BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb's women's tennis squad dropped a 5-2 decision to Charlotte Tuesday afternoon in the home opener for the Runnin' Bulldogs.
Charlotte jumped out to the lead early by winning the doubles point, taking No. 1 and No. 2 doubles by scores of 6-2 and 6-1, respectively.
The Runnin' Bulldogs prevented the doubles' sweep, as Catherine White and Sara Rieckmann took a 6-4 win at No. 3 doubles.
White captured a straight sets win at No. 5 singles, taking a 6-2, 6-1 victory. Daniela Naupari also rallied to win at No. 3 singles after falling 6-1 in the opening set. She rolled to a 6-0 win in the second set, then took the match with a 2-1 (retire) win in the third.
The 49ers took straight sets wins at No. 1, No. 2, No. 4 and No. 6 singles to seal the match.
Gardner-Webb (0-2) will be back in action on Saturday as they take on North Carolina Central in Durham, N.C. at 1:00pm.
1. Smith/Imparato (UNCC) d. Bolstad/Naupari (GWU) 6-2
2. Martin/Coupae (UNCC) d. Mixon/Ristic: 6-1
3. White/Rieckmann (GWU) d. Vanderschmidt/Lee (UNCC): 6-4
1. Martin (UNCC) d. Bolstad (GWU): 6-2, 6-3
2. Lee (UNCC) d. Rieckmann (GWU): 6-1, 6-4
3. Naupari (GWU) d. Vanderschmidt (UNCC): 1-6, 6-0, 2-1 (retire)
4. Imparato (UNCC) d. Ristic (GWU): 6-2, 6-1
5. White (GWU) d. Coupare (UNCC): 6-2, 6-1
6. Smith (UNCC) d. Romero (GWU): 6-0, 6-1