Varsity Girls Tennis
The varsity girls tennis Warriors ended a 10 day break between matches with a 9-0 rout of Cary Christian Tuesday at Godbold Park in Cary. Madison Smith (6-0, 6-1), Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-2, 6-2), Grace Haile (6-0, 6-1) Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-0) and Elizabeth Holderness (6-2, 6-0) won singles. Crowder/Rose Mary Anders (8-6), Holding/Anna Clayton Tanner (8-3) and Smith/Holderness (8-1) prevailed in doubles. The Warriors are 12-0 and meet Grace Christian at the Kildaire Farms Raquet and Swim Club Monday in Cary.
The girls varsity tennis team notched two victories in less than 24 hours over the weekend at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors (11-0) defeated Asheville School 8-1 Friday night, then came back Saturday morning to beat Carolina Day School from Asheville by the same score. Both matches lasted over three hours because of close games and multiple tie-breakers. “This was great competition for our team,” said coach Jenn Crowder. Alice (Holding) and Gracie (Crowder) had to win tie-breakers to save their matches Friday night and Elizabeth (Holderness) had to win the second set and the tie-breaker Saturday in the heat. We played a lot of tennis within a short time period and I’m proud of the way we responded. Saturday’s singles winners included Alice Holding (6-0, 6-0), Louisa Holding (6-1, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-2, 6-4), Grace Haile (6-1, 6-1), Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-0) and Holderness (1-6, 6-4, 10-5). Alice Holding/Crowder (8-0) and Haile/Yancey (8-2) won doubles.
Tuesday’s varsity tennis practice was business as usual, except for the television camera. Todd Gibson of CBS-17 Sports was on hand doing interviews and shooting video for an upcoming feature story on the Warriors, who have won six straight state titles and are undefeated so far this season. “The girls have worked hard and it’s nice to be recognized,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose squad is 9-0. “It’s good for our program and it’s an interesting process to be part of.” No airdate has been scheduled yet, but we’ll give you advance notice so you can tune in live or set your DVR’s. St. David’s is back in action Friday against the Asheville School and Saturday morning against Carolina Day School at the Satellite Athletic Complex.
The undefeated varsity tennis Warriors earned a hard-fought 8-1 victory over previously undefeated Asheville School Friday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The match took over three hours to complete thanks to tie-breakers in three of the six singles matches. Seniors Alice Holding and Gracie Crowder won theirs 11-9 to clinch the victory before doubles. “The match could have easily been tied after singles,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose team is 10-0. “Asheville was a great opponent and made us compete for every point. It’s a great lesson that we have be at our best and that we need everyone to contribute every time we play. This was a good team win.” Holding (6-0, 1-6, 11-9), Crowder (4-6, 6-2, 11-9) Gracie Haile (6-1, 6-1), Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-2) and Elizabeth Holderness (6-1, 6-2) won singles. Alice Holding/Holderness (8-6), Louisa Holding/Yancey (8-6) and Rose Mary Anders/Anna Clayton Tanner (8-6) prevailed in doubles.
The varsity girls tennis team won every game in every match for a 9-0 victory against Village Christian Academy on a steamy Tuesday in Fayetteville. The teams played pro sets in singles and doubles to partially counter the hot, humid conditions. Madison Scott, Louisa Holding, Gracie Crowder, Grace Haile, Catherine Yancey and Elizabeth Holderness all won singles, 8-0. Crowder/Rose Mary Anders, Smith/Holderness and Holding/Anna Clayton Tanner took doubles, 8-0. The Warriors are 9-0 and host the Asheville School on September 7that the Satellite Athletic Complex.
The varsity tennis Warriors stayed undefeated with a 9-0 shutout of Forsyth Country Day Friday in Winston-Salem. Madison Smith, Louisa Holding and Catherine Yancey won their singles matches 6-0, 6-0. Grace Haile won 6-0, 6-1, Alice Holding prevailed 6-2, 6-0 and Gracie Crowder was victorious 6-2, 6-2. In doubles, L. Holding/Elizabeth Holderness (8-0), A. Holding/ Haile (8-4) and Rose Mary Anders/Anna Clayton Tanner 8-4 completed the sweep. St. David’s is 8-0 and travels to Village Christian in Fayetteville Tuesday.
The varsity tennis team rolled over Cary Academy, 8-1 on a sun-drenched Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The Warriors took two of the three doubles matches for an early lead, then swept all six singles matches to raise their record to 7-0. Alice Holding (6-0, 6-0), Madison Smith (6-1, 6-0), Louisa Holding (6-3, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-4, 6-3), Grace Haile (6-0, 6-4) and Catherine Yancey (6-0, 6-1) won singles. A. Holding/Smith (8-0) and Haile/Elizabeth Holderness (9-7) claimed doubles victories. “We struggled a bit in doubles today,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “We’ll be fine when we figure out our combinations. Singles is usually our strength and it was again today.
