By Annie Horseman ’24 (She/Her)
Davidson Women’s Tennis has had a solid start to the 2022-2023 season. The team has competed in three matches this fall, all of which had positive results in terms of team improvement, grit, and performance.
They opened up their fall schedule at UNC Greensboro where they battled tough opponents such as Appalachian State University, Gardner Webb University, Elon University, Eastern Carolina University, and Campbell University. Seniors Josie Schaffer and Emma Heiderscheit competed against Big Ten schools Penn State University and University of Iowa, as well as the ACC powerhouses Clemson University and UNC Chapel Hill at the Charlotte Invite. All performances were impressive and showed continued improvement over the course of the two day invitational.
In early October, they competed in the seventh annual North Carolina Central University Invitational. The team was able to work at implementing the systems they had been working on onto pn-court performance. All eight Wildcats played well, with some advancing into further rounds. Heiderscheit in particular stood out and it is clear that she is going to be a player to watch out for as her senior season continues.
Less than a week later, the ‘Cats then battled it out at the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Regional Championships. Performances to note were Daniela Porges ‘25 and Savanna Kollock ‘26’s doubles play, as they advanced to the semifinals after an impressive 8-2 victory over Presbyterian College in the quarterfinals. On the singles side, Kavya Patel ‘25 won an 8-6 match against an impressive opponent from Wake Forest University, which allowed her to advance to the semifinals. Kollock also found victory in the singles round, picking up a 6-4 and 6-1 win against Charleston Southern University. The Regional Championships showcased the ‘Cats’ grit and aggression. More than anything though, it revealed that Davidson’s women are a force to be reckoned with this year on the tennis court.
Finally, the girls took one final trip to UNC Wilmington to compete in their last fall tournament. Sophomore Linden Patterson describes her thoughts looking forward, “Heading home from our last fall tournament, I think everyone is looking forward to the spring. We all played a lot of competitive matches this fall, and each of us were working on something different with our games. We were investing in our games now, even if it was uncomfortable, to be prepared and ready for the spring.”
Patterson’s belief and respect in her team showcases how well this group of eight girls support and love each other, whether they’re playing together or against one another. The tennis team is a true example of Davidson College Athletics done right.
The ‘Cats have spent this fall working hard, building their mental game, and preparing for the future. They will be back in action on January 28th as they take on Appalachian State University on their home court!