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Women’s Tennis Defeats Presbyterian Saturday, Edged Out by Western Carolina Sunday

by | Feb 20, 2023

Kavya Patel after her win vs. Presbyterian.


Saturday – The Davidson women’s tennis team picked up a 6-1 non-conference victory over Presbyterian College on Saturday afternoon. The ‘Cats took two out of three doubles matches and five singles pairings on the day.

“The team did a great job mentally today,” said head coach Susanne Depka about the win. “We have been working on mental toughness, and the girls showed their courageousness. They stuck with what we’ve invested in, and today it paid off.”

Emma Heiderscheit and Franny Shea won the top doubles match in a tight contest that went down to the wire. The duo won 7-6 after taking the tiebreaker 7-4. In the #3 doubles match, freshman Savanna Kollock and Josie Schaffer won in a 6-3 decision to give Davidson a 1-0 lead heading into singles play.

The ‘Cats dominated the No. 2 through 6 matches as Daniela Porges set the tone with a 6-3, 6-2 win in the No. 3 spot. Franny Shea gave Davidson the lead with a 6-2, 6-3 win in the No. 5 match, and Emma Heiderscheit downed her opponent 6-2, 6-4 to make it 4-1.

Kavya Patel and Savanna Kollock put the finishing touches on the winning day with a pair of 6-2, 6-2 wins.


The Wildcats won doubles, and fought hard in singles play vs. Western Carolina.


Sunday – The Davidson women’s tennis team dropped a non-conference match to Western Carolina on Sunday, 4-3.

The Wildcats secured the first point of the day after Daniela Porges and Kavya Patel won the second doubles match 6-4 then, Josie Schaffer and Savanna Kollock took the third doubles match, 6-2. This gave Davidson a 1-0 lead.

As the match transitioned into singles play, Josie Schaffer got Davidson off to a good start when she won the top singles pairing, 6-2, 6-2. The ‘Cats dropped the No. 2 singles match, but Daniela Porges came out on top in the No. 3 match, 6-2, 6-4. This gave Porges her third singles win of the season and the Wildcats a 3-1 advantage.

Down the stretch, WCU won the No. 6 match to cut Davidson’s lead to one before taking the advantage with a pair of close three-set victories in the No. 4 and 5 spots.

The Wildcats will be back on the court next Saturday at UNC Greensboro with first serve set for 1:00 p.m.


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