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Cavs Corner: Cavalier spirit is in the air ahead of Friday's Homecoming games
Posted 10/12/2017 01:51PM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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It is Spirit Week at the Upper School and our entire school is preparing for the All-School Pep Rally on Friday. (Parents are invited to watch the live-stream here beginning at 1:20 p.m.) Our teams are winding down the regular season and looking ahead to their state tournaments, which begin next week for most teams. We hope you can come out to support our volleyball, field hockey and soccer teams as they host Homecoming games on campus Friday. There will be food trucks and fun surrounding the 6 p.m. soccer game against North Raleigh Christian on Alumni Field.

                                                 

Week in Review

Girls Golf

Girls Golf
Coach Greg Murray’s young golf team lost twice in conference play over the past week. In Thursday’s 159-141 defeat at North Raleigh Christian, ninth-grader Lydia Norman led the Cavs with a 52. On Tuesday, the Cavs battled Ravenscroft to a 17-stroke loss (after the Ravens had won by 39 strokes earlier in the season). Junior Haley Leversedge scored a team-best 41 in the defeat. The Cavs remain 13th in the latest NCISAA team standings, with Leversedge the top individual Cav at 42nd. Seventh-grader Ona Lukes is the only other DA team member ranked in the top 50, at 45th. Next up for the golf team is today’s 3 p.m. home matchup with Cary Academy, followed by Monday’s TISAC championship at Northridge Country Club in Raleigh.

Girls Tennis
The girls tennis team officially claimed the conference crown on Tuesday when DA’s match vs. Saint Mary’s was rained out. It wasn’t the most exciting way to win their first outright TISAC championship, but it was another accomplishment for a team that has been dominant all year. In Friday’s 9-0 sweep at Ravenscroft, the DA doubles continued their impressive unbeaten streak in league play as sophomores Alexis Galloway and Madeline Towning (court 1), junior Joy Callwood and sophomore Renee George (court 2) and senior Nicole Riepl and junior Julia King, team captain, (court 3) all won their matches. The Cavs also swept the singles play, highlighted by Riepl’s 7-6, 3-6, 10-4 win on court 6. DA hosts North Raleigh Christian this afternoon on senior day, honoring Riepl’s four-year contribution to the team. The Cavs are expected to be the No. 1 seed when state tournament brackets are released on Sunday afternoon.

TISAC TENNIS STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 11

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

DURHAM ACADEMY

8-0

16-2

CARY ACADEMY

6-2

14-5

RAVENSCROFT

6-3

7-8

SAINT MARY’S

4-5

5-7

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

2-7

2-12

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0-10

0-12


Boys Soccer
The DA soccer team broke out of a three-match funk in a major way Tuesday night with a 7-1 road win at Wake Christian. Senior Carter Owen and junior Nick Epstein each scored a hat trick, while sophomore Ryan Kirschner tied Owen for the team lead in goals with his 11th on the year. Kirschner, Epstein and sophomores Isaiah Caldwell and Will Nichols each added assists. The Cavs scored the opening goal on the first of two Owen penalty kick goals.


Epstein added a goal before halftime on a beautiful end-to-end run and finish. Epstein put the game away just 29 seconds into the second half with his second goal of the game, and the Cavs were able to empty the bench late. The win comes on the heels of a tough three-match losing streak for the Cavs, including one-goal losses to both Cary Academy and Ravenscroft. Coach Julian Cochran’s team hosts defending state champs and unbeaten North Raleigh Christian in Friday night’s homecoming soccer game in which a win or a tie would bolster the Cavs’ state tournament résumé.

TISAC SOCCER STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 11

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

7-0-0

14-0-2

CARY ACADEMY

4-3-1

6-7-1

DURHAM ACADEMY

3-3-1

8-4-2

RAVENSCROFT

2-3-2

7-6-2

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0-7-0

9-8-0

 

Volleyball
The Cavaliers volleyball team heads to the final week of the season looking to break out of a four-match losing streak in conference play. The Cavs started 3-0 in TISAC play but now sit at 3-4 and in fourth place going into Friday night’s homecoming matchup with St. Mary’s. On Tuesday night in Raleigh, the Cavs lost in four sets to the Ravens as sophomore Millie Loehr had a team-leading 15 kills. Junior Michiko Haynie had eight kills, while senior Ellie Palmer had six kills and a team-high six aces. Sophomore setter Adriana Kim was steady as always with 36 assists. This loss follows Friday night’s tough home defeat to Wake Christian in Kirby Gym. In that game, DA won the first two sets but could not put the Bulldogs away as Wake Christian rallied to win in five. Loehr (16) and Hanyie (10) had double-figure kills, while Palmer had nine kills and six aces and Kim had 38 assists. The Cavs conclude the regular season with a Monday road meeting with Cary Academy and Tuesday’s home finale against defending state champs North Raleigh Christian. The state tournament bracket will be released on Wednesday afternoon.

TISAC VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 11

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

8-0

21-1

RAVENSCROFT

5-3

12-7

CARY ACADEMY

5-3

12-11

DURHAM ACADEMY

3-4

9-14

WAKE CHRISTIAN

3-6

14-13

SAINT MARY’S

0-8

2-14

 

Field Hockey
In their quest to capture a share of the conference crown, the DA field hockey team came up just short on Tuesday afternoon in Cary. Despite playing what Coach Judy Chandler called a complete game on their part, the Cavs could not hold an early 1-0 lead and lost 2-1 to the Chargers in overtime. Senior Serafina Turner scored DA’s only goal off an assist from sophomore Hannah Grant as the Cavs scored first. Cary Academy would equalize just four minutes later and after a scoreless second half by both teams, CA would find the cage in the extra period to secure the win and the conference championship. The Cavs split a pair of games at the end of last week losing 1-0 to Providence Day and then defeating Saint Mary’s 2-1 on Moylan Field Friday. Grant had both DA goals in the win over the Saints with junior Eleanor Robb tallying one assist. DA will honor the team’s 11 senior players and one senior manager Friday afternoon in their homecoming matchup with Ravenscroft. The state tournament bracket will be released on Sunday afternoon.

TISAC FIELD HOCKEY STANDINGS AS OF OCT. 11

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

CARY ACADEMY

5-0

12-3

DA

3-2

8-8

RAVENSCROFT

1-3

4-9

SAINT MARY’S

0-4

6-9

 

Cross-Country
The boys cross-country team added another notch in the squad’s already accomplished belt on Saturday morning by taking first place in the Hagan Stone Classic in Greensboro. The Cavs outran 17 other schools from across the state to take first place. Junior Neil Mosca continues to have a great year, with his time of 16:32 placing him seventh overall. Senior Ethan Goldman finished 12th, sophomore Mac Hays was 16th, junior Jack Anderson was 21st and sophomore Mark Alkins, back from injury, finished 32nd, putting the Cavs 9 points ahead of second place Patriot Pacers home school and 10 points ahead of Jordan High. The girls team traveled to Cary Academy for a dual meet against the Chargers on Friday night. DA lost 31-24 at the hands of the Chargers as eighth-grader Stella Stringer won the race with a time of 20:30. Other top finishers for the Cavs were sophomore Fran Pacchiana (fifth), ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson (seventh) and senior Cami Simpson (eighth). The conference meet will be next Thursday, with the state meet on Friday, Oct. 27. Both are hosted by Wake Med Park in Cary.


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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