First-Year Athletes to Watch in Fall 2019

Aidan Copeland ‘22

Sports Writer

With each new year comes a fresh start. We say goodbye to the soon-to-be college grads that have poured their hearts and souls onto the field (or court). They have put four years of dedication and effort into their respective sports, and as sad as we are to say goodbye, we are equally excited to welcome first-year athletes into our community.  The beginning of the new school year is the perfect time to get an inside look into the future of Davidson sports.


Women’s Soccer: Sophia Caruso  ‘23

The women’s soccer team has struggled in recent years. Finishing 2-14-1 in the last two seasons, it seems as if the only way to go is up. There is hope in the air with some promising first-year athletes. One highly recruited athlete joining the team is Sophia Caruso from Pasadena, CA. As a freshman at Marlborough High School, Caruso was awarded the Sunshine League MVP, and went on to win two Golden Boot Awards. Caruso participated in the ECNL (Elite Clubs National League) Nationals from 2015 to 2017 and the US Soccer Development Academy Nationals in 2018. Caruso received several offers from teams within the Power Five conferences. However, after visiting Davidson, Caruso knew she had found her new home: “After I visited campus and spoke with Coach Denton, I knew Davidson was where I belonged. I was looking for a small classroom environment, and I loved the beautiful campus. I was hopeful that I could contribute on the soccer field right away as a freshman.” Indeed she did contribute. Caruso scored in her first collegiate game against Gardner-Webb on August 22 (Davidson went on to win 3-2) and assisted a goal against Mercer on September 1.


 Volleyball: Anela Davis ‘23

The women’s volleyball team finished just one game away from 500 (12-13) in the last season. Despite the improvement over the years, the season ended on a sour note, losing five straight; all five losses came against in-conference teams. However, with some new faces on the team this year, things are looking up. One of these newcomers is Anela Davis from Jacksonville Beach, FL. Davis played varsity all four years in high school and helped her team win regional titles in both 2017 and 2018. She made the All-First Coast Second Team as a senior, finishing with 255 kills, 99 blocks and 35 aces. Davis made her first appearance against NCAT (North Carolina A&T) on August 31 and also played against Elon on September 7.


Golf: Brian Garrett ‘23

The men’s golf team will try to make history once again after winning their first conference tournament title in 50 years in 2018. And there are some newcomers who are looking to make positive contributions one of whom is Brian Garrett from San Antonio, TX. Brian was a three-time team MVP for St. Mary’s Hall high school and was First-Team All-State as a senior. Brian was also the 2018 San Antonio Junior Champion and has recorded three AJGA (American Junior Golf Association) Top 20 finishes.


Volleyball: Madeline Wynn ‘23

Another bright spot on the women’s volleyball team is Madeline Wynn from Savannah, GA. Wynn played three years of varsity volleyball for Savannah Country Day School, and made a semi-finals appearance in 2017. Wynn  was named team captain for her senior year and was named All-City and team MVP twice. She finished with 272 kills and 163 blocks as a senior. Wynn has had a major impact on team performance. In just six games played, she already has 35 kills. Despite some early struggles (record of 2-4), the women’s volleyball team looks to turn things around against Presbyterian on Friday.


Golf: Ethan Hall ‘23

Another new face on the team this year is Ethan Hall from Morehead City, NC. Ethan was the 12th ranked junior golfer in the state of North Carolina and was the 2018 North Carolina 3A state individual champion. He was also first-team all-conference in his senior year and was team captain of his high school. Both first-years said the adjustment to college golf is challenging, but are very excited for the beginning of the season and a chance to make an impact on the team. Davidson hosts the first tournament of the season at River Run Country Club on September 23.


Women’s Soccer: Hailey Braemer ‘23

Hailey Braemer is another first-year athlete who has made a positive impact on the team’s performance. She was the captain of her high school soccer team in Nashville, TN, where she was also THSSCA (Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association) all-state from her sophomore to senior year. She helped her team go to their first state semi-finals appearance in her freshman year and then to the state finals as a sophomore. She was named as team captain in her junior year (and onto her senior year) and won league MVP as a senior. Braemer has already established herself as a game-changer: she scored her first collegiate goal in a win against Winthrop on August 25, and has three shots on goal for the season. With the help of promising young players, this year’s team is looking to put the past behind them. We’re only six games into the season, and this team has more wins than all of last season.

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