PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry struggled at times, but put together enough runs to sweep North Stokes in volleyball 3-0 on Tuesday evening.
In the second set, the Lady Cardinals trailed 20-18 before running off the last seven points. In the third set, the Cards were in a close 10-8 game before closing the match with a 14-3 push.
It looked like the home team would finish this event early as the girls ran out to a 19-6 lead in the first set. The Lady Vikings stayed even after that before East won 25-11.
In the second frame, the visitors led 6-4 before Bethany Clayton served the team to a 6-0 run.
Then in the middle of the set, the Cards had some unforced errors that let North Stokes get back in the lead, including two net violations, one foot crossing under the net and two serves that sailed well long.
In fact, the Cards had a stretch where several serves and spikes were powered long, prompting one exasperated dad to exclaim, “What did you girls eat for breakfast?”
North Stokes took a 16-14 lead, even though East let few balls touch the floor. Moving a point at a time, the lead crept up to 20-18 before East scored five straight points on Cameron Sloop’s serve.
North Stokes called at timeout at 23-20, but Kendall Beck got a stuff block to reach set point, and Sloop hit an ace to win 25-20.
The third set was a close affair up to 10-8. Then East Surry took over, scoring 14 of the next 15 points. Eight of those points came with Clayton serving, including three aces.
East led 24-9. North Stokes took the next two points, but then hit the ball in the net to give the home team a 25-11 win.
Clayton set up the front line with 27 assists. She also contributed six aces, three kills and two blocks.
Maggie Holt had five kills, Alyssa Jessup four kills, Sarah Marion five kills and Beck six kills and a team-high four blocks.
Sloop led the defense with 13 digs to go with eight kills and five aces.
Morgan Smith had fives aces and eight digs. Elise Hayes had seven digs.
Coach Caleb Gilley said all the players contributed and the stat sheet looked nicely balanced.
That is one thing that has helped the Cards this year, said Gilley. The team doesn’t have to rely on any one person to carry the load.
The Cards improved to 16-3 overall and 7-1 in the Northwest Conference. They host Bishop McGuinness on Thursday.
Reach Jeff at 415-4692.