Gardner-Webb Men's Tennis Drops 2017 Season Opener At Davidson Wednesday

Gardner-Webb Men's Tennis Drops 2017 Season Opener At Davidson Wednesday


DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Gardner-Webb men's tennis team dropped its season opener Wednesday, falling by a 7-0 score in a road match to Davidson at the Knobloch Indoor Tennis Center.

The Runnin' Bulldogs (0-1) got an impressive 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles from the team of Johan Fors and Ross Gilbert, but the Wildcats (2-1) rallied for a 6-4 win at No. 1 doubles and took a 6-2 decision at No. 2 doubles to claim the point.

"We had early momentum in doubles, but Davidson fought back and took it to us," said head coach Mike Griffith. "We were up 3-0 at No. 1 doubles. I am confident we will improve a great deal from our first match to the second match of the season. We are really looking forward to the next one.

"I'm very pleased with Paul Hogan's effort and Ross Gilbert. Both are going to have very good seasons. Davidson has a very good team."

Hogan engaged in an epic battle at No. 2 singles, winning the first set by a 6-4 margin before falling 6-4 in the second set to Davidson's David Hager. The two went back-and-forth in a lengthy third set, with Hager eventually finishing on the right side of a 15-13 score to win the battle.

Gilbert dropped a pair of competitive 6-4 sets at No. 5 singles in his first spring match as a collegiate player.

Gardner-Webb will hit the road again next Tuesday, traveling to face Wofford on January 31 in Spartanburg. That match is set to begin at 2:00 pm.

Gough/Fries (DAV) d. Scholl/Plentz (GWU); 6-4
Chaudhry/Riazzi (DAV) d. Hogan/Puga (GWU); 6-2
Fors/Gilbert (GWU) d. Rose/Horiuchi (DAV); 6-1

1. Chaudhry (DAV) d. Maximillian Scholl (GWU); 6-3, 6-2
2. Hager (DAV) d. Paul Hogan (GWU); 4-6, 6-4, (15-13)
3. Khrapko (DAV) d. Breno Plentz (GWU); 6-1, 6-2
4. Gough (DAV) d. Adam Schmidt (GWU); 6-1, 6-4
5. Fries (DAV) d. Ross Gilbert (GWU); 6-4, 6-4
6. Hart (DAV) d. Johan Fors (GWU); 6-3, 6-4

RECORDS: Davidson (2-1); Gardner-Webb (0-1)