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Cavs Corner: It's tourney time
Posted 10/18/2017 01:00PM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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It’s tournament time! The regular season has ended, and our fall varsity teams are participating in their postseason events. Our girls golf and boys soccer teams have been eliminated from postseason play, but only after great regular season runs. Tennis, volleyball and field hockey will compete in state quarterfinal games on Friday, and our cross-country teams are at the TISAC meet Thursday afternoon.  

                                                 

Week in Review

Girls Golf
The varsity golf team traveled to Northridge Country Club in Raleigh on Monday to participate in the TISAC championship. Junior Haley Leversedge’s 44 earned her all-conference status and helped the Cavs finish third in the five-school event. Seventh-grader Ona Lukes scored a 46, while junior Jinger Callwood and ninth-grader Lydia Norman each carded a 55 as DA’s final team score was a 145. This score was 25 strokes higher than league champion Ravenscroft and 13 strokes behind second-place Cary Academy. The Cavs did not qualify for the team state tournament next week, as their 13th-place scoring index places them outside of the top eight teams that are invited to the event. However, Leversedge has been invited to compete as an individual participant; the tournament is Monday and Tuesday in Whispering Pines.

Girls Tennis
The girls tennis team completed the best regular season in school history and earned the No. 1 seed in the state tournament for the first time. The 17-2 Cavs were unbeaten in TISAC play and went through the entire regular season, dropping just four individual doubles matches. The Cavs will open the postseason on Friday afternoon at home against Wesleyan Christian Academy.    

The team wrapped up its first-ever outright TISAC title with a 9-0 win over North Raleigh Christian on Oct. 12 as the Cavs celebrated their lone senior Nicole Riepl. While NRCA only brought five players to the match, putting a wrench in the Cavs’ plan to play Riepl twice, DA managed to use nine different players in the win. Riepl and her doubles partner, junior Julia King, are 17-1 at third doubles heading into the state tournament. Riepl and King join sophomores Alexis Galloway, Madeline Towning and Renee George as five players on the team who have already amassed 20 individual wins on the year. The Cavs continue to be ranked sixth in the News & Observer’s area top-25 poll and seventh in the North Carolina High School Tennis Coaches poll of all public and private schools.

FINAL TISAC TENNIS STANDINGS (state tournament seeding in parentheses)        

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

(1) DURHAM ACADEMY

9-0

17-2

(2) CARY ACADEMY

7-2

14-5

(8) RAVENSCROFT

6-4

7-9

SAINT MARY’S

4-5

5-7

N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

2-8

2-13

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0-9

0-12

 

Boys Soccer
The DA boys soccer team saw the 2017 season come to an end at the hands of rival Ravenscroft on Tuesday evening. Playing in the first round of the state tournament, DA gave up the first three goals of the game and had to fight an uphill battle the rest of the night. The Ravens scored their goals in the 10th, 17th and 20th minutes, and before the Cavs could blink, they were facing a big deficit. Ninth-grader Walker Benjamin scored his first varsity goal off a feed from junior Beau Townsend just two minutes later to pull DA within two. For the next 50 minutes, the Cavaliers were pressing to get back in the game, and while they controlled the majority of play, they could not get one past the Ravens’ keeper. Ravenscroft iced the game with about 10 minutes to go with their fourth goal, and the Cavs saw their season end with a final record of 8-6-2. 

While the soccer team did not win Friday night’s homecoming matchup with North Raleigh Christian, the Cavs’ effort should be applauded as the team hung tight with the unbeaten and defending state champion Knights. NRCA scored just five minutes in, but the Cavs were able to keep the Knights off the board until an insurance goal was added with just three minutes to go. The soccer team is ranked 23rd in the News & Observer’s area top-25 poll.

