BOILING SPRINGS – Gardner-Webb rolled to a 6-1 win over UNC Asheville Tuesday afternoon to secure a key Big South Conference victory in men's tennis action.
The Runnin' Bulldogs (5-9, 1-1 Big South) evened their league record in the process.
"I was very pleased with our focus and determination in doubles play," said head coach Mike Griffith. "That focus carried over into singles action and we were very fortunate to come away with the win. We had a great last few days of practice and it paid off."
GWU captured the doubles point quickly, with Maximilian Scholl and Ross Gilbert taking down James Massie and Majed Yousif by a 6-2 score at No. 2 doubles – and the No. 3 doubles tandem of Breno Plentz and Stefano Puga winning by a 6-3 score.
Plentz started off action in singles play with a win, taking a 6-2, 6-0 decision in straight sets at No. 4 singles. Paul Hogan followed with a 6-1, 6-4 win at No. 2 singles and Johan Fors sealed the team victory with a 6-4, 6-3 decision at No. 6 singles.
Asheville's Henry Patten topped Scholl at No. 1 singles (6-2, 6-4) for the visiting Bulldogs' lone team point of the day – but Adam Schmidt won (7-5, 6-1) at No. 3 singles and Gilbert capped the day with another solid performance, rallying after a loss in the first set to win at No. 5 singles (6-7, 6-3, 10-5).
Gardner-Webb will step out of conference to continue its four-match home stand – hosting Lipscomb on Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 pm.