LEXINGTON — East Surry got tired of mowing down the Northwest Conference, so the state’s fourth-ranked 1A team took a road trip and picked on a team from the Central Carolina 2A instead.
It took the Lady Cardinals as long to get to North Davidson as it did to earn a 25-19, 25-16, 25-22 victory and improve to 16-2 on the season. East Surry won its seventh straight match and improved to 11-1 on the road this season.
The Lady Cardinals got their entire roster involved in the match against the Lady Knights (9-10), the fourth-place team in the Central Carolina. Every player on the team was able to compete, with most playing in all three sets.
Senior Sarah Marion led East Surry with 10 kills. Bethany Clayton added nine, Allie Bruner and Maggie Holt four each and Maddie Payne two. Defensively, the Lady Cardinals had an outstanding game blocking, with a total of 16 blocks credited. Payne had five of them, followed by Clayton and Holt with four each. The other three went to Kelsey Heflin, Marion and Emma Brown.
Morgan Smith led the team with 15 digs, followed by Bruner with 12 and Clayton with 11. Heflin had 26 assists.
The 3-0 sweep gave East Surry its 15th such victory this season. The Lady Cardinals have lost just seven sets all season, six of them in two 3-2 losses to the state’s top-ranked 2A team, and the other one against South Stokes in a 3-1 win.
East Surry continues to rule the roost in conference play, where it has not lost in more than a calendar year and is a perfect 5-0 this season, a game up on arch-rival Mount Airy in the loss column. The Lady Cardinals will try to put some more distance between themselves and the field in the league race starting this evening, when they host North Stokes. Bishop McGuinness will come to Pilot Mountain on Thursday. If it wins both of those matches, East can clinch its fifth conference title in six seasons on Oct. 10 against Mount Airy.