CULLOWHEE, N.C. – Gardner-Webb got back on track in women's tennis action Sunday, taking a 5-2 non-conference win at Western Carolina.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (11-5) gained early momentum at doubles, with wins at No. 1 from Sandra Bolstad and Mary Walker Mixon and the clincher from Daniela Naupari and Miljana Ristic at No. 3 doubles. Bolstad and Mixon took a 6-4 win to give GWU an early edge and, after Western Carolina took a 6-4 win at No. 2 doubles, Naupari and Ristic came through with a 7-5 win.
Sarah Rieckmann captured a win at No. 2 singles via default to push Gardner-Webb's team lead to 2-0.
The Catamounts (11-9) got a win from Lauren McCall at No. 6 singles – a 6-3, 6-1 decision in straight sets – and tied the match when Jordan Strickland took a 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles.
Gardner-Webb seized control from there, getting a 6-4, 6-1 win from steady senior Catherine White at No. 5 singles – and clinched the win when Ristic rallied from a 6-1 loss in her first set to take down Madison Riley in the second (6-3) and third (6-1) for the victory at No. 4 singles.
Naupari closed out the match with another win at No. 3 singles, outlasting Alexa Webb in a lengthy battle by scores of 6-4, 6-7 (5) and 10-6.
Gardner-Webb will be back in action at home on Wednesday, April 5, hosting Elon at 2:00 pm in another non-conference match.
FINAL RESULTS: Gardner-Webb 5, Western Carolina 2
#1 Jordan Strickland (WCU) d. Sandra Bolstad (GWU); 6-3, 6-4
#2 Sarah Rieckmann (GWU) d. Savannah Taranto (WCU); 1-2 (Default)
#3 Daniela Naupari (GWU) d. Alexa Webb (WCU); 6-4, 7-6 (5), 10-6
#4 Miljana Ristic (GWU) d. Madison Riley (WCU); 1-6, 6-3, 6-1
#5 Catherine White (GWU) d. Elizabeth Ansari (WCU); 6-4, 6-1
#6 Lauren McCall (WCU) d. Mary Walker Mixon (GWU); 6-3, 6-1
#1 Bolstad/Mixon (GWU) d. Taranto/Webb (WCU); 6-4
#2 McCall/Strickland (WCU) d. White/Rieckmann (GWU); 6-4
#3 Naupari/Ristic (GWU) d. Ansari/Riley (WCU); 7-5
Order of Finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (2,6,1,5,4,3)