Varsity Girls Tennis
The News & Observer’s All-Metro Tennis Team includes two St. David’s Warriors. Sisters Beatrice and Alice Holding join 17 of the other best players from the N&O’s 20 county coverage area on the squad. Beatrice was the Warriors number one singles player and was the EPIC player of the year. Alice went undefeated in number two singles and was named All-Conference. St. David’s went 22-1 and won their sixth straight 2A state title this fall. “It’s a great honor for them and for our program,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “They were obviously a big part of our success and it’s great to see them recognized for their achievement and hard work.
Four members of the St. David’s 2A state championship tennis team earned All-State recognition Monday. Senior Beatrice Holding, juniors Alice Holding and Gracie Crowder along with freshman Louisa Holding were part of the nine-player team. “It’s a great honor that we had four of the nine and it shows how much the other coaches respect our team,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “They competed at a very high level and won some tough matches.” The Warriors finished 22-1 and defeated Parrott Academy for their sixth straight state title Saturday in Winston-Salem. Alice Holding was undefeated in singles and doubles, Crowder did not lose a singles match, Beatrice Holding was the EPIC player of the year and, like Louisa, was undefeated against 2A competition. “We had an exceptionally strong team this year,” said coach Crowder. “I’m very proud of all their accomplishments.”
The varsity tennis Warriors won their sixth straight 2A state tennis championship with a 5-0 shutout of Parrott Academy Saturday at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem. St. David’s won 22 straight matches after a season-opening 5-4 loss to Cardinal Gibbons that included a 9-0 decision over Parrott during the regular seasons and victories over Durham Academy and Cary Academy, who played each other for the 3A title. “We had a great season,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “I’ve coached (seniors) Brinkley (Thompson) and Beatrice (Holding) for a long time. Brinkley has been part of all six championships and five for Beatrice. They were special to coach and I’m happy we won it with them. This is the strongest team top to bottom that I've had. All nine girls contributed to this championship.” The Warriors put together a dominate season, winning 18 of their 23 matches by shutout and dropping only one game in two others. Gracie Crowder (23-0) and Alice Holding (15-0) were undefeated in singles. “I’m glad we closed this one out,” said Thompson. “It’s exciting to be part of six championships.” Thompson and Alice Holding battled back from a 6-5 deficit to put the Warriors ahead 3-0 with an 8-6 doubles win. Beatrice Holding/Crowder and Grace Haile/Louisa Holding also won doubles. Alice Holding won her singles match, then Beatrice wrapped up the title by slamming home the final winning shot.
The varsity tennis Warriors will play for their sixth straight state championship after a 5-0 victory over Carolina Day School of Asheville Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. St. David’s (22-1) is the top seed and will play Parrott Academy Saturday at 10 a.m. at Salem Academy in Winston-Salem. “It’s great to get the opportunity to win another title,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Carolina Day was a strong opponent and gave our girls some good competition. Everyone played well for us and we are excited to play Saturday.” The Warriors swept doubles behind Beatrice Holding/Gracie Crowder (8-5), Alice Holding/Brinkley Thompson (8-0) and Louisa Holding/Grace Haile (8-0). Haile (6-0, 6-0) and Louisa Holding (6-0, 6-0) finished their singles matches first to help the Warriors to advance.
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.
The varsity girls tennis team cruised to its 16th straight victory, 9-0, over Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Alice Holding, Louisa Holding and Rose Mary Anders won 6-0, 6-0. Grace Haile (6-1, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-1, 6-2) and Madison Welsh (6-3, 6-4) completed the singles sweep. Haile/L. Holding (8-0), A. Holding/Brinkley Thompson (8-0) and Anders/Catherine Yancey (8-1) dominated doubles. St. David’s has three matches left before the state tournament.
Make it 15 victories in a row for the varsity girls tennis team after a 9-0 victory at Cary Christian Wednesday. Gracie Crowder, Madison Welsh, Catherine Yancey and Rose Mary Anders won their singles matches 8-0. Louisa Holding (8-2) and Grace Haile (8-3) completed the singles sweep. Crowder/Holding (8-1), Haile/Yancey (8-2) and Welsh/Anders (8-0) swept doubles. “Today gave girls experience at different spots in the lineup,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose Warriors are 15-1. “The more experience they all have playing singles and doubles will help us down the road.” St. David’s plays at Carolina Friends in Durham Thursday to wrap up a three match road trip this week.
The varsity tennis Warriors won their 14th straight match Monday, 8-1, over The O’Neal School in Southern Pines. SDS swept singles behind Beatrice Holding (6-2, 6-1), Louisa Holding (7-5, 6-1), Gracie Crowder (6-1, 6-1), Grace Haile (6-0, 6-0), Brinkley Thompson (6-2, 6-0) and Madison Welsh (6-0, 6-1). Doubles winners were L. Holding/Haile (8-1) and Welsh/Rose Mary Anders (8-1). “Louisa really had to battle to win her match,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Her opponent was very strong, but she executed her shots well and came out on top.” The Warriors are at Cary Christian Wednesday and visit Carolina Friends Thursday as EPIC competition continues.
