FRIDAY, APRIL 18, 2008
Men's tennis upset by Gardner-Webb, 4-1

April 18, 2008

Photo Gallery

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - A few weeks ago, the JU men's tennis staged an epic 4-3 win at Gardner-Webb to clinch the No. 4 seed in the Atlantic Sun Conference Tournament.

On Friday night, the Bulldogs got revenge by ending the Dolphins' season with a 4-1 win in the first round of the A-Sun Tournament.

"We're disappointed with how this turned out, but I don't want it to dampen the progress that we've made this season," said JU head coach Shane Wood. "I hope our guys remember this feeling and use it as motivation to make a deep run in the tournament next season."

The Runnin' Bulldogs pulled off the only upset of opening day Friday evening after rallying back from a 1-0 deficit and posting four consecutive singles victories. Jacksonville won two of the three doubles matches to open play, but Gardner-Webb did not drop a set in the four pointed singles matches to notch the upset.

Grant Van Rensburg dropped Marcos Oliveira 6-3, 6-1 at the No. 4 position, and Taylor Ferrier and Carlos Quijano won 7-6(0), 6-2 and 6-1, 6-4, respectively. First team all-conference selection Evgeny Slesarev closed out the match with a 6-2, 6-3 triumph over Jordi Ballester at No.1.