KING — East Surry’s volleyball team outlasted West Stokes in a thrilling first game, then breezed past the Wildcats the rest of the way in a 3-0 sweep on Tuesday.
With the win, the Cardinals won 28-26, 25-14, 25-15 and improved to 5-0 on the season.
“The first set, West Stokes played really well. Defensively they kept a lot of balls alive. We had a lot of hitting and serving errors the first set. We gave them 14 points,” said East coach Caleb Gilley. “We were down 24-22, and came back. I thought we responded well. Hayley Whitaker served three really tough balls that got them out of their rotation. They sent us three free balls back we were able to take care of.”
“They have the look of a state championship team,” said West Stokes coach Jordan Stevens.
Leading the way for East was Sydney Mosley (18 digs), Jesse Barr (six digs), Cheyenne Kota (eight kills, two aces, five digs), Sydney Marion (two kills, four blocks), Kristel Hicinbothem (nine kills, three aces), Olivia Sheets (37 assists, five digs, three aces, two blocks), Kacie Markle (14 kills, two blocks, one ace, 14 digs) and Jessi Marion (four kills, three blocks).
Gilley said the West Stokes game is typically close and often goes to five sets.
“It’s a rivalry game,” Gilley said. “For us to go down there and beat them in three, with a big, vocal crowd, was good on our part.”
The Lady Wildcats took their third loss of the season in this non-conference matchup, but it wasn’t without a fight.
“It’s night and day from how we played Saturday,” said Stevens. “We picked up a lot of balls tonight, and I’m extremely happy with their improvement.”
Abigail Gordon and Mackenzie Parker, two new freshmen for the Wildcats both contributed.
The Cards hosts Bishop McGuinness (4-0) on Thursday night.