Asheville, N.C. - Junior Erica White won three consecutive matches to triumph in singles play, leading an impressive performance for Gardner-Webb women's tennis at the UNC-Asheville Fall Invitational this past weekend.
White, originally from Charleston, W.V., won a three-set finals match vs. Georgia Southern's Paoloa Garrido (6-4; 3-6; 6-4) to top the Blues Singles Flight. White defeated Christine Bissevain (Asheville) 6-3; 6-4 in the quarterfinals and Zoe Hamel (Asheville) 6-2; 6-3 in the semifinals before knocking off Garrido for the Flight win.
Tavenner Black recorded a semifinals appearance this weekend, defeating Jackie McGuirk (Asheville) 6-4; 7-5 and Taylor Jones (Georgia Southern) 4-6; 7-5; 7-5 to advance to the White Singles Flight before falling to Asheville's Devon Cavanaugh in the semifinals.
Junior Ronia Hutterli won her opening match in singles play, knocking off Georgia Southern's Sydney Brown 6-1; 6-0. After dropping a tough second round match (7-5; 6-4), the junior from Switzerland won three consecutive matches to win the White Singles backdraw.
Senior Ioana Oprea won her first match in impressive fashion, defeating Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz (Western Carolina) 7-6; 6-0 straight sets before falling to Paoloa Garrido (GSU), who would eventually compete in the Blues Flight finals.
Runnin' Bulldog sophomore Jenny Lunde defeated Alexiss Prickett (GSU) 6-4; 1-6; 6-3 in a hard-earned first match victory, but bowed out to Karen Jiminez (WCU) in the quarterfinals 7-6; 6-1.
Gardner-Webb also fared well in doubles play, as the tandem of White/Hutterli advanced to the semifinals 8-0 over Solider/Boissevain (Asheville) before coming up short against GSU's duo of Prickett/Maffett, losing that contest 8-5.
Gardner-Webb will return home for its next action, hosting the GWU Fall Invitational Sep. 23-24 in Boiling Springs, N.C.