Thursday, September 24, 2009
Dawgs overwhcfinfed by Wolfpack
by Blake DuDonis
The 53,000 plus in attendance in
Raleigh saw Russell Wilson set a new
NCAA record as the Wolfpack of NC
State took down the Gardner-Webb Run-
nin’ Bulldogs 45-14 Saturday night.
The Wolfpack wasted no time, scor
ing twice on touchdown runs by Tony
Baker in the first quarter.
GWU looked like it might hold on the
next series when they held State to a 4th
down but Wilson completed a pass that
continued the drive until they found the
end zone yet again. The Wolfpack tacked
on a few more points to go up 31-0 at
“I went in (at halftime) and said that
it’s okay if you get beat, but it’s not okay
to help them beat ourselves," said Coach
Steve Patton. “One of the linemen said,
‘Coach, we don’t want to hear it because
we know it.’ So I guess they were upset
too, which is a good thing.”
The Dawgs certainly showed that
they were not going to lie down as they
met the Wolfpack point-for-point in the
second half as each team managed 14
The first GWU score came from red-
shirt sophomore Marquis Saunders on
a well executed run from 18-yards out
with 6:30 left in the third quarter, while
quarterback Stan Doolittle snuck into the
end zone in the waning minutes of the
game for the second score.
The highlight of the game came when
State's Wilson set the new NCAA record
for most consecutive pass attempts with
out an interception, a record fonnally
held by Andre Woodson of Kentucky.
The pass came in the 3rd quarter and the
crowd rose to its feet as it acknowledged
the young man’s impressive mark.
“Russell certainly should be proud
of the record," said NC State head coach
Tom O'Brian. “I’m really happy about it
and that is a record that should stand for
quite a while.”
The Bulldogs had several good things
going for them during the game, includ
ing Doolittle’s performance.
Doolittle completed 14-of-22 passes
for 112 yards and added the touchdown
ran in the 4th quarter. Doolittle also did
not throw an interception; in fact, the
Dawgs won the turnover battle by recov
ering a fumble late in the game by State.
Mario Brown led the defense yet
again, dragging down Wolfpack ball car
riers 10 times on the night, while .Keron
Phelps had seven tackles of his own.
Marty Patterson and Darren Rodgers
also found themselves in many plays,
each recording six tackles.
The Dawgs also recorded four sacks
on the night, lead by up-and-coming
freshman Matt Goods who had 1.5,
Gardner-Webb will take a week off
as they prepare for the Big South season
opener at VMI on October 3.
Men’s tennis looking strong Bulldogs compete in Big South preview
by Andrew Veeder
men’s and women’s cross
country teams recently
competed in the 2009 Big
South Conference Pre
view hosted by High Point
University. Head coach
Brian Baker sent a team
of seven women, and four
men to compete.
The Lady Dawgs fin
ished in fifth place, edging
out Radford and Charles
ton Southern in the sev
en-team event. Liberty
won the affair, followed
■ by Virginia Military In
stitute, High Point, and
Laura Scott was the
first of the Gardner-Webb
squad to cross the line in
a blistering time of 19:51,
and her time was good for
11th overall place. Fol
lowing Scott was Long
Island, New York native
Diana Palka with the time
of 20:06. A mere second
later was freshman Ariel
Zimmerman leaving her
in the 20th place.
Competing in the 5k
event, senior Abby Cal
lahan ended in 31st place
with a time of 20:39. Eliz
abeth Sawyer, Lia Hudak,
and Holly Scott rounded
up the Gardner-Webb
The men’s team only
had four runners com
pete in the 8k event, and
was not able to score as
a team. However, Colby
Witt, a freshman, led the
Bulldogs coming in 17th
place with a respectable
time of 27:54.
also a freshman, ran a
29:21 that placed him in
35th place. Jason Wenzel
and Jacob Hoyle com
pleted the Gardner-Webb
team with times of 30:13
and 31:42, respectfully.
