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Cavs Corner: Teams getting in the swing of the fall season
Posted 09/14/2017 11:46AM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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While the rain kept some of our teams out of competition on Tuesday, we did just complete our busiest week to date of the fall 2017 season. Besides our Middle School teams opening up their seasons, our varsity teams continue to have fine seasons and look forward to the conference season that awaits. In this week’s Cavs Corner, we look back on the past week in varsity sports and make an important announcement regarding our Fall Varsity Athletic Awards Program.   

Week in Review

Boys & Girls Cross Country
The boys and girls cross country teams hosted their own invitational on Saturday morning. With perfect weather, both teams ran well, with the boys taking first and the girls finishing third. In the girls race, ninth-graders Anna Catherine Wilson (7th place – 21:21) and Quinn Shanahan (9th place – 21:32) finished on the top 10 as the Cavs totaled 81 points behind both N.C. School of Science and Math (26 points) and North Raleigh Christian Academy (72 points). Also scoring for the Cavs were Fran Pacchiana (12th place – 22:14), Boo Briggs (26th place – 25:05) and Mira Pickus (27th place – 25:08). 

In the boys event, senior Ethan Goldman ran 16:45 to win the event and lead all five Cavalier scorers in the top 11. The boys finished with a total of 29 points, ahead of Jordan (43 points), and N.C. School of Science and Math (52 points). Sophomore Mark Alkins was 4th overall with a time of 17:07, sophomore Mac Hayes finished 6th (17:30), just ahead of junior Jack Anderson (7th – 17:31). Junior Tigey Jewell-Alibhai was the final Cavalier scorer at 11th with a time of 18:07. Sophomore Bennett Dombcik finished 12th at 18:08. Watch the final straight-away of Goldman’s finish below.



On Wednesday, the cross-country teams visited Ravenscroft for a dual meet with the Ravens. On the boys side, senior Josh Klein won the race with a time of 19:47 as he led five Cavs in the top 10. Sebastian Lascola finished third, while Ryan Norris was fourth as the DA boys took the meet 22-33 over Ravenscroft. In the girls race, eighth-grader Stella Stringer was the top Cavalier runner, finishing third with a time of 21:28 as the girls placed third behind both Ravenscroft and St. Mary’s. Senior Ava Pacchiana was the next Cavalier runner to cross the finish line as she timed in at 27:00 and in 16th place.  

This Saturday, the top 10 boys and girls will compete in the Adidas XC Challenge at Wake Med Soccer Park in Cary. 

Field Hockey
The field hockey team traveled to Charlotte Country Day on Friday for the first of two straight Friday trips to the Queen City. Unfortunately, the Cavs’ scoreless performance meant a long trip home with a loss to the Bucs. While junior goalkeeper Ellie McGhee made nine saves, an early Country Day goal was the only score of the game as the Bucs took the 1-0 win.

While Tuesday’s road game at Jordan was canceled because of rain, the Cavs hosted East Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Despite a 7-5 corner advantage, the DA offense could not muster a goal for the second straight game. East was able to score three times in the 3-0 win. McGhee had six saves in the loss. On Friday, the girls will travel back to Charlotte to battle defending state champions Charlotte Latin. DA will host Chatham Hall of Virginia on Tuesday afternoon.

The volleyball team took part in North Raleigh Christian’s “Volley with the Knights” tournament this past weekend. This 16-team tournament featured many of the area’s top programs including the The News & Observer’s top-ranked team, NRCA, and third-ranked Green Hope.  On Friday night, the Cavs lost 2-0 matches to High Point Christian, Cary Academy and Wilmington Christian to finish fourth in their pool. Ninth-grader Elizabeth Kohn had 10 kills in the 25-23, 25-16 loss to Cary Academy in the middle match on Friday night. Junior Michiko Haynie had six kills in the 25-12, 25-17 loss to Wilmington Christian in the nightcap. On Saturday morning, DA was tasked with playing public school powerhouse Green Hope. Despite falling 25-10, 25-11, Haynie had another solid performance with five kills. DA was able to take Providence Day to three sets in their next match before losing 25-20, 17-25, 25-18. Sophomore Millie Loehr had a team-high 12 kills against the Chargers. The Cavs got on the board with a 25-14, 25-10 win over Southern Wake Academy. Haynie led DA with nine kills, while senior Ellie Palmer had six aces. In their final match of the tournament, the Cavs fell 25-10, 25-17 to Oakwood School. Haynie had five kills, while junior Imani Spence had eight assists.

