Incoming Gardner-Webb freshman tennis standout Ross Gilbert helped his Bath Tennis Centre club to the 2016 Aegon 18U Team Tennis Premier national championship earlier this summer.
Each team in the Finals were winners of their respective Tier 1 Region during the league stage of the circuit, which ran from April until June. A total of 24 teams competed in the Finals, with four teams involved in each age grouping.
Bath Tennis Centre finished first in the 18U age grouping out of 248 teams in England.
Gilbert's club topped Virgin Active Lancashire in the semifinals, with the future Runnin' Bulldog playing a key role. With the teams tied at 3-3, Gilbert and his doubles partner won 12-10 in a super breaker. Gilbert also saved two match points.
Bath Tennis Centre went on to defeat London's Sutton Tennis Academy, taking both doubles matches to win 8-4 for the championship.
"Ross is going to be very good for us," said Gardner-Webb men's tennis head coach Mike Griffith. "He has the ability to play different game styles and do whatever it takes to get the win. He is a fighter and will never give in. I am looking forward to coaching a young man with this type of attitude."
Gardner-Webb opens its fall schedule on September 9, taking split squads to matches at USC Upstate (Sept. 9-11) and UNC Wilmington (Sept. 9-11).