Men’s Tennis Claims 5-2 Win at Radford on Sunday Afternoon

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RADFORD, Va. – Gardner-Webb picked up a key 5-2 win over Big South Conference foe Radford on the road on Sunday afternoon. 

The Runnin' Bulldogs improved to 7-9 on the year and 2-1 in Big South play.

"We're very proud of how our team handled the cold weather and windy conditions today," stated GWU assistant coach Adam Knutsson after the match.  "We missed some chances in doubles play and also started a little slow in singles play.  As the match went on, we started to play better on each court and the momentum began to shift in our favor. We then managed to keep that up and finished very strong on all remaining singles courts."

The action began with doubles play, where the pairing of Paul Hogan and Johan Fors defeated Rodrigo Magalhaes and Robin Calais (6-1), but Radford would take the remaining two matches to earn the doubles point and the early 1-0 advantage. 

Gardner-Webb would tie the match at the onset of singles play as Breno Plentz defeated Matko Varga in straight sets at the No. 4 position, 6-1, 6-4.

The Highlanders would take the next matchup at the No. 5 spot as Janken Thoen would upend Ross Gilbert, 6-3, 6-1. 

The Runnin' Bulldogs would respond, taking the remaining four singles matches to claim the overall match win.

Fors would defeat Samuel Taylor (7-5, 6-2) at the No. 6 position, Paul Hogan would defeat Alexandros Caldwell (6-4, 4-6, 6-3) at the No. 2 position, and Maximilian Scholl rally to defeat Magalhaes (4-6, 7-5, 6-1) at the No. 1 spot to seal the match.

Adam Schmidt would also earn a win at the No. 4 position, defeating Calais, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. 

Gardner-Webb returns home for its next matchup, hosting South Carolina State on Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 pm.