Buies Creek, N.C. - GWU won at 4 of 6 singles
positions, including crucial three-set wins from Alice Hopkins and Ioana Oprea,
to come out on top in a tight 4-3 match at Campbell on Tuesday.
The win snaps a two match losing streak for
the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Gardner-Webb (10-8, 3-4) had to battle back
from an early 1-0 deficit incurred during doubles play. Campbell (9-4, 1-3) got
a quick win from Tamara Stanic/Katya Yegoreychenko at No. 2 doubles to gain an
early advantage. Both doubles matches at No. 1 and No. 3 went down to tiebreak,
and GWU got a 9-8 win from Erica White/Ronia Hutterli at the No. 3 slot, but
Campbell's Karolina Chernaya/Borslava Nikolova edged GWU's Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde 9-8 to put the Fightin' Camels on top 1-0.
White (Charleston, W.V) keyed the comeback
with a win at No. 1 singles. The junior held off a hard-charging effort from
Chernaya to win 6-2, 7-5 for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
At No. 5 singles, junior Ronia Hutterli
(Duebendorf, Switzerland) picked up a key win for GWU in outlasting
Yegoreychenko 7-5, 7-6.
Gardner-Webb also received wins at No. 2 and
No. 3 singles from Hopkins and Oprea respectively. After dropping the first set
in her match, Hopkins (Birmingham, England) went to work, coming from behind to
earn a 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 triumph over Stanic at No. 2 singles. Oprea (Bucharest,
Romania) bested Campbell's Natasha Afridi by a 6-3, 6-7, 6-1 margin
GWU's win over Campbell also snaps a three
match Big South losing streak, moving the Runnin' Bulldogs within a win of a
.500 conference mark for the season.
Gardner-Webb next hosts Western Carolina in
non-conference action Sunday, April 1. The Runnin' Bulldogs' match vs. the
Catamounts is set for a 1:00 p.m. start time.
Match Results: GWU 4 - CU 3
1. Erica White (GWU) def. Chernaya, Karolina (CAM) 6-2, 7-5
2. Alice Hopkins (GWU) def. Stanic, Tamara (CAM) 1-6, 6-2, 6-4
3. Ioana Oprea (GWU) def. Afridi, Natasha (CAM) 6-3, 6-7, 6-1
Niklova, Borislava (CAM) def. Jenny Lunde (GWU) 6-3, 6-3
5. Ronia Hutterli (GWU) def. Yegoreychenko, Katya (CAM) 7-5, 7-6
6. Gomar, Anais (CAM) def. Yasmin Doost (GWU) 6-7, 7-5, 6-0
1. CHERNAYA, Karolina/NIKOLOVA, Borislava (CAMW) def. Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde (GWUW) 9-8
2. STANIC, Tamara/YEGOREYCHENKO, Katya (CAMW) def. Alice Hopkins/Yasmin Doost (GWUW) 8-2
3. Erica White/Ronia Hutterli (GWUW) def. AFRIDI, Natasha/GOMAR, Anais (CAMW) 9-8