The East Surry volleyball team came into its rivalry match against North Surry in desperate need for a win.
The Cardinals lost in straight sets to West Wilkes on Wednesday, and coach Caleb Gilley wanted to see his girls play smarter after that loss.
It was mission accomplished on Thursday as East Surry was in control from start to finish in a 3-1 victory over the Greyhounds.
“I’m very proud,” Gilley said. “I saw a huge difference in the way we played, our effort and what we did on the court versus last night.”
The Cardinals meant business right from the start, taking an early 6-0 lead in set one that helped them roll to a 25-16 victory.
In set two, East Surry once again got off to a fast start and led 10-3, but the Greyhounds responded. North Surry had scoring runs of six, four and three points in its 25-21 win in the second set.
However, this was the last serious momentum the Greyhounds possessed throughout the rest of the evening. East Surry dominated the third set with a 25-15 victory. North Surry coach Shane Slate believes helped the Cardinals look so impressive.
“Really disappointed in our hitting errors and our serving errors,” Slate said. “I will be really curious to see how many points we scored for them.”
In total, the Greyhounds accumulated 13 serving and 33 hitting errors, compared to their four aces and 35 kills.
However, North Surry still had an opportunity to force a fifth set. After falling behind early in the fourth, the Greyhounds made a late charge and cut East Surry’s lead to 23-22, but it wasn’t enough.
Another hitting error allowed the Cardinals to get back on their serve where they sealed the deal with a 25-22 fourth set victory.
One of the major players in the East Surry win was Bethany Clayton. The sophomore plays outside hitter and setter for the Cardinals, and she had an impact all over the court.
Clayton totaled 10 kills, 13 assists, eight digs and three blocks. She put an emphasis on providing her teammates with offense, and attacking at the net.
“We really focused on getting better and having high energy everywhere,” Clayton said. “We were able to do that tonight.”
Sarah Marion also had an all-around performance for East Surry with six kills, two aces, two blocks and two digs. Marion and Clayton led the Cardinals in digs.
This is also a big win for the Cardinals because performed so well without Sydney Marion. The senior leader was sidelined with an ankle injury, but Gilley believes she will be back on the court next week.
As for the Greyhounds, Anna Martin led the team with nine kills and Tyra Galloway followed her with eight. Dixie Fulk provided them with plenty of opportunities and she ended up with 28 assists.
East Surry will look to keep this momentum going on Monday when it hosts Wilkes Central. After dropping their season opener, the Greyhounds will try to record their first win of the season
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