GWU and PC Win Wednesday


Presbyterian 7, Converse 0

The Presbyterian College women's tennis team sent seniors Paige Oelke and Cara Caruso off in style on Wednesday, rolling past Converse at Templeton Tennis Courts in a Senior Day match, 7-0.

PC improves to 8-11 on the year. Converse falls to 5-14.

Against a shorthanded Valkyries squad, the Blue Hose won two doubles matches and four singles matches to take the win.

The team honored Oelke and Caruso following the match with a ceremony and words from head coach Catherine Dunagan. Both picked up singles and doubles wins, extending their hold on their Division I wins records. Oelke left Wednesday with 39 career singles wins and 31 doubles wins for first in the D-I era, while Caruso picked up her 22nd singles win and 25 doubles wins for second place.

In doubles action, Oelke and Patricia Alves took down Olivia Self and Taylor Bland at the top flight, 8-3, while Lindsay Krause and Caruso held on for a second-flight win over Raissa Olmos Morandi and Marisa Esformes, 8-5.

In singles play, Oelke earned win number nine on the season when the senior cruised past Self on the top flight, 6-0, 6-1. Caruso followed with a second-flight win over Morandi in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0.

At No. 3, Caroline deLoach earned her team-leading 11th win of the year by powering past Bland, 6-2, 6-2. Lucia Leahy also took a win by knocking off Esformes at the fourth flight, 6-1, 6-0.

PC hits the road for its final four matches, beginning on Friday with a trip to Savannah State. The match is slated to begin at 1:00pm.

Gardner-Webb 4, UNC Asheville 0

Gardner-Webb women's tennis took a shortened match at Big South opponent UNC Asheville, winning 4-0 on the road in its regular season finale.

GWU (13-8, 4-4) evened its Big South record with the win and ended its regular season with a four match winning streak with the conference tournament ahead.

Due to weather concerns in the Asheville area, the match consisted of singles play only.

The Runnin' Bulldogs got a win from junior Erica White at No. 1 singles. The junior took a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Asheville's Emily McNall to give GWU the point.

Gaining her 19th singles win of the season was freshman Alice Hopkins, who won the match at the No. 2 position 6-3, 6-0 over Amryn Soldier. Hopkins leads GWU in wins, having posted a 19-2 singles record on the season to date.

Gardner-Webb junior Ronia Hutterli cruised to the win at No. 5, winning 6-0, 6-0 over Amie Cloer.

Another Runnin' Bulldog freshman picked up a singles win Wednesday, as Yasmin Doost won the match at No. 6.

With the win, Gardner-Webb recorded its 13th win of the season, the most for a Runnin' Bulldog team since Head Coach Jim Corn took the reins of the program in 2007.

Gardner-Webb women's tennis next competes at the 2012 Big South Conference Tournament April 19-21. The tournament will be held on the campus of UNC Asheville.