6-0, 6-0



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