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Radford Advances Against Garder-Webb
Release: 04/19/2012

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - #1 seed Radford cruised to the semifinals of the 2012 Big South Conference men’s tennis championship with a 5-0 victory over #8 seed Gardner-Webb Thursday morning at the Asheville Racquet Club downtown.

The Highlanders (18-5) will now meet the winner of the Campbell-Winthrop match on Friday at 10 a.m. in the semifinals. The Runnin’ Bulldogs season ends at 6-16.

RU won the doubles point as the #2 team of Stijin Meulemens and Igor Ogrizek won their match over Matthew Parker and Ernest Albrech, 8-0. At #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 #3 over Alberch, 6-2, 6-1 to give the Highlanders a 2-0 lead.  O’Keefe won at #6 singles, 6-1, 6-2 to push Radford to a 3-0 lead.

The match ended when Igor Ogrizek at #2 singles and Nicholas Sayer at #1 singles won at just about the same time to give the Highlanders the winning points.

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

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