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Cavs Corner: At season's halfway mark, Cavs are continuing success
Posted 09/20/2017 02:58PM

 By Andy Pogach, Assistant Director of Athletics and Sports Information Director, Varsity Girls Tennis Coach
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It’s hard to believe, but we have crossed the halfway point of the 2017 fall season, and this has been a week full of accomplishments for the Cavs. The varsity boys soccer and girls tennis teams continue to be highly ranked in the area, with aspirations of conference crowns and more. The volleyball team has won three in a row and is playing its best of the season. The field hockey team broke out of an offensive slump in a big way with a seven-goal outburst on Tuesday. Both cross-country teams competed well at a major event in Cary last Saturday.  Finally, the girls golf team welcomed back its captain from injury and is starting to play at a high level. This was indeed a good week for the Cavs, and you can read about all of the highlights below.  

Week in Review

Boys & Girls Cross Country
The top runners on both the boys and girls teams participated in the Adidas XC Challenge on Saturday at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. The DA boys competed in the championship flight, finishing 18th out of 40 teams.  The Cavs were the third finishing private school behind Cary Academy and Providence Day. Senior Ethan Goldman was the top finisher for the Cavs with his time of 16:34 — 45th overall. Junior Jack Anderson finished 85th with a time of 17:03. Junior Neil Mosca (104th – 17:11) and sophomore Mac Hays (111th – 17:15) finished out the top four positions. 

In the girls race, the Cavs finished 15th in the invitational competition. Ninth-grader Anna Catherine Wilson was the first DA girl to cross the finish line with a time of 21:09 — 29th overall. Sophomore Fran Pacchiana (39th – 21:27), ninth-grader Quinn Shanahan (41st – 21:29) and Cami Simpson (87th – 22:31) all finished in the top 100. View a compilation of videos taken at the event below.

The cross-country teams are off until next Thursday’s home meet vs. North Raleigh Christian.

Field Hockey
After being shut out in three consecutive games since returning from trip week, the DA field hockey team broke out of its scoring slump in a big way, as the Cavs put seven goals in the cage in Tuesday’s 7-0 win over Chatham Hall from Virginia. The Cavs opened the scoring 11 minutes in as senior Callie Pierce scored from junior Eleanor Robb. Robb then put in a goal herself off a corner from sophomore Hannah Grant two minutes later. Robb and senior Serafina Turner (from Pierce) added goals before halftime. In the second half, ninth-grader Jaden Simpson scored twice (off assists from Pierce and Turner). Robb completed her hat trick with an unassisted goal to cap off the scoring. Junior goalkeeper Ellie McGhee had one save to earn the shut-out victory. The win comes off the heels of a tough 4-0 defeat to defending state champs Charlotte Latin last Friday in Charlotte. The Cavs will visit St. Mary’s on Wednesday afternoon to open conference play. 

The DA volleyball team is on a roll! Wednesday’s 3-1 win over Wake Christian in both teams’ conference opener was the third win in a row for Heidi Kearnan’s squad. The Cavs started the week with Monday’s 3-0 sweep of Greensboro Day. In the 25-20, 25-21, 25-20 victory, senior Ellie Palmer led the Cavs with 12 kills, while junior Michiko Haynie had 10 kills and seven aces.  Sophomore Adriana Kim, in her first action back from an injury, had 23 assists. Junior Imani Spence had three kills, one ace and nine assists. The Cavs followed up the win over the Bengals with a hard-fought 25-19, 17-25, 25-23, 25-20 conference win over Wake Christian. Palmer led a balanced offensive attack with nine kills, while Haynie added eight and the duo of sophomore Millie Loehr and ninth-grader Elizabeth Kohn had seven kills each. The Cavs have a Friday home match with Ravenscroft at 5:15 p.m.

Boys Soccer
The boys soccer team’s unbeaten streak to start the season ended Tuesday night at eight as powerhouse Fayetteville Academy took a 2-1 win on Alumni Field. The Eagles — with just one loss on the year — scored 16 minutes into the game and then again midway through the second half to take a 2-0 lead. The Cavs answered as sophomore Isaiah Caldwell found the back of the net with just nine minutes on the clock. Despite some good chances by both teams in the final minutes, the Cavs could not equalize and left without picking up a result for the first time all year. In last Friday’s 4-2 win at Cary Academy, the Cavs were led by junior Nick Epstein’s two goals. Sophomore Will Nichols had one goal and an assist, sophomore Ryan Kirschner had a goal, and sophomore Crosby Williams added an assist. The Cavs will be back on Alumni Field Friday night to host Wake Christian before going on the road Tuesday to take on defending state champs North Raleigh Christian. DA continues to receive accolades from the News & Observer, which has the team ranked sixth in the latest area top-25 poll.

Girls Tennis
The girls tennis team continues to smash its way through the competition; an 8-1 home win over Ravenscroft moves the Cavs to 10-1 on the season and a perfect 4-0 in TISAC play. Once again, it was doubles that got the team off to a strong start. The pairings of sophomores Madeline Towning/Alexis Galloway, junior Joy Callwood/sophomore Renee George and senior Nicole Riepl/junior Julia King lost just a combined two games in doubles play against the Ravens. Towning, Galloway, George, Riepl and sophomore Taylor Hunter all took straight-set singles wins. The victory came less than 24 hours after DA defeated Greensboro Day 7-2 at home. The Bengals, who came in at 9-2, provided a tough test, especially at the top of the lineup. While the Cavs dropped first doubles, wins at 2 and 3 gave DA a 2-1 advantage headed to singles. Towning, George, Hunter and Riepl had straight-set wins, while Callwood rallied for a 3-6, 6-4, 10-8 win on the top court to give the Cavs the victory. A video of Callwood’s match point is below.

In last Thursday’s 9-0 win at Wake Christian, DA showcased its depth as King, Isabella Strauss, Lucy Steiner and Alex Bayer all took two wins on the day. The Cavs will host four-time defending state champion Charlotte Country Day on Friday afternoon and Providence Day on Saturday morning in the “East-West Challenge.” The hot start for the tennis team has moved the squad to No. 3 in the News & Observer top-25 area poll and No. 9 in the state in a poll of public school high school coaches around the state.

Girls Golf
The Cavalier golf traveled to North Ridge Country Club in Raleigh to battle a very tough Ravenscroft team on Monday. Despite losing 111-150 to the Ravens — a team favored to win the state championship — Haley Leversedge continued to work her way back from injury to once again lead the Cavs with a 45. Leversedge’s return, along with the strong play of seventh-graders Ona Lukes and Kayley Kim, should prove to be a boost for the team moving forward.  The Cavs will be back at it on Tuesday afternoon as they host St. Mary’s.  


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

Winter sports are right around the corner.  Tryout information for all eight of our basketball teams will be released in next week’s Cavs Corner. All varsity and junior varsity winter sports schedules are available at, and Middle School basketball schedules will be posted shortly.  


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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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