Cards pound against Bears for victory
by By Tanya Chilton Staff Reporter
PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry girls volleyball team took a 3-1 conference win over the Mount Airy Bears on Tuesday, moving their record to 5-2 in the conference and 11-5 overall.
The Cards broke their huddle throughout the game with the battle cry “Jacob Pettitt.”
Pettitt was a soccer player at East Surry. He died Sunday from injuries sustained in a car wreck earlier this month.
Cards Head Coach Caleb Gilley said, “The battle cry was to honor the loss of a friend, classmate and a family member.”
Both teams and fans came together in mutual respect for the Pettitt family by holding hands in a circle and bowing in a moment of silence before the game.
The Bears won the first set in a 25-21 victory. The Cards took the final three sets: 25-19, 25-13 and 25-10.
As far as the Cards win was concerned, Gilley said, “I thought in the beginning we were lazy and Mount Airy was not. As the match wore on, we got better on serving and passing.”
Gilley said the change in tone came after the Cards started serving well and taking the Bears out of its offense.
Card Kaci Markle hit a seven in a row serving run in the third set. Card Jessie Marion had a seven in a row run in the fourth.
The Bears won the first game after taking an early lead and a serving run by Skylar Flippen that made the score Bears 10-7.
East Surry fought back, eventually tying the game at one point, but made the mistake of continuing to hit into the path of Kathyrn Beasley.
In a tremendous defensive effort, Beasley delivered hit after hit for the Bears against the Cards. The Bears back-line returned the Cards serves, set-up the ball well and pulled out tough digs in a team effort.
Gilley said, “We were concerned with Beasley, and making sure of getting a solid block. She is an outstanding hitter. At the beginning, we did not take them out of system, she was getting swing after swing. After the first set, I feel like we did a better job with her.”
Gilley said better defense, communication, and taking the Bears out of their system earned the Cards the final three wins.
In Cardinal stats, Gilley said, Jesse Barr had three digs and Sydney Mosley eight digs. Gabi Jessup recorded eight kills, three digs and two blocks. Cheyenne Kota had seven kills, five digs, three aces. Hayley Whitaker served up two aces. Kristel Hicinbothem had nine kills. Olivia Sheets had six kills, seven digs and 36 assists. Kaci Markle recorded 11 kills, 14 digs and six aces. Finally, Jesse Marion registered four kills, four digs, two aces and three blocks.
Bears coach Chuck Morris could not be reached for comment.
The Cards will play Alleghany at home today and Atkins away on Thursday.
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