The Fall Sport Season: An Overview of the Cougs

Collegiate sports is one of the cornerstones of the Collegiate experience. Collegiate prides itself on winning and losing gracefully while maintaining great sportsmanship throughout. The Match is excited to present how the fall teams did in their respective sports this year.

Volleyball was lead this year by head coach Beth Kondorossy and six senior leaders: Helen Roddey, Millie DuBose, Christy Bacon, Claire Tate, Eleanor Dillon, and Tucker Harris. The team went on to achieve a modest 10-14 overall record, with a league record of 9-7. The team started with a rough 0-4 start but managed to climb back to a semi-final appearance in LIS, where they would eventually lose to the dreaded St. Catherines kitties. Their mantra this year was “Respect, Resiliency, and Relationships.” The volleyball team certainly embodied this mantra by always showing good sportsmanship, winning big games after tough losses, and the bonds the players all formed over the course of the season.

Senior Christy Bacon returns a tough serve to set up a teamate

Senior Christy Bacon digs up a serve and sets up her teammate for the spike.

The cross country teams this year were coached by boys’ head coach Weldon Bradshaw and by girls’ head coach Matthew Richardson. The captains this year were all senior leaders who have been strong members of the cross country team for years. John Hazelton, David White, and William Bennett were captains of the boys’ team. On the girls’ side, the captains were Caroline Goggins and Sarah Whitaker. Both teams had tough regular seasons, often running against tough public school competition. However, both teams showed poise, with the boys finishing the season strong and placing 4th in the State meet, and the girls receiving 3rd in LIS and 5th in States. Despite the tough season, the teams enjoyed many bonding experiences, like pasta nights before important meets.

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Boys XC takes the starting blocks at their meet.

The field hockey team this year lead by head coach Karen Doxey posted a solid 12-9-1 overall record, with a 7-6-1 league record. The team had a roller coaster-like season but managed to finish 2nd in the LIS tournament, losing to Trinity in the championship game. The team was also able to make it all the way to the semi-finals in the VISAA state tournament. However, they fell short, losing to a tough Norfolk Academy opponent 0-6. The team looks to bounce back stronger next year with junior star Jordan Marcus coming back from injury.

A pack of Cougars battle for the lose ball in their game against Cape Henry

A pack of Cougars battle for the lose ball in their game against Cape Henry.

Football this year was coached by “Big Dog” Mark Palyo and lead by senior captains Will Allocca, Grant Gorsline, Jack Reifsnider, and junior Jess Speight. This team fought adversity all year through injuries and tough breaks, but managed to catch their stride towards the end of the year by knocking off the Saint Christopher’s Saints and posting a 3-5 record. The team looks to battle back next year with their rising stars: quarterback T Brewer (‘18) and standout wide-receiver Ayinde Budd (‘18). The team hopes the momentum of the Saint win will carry on to a strong offseason and lead to a hot start in the 2016 season.

T Brewer signals for the snap with the rowdy student section in the background. Photo Credit: Robin Reifsnider

T Brewer signals for the snap with the rowdy student section in the background.

Soccer, coached by Middle School legends Charlie Blair and Shep Lewis, posted a solid 6-6-3 record. Captains for the soccer team this year were senior goalie Sawyer Gaffney and senior midfielder Dalton Ruh. For the soccer program, this was very much a transition year; the team lost many important players from last year who have now graduated. Although the team was carried most of the year on the backs of star players Sawyer and Dalton, the team showed signs of having younger talent as well. Colson Williams (‘18) and Carson Groce-Wright (‘18) scored an ample amount of goals this year and look to keep building the program in the coming years.

Dalton Ruh gets ready to clear the ball with Sawyer Gaffney scopes out the field

Dalton Ruh gets ready to clear the ball while Sawyer Gaffney scopes out the field.

The high-powered girls’ tennis team this year placed themselves in the Cougar record book by capturing a seventh consecutive LIS team championship. The team was coached by Karin Whitt and was lead by senior leaders Anne Miller and Mythili Vigneshwar and also junior standout Georgia Beazley. This team was loaded top to bottom and ended the season with an impressive 16-3 record, winning most of their matches by large margins. Despite the great season, the team fell just short in the VISAA state championship against a strong Norfolk Academy team. The team will lose some talented seniors this year but has the young talent to keep the program strong for years to come.

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Georgia Beazley and Mythili Vigneshwar battle for the Cougars in doubles.

The fall season was a strong success. Now, the winter teams are beginning practices and look forward build on the success of the fall teams. Get out and go cheer these teams on to victory!

All photos by Robin Reifsnider

About the author

Gordon Granger is a senior at Collegiate