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Women’s Tennis Sweeps WVSU, Drops Match to UNC-Asheville

by | Feb 7, 2023

The Women’s Tennis team won one and lost one last weekend.


DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson women’s tennis team got their first win of the spring season by sweeping the West Virginia State University (WVSU) Yellow Jackets on Sunday.

“We bounced back really well from yesterday,” said Head Coach Susanne Depka on her team’s performance. “We continued to stay with our goals and themes and improved greatly…we could have easily strayed away today, but we did not.”

The ‘Cats were dominant across the board as all six singles matches were straight-set wins for Davidson. In doubles, Josie Schaffer and Savanna Kollock picked up the No. 2 match, 6-2. Then Kavya Patel and Linden Patterson secured the doubles point for the home team with a 6-1 win.

Schaffer handled business in the top singles match with a first set sweep, 6-0 followed by a 6-2 victory in set two.

Sophomore Kavya Patel moved up to the No. 2 singles match and snagged a 6-4, 6-1 win. In the No. 3 match, Daniela Porges won 6-1, 7-5, and Franny Shea, Savanna Kollock, and Linden Patterson all did their part in the No. 4, 5, and 6 spots to give the ‘Cats the sweep.

“The team should gain confidence from their performances today, and I look forward to next weekend,” said Depka.

The women’s tennis team will travel to East Tennessee State next Saturday at 2:00 p.m.

‘Cats Drop Match to UNC-Asheville

DAVIDSON, N.C. – The Davidson women’s tennis team dropped a hard-fought match the the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon, 4-3.

The Wildcats secured a point after winning two of the three doubles matches. Josie Schaffer and Savanna Kollock defeated their opponents 6-2 in the No. 2 doubles pairing then, Daniela Porges and Kavya Patel remained undefeated in doubles action with a commanding 6-1 victory.

In singles action, Patel picked up another win with a 6-4, 6-1 victory in the No. 4 slot, and freshman Savanna Kollock dominated the No. 6 singles match, 6-0, 6-1.

Saturday’s non-conference match came down to the No. 5 singles pairing with Franny Shea and Valeria Centeno. Shea won the first set 6-2, but Centeno was able to rally with back-to-back wins in the final two sets, 6-3, 6-3 to give the Bulldogs the victory.

“Today was a tough day, but we are doing everything we are working on in practice,” said head coach Susanne Depka. If we keep getting tougher mentally, I believe those will soon turn in our favor. I’m proud of everyone today and look forward to continuing our process into tomorrow.”

The women’s tennis squad will have a quick turnaround as they face West Virginia State tomorrow at home.

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