Camels fall in close match at Gardner-Webb, 4-3


BUIES CREEK, N.C. -- The Fighting Camels fell in a close match to the Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs, 4-3, Tuesday afternoon at the GWU Tennis Courts. The loss brings both teams to a tie for second in the Big South standings as each squad boasts a 5-2 record in conference play this season.

Campbell (16-4, 5-2 BSC) took two out of three doubles matches to claim the doubles point. Gerard Sola and Jonathan O'Neal dropped just their fourth doubles match of the season on court two, 6-1. CU answered with a 7-5 win from Lukas Schaefer and Fabien Ayet at No. 3 doubles. Lorenz Schwab and Dustin Werner won their fourth-straight match to clinch the doubles point, taking down Gardner-Webb's top duo of Fors/Hogan, 7-6.

Gardner-Webb (11-11, 5-2 BSC) responded with four wins in singles play to claim the overall victory. Playing at No. 2 singles, Werner started singles action with a win over Paul Hogan, 6-4, 6-1, good for his second-straight victory. Following that match, the Runnin' Bulldogs rattled off three-straight wins on courts four, six and one to take a 3-2 lead. Sola tied the match at No. 3 singles, winning in straight sets by a score of 7-6, 6-3.

The match came down to court four, where CU's reigning Big South Freshman of the Week Fernando Clemente took on GWU's Johan Fors. Clemente took the first set in a tiebreaker, but ultimately dropped the next two for a final score of 6-7, 6-2, 7-6. It was just his fourth loss in singles play this spring.

Up next, the Camels are set to return home as they host the South Carolina State Bulldogs. The match is set for Thursday, April 6 at 2 p.m. at the James R. Nisbet Tennis Center. For the most up-to-date information on Campbell tennis, follow @GoCamelsTennis on Twitter.