WINSTON-SALEM —The Lady Cardinals volleyball team won the 1A Western Piedmont Athletic conference tournament against North Stokes on Wednesday.
The Lady Cards pulled out all four aces and swept the tournament 3-0 against the Vikings.
Cardinal Olivia Sheets was named “Most Outstanding Tournament Player.” Sheets led the team with 33 assists and contributed solid all-around numbers against North Stokes.
Recognition at the end of the game also went to the Cards’ Sydney Mosley, Gabi Jessup and Kacie Markle, who were named all-conference. Jessi Marion and Olivia Sheets received honorable mention.
Kristel Hicinbothem and Cheyenne Kota were selected as part of the all tournament team.
After the game, Cardinals Head Coach Caleb Gilley said, “We wanted to prove a point, that we were the best team,”
“I felt the players played the best ball they could play and hopefully that will continue in the state playoffs.”
Both teams will play in the first round of the state volleyball playoffs on Saturday. The Cards will play at home. More information about the locations and brackets may be found at www.nchsaa.com
North Stokes coach Christy Menear said, “It went to the team that walked away with the lesser amount of mistakes.” Menear said the Vikings mistakes came at a critical time that changed the momentum.
“Against a scrappy team like the Cardinals there can be no mistakes,” added Menear.
Cardinal statistics: Jesse Barr, 6 digs, Sydney Mosley 27 digs, Gabi Jessup 3 kills, 4 digs, 17 blocks and 1 assist, Cheyenne Kota 7 kills, 7 digs, 1 Ace, 2 blocks; Kristel Hicinbothem 10 kills, 4 digs,1 block, Olivia Sheets 2 kills, 8 digs, 1 Ace, 33 assists; Kacie Markle 19 kills,16, digs, 9 blocks; Jessi Marion, 5 kills,4 digs,1 Ace, 3 blocks.