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Cavs Corner: Cavs in the final push
Posted 10/05/2017 03:43PM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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As our student-athletes head into the middle part of the first marking period, our varsity teams are making their final push for playoff positioning. Our boys cross-country team took first place in the Durham City-County meet, an accomplishment that has not occurred since 2010. Both our tennis (third) and soccer (17th) teams remain in the News & Observer top-25 polls, and our field hockey team picked up a huge road win at Ravenscroft. 

                                                 

Week in Review

Girls Golf
The golf team, off since last Tuesday, returns to action today at TPC Wakefield to battle North Raleigh Christian. Tee-off time is 3 p.m. The Cavs are 13th in the latest NCISAA team standings. In the individual state rankings, junior Haley Leversedge is 34th, while seventh-graders Ona Lukes and Kayley Kim are 44th and 58th respectively. Junior Jinger Callwood is 54th on the list.

Coach Greg Murray’s team has two dual-matches next week before the conference tournament on Monday, Oct. 16, and the state tournament the following week. 

Girls Tennis
The tennis team took one step closer to its first conference championship with last Friday’s 5-4 home win over Cary Academy. The match was a roller coaster with each side looking as though they would get the key conference victory. The Cavs’ doubles once again came through as DA took the team’s second doubles sweep over the Chargers in two weeks. The key match was on court 1 as sophomores Alexis Galloway and Madeline Towning stormed out to a 7-4 lead. After losing an opportunity to close it out with four match points, Galloway and Towning found themselves staring at two match points against at 7-8. The sophomore duo turned it up to take a 9-8 (7-2) victory. 

The Chargers fought back in singles play taking four of the first five matches completed. Only Galloway on court 3 had a Cavalier win as junior Joy Callwood went to a third set with Cary’s top player and the team match on the line. After losing to the same Charger just two weeks earlier, Callwood closed out a 10-7 win and a huge victory for the team. The Cavs followed that win with a 9-0 victory over Wake Christian in a match in which the bottom of the DA ladder was able to contribute. On Wednesday, the Cavs lost a tough 6-3 battle to 19-2 Cardinal Gibbons.  Callwood and sophomore Renee George won at second doubles while George and Towning won at singles. Both Galloway and senior Nicole Riepl lost tight three-set matches. An impressive streak came to an end in the loss to the Crusaders as junior captain Julia King lost for the first time in her varsity tennis career after winning her first 30 matches.

TISAC TENNIS STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 4

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

DURHAM ACADEMY

7-0

15-2

CARY ACADEMY

5-2

12-5

RAVENSCROFT

5-2

6-7

SAINT MARY’S

3-4

4-6

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

1-6

1-11

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0-7

0-9 



Boys Soccer
The boys soccer team had a tough week, losing consecutive one-goal games to conference foes Ravenscroft and Cary Academy. The losses mean that the Cavs head into the final two contests of the regular season on a three-game losing streak. In last Thursday’s 4-3 road loss to the Ravens, the Cavs jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first six minutes as sophomores Will Nichols (assisted from junior Nick Epstein) and Ryan Kirschner (assisted from Nichols) found the back of the net. The Ravens scored six minutes later and DA went to the halftime break with a 2-1 advantage. Ravenscroft scored the first three goals of the second half including the tie and go-ahead goals just three minutes apart midway through the half. Epstein’s late goal from senior Kenan Ulku-Steiner made it a one-goal game and although DA had some late chances, the Ravens came away with the crucial league victory.

On Wednesday night, the soccer team honored their three seniors but could not send them out with a win. Cary Academy scored the only goal of the game, off a corner kick early in the second half, and left Durham with the 1-0 victory. 

TISAC SOCCER STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 4

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

6-0-0

13-0-2

RAVENSCROFT

2-2-1

7-5-1

CARY ACADEMY

3-3-0

5-7-1

DURHAM ACADEMY

2-3-1

7-4-2

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0-5-0

8-6-0



Volleyball
The volleyball team dropped matching 3-0 scores to conference leader North Raleigh Christian and Cary Academy this past week. In last Thursday’s 25-19, 25-4, 25-20 defeat to the Knights, the Cavs could not keep up with the Knights’ firepower of multiple Division I players.  Sophomore Millie Loehr led DA with six kills while junior Imani Spence had a team-high 13 assists. In Tuesday’s 25-12, 28-16, 25-19 home loss to the Chargers, a slow start doomed the Cavs. Junior Michiko Haynie led DA with seven kills and added two aces. Loehr and ninth-grader Elizabeth Kohn had five kills each, and Spence had a team-high 20 assists. Coach Heidi Kearnan’s team is in the mix for a top-three finish in the league with five matches left. Next up will be Friday’s home game vs. Wake Christian Academy. 