Another match, another 9-0 shutout for the Warriors tennis team. St. Mary’s provided the opposition Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Beatrice and Louisa cruised to 6-0, 6-0 singles victories. Brinkley Thompson (6-0, 6-1) and Gracie Crowder (6-1, 6-2) also won, while Grace Haile (7-5, 6-2) and Catherine Yancey (6-1, 7-5) had to work the hardest for their victories. “St. Mary’s was a good test,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “It’s always nice to beat a 3A school and it gave us a chance to look at some different doubles combinations.” B. Holding/Thompson (8-0), Madison Welsh/L. Holding (8-0) and Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-1) swept doubles. St. David’s is 13-1, ranked second in the area behind 4A public Green Hope HS and has three road matches next week.
The varsity tennis Warriors swept their sixth consecutive 9-0 match, over Grace Christian Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Louisa Holding, Grace Haile, Brinkley Thompson and Madison Welsh won 6-0, 6-0, while Beatrice Holding prevailed 6-0, 6-1 and Gracie Crowder won 6-1, 6-1. In doubles, Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-0), L. Holding/Welsh (8-1) and B.Holding/Catherine Yancey (8-2) completed the sweep. St. David’s has won 12 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Cardinal Gibbons. They host St. Mary’s Friday.
The varsity girls tennis Warriors are second in the latest News & Observer area rankings. St. David’s has won the last five NCISSA 2A state titles and are 11-1 so far this fall. Green Hope has held the top spot every week this fall after finishing second in last year’s 4A state tournament. “It’s outstanding for our program,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Our win over Durham Academy in the Florence (SC) tournament has really helped us. Most teams have good depth or one or two really good players at the top. We are fortunate to have both. Beatrice and Alice Holding have been outstanding for us at the one and two singles spots and all nine players have contributed to several victories. The girls have worked hard and it’s paying off.” The Warriors have won 11 straight matches since the opening loss to Cardinal Gibbons, have dropped only three singles games since then and have won their last five matches 9-0. Here’s the link to the complete rankings.
The varsity tennis Warriors ran their winning streak to 11 straight matches with a 9-0 victory over Trinity Academy of Raleigh Thursday at the Millbrook Exchange Park courts. Louisa Holding, Gracie Crowder and Catherine Yancey won their singles matches 8-0, while Grace Haile, Madison Welsh and Rose Mary Anders won 8-1. Holding/Anders and Crowder/Welsh won doubles 8-1 while Haile/Yancey prevailed 8-2. “We were a little shorthanded today, but it turned out fine,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “It helps our team when Madison, Catherine and Rose Mary get experience in singles as well as doubles.” The Warriors continue EPIC play Tuesday at Cary Christian.
The varsity tennis Warriors won 9-0 at Trinity of Durham-Chapel Hill Tuesday to raise their record to 10-1. Catherine Yancey (6-3, 6-0) and Madison Welsh (6-1, 6-2) earned victories in their singles debuts. “I like it when we don’t always have to rely on our top six,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “I have nine strong players and it’s a good day when they all contribute.” Beatrice Holding (6-0, 6-2), Louisa Holding (6-0, 6-0) Grace Haile (6-2, 6-0) and Gracie Crowder (6-1, 6-2) won in straight sets. Doubles winners were Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-3), Yancey/Welsh (8-3) and Haile/L. Holding (8-0). EPIC play continues Thursday at Millbrook Exchange Park against Trinity of Raleigh.
The tennis Warriors are 8-1 on the season after a 9-0 sweep of Parrott Academy Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Beatrice and Alice Holding won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Louisa Holding battled through many close games to win 6-4, 6-1 and Gracie Crowder bounced back from a 7-6 loss in the first set to win 6-1 and 10-8 in the tiebreaker. Grace Haile prevailed 6-3, 6-4 and Brinkley Thompson won 7-5, 3-6 and 10-8 in the tiebreaker. “Parrott is a good team and played us tough,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Four of the six singles matches were close and we had to work extra hard to win. It was very good for us to play a solid, deep team like Parrott.” In doubles, Beatrice Holding/Crowder won 8-1, as did Alice Holding/Thompson. Louisa Holding/Haile won 8-3.
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.
The varsity girls tennis Warriors rolled past North Raleigh Christian Academy, 9-0 Monday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. Beatrice Holding, Louisa Holding, Grace Haile and Brinkley Thompson all won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Gracie Crowder won 6-0, 6-2 and Alice Holding prevailed 6-0, 6-4. St. David's took all three doubles matches as Haile teamed with Rose Mary Anders to win 8-0, Madison Welsh/Catherine Yancey won 8-2 and Beatrice Holding/Crowder won 8-3. "It's always good to beat a 3A school," said coach Jenn Crowder, whose Warriors are 7-1. "it's also always good when the entire team gets a chance to contribute to a victory.