The experience gained by playing seven matches in under 24 hours had to have a positive benefit for the Cavs, as they came out on Tuesday night to win a tight 3-2 match over Wesleyan Christian Academy. After letting a 22-15 first-set lead slip away in a 25-23 loss, DA recovered to take two of the next three sets and send it to the decisive fifth set, which the Cavs took 15-10. Loehr and Haynie each had 13 kills to lead DA, while Kohn led the team in aces with six and Spence had 29 assists. The Cavs are off until Monday’s home matchup with Greensboro Day.

Boys Soccer
The Cavalier varsity soccer team continues to have a strong start to the year, remaining unbeaten at 5-0-1 and jumping into the The News & Observer top-25 poll at No. 9. The Cavaliers took a 5-1 home win Friday night against Greensboro Day. Despite being held scoreless for the majority of the opening half, DA finally got on the board in the 35th minute as sophomore Ryan Kirschner scored the first of his two goals of the night off a great sequence started by senior Kenan Ulku-Steiner, who fed a beautiful pass to senior Carter Owen, who the found Kirschner for the goal. The Cavs opened the scoring up early in the second half with three goals in a seven-minute stretch. The first of the three goals was as pretty as they get, as sophomore Will Nichols sprawled out for a diving header off a pass from sophomore Isaiah Caldwell. Owen and Kirschner added goals three and four, and the Cavs finished the scoring on this Owen goal off a corner from junior Nick Epstein.



On Wednesday night, the Cavs opened TISAC play with Ravenscroft, ranked 14th in the latest N&O poll. The Cavs scored early on a ninth-minute goal by Owen off a feed from Kirschner. The lead stood up until late in the game when the Ravens drew a foul in the box and converted the ensuing penalty kick. Neither team scored in the overtime period, and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Junior Roberto Escobar had five saves for the Cavs, who will travel to Cary Academy on Friday. 

Girls Tennis
Just like the soccer team, the girls tennis team finds itself near the top of the The News & Observer top-25 poll; the Cavs’ 7-1 record places them fourth among all area schools. 

The Cavs went on the road to Cary Academy on Wednesday night, hoping to put to rest some long losing streaks to the Chargers. In a battle of two top-five teams, the Cavs swept doubles play en route to a 7-2 win over Cary Academy. The win ends a nine-match losing streak to the Chargers and is the Cavs’ first win in Cary in more than 14 years. The No. 1 doubles team of sophomores Madeline Towning and Alexis Galloway took an 8-3 win, while each won their singles match; Galloway took a 6-2, 6-1 win on court 3, while Towning rallied for a 1-6, 6-4, 10-4 win on court 2. Junior Joy Callwood and sophomore Renee George saw a 5-1 lead on court 2 slip away to 6-6, but then stood tall and took the final two games. Despite a Callwood singles loss on the first court, George battled to a 6-2, 6-3 win on court 4. The duo of captains Julia King, a junior, and Nicole Riepl, a senior, remained undefeated with an 8-5 win at third doubles. Riepl then went on to a 6-2, 6-2 singles win on court 6.

This win comes on the heels of the Cavs’ 9-0 win over St. Mary’s last Friday. The top four players won their singles matches while dropping just a combined two games. After Thursday’s road match at Wake Christian, the Cavs host two tough teams early next week with Greensboro Day coming to Durham on Monday and Ravenscroft in on Tuesday. 

Girls Golf
While this was supposed to be a two-match week for the girls golf team, the rain on Tuesday canceled the Cavs road match with Cary Academy. The girls will have to settle for Friday’s 3 p.m. road match with St. Mary’s in their quest to get their first win on the year. In last Thursday’s tri-match, DA came in third against The O’Neal School and North Raleigh Christian. Seventh-grader Ona Lukes took top honors for the Cavs, shooting a 47. The Cavs are right back at it Monday at Ravenscroft.

Fall Varsity Athletics Awards Program

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.  


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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: 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 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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