The varsity tennis Warriors picked up another road victory with a 9-0 rout of NRCA Tuesday. Alice Holding (6-1, 6-0), Madison Smith (6-1, 6-1), Louisa Holding (6-0, 6-0), Gracie Crowder (6-0, 6-1), Grace Haile (8-0) and Catherine Yancey (8-2) swept singles. A. Holding/Smith (8-2), L. Holding/Elizabeth Holderness (8-2) and Rose Mary Anders/Anna Clayton Tanner (8-6) prevailed in doubles. St. David’s is 6-0 and hosts Cary Academy Thursday at the Satellite Athletic Complex.
The varsity girls tennis team won the Florence (SC) Tennis Association championship for the second straight year with a 4-2 victory on Sunday over A.C. Flora HS from Columbia, SC. The tournament format consisted of five singles and one doubles match. The Warriors defeated Clover (SC) HS and Cardinal Newman (SC) 6-0, then knocked off Charlotte Latin 4-2 to advance to the title match. “This weekend was very good for us,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose team is 5-0. “We had to compete to win and all our girls played really well. We’ve beaten three very strong teams (Durham Academy on Wednesday) Latin (Sat.) and AC Flora in the first week of our season, so I’d say we are off to a great start.” Alice Holding, Madison Smith, Grace Haile and Gracie Crowder won singles on Sunday.
The varsity girls tennis team will play for the Florence (SC) Tennis Association Tournament title Sunday morning after a pair of victories Saturday. The Warriors swept Cardinal Newman of Columbia, SC 6-0 in the morning round, then advanced to the championship with a 4-2 decision over Charlotte Latin. Elizabeth Holderness and Catherine Yancey won their doubles match, 6-1, 6-1. Alice Holding, Madison Scott and Gracie Crowder won singles to give the Warriors the match. “We barely got out of there with the win,” said coach Jenn Crowder. “Latin was very strong as we knew they would be. Alice had to battle to win in three sets, which was key for us. We are excited to play tomorrow.” St. David’s is the top seed and won the tournament last year. Sunday’s opponent was not decided at press time.
The top seeded varsity tennis Warriors started the Florence (SC) Tennis Association Tournament with a 6-0 wipeout of Clover (SC) High School. The teams play five singles and one doubles match and St. David’s won them all 6-0, 6-0. Alice Holding. Madison Smith. Louisa Holding. Grace Haile and Gracie Crowder won singles, while Catherine Yancey and Elizabeth Holderness prevailed in doubles. The Warriors play two matches Saturday and one on Sunday.
The sun was starting to set when Madison Smith slammed the final winning shot past her Durham Academy opponent to give the Warriors a hard-fought 5-4 victory Wednesday at the Satellite Athletic Complex. The three-hour plus battle between last year’s 2A (SDS) and 3A state champions (DA) featured long rallies, solid shot execution and clutch comebacks from both sides in the evenly matched season-opener for both teams. “The matches were tough on every court,” said Warriors coach Jenn Crowder, whose team trailed 2-1 after doubles. “Both teams had to battle for every point and I was proud of the way we bounced back after doubles.” Alice Holding teamed with Smith to win doubles, 8-6 then started the singles comeback with a 6-0, 6-0 victory. Grace Haile (6-2, 7-5) and Gracie Crowder (6-0, 6-4) won their matches before Smith (6-2, 6-3) wrapped up the victory. St. David’s competes in the Florence (SC) Tennis Association tournament this weekend. The Warriors are the top seed after winning the event last year. “We’ll face more great competition this weekend,” said Crowder. “We’ll play four matches in the three days and it will test us mentally and physically. We had a great time last year and are looking forward to returning.”
The varsity tennis Warriors begin their quest for a seventh straight state title Wednesday at home against a familiar foe-last year’s 3A state champ Durham Academy. St. David’s prevailed 4-2 early last season in the Florence, SC. tournament championship match. “I think they return all of their top six players,” said coach Jenn Crowder, whose Warriors have four out of six coming back. “It will be a great match and will set the tone for a very competitive season.” Seniors Alice Holding and Gracie Crowder return along with junior Grace Haile and sophomore Louisa Holding. The Warriors defeated Parrott Academy in the state title match last fall and will face the Patriots twice during the regular season as conference foes. “We will have our work cut out for us as always,” said Crowder. “The Florence tournament will be a great early test and Parrott has everybody back. It will be fun to get started.”