The varsity tennis Warriors rolled past Ravenscroft 8-1 Friday at Ravenscroft. Beatrice (6-1, 6-0), Alice (6-2, 6-0) and Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-3) Gracie Crowder (5-7, 7-5 (10-7) and Grace Haile (6-1, 6-0) won singles, while B. Holding/Crowder (9-7), A. Holding/Brinkley Thompson (8-0) and L. Holding/Haile 8-5 swept doubles. “There were some close games within each set, especially for Gracie,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “We were out there for almost four hours and competed well against a strong opponent.” The Warriors have three matches next week with the first at home Monday against NRCA.
Fresh from their championship in the Florence (SC) Tennis Association tournament over the weekend, the Warriors opened EPIC play with a 9-0 victory over Cary Christian. Alice Holding, Louisa Holding, Brinkley Thompson and Gracie Crowder won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Grace Haile prevailed 6-1, 6-0 and Beatrice Holding won 6-1, 6-1. Doubles winners were Haile/Rose Mary Anders (8-0), Louisa Holding/Catherine Yancey (8-1) and Crowder/Madison Welsh (8-3). "It's always good to get a conference win," said coach Jenn Crowder, whose Warriors are 5-1. "It's also good that Madison, Catherine and Rose Mary played today because we could only use seven players in the tournament. It's good when everybody contributes to a victory." St. David's plays at Ravenscroft Friday.
The varsity girls tennis Warriors won the 16-team Florence Tennis Association Invitational Tournament over the weekend in Florence, S.C. Eight teams from North Carolina and eight more from South Carolina made up the field. The Warriors shut out Clover (S.C.) HS 6-0 Friday night and did the same to Providence Day School of Charlotte Saturday morning. St. David’s defeated Cary Academy (last years 3A state runner up) 5-1 Saturday afternoon and took home the trophy with a 4-2 win over top-seeded Durham Academy (2016 3A state semi-finalist) Sunday morning. “Durham Academy was one of the strongest teams we’ve ever played,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “All the girls had to play their best tennis to win and that’s exactly what they did. They battled through the heat and humidity and I’m really proud of them. The tournament was a great opportunity to face some of the best teams in North and South Carolina. I hope we will get invited again next year.” Beatrice, Alice and Louisa Holding played singles for St. David’s along with Grace Haile and Gracie Crowder. Catherine Yancey and Brinkley Thompson played doubles.
The St. David’s girls tennis team opened their season with a 5-4 loss to Cardinal Gibbons in a matchup of two area powerhouses Tuesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Crusaders made it to the public school 4A state semi-finals last year and are ranked third in this years News & Observer pre-season poll. The Warriors are looking for their sixth straight independent 2A state title and are listed 15th in the rankings. “We are usually competitive with them, but this is the first time we’ve won four matches,” said St. David’s coach Jenn Crowder. “We were down 4-2 after singles, but all the matches were close and Grace Haile’s went to a tie-breaker. If the ball bounced our way a couple of times, we could have at least been tied going into doubles.” Alice Holding (6-2, 6-2) and Gracie Crowder (6-4, 6-1) won in singles. Holding teamed with Brinkley Thompson (8-2) and Louisa Holding and Haile (8-5) won in doubles. “St. David’s made us earn it,” said Cardinal Gibbons coach Andrew Tuttle. “They are going to have another good season.” The Warriors head to Florence, SC this weekend for four matches in the 16 team Florence Invitational.
The Warriors varsity girls tennis team begins its quest for a sixth straight NCISSA 2A state title in a big way Tuesday as perennial 4A powerhouse Cardinal Gibbons visits the Satellite Athletic courts. St. David’s returns senior Brinkley Thompson, junior Gracie Crowder and sophomores Grace Haile and Catherine Yancey from last year’s title team. The Holding sisters, Beatrice (Sr) and Alice (Jr), return after a year away and their younger sibling Louisa (Fr.) is on the team for the first time. Beatrice Holding was the 2015 EPIC Player of the Year. “This team is loaded with potential,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “We have even more depth and talent than we did last year, but a lot of things can happen between now and the state tournament. “ Cardinal Gibbons lost in the 4A state semi-finals last year after an undefeated regular season. The Warriors will also be tested in the Florence (SC) Tennis Association tournament over the weekend. “We always play Gibbons tight, but we’ve never beaten them,” said Crowder. “I’m excited to see how we do with this group. We were invited to play in Florence and it gives us a true tournament experience against bigger schools. We are ready to get the season started.”