PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry volleyball stretched its winning streak to five with a 3-0 win over South Stokes Thursday.
“We came out on fire,” said Coach Caleb Gilley. The Lady Cardinals jumped on the Lady Sauras early and ran away with a 25-8 first set.
South Stokes played better in the second frame, but the Cards continued to play well and won 25-15.
“I couldn’t have asked for anything better in sets one and two,” said Gilley.
East went ahead 6-0 in the third set, and then the girls seemed to lose their focus, according to the coach.
Some serves weren’t in play, the passing was off-target, he noted.
After being outscored 56-23 up to that point, the Sauras held their own the rest of the way, with a score of 20-19. Still, the Cards won 25-20 to take the match.
The win improved East Surry to 8-2, 5-0 in the Northwest Conference.
This is a team with a lot of sophomores, Gilley pointed out. They need to develop that killer instinct to put people away because a good squad will make them pay, he said.
Keri Fulp surpassed 1,000 career kills with 16 in this match. Gilley said the school would be honoring Fulp before the next home game Tuesday evening.
The 6-foot-3 senior also had three blocks and two service aces.
Ashley Smith, Kacie Markle and Destiny Edmonds had three kills. Olivia Sheets had 25 assists, three kills and three aces.
Libero Sydney Mosley led the Cards with eight digs. Then five other players added five each: Edmonds, Markle, Jessica Barker, Jesse Bar and Gabi Jessup.
Jessup also hit five aces.
The Cards’ five-match streak will be put to the test this coming week with matches against an improved Surry Central (5-1) and perennially strong North Surry (11-0).