Big run propels Lady Cards over Lady Eagles

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

August 27, 2013

DOBSON — East Surry broke open a close volleyball match with a 20-0 run on the way to a 3-1 victory over Surry Central Monday.

The Lady Cardinals came from behind to win the third game and take a 2-1 lead. Then the run continued as they took a 6-0 start in the fourth and final game.

In the first game, 25 points was not enough to settle things. The Lady Eagles eventually won 28-26.

In the second frame, the Cards pulled loose from a 4-all tie and kept a slender lead the rest of the way through for a 25-21 win.

In the third game, the home team led 9-4 when East’s Kacie Markle hit a spike at the left side of the net. The ball appeared to be blocked by Central, with the ball landing out of bounds.

East Coach Caleb Gilley thought his team had taken the point, and the flag girl on his side indicated that the ball was touched, but the officials overruled and said the spike bounced off the top of the net and not the blocker.

That gave Central a 10-4 lead, but seemed to fire up Gilley and his team. East took the next five points to close to 10-9.

After a Central timeout, the Eagles went on a 9-2 run for a 19-11 lead. They were poised to take the rubber match in the best-of-five format.

Then East got the ball back and went on its massive run. With Kristel Hicinbothem serving, the Cards won the last 14 points of the game for a 25-19 win.

“We just got down on ourselves,” said Central Coach Carrie Hutchens. The girls let their emotions get the better of them. When a point went East’s way, the players needed to put it behind them and move on, but they became frustrated instead, she said.

Central put together some good spurts throughout the match, according to the coach, but once the slide began, the passing was horrible and the front line didn’t get many good swings.

East Surry is a very good team and presented the Eagles with a big challenge, but the squad didn’t rise to that challenge this time, she said.

When East took the 2-1 lead, the effect lingered into the start of the fourth game.

With Hicinbothem back at the service line, the Cards jumped out to a 6-0 lead, then 10-2.

The Eagles never got closer than seven points in losing 25-15.

“We did a whole lot better job of keeping our serves in play than we did against North Surry (last week),” said Gilley.

Kendra Johnson and Cassidy Joyner are two of the best passers in this area, so East needed good serving to cause them some problems and take them out of their offensive system.

On the service line, Cheyenne Kota and Hicinbothem had four aces each, Gabi Jessup three and Markle and Jessi Marion two each.

“As a group effort, we did a very good job of attacking the ball,” he said. “It was a good team game; we didn’t rely on any one person.”

On the front line, Markle had 17 kills, Jessup 11 kills, Kota and Hicinbothem eight each and Marion five.

Marion added three blocks, and Markle two.

On defense, Marion had 12 digs, Markle 11, Jesse Barr 10, Kota and Sydney Mosley nine each and Hicinbothem six.

Mosley also handed out 40 assists.

East doesn’t get to savor this victory as the team heads to North Stokes today. They finish the three-game road trip by visiting Mount Airy on Thursday.

Central has another big challenge on Thursday, traveling to perennial playoff contender Starmount. The Lady Rams beat North Surry, the defending state 2A champion, on Saturday.