W. Tennis Nets Strong 4-2 win vs. College of Charleston
DAVIDSON, N.C. — The Davidson women’s tennis team picked up a strong win Friday at home against College of Charleston, one of their former Southern Conference foes, scoring a 4-2 decision inside the Knobloch Tennis Center.
The Wildcats evened their record to 4-4 and earned just their fifth win in the series dating back to 1989 against the Cougars, who fell to 5-4.
“We definitely made big improvements in doubles today,” said head coach Susanne Depka, who collected her 34th career win. “We need to continue to invest early in the match so when it gets close in score we feel comfortable.”
It was a battle to start, with two of the three doubles matches going to a tie-breaker. The team of Alyssa Hahn and Elizabeth Truluck pulled out an 8-6 win at No. 2 for their third straight win together after the team of Samantha Armas and Emma Heiderscheit lost their tie-breaker 7-5 at No. 1. Helping seal up the doubles win was Franny Shea and Nicole Krykanov with a dominating 6-2 victory at No. 3, giving them a 3-0 record together.
The momentum was carried over into singles play for the ‘Cats, who scored wins at No. 1, 4 and 6 for the team victory.
“We competed well against a strong today team and I am extremely proud of them for never giving up and improving throughout the match regardless of the score,’ said Depka. “Those improvements paid off today, especially in singles too where we were consistent with our energy, intensity and confidence. We will look to use it going into the weekend with a road match at Charleston Southern.”
Alexandra Abele returned to the lineup at the top spot and rattled off a 6-3, 6-4 decision for her fifth consecutive win as she sits at 5-2.
Freshman Heiderscheit matched Abele with five wins on the season after she took a straight-set 6-3, 6-3 decision at No. 4. She is 3-0 when playing at the No. 4 slot in the lineup.
Capping the team win off was freshman Josie Schaffer at No. 6, as she pulled out a three-setter with scores of 6-1, 6-7(5) and 6-2 to run her record to 4-3 on the season.
Davidson next travels to Charleston, S.C., Sunday to face Charleston Southern at 1 p.m. The two teams have not played against each other since 2008, with the Wildcats holding a perfect 6-0 mark in the series.