No. 1 Radford Tops No. 8 Gardner-Webb, 5-0


ASHEVILLE, N.C. ( - No. 1 seed Radford cruised through the quarterfinals of the 2012 Big South Conference Men’s Tennis Championship with a 5-0 victory over No. 8 seed Gardner-Webb Thursday morning at the Asheville Racquet Club downtown.

Radford won the doubles point as the No. 2 team of Stijin Meulemans and Igor Ogrizek won their match over Matthew Parker and Ernest Alberch, 8-0.  At No. 3 doubles, Gardner-Webb’s team of Stephen Martin and Roman Piftor led early, 2-1, before the Highlanders team of Joe Mills and Patrick O’Keefe roared back to win the next seven games to win, 8-2.

In singles action, Meulemans won at No. 3 over Alberch, 6-2, 6-1, to give the Highlanders a 2-0 lead.  O’Keefe won at No. 6 singles, 6-1, 6-2, to push Radford to a 3-0 lead.

The match ended when Igor Ogrizek at No. 2 singles and Nicholas Sayer at No. 1 singles won at just about the same time to give the Highlanders the winning points.

With the win, the Highlanders (18-5) will meet the winner of the Campbell vs. Winthrop match on Friday, April 20 at 10:00am in the semifinals.  The Runnin’ Bulldogs season ends at 6-16.

Radford 5, Gardner-Webb 0

Singles competition
1. Sayer, Nicholas (RADFORD) def. A. Knutsson-Sundblad (GWUM) 6-2, 6-3
2. Ogrizek, Igor (RADFORD) def. Roman Piftor (GWUM) 6-3, 6-3
3. Meulemans, Stijn (RADFORD) def. Ernest Alberch (GWUM) 6-1, 6-2
4. Dehaen, Thomas (RADFORD) dnf. Korhan Ates (GWUM) 7-6 (7-4), 2-1
5. Mills, Joe (RADFORD) dnf. Joao Poli (GWUM) 7-5, 1-0
6. O'Keefe, Patrick (RADFORD) def. Brendan Dempsey (GWUM) 6-1, 6-2
Doubles competition
1. Korhan Ates/A. Knutsson-Sundblad (GWUM) dnf. Sayer, Nicholas/Dehaen, Thomas (RADFORD) 6-3
2. Meulemans, Stijn/Ogrizek, Igor (RADFORD) def. Matthew Parker/Ernest Alberch (GWUM) 8-0
3. Mills, Joe/O'Keefe, Patrick (RADFORD) def. Stephen Martin/Roman Piftor (GWUM) 8-2