FINAL TISAC SOCCER STANDINGS (state tournament seeding in parentheses)

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

(1)  N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

8-0-0

15-0-2

(7) CARY ACADEMY

4-3-1

6-7-2

(*) DURHAM ACADEMY

3-4-1

8-5-2

(8) RAVENSCROFT

2-4-2

9-7-2

WAKE CHRISTIAN

0-7-0

9-8-0

 

Volleyball
The Cavalier volleyball team finished the regular season 10-16 and 4-6 in conference play after starting TISAC action by winning the first three games. The Cavs lost to North Raleigh Christian in three sets on Tuesday one night after losing at Cary Academy in three sets on the road.  In Tuesday’s loss to the Knights, junior Michiko Haynie led the Cavs with nine kills and one ace.  Sophomore Adriana Kim added a team-high 13 assists. In the Cavs’ loss to the Chargers on Monday, senior Ellie Palmer had 13 kills and two aces. Junior Imani Spence added three aces and a team-high 19 digs. Despite these losses, the Cavs will get an opportunity to continue their season in the state tournament. DA will visit seventh-seeded High Point Christian in Friday’s first round.  

 

FINAL TISAC VOLLEYBALL STANDINGS (state tournament seeding in parentheses)

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

(1) N. RALEIGH CHRISTIAN

10-0

25-1

(3) CARY ACADEMY

7-3

14-11

(*) RAVENSCROFT

6-4

12-9

(*) DURHAM ACADEMY

4-6

10-16

(8) WAKE CHRISTIAN

4-6

15-13

SAINT MARY’S

0-10

2-16

  

Field Hockey
The DA field hockey team advanced to the quarter-final round of the state tournament after Judy Chandler’s squad held off a pesky St. Mary’s team 2-1 on Tuesday afternoon. Senior Serafina Turner and ninth-grader Jaden Simpson scored off ninth-grader Katherine Lantzy’s two assists early in the first half as the Cavs built a 2-0 lead. DA saw the Saints score early in the second half, but the Cavs held on for the 2-1 win. DA will travel to third-seeded Charlotte Country Day on Friday afternoon. The Bucs were 1-0 winners over DA on Sept. 8 in Charlotte. 

The Cavs celebrated senior day in a big way Friday with a 6-0 win over Ravenscroft on Moylan Field. DA used three goals by junior Eleanor Robb and scores by seniors Serafina Turner and Cat McNish along with Simpson. Lantzy added two assists, while Simpson and seniors Taylor Owens and Callie Pierce had one assist each. Junior Ellie McGhee earned the shutout in goal with three saves. 

FINAL TISAC FIELD HOCKEY STANDINGS (state tournament seeding in parentheses)

TEAM

CONF W-L

OVERALL W-L

(5) CARY ACADEMY

5-0

12-3

(6) DA

4-2

9-8

(7) RAVENSCROFT

2-4

5-10

(*) SAINT MARY’S

0-6

6-12

 

Boys & Girls Cross-Country
The girls and boys cross-country teams have been off for almost two weeks preparing for today’s TISAC meet at Wake Med Park in Cary. The state meet will be held at Wake Med Park on Friday morning. The boys enter the conference meet looking to duke it out with Cary Academy for the top spot. While the Chargers boast the top two runners based on times from this season, the Cavs’ Neil Mosca (third), Ethan Goldman (fourth), Mac Hays (sixth) and Jack Anderson (seventh) give DA four of the top seven. Add to that list Mark Alkins, who is coming on strong after an injury, and the Cavs hope they can repeat as conference champs. On the girls side, Cary Academy leads the way with four of the top five runners, but the Cavs have eighth-grader Stella Stringer (fourth) and ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson (ninth) in the top 10 heading into the event. 

 

Middle School Munchkins & Varsity Stars

Our “Middle School Munchkins and Varsity Stars” series is back! This week, our Durham Academy Sports Network reporters from the Middle School interview senior Cami Simpson from the girls cross-country team and senior Kenan Ulku-Steiner from the soccer team.

 

 

 

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. 

 

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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