Doubles duo is first ranked team in program history.
By Gavin McFarlin
The Davidson men ’s tennis doubles duo of Calum Gee ’12 and Joe Schafer ’11 became the first doubles team in the program’s history to be ranked by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA). The duo was ranked 19th in the ITA’s first doubles rankings of the year.
The pair also earned a ranking in the Carolina Regionals, where they were fifth. They were the highest ranked team in the first national rankings out of the Carolina Regionals, ahead of ACC doubles teams from Duke, North Carolina, Wake Forest, and Clemson.
“Getting ranked had been one of our main goals at the start of our fall season, and it’s a great honor,” said Gee. “I have played with Joe now for two years and am really happy that our hard work has got us into this position. We always have a lot of fun together on the court, and it’s a real honor to have made school history with one of your best friends.”
This past fall, Gee and Schafer had an outstanding run. They won two doubles titles, including one at the Racquet Club Collegiate Invite in Midland, Texas. In addition, the pair had excellent showings at the Southern Intercollegiate Championships in Athens, Ga., and at the ITA Carolina Regionals hosted by UNC. They reached the round of 16 in both tournaments.
“It’s an honor to be the first ranked doubles team in program history and is a testament to the hard work that Calum and I have put in over the past two years,” said Schafer. “We could not have done it without the support of our teammates and coaches, who pushed us day in and day out.”