Boiling Springs, N.C. - Gardner-Webb swept
all matches Sunday afternoon, earning a 7-0 win over Western Carolina in its
final home match of the 2012 season.
Gardner-Webb (11-8, 3-4) took a 1-0 lead
early in the match, sweeping the doubles positions to foster early momentum.
Erica White and Ronia Hutterli earned an 8-0 win at No. 3 over the Catamount
tandem Sarah Walters/Taylor Casey, and Alice Hopkins teamed with Yasmin Doost
to take an 8-1 win over Karen Jimenez/Katie Berry at the No. 2 position. The
Runnin' Bulldog duo of Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde tacked on an 8-4 win at No. 1
doubles, outlasting Western Carolina's Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz/Megan McLinden.
The Runnin' Bulldogs carried the momentum
over to singles, where they earned victories at each position. Senior Tavenner Black (Gainesville, Fla.) took a 6-0, 6-0 triumph over Casey at No. 5 singles,
earning her third win of the season in giving Gardner-Webb the point.
Lunde (Hoevik, Norway) picked up her ninth
singles win of the year with a 6-0, 6-0 victory at the No. 4 spot, besting Walters
to earn the win.
Gardner-Webb got strong play, as it has all
season, from its No. 1, 2, and 3 singles players, as White, Hopkins, and Oprea
each recorded singles wins on Sunday. Oprea (Bucharest, Romania) posted a 6-0,
6-1 win at No. 3 over Berry, Hopkins (Birmingham, England) beat McLinden at
6-0, 6-1 at No. 2, and White (Charleston, W.V.) cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 win
against Iglesias at the No. 1 position.
White, Hopkins, and Oprea are a combined
46-11 at the top three singles positions this season.
Prior to the match, GWU's seniors Tavenner Black and Ioana Oprea were recognized for their contributions to the
Gardner-Webb community both on the court and off.
Gardner-Webb turns around to play at Charlotte on
Monday, scheduled for a 1:00 p.m. start time.
Match Results: GWU 7-WCU 0
1. Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde (GWU) def. Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz/Megan McLinden (WCU) 8-4
2. Alice Hopkins/Yasmin Doost (GWU) def. Karen Jimenez/Katie Berry (WCU) 8-1
3. Erica White/Ronia Hutterli (GWU) ddef. Sarah Walters/Taylor Casey (WCU) 8-0
1. Erica White (GWU) def. Ainhoa Iglesias Diaz (WCU) 6-2, 6-0
2. Alice Hopkins (GWU) def. Megan McLinden (WCU) 6-0, 6-1
3. Ioana Oprea (GWU) def. Katie Berry (WCU) 6-0, 6-1
4. Jenny Lunde (GWU) def. Sarah Walters (WCU) 6-0, 6-0
5. Tavenner Black (GWU) def. Taylor Casey (WCU) 6-0, 6-0
6. Yasmin Doost (GWU) won by default