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Women’s Tennis Blanks Queens for First Win of the Season

by | Jan 28, 2020 | Sports

Prior to the start of the match vs Queens, the Wildcats rallied to honor teammate Elizabeth Truluck who learned that her grandfather had passed away the night before the match. They wrote notes of inspiration on their wrists.


DAVIDSON, N.C.  — Behind strong doubles and singles play, the Davidson women’s tennis team got their first win of 2020 with a 7-0 blanking of Queens Sunday afternoon inside the Knobloch Tennis Center.

The Wildcats (1-2) swept all three doubles spots, giving up just four games, while winning all six singles positions in straight sets.

‘Cats started the match by winning all the doubles matches.

“We did a great job of being composed even when challenged today,” said head coach Susanne Depka. “We look forward to improving upon a few things this week going into our Richmond match.”

Alyssa Hahn and Josie Schaffer won their second doubles match of the season together with a 6-1 decision at No. 3, while Samantha Armas and Emma Heiderscheit won their first match at No. 1 (6-2) as did Alexandra Abele and Nicole Krykanov at No. 2 (6-1).

In singles play, Heiderscheit won her second match of the season after cruising to a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 3.

All collecting their first wins of the season was Abele (No. 1, 6-3, 6-1), Armas (No. 2, 6-4, 6-1), Mira Gladstone (No. 4, 6-4, 7-5) and Schaffer (No. 5, 6-1, 6-3). Also joining in was Hahn at No. 6 with a 6-1, 6-2 decision.

For Schaffer, it was her first collegiate singles win after starting the year ranked 114th nationally.

Also competing in a pair exhibition matches was Franny Shea, who teamed with Gladstone in doubles to score a 6-0 win and then won a one-set match, 6-1, in singles play. Krykanov also played an exhibition singles match and nailed down a 6-1, 6-1 victory.

Davidson turns around and plays its first Atlantic 10 match of the season with a trip to Richmond to face the Spiders, Feb. 1 at 4 p.m.

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