East Surry 9 West Stokes 0
The Cardinals’ tennis team kept rolling on Wednesday with a sweep of the West Stokes Wildcats.
The win improves East Surry to 2-0 in its first year under new head coach Ashley Powell.
Led by number-one seed Tiffany King, East Surry dropped just five games total on the afternoon. King beat Lauren Palmer 6-0, 6-0.
Mikayla Manuel and Haley Jennelle were the other two Cardinals to sweep their opponents in singles. King and Kayla Keener dominated in doubles with an 8-0 victory.
Next up for the Cardinals will be its first conference match against Atkins High School on Wednesday.
West Stokes 3 East Surry 0
The Cardinals (1-1) couldn’t keep up with the Wildcats on Wednesday night, dropping their first match of the season in the form of a sweep.
East Surry kept it close in the first two sets, losing 25-20 and 26-24, but West Stokes ran away with the final set, beating the Cardinals 25-16.
East Surry coach Caleb Gilley said that his team served well, but the defense just wasn’t up to par. The Cardinals struggled in the serve-receive department and failed to stay within their offense.
However, Thursday provides East Surry with an opportunity to right the ship. The Cardinals will take on rival North Surry at 6 p.m.
Alleghany 3 Surry Central 0
It was a rough first match for the youthful Golden Eagles on Wednesday night as the Alleghany Trojans took the victory in three sets.
Surry Central coach Carrie Hutchins credited her team’s struggles to a multitude of errors at the net. The Golden Eagles had more hitting errors than kills.
It was also the first game for Surry Central on the season, and Hutchins believes nerves may have played a part. The Golden Eagles lost the sets 25-13, 25-12 and 25-17.
Surry Central will be right back in action on Thursday when it hosts Wilkes Central.
West Stokes 1 East Surry 0
The Cardinals improved on Wednesday from their opening 10-1 loss to Starmount, but they were still unable to register their first result of the season.
East Surry fell to West Stokes 1-0 in a match that was called at halftime due to rain.
Cardinals coach Mike Lowery changed his formation from Monday night, and his team responded. Lowery said his team was much better in defense and controlled the midfield well.
Lowery was also impressed with the play from goalkeeper Ryan Sutterby, who kept East Surry in the match with six saves.
On the offensive side, the Cardinals created multiple chances in the first half but couldn’t quite put their shots on frame.
East Surry will again try for its first win of the season on Thursday night against Surry Central. Kickoff is scheduled for 6.
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