Boiling Springs, N.C. - A fast start by Gardner-Webb men's
tennis Thursday was not enough, as the Runnin' Bulldogs lost 5-2 to visiting
Appalachian State on Thursday afternoon.
The Runnin' Bulldogs drop to 2-6 in the young 2012 season.
Down early in all three doubles matches, Gardner-Webb
rallied to win at No. 1 and No. 3 doubles to claim the point and take an early
1-0 lead over the Mountaineers. At No. 3, the duo of Brendan Dempsey/Joao Poli
came back from an early deficit to knock off ASU's Matt Saltsgaver/Steve
Karandal by an 8-5 margin.
With the point on the line, the No. 1 tandem of Korhan Ates
and Adam Knutsson-Sundblad rallied for the win over the Mountaineer's Phillip
Kloc/Sebastien King, taking the match by a score of 8-5.
The Runnin' Bulldogs got also got a win from junior Roman Piftor in singles competition, outlasting King to win 7-5, 6-3 at the No. 4
position. Piftor improves his season record to 5-1 at the No. 4 slot, including
a perfect 3-0 mark at home.
The Mountaineers earned victories at No.'s 1, 2 and 5 to
take control of the match. At No. 5 singles, Poli battled back after being a
set down, but was unable to complete the comeback and fell to Karendal 6-4,
Knutsson started fast at the No. 3 slot in taking the first set,
yet dropped the next two and saw a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 decision go in favor of ASU's
Gardner-Webb will be back in action this Sunday to host
Radford at 1:00 pm and Spartanburg Methodist at 4:00 pm. The match vs. the
Highlanders marks the Runnin' Bulldogs Big South Opener this season.
1. Adam Knutsson-Sundblad/Korhan Ates (GWU) def. Phillip Kloc/Sebastien King (ASU) 8-5
2. Alain Humblet/Alex Markov (ASU) def. Matt Parker/Ernest Alberch (GWU) 8-3
3. Brendan Dempsey/Joao Poli (GWU) def. Matt Saltsgaver/Steve Karendal (ASU) 8-5
1. Alex Markov (ASU) def. Korhan Ates (GWU) 6-4, 6-4
2. Philip Kloc (ASU) def. Ernest Alberch (GWU) 6-4, 6-3
3. Alain Humblet (ASU) def. Adam Knutsson-Sundblad (GWU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-2
4. Roman Piftor (GWU) def. Sebastien King (ASU) 7-5, 6-3
5. Steve Karendal (ASU) def. Joao Poli (GWU) 6-4, 3-6, 6-1
6. Matt Saltsgaver (ASU) def. Brendan Dempsey (GWU) 6-3, 7-5