TISAC VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 4

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

5-0

18-1

CARY ACADEMY

4-2

10-10

DURHAM ACADEMY

3-2

9-12

RAVENSCROFT

3-3

11-8

WAKE CHRISTIAN

2-3

14-10

SAINT MARY’S

0-5

2-15



Field Hockey
Judy Chandler’s team broke out of a scoring slump in a big way in Tuesday night’s 6-1 road win over Ravenscroft. Senior Serafina Turner scored a hat trick (her third, fourth and fifth goals of the season), and senior Callie Pierce added two assists in the win. DA jumped on the Ravens early as junior Eleanor Robb scored in the first minute of the game and Turner scored her first of the day from ninth-grader Katherine Lantzy. It was 2-0 Cavs just five minutes into the game.  Sophomore Elizabeth Owens and ninth-grader Jaden Simpson added tallies and junior goalkeeper Ellie McGhee had three saves in the win. The win follows last Thursday’s 2-0 home defeat to Cary Academy in a battle for the No. 1 spot in the conference. The Cavs have four regular-season games left, including today’s matchup with Providence Day on Moylan Field. 

TISAC FIELD HOCKEY STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 4

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

CARY ACADEMY

3-0

9-3

DURHAM ACADEMY

2-1

7-6

RAVENSCROFT

1-2

4-9

SAINT MARY’S

0-3

4-7 



Cross-Country
The boys and girls cross-country teams hosted the annual Durham City-County Meet on Tuesday. Led by an impressive first-place finish from junior Neil Mosca, the DA boys took the team championship for the first time in seven years. The Cavs had four runners (Mosca – first, Ethan Goldman – fourth, Jack Anderson – sixth and Mac Hays – seventh) finish in the top 10.  Sophomore Bennett Dombcik was the fifth DA scorer as his 21st-place finish gave the Cavs 39 team points, finishing ahead of second-place Jordan (51 points) and third-place Durham School of the Arts (68 points). On the girls side, the Cavs finished in fourth position with 108 points behind champion Science and Math (41 points), Durham School of the Arts (42 points) and Jordan (89 points). Individually, the Cavs were paced by sophomore Fran Pacchiana’s eighth-place finish and senior Cami Simpson’s 11th-place result.  

 

Homecoming Festivities

Next Friday, Oct. 13, will be Homecoming for DA Athletics. The festivities start with our All-School Pep Rally at 1:20 p.m. This is the only event that brings together all of our divisions, as all students pre-k through 12 will be in Kirby Gym. Due to space limitations, we do not have the ability for parents to attend this event. Please look for an announcement next week about our livestream of the pep rally, including a link to the broadcast. Homecoming will continue with home volleyball, field hockey and soccer games. We hope that you can attend these athletics events and cheer on the Cavs!

Fall Varsity Athletics Awards Program Date Change

Please note on your calendars that this year’s Fall Varsity Athletic Awards Program will be Monday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. in Brumley Performing Arts Building on the Lower School campus. It had been scheduled for Oct. 31, but Halloween won out and the awards program will be held on Oct. 30.  

 

Winter Sports

Dates and times are set for basketball tryouts at the Upper School and Middle School levels. Tryouts for the boys varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will begin on Monday, Oct. 30, starting at 3:30 p.m. in Kirby Gym. Tryouts for the girls varsity and junior varsity basketball teams will begin on Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Lower School Gym.

Tryouts for the Middle School boys teams will be on Nov. 6, 7 and 8 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. Tryouts for the Middle School girls team will be on Nov. 9, 13 and 14 from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in the Middle School Gym. 

Swim team practices will begin on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Campus Hills Pool. Interested swimmers should be on the lookout for announcements about organizational meetings during the school day in mid-October.

 

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Keeping up with the Cavs

As always, you can keep up with the Cavs on Durham Academy’s website and the DA App: 

www.da.org/athletics: Schedules and Results

The DA App: Schedules and Results

  • The DA App allows you to keep up with athletics wherever you are. You can download the app from iTunes at http://bit.ly/DACavaliers. The DA App pulls athletics content directly from the DA website and delivers it to iOS-based devices including iPhone and iPad.
  • The Athletics portion of the DA App (after launching, click Menu, then click Athletics to open) features results of recent games, a list of upcoming contests and team records.

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