Sarah Dean Barbour2019Raleigh, NC
Anna Grace Call2020
Lindsey Klinck2019Raleigh, NC
Olivia Leshnock2020Raleigh, NC
Alexis Medlin2018Raleigh, NC
Julianna Medlin2020Raleigh, NC
Elizabeth Montague2020Raleigh, NC
Karis New2019Raleigh, NC
Mary-Kate Stahl2019Raleigh, NC
Kathryn Teague2019Raleigh, NC
Grace Thompson2018Raleigh, NC
Kennedy Wordsworth2020Raleigh, NC
The volleyball Warriors won their opening match in the state tournament and will play at Grace Christian Thursday. St. David’s wore pink uniform tops to support breast cancer awareness and defeated The Epiphany School of New Bern, 25-13, 25-13 and 25-6 Tuesday at home to raise their record to 13-11. “We were locked in for the entire match,” said coach Romel Lightbourn, whose team is in the tournament for the first time in three years. “It was our pre-season goal to go back to the state tournament and we are proud that we won our opening game with a solid all-around effort.” The Warriors will meet EPIC rival Grace Christian (18-7) for the third time this fall. They lost 3-2 at home and 3-0 away. “We feel like we gave both of them away,” said Lightbourn. “We are excited to play Grace and think we can compete well.” The Eagles are the tournament’s sixth seed while St. David’s is unseeded.
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. 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 volleyball Warriors capped a 2-0 week with a 3-0 victory over the Carolina Mustangs Thursday at Ridgecrest Baptist Church in Durham. The Warriors won 25-18, 28-26 and 25-21 to raise their record to 12-10 with one match left in the regular season at Grace Christian Monday. “I’m proud of my team for keeping their composure in a very loud gym,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “Lindsey Klinck played very well with seven kills and everyone contributed to the win.”
The volleyball Warriors ended their home season with a 3-0 victory over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Thursday on Senior Day. St. David’s won 25-8, 25-22 and 25-16 to raise their record to 6-4 in EPIC play and 10-11 overall with three matches left before the state tournament. Seniors Lexi Medlin (15 digs) and Grace Thompson (three blocks, eight kills) made their final home appearance. “They were a big part of our improvement as a team this season and I’m sad to see them go,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “We started with our best energy and fire this season. I hope it continues next week.”
The girls varsity volleyball team lost, 3-0, to Coastal Christian of Wilmington Friday in the St. David’s gym. The scores were 25-19, 25-17 and 25-13. “They are a good team from a strong volleyball area,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “They’ve come up here the past few years with good teams every time. They ran their offense faster and outplayed us.” St. David’s is 8-8 overall after a tough week that included a 3-2 loss at Grace Christian Thursday. “We’re in a tough stretch right now,” said Lightbourn, whose team travels to Carolina Friends in Durham Tuesday. “We’ve made a lot of progress and we’ll see what happens.”
The Warriors varsity volleyball and soccer teams produced mixed results from their trip to Cary Christian Tuesday. The soccer team won, 4-1, behind three goals from Miller Ashe and another from William Sheehan. St. David’s is now 2-3 in EPIC play and 5-4 overall. “We played excellent team defense and took advantage of the offensive chances we created,” said coach Jose Cornejo. “I’m very happy with the way we played against a tough opponent.” Max Michaud had two assists, while Lucas Trujillo had one. The volleyball team won the first set 27-25, then dropped the final three 25-13, 25-10 and 25-13 to the Knights. The loss snapped the Warriors three match winning streak. “We did a great job executing our game plan in the first set,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “Then we got complacent and started to play individually, while Cary Christian stayed composed, played great defense and let us make all the mistakes.” SDS is 8-6 overall and 3-2. The soccer and volleyball Warriors host Grace Christian Thursday as conference play continues.
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.
The varsity volleyball team bounced back from a 30-28 loss in the first set to win 3-1 at Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Tuesday. St. David’s won the match with 25-12, 25-15, 25-16 victories after the opening loss. “We took them lightly,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “The first set was a real battle and woke us up a little. We played well after that. Sarah Dean Barber brought us back with excellent serving in the second set. Anna Grace Call and Karis New played well with 15 kills each.” St. David’s is 7-5 overall and 3-1 in EPIC play. They host Trinity of Raleigh Thursday in another conference match.
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 varsity tennis, soccer and volleyball teams had a successful Tuesday at home against Carolina Friends of Durham. The tennis team routed the Quakers 9-0 in a match that included two forfeits. Beatrice Holding, Gracie Crowder and Grace Haile won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0, while Alice Holding and Brinkley Thompson won 6-1, 6-0. Louisa Holding and Catherine Yancey won 8-2 and Madison Welsh/Rose Mary Anders prevailed 8-3 in doubles. The 8-1 Warriors host Parrott Thursday. The soccer Warriors won 5-0 behind five goals from junior Miller Ashe and a pair of assists from Harrison Bowman. “We played very well,” said coach Jose Cornejo. “I saw improved passing and communication today.” St. David’s is 3-2 and plays at Ravenscroft Thursday. The St. David’s volleyball team defeated Carolina Friends 25-19, 24-26, 25-20 and 25-16 for a 3-1 victory. “We’ve shown steady improvement in our last two matches with NRCA and Ravenscroft and it showed today,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “The girls are buying into our defensive strategy and are playing every ball like it’s the last one. That’s what it takes to win.” The Warriors host Harrells Christian Academy Thursday.
Warriors junior Karis New was one of 16 players named to the Calvary Day School All-Tournament team this past weekend. St. David’s was one of 14 2A teams in the field and went 3-2 with victories over Burlington Christian, Carolina Day School (Asheville) and Westminster (Catawba). “Karis was lights out both days,” said coach Romel Lightbourne. “Her passing and hitting were outstanding. It was good to get the players used to game situations and to prepare them for our season.”
The varsity volleyball Warriors opened the home and EPIC season with a 3-0 sweep of The O’Neal School of Southern Pines Thursday. St. David’s led the first set all the way for a 25-17 win. Ditto in the second, a 25-14 victory. The Falcons rallied to lead early in the third, but the Warriors regained command and ended the match with another 25-17 victory. “This is a younger group than I’ve had in past seasons, but they are willing to work and are eager to learn,” said coach Romel Lightbourn. “I thought we had some first match jitters with school starting today, but we settled down and played well.” St. David’s is back in action Tuesday at home against EPIC rival Cary Christian at 5 p.m.