No. 5 Gardner-Webb Edges No. 4 Charleston Southern, 4-3


ROCK HILL, S.C. ( – No. 5 Gardner-Webb edged No. 4 Charleston Southern 4-3 in the first round of the Big South Women’s Tennis Championship presented by Musco Lighting Thursday afternoon at the Memorial Courts on the campus of Winthrop University.  The Runnin’ Bulldogs improve to 12-6 on the year, while Charleston Southern ends its season at 8-11.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs picked up the doubles point to take the 1-0 lead.  Gardner-Webb’s Erica White and Ronia Hutterli downed Alia Nour and Brooke Pletcher 9-8 at the No. 2 flight.  GWU sealed the doubles point as Laura Kriett and Rita Gouveia defeated Angie Torres and Heather Isbell 9-8 at the No. 3 slot.  Charleston Southern’s No. 1 duo of Olga Makhova and Marija Dzakovic earned the lone doubles win with their 8-5 win over Ioana Oprea and Jenny Lunde.

Gardner-Webb’s three singles wins came at the No. 1, No. 5 and No. 6 positions.  With the match tied at 3-3 Hurrerli dig in and picked up the 6-3, 3-6, 8-6 win over Alexandra Walters at the No. 5 slot to secure the win.  White scored the 6-2, 6-2 win over Mackhova at No. 1 singles and Gouveia defeated Torres 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 at the No. 6 position. 

With the win Gardner-Webb moves to the semifinals where it will play No. 1 Winthrop on Friday, April 22 at 9:00am.

Gardner Webb 4, Charleston Southern 3

Singles competition

1. Erica White (GWU) def. Olga Makhova (CSU) 6-2, 6-2
2. Marija Dzakovic (CSU) def. Ioana Oprea (GWU) 6-3, 6-4
3. Brooke Pletcher (CSU) def. Laura Kriett (GWU) 6-3, 6-3
4. Alia Nour (CSU) def. Jenny Lunde (GWU) 4-6, 6-3, 6-4
5. Ronia Hutterli (GWU) def. Alexandra Walters (CSU) 6-3, 3-6, 8-6
6. Rita Gouveia (GWU) def. Angelica Torres (CSU) 2-6, 6-3, 6-2

Doubles competition

1. Olga Makhova/Marija Dzakovic (CSU) def. Ioana Oprea/Jenny Lunde (GWU) 8-5
2. Erica White/Ronia Hutterli (GWU) def. Alia Nour/Brooke Pletcher (CSU) 9-8
3. Laura Kriett/Rita Gouveia (GWU) def. Angelica Torres/Heather Isbell (CSU) 9-8