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Roster

  • Anisa Barutis
    2022
    Cary, NC
  • Margaret Batchelder
    2022
    Raleigh, NC
  • Emily Deihl
    2024
    Raleigh, NC
  • Catherine Hodge
    2023
    Raleigh, NC
  • Rebekah Leshnock
    2024
    Raleigh, NC
  • Samantha Leshnock
    2022
    Raleigh, NC
  • McKenna Lewis
    2022
    Raleigh, NC
  • Katherine Manning
    2022
    Raleigh, NC
  • Kyra Parker
    2022
    Wake Forest, NC
  • Margaret Peterson
    2022
    Raleigh, NC
  • Grace Viera
    2024
    Raleigh, NC
  • Kenley Wood
    2024
    Raleigh, NC
  • Greysen Woody
    2023
    Wendell, NC

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Team Stories

The middle school volleyball team ended the season with a 2-0 loss at St. Timothy’s Monday in the Capital Area Middle School Conference tournament. The sixth seeded Warriors fell 25-8 and 25-21 to the third seeded Titans to finish the season 6-4. “St. Timothy’s is a tough team and served very well,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We battled back in the second set (when it was 22-10) and made it close. I’m proud that we competed until the end. We had fun and the girls improved a lot over the course of the season.”

The middle school volleyball Warriors split two home matches this week, winning 2-0 over Cary Academy Tuesday and losing by the same score to Magellan Thursday. St. David’s completed the regular season with a 6-3 overall record and are 4-3 in conference play.  “We played well against Cary Academy and we were better than the scores (25-13, 25-13) indicated against Magellan” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “Magellan is undefeated and very talented. I thought we competed well with them.” The Mariners will be the top seed in the upcoming CAMSC tournament. SDS will know their seed after Wednesday’s conference meeting.

The middle school volleyball Warriors swept Wake Christian 26-24, 25-18 for a 2-0 road victory Thursday. SDS is 5-3 overall and 3-3 in conference play with one week left before the tournament. Grayson Woody led the Warriors with 12 service points. Margaret Batchelder served five straight points in the second, while Samantha Leshnock served the last five, including an ace to end the match. St. David's hosts Cary Academy Tuesday and Magellan Thursday to end the regular season.

The middle school volleyball Warriors won their third straight match, 2-1 at St. Timothy’s Thursday.  St. David’s prevailed 25-17, 23-25, 15-11 to raise their record to 5-2 overall and 3-2 in conference play. “It was a battle all the way against a tough opponent,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We didn’t miss a single serve in the first set and had only four for the match. We played solid throughout and had plenty of opportunities to run our offense.” Samantha Leshnock led the Warriors in kills, while Kyra Parker had the most service points. 

The middle school volleyball Warriors came from behind to defeat New Life Camp 2-1 Tuesday at the St. David’s middle school gym. SDS dropped the first set, 25-21, then rallied to win the match, 25-20 and 15-11 against the local homeschool organization. “We had solid serving in the second and third sets,” said coach Miriam Leshnock, whose Warriors are 4-2. “We fought hard against good competition and pulled it out.” Samantha Leshnock served five straight points, including three aces to clinch the second set win, while Kate Manning wrapped up the match with four straight serve points with an ace for the win. Manning and Leshnock led the Warriors in kills on solid sets from Kyra Parker and Mimi Petersen. St. David’s resumes conference action Thursday at St. Timothy’s.

Both St. David’s volleyball teams defeated Trinity of Raleigh Tuesday, one at home and one away. The middle schoolers won 25-12 and 25-7. They also won the two extra sets for the younger players to gain experience 25-13 and 25-19. “Everyone played in the first two sets and the sixth graders gained extra experience in the last two, so it was a good day,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “Mimi Petersen and Kyra Parker served well throughout the match and we improved in all areas.” The varsity Warriors claimed their fourth straight victory, 25-7, 25-12 and 25-13 over the Tigers in the Upper School gym. “We controlled pretty much everything,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “Our communication and chemistry were very good no matter what lineup we played.” Senior Lexie Medlin led the Warriors with 15 service points while Karis New added 11 kills. SDS has three matches next week, the first Tuesday at Cary Christian as EPIC play continues.

Both Warriors volleyball teams won at home Thursday. The varsity defeated Harrell’s Academy 14-25, 25-17, 25-22 and 25-19 for a 3-1 final score. St. David’s went 2-0 on the week after Tuesday’s home victory over Carolina Friends and raised their record to 6-5. “They made us work too hard for it,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “Our energy wasn’t as good as it was Tuesday, but we did battle back after losing the first set. Lindsey Klinck did a good job of adjusting her offensive game to find holes in their defense. We need more consistent energy going forward, but we are getting better.” The middle schoolers swept Ravenscroft 25-18 and 25-9 to improve to 2-1 on the young season. Kate Manning served 10 straight points in the final set and Margaret Batchelder served six straight to end the match. “We played very well in the second set,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We knew our positions better and played better as a team.”

The Warriors middle school volleyball, tennis and soccer teams all came out on the short end Tuesday. The tennis team lost 6-3 to conference rival St. Timothy’s at the Millbrook Exchange courts. St. David’s defeated the Titans for the CAMSC championship the past two seasons. “It’s still really early,” said coach Anne Barnes. “We were tied 3-3 after singles, but struggled in doubles. We’ll continue to improve with practice.” Sallie Bossong and Anne George won their singles matches 8-5, while Raynor Singleton prevailed 8-4. The soccer Warriors fell to NRCA 4-1 at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Alex Weaver found the net on a cross from Hank Madden that trimmed the Knights lead to 2-1, but NRCA responded with a pair of goals to set the final. “We had a bad stretch of 10-12 minutes and that’s when they scored all their goals,” said coach Nate Antiel. “We out-shot them 16-10, but couldn’t find the net after the first one. Sam Crosby anchored our backline very well and Beck Maddison played well at outside midfielder.” The volleyball team lost 25-23 and 25-16 to NRCA, the three-time defending conference champs in the middle school gym. “We led in both games, but had too many breakdowns to beat them,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We competed well, but we need to continue to work on communicating and making sure the court is covered on defense.”

The Warriors volleyball and tennis teams had successful season openers at Grace Christian Tuesday, while the boys soccer team lost a close one. The tennis team won 9-0 and the volleyball team prevailed 25-18 and 25-16 for a 2-0 victory.  Anne Clayton Tanner, Francie Hogshed, Anne George and Raynor Singleton won their singles matches 8-0. Elizabeth Holderness won 8-1 and Sallie Bossong prevailed 8-2. In doubles, it was George/Singleton 8-0, Anne Slater Barnes/Molly Tuttle 8-1 and Tanner/Sibley Hash 8-4. “We played well in the heat and humidity,” said coach Anne Barnes. “It was a fun way to start the season.” Next up is a trip to Millbrook Exchange Park to face St. Timothy’s. The Warriors have beaten the Titans in the CAMSC title match the last two years. The volleyball team swept the Eagles behind solid team play. “It’s hard to single any one or two players out because they all played well together,” said coach Miriam Leshnock. “We didn’t leave any parts of the court open and we hustled after every ball in play.” The soccer Warriors gave up the  only goal midway through the second half for a 1-0 loss to Grace. St. David’s out-shot the Eagles 8-3 and had several chances late. “Their goal was on a rebound,” said coach Nate Antiel. “Sam (Williams) stopped the first one, but couldn’t get the second one.  Blake Walston put up a clean sheet (in goal) in the first half and the ball was in our offensive third for the last part of the game. We played well across the board.”