Volleyball entering conference on high note
Photo by Bryan Cooper
Roman Piftor practicing with the rest of the GWU tennis team.
by Blake DuDonis
Although primarily a spring sport,
Gardner-Webb’s men’s tennis team
made plenty of racket September 11-13
The team traveled to the University
of North Carolina-Greenville for the
UNCG Fall Tournament where they took
on players from Belmont, Longwood,
Elon and several other schools.
Evgeny Slesarev showed once again
why he is considered one of the best
players'in the Big South conference, and
perhaps even the state, as he finished 3rd
in the Flight A-1 Singles draw.
Slesarev won three out of four
matches, taking down Belmont’s Renato
Antun 6-4, 6-7(4), 6-2 in the third-place
Andrew Veeder of Bevard, North
Carolina also impressed as he team-up
with newcomer Matthew Herrock^^in
the Flight B Doubles consolation uraw
8-2, defeating teammates William Ken
ny and Mathew Parker in the finals,
Rafael Altmay er earned a fourth place
finish in the Flight A-2 Singles draw,
while Parker made it to the finals of the
Flight A-3 Singles draw before bowing
out to UTC’s Stephen Crawford.
by Blake DuDonis
After dropping two matches in a row
to James Madison and Georgia Southern
atjhe Winthrop Volleyball Classic, the
Bulldogs of Gardner-Webb took
d(Wn in-state-rival Davidson 3-2 to gain
some momentum heading into confer
Before their victory against the Wild
cats, GWU showed some heart against
Georgia Southern as the young Bulldogs
battled back from a 2-0 hole to send the
match to a fifth set.
In that fifth set, those in attendance
got their money’s worth as the teams
traded the lead five times along with 11
ties before the Lady Eagles edged out the
Dawgs with three straight points to win
^■olly Rhyne, Laura Wilcox and Evan
M^mtt all had over 10 kills in the match
while senior Regina Feagin showed why
she has been a staple for the Bulldogs all
these years by dishing out 52 assists.
In the Davidson game, the Lady Bull
dogs found themselves in yet another
The ladies took the first set 25-22,
then faltered in the second, falling by
a score of 25-222. The teams then ex
changed the next two sets as well, with
the Dawgs winning the third 26-24 and
the Wildcats winning the fourth 25-22,
sending the match into a decisive fifth-
In the fifth, GWU took a 7-5 lead out
of the gates, the largest lead that would
be seen in the set.
From there, Davidson tied it up at 8-
8, only to see the Lady Bulldogs retake
the lead 10-8, forcing a Wildcat timeout.
Apparently inspired from the break,
the Wildcats reeled off four straight
points to take a 12-10 lead, leaving the
outcome in doubt for the Dawgs.
GWU responded in a way many did
not expect from the young squad, as the
team tied things up at 14-14 before scor
ing two more points to win the set 16-14
and the match 3-2.
Freshman Rhyne stepped up again,
recording a solid 16 kills with Wilcox
adding 13 of her own. Feagin had 42 as
sists bringing her two-match assist total
to an impressive 92.
Moffitt showed some hustle, picking
up a team-high 15 digs while Melissa
Richie chipped in four kills and 10 digs.
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Dawgs run past Mountaineers
Dawn Rollyson attempts to take back possession of the baii from ASU’s Stephanie Balzano.
Photo by Bryan Cooper
by Andrew Veeder
Two goals by sophomore Megan Reimer
help put Gardner-Webb past Appdjjfcan
State by a final score of 2-1 last Fridlj^
The win proved to be a difficult one,
as the Dawgs found themselves down by a
goal early in the first half In the 28th min
ute, Appalachian State found the back of the
net. However, the goal would be their last
Returning to the pitch after the first half,
Raj«^ took advantage of a long-range shot
in^Pl9th minute. Close to 25 yards outside
the box, Reimer blasted one past the ASU’s
Reimer, again, was able to capitalize
on the opportunity after a blocked shot of
a teammate. With the goal, Reimer has the
most goals (seven) of any Big South Con
The Lady Dawgs will be competing
again on Friday in Dayton Ohio, when they
take on the Raiders of Wright State. Their
next home again will be Wednesday, Sept.
30 against Francis Marion.