Varsity Girls Tennis
The top-seeded varsity girls tennis Warriors began their quest for a sixth straight state championship with a 5-0 victory over number eight Carolina Friends Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s (20-1) drew a first round bye and advanced to the semi-finals Tuesday at home against the Carolina Day School-Asheville Christian winner. Beatrice Holding/Gracie Crowder (8-4), Alice Holding/Brinkley Thompson (8-1) and Grace Haile/Louisa Holding (8-0) swept doubles. Haile (6-0, 6-1) and Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-1) completed the match with singles victories. “Louisa played two strong matches today,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “She’s played consistently well all year, but I think she’s still getting better and today was a good example. It was good to get started and we are looking forward to a very competitive match Tuesday.”
Three St. David’s fall varsity teams will participate in NCISSA 2A state tournament play beginning Tuesday. The 12-11 volleyball Warriors will host The Epiphany School of New Bern (13-11) in a play-in game Tuesday. The winner moves on to play at sixth seeded Grace Christian (18-7) Thursday. Parrott Academy (23-0) is the top seed. Unseeded Carolina Friends (12-8) and number four Cary Christian (19-2) also made it from the EPIC. The tennis Warriors (19-1) are the top seed and drew a first round bye in their quest for a sixth straight state title. They will host the Carolina Friends-Trinity of Durham/Chapel Hill winner Saturday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s beat both EPIC rivals 9-0 during the regular season. "I feel really good about the tournament," said coach Jenn Crowder. "This group is the strongest and most experienced team I've ever coached. We're excited to get started." Parrott Academy (12-1 with the only loss to SDS) is the second seed. The St. David’s boys soccer team (8-7-1) hits the road for a play-in game against First Assembly of Concord 14-4-1) Tuesday. The winner plays at eighth seeded Cape Fear Academy Thursday. Fayetteville Academy is the top seed, while EPIC members Cary Christian (7th) and The O’Neal School (5) are also competing.
The varsity tennis Warriors capped the regular season with their 15th shutout this fall, 9-0 at Grace Christian Monday. St. David’s is 19-1 heading into the state tournament. Louisa Holding and Grace Haile won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Gracie Crowder, Brinkley Thompson, Catherine Yancey and Madison Welsh dropped one game in two sets. Haile/Yancey and L.Holding/Welsh won 8-0, while Crowder/Rose Mary Anders won 8-3. “We’ve had a great season so far,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “We are looking forward to the state tournament.”
The varsity tennis Warriors closed the home season with a 9-0 sweep of Trinity Academy of Raleigh Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. It was also the final regular season home match for seniors Brinkley Thompson, Beatrice Holding and Madison Welsh. “Each one adds something different to our team,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Brinkley has been on the team since 8th grade and has been part of all five championship teams. She’s our captain this year and her leadership has been invaluable. Beatrice has played since 7th grade, except for last year. She’s always played at the top of our lineup and been a very strong, dependable player for us. Madison has played two years and has been very dependable. She’s won every match she’s played this year and brings the perfect balance of energy and maturity. I will miss all of them.” St. David’s is 18-1 and has won 12 of its last 14 matches 9-0 with the other two being 8-1. Winners against Trinity include B. Holding, Louisa Holding. Grace Haile and Welsh (8-0). Thompson won 8-1, while Gracie Crowder prevailed 8-2. B. Holding/Thompson (8-1), Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-2) and Haile/Catherine Yancey (8-0) swept doubles. The regular season concludes Tuesday at Grace Christian.
Make it 17 straight victories for the varsity tennis Warriors after a 9-0 rout of The O’Neal School of Southern Pines Monday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Brinkley Thompson and Catherine Yancey won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0, Grace Haile won 6-1, 6-0 and Gracie Crowder prevailed 6-0, 6-1. Louisa Holding (6-0, 6-3) and Alice Holding (6-0, 6-0) completed the singles sweep. Doubles featured more of the same as Yancey/Madison Welsh (8-0), Haile/Rose Mary Anders (8-0) and A. Holding/Thompson (8-3) cruised to victory. St. David’s is 17-1 with two matches left before the state tournament begins.