East Surry 3 East Wilkes 2
The Cardinal volleyball team trailed twice before rallying to a 3-2 victory over East Wilkes in its opening match of the 2015 season.
Coach Caleb Gilley believes his girls had some season-opening nerves as they dropped the first set 25-16. However, East Surry corrected its mistakes and tied the match with a 25-19 victory in set two.
Serving errors cost the Cardinals the third set as they fell 25-20, but they once again rebounded and forced a fifth set with a close 25-22 win.
In the deciding game, East Surry jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back, carrying this lead to a match-clinching 15-11 victory.
Bethany Clayton provided the complete package for the Cardinals on Monday with 26 assists, nine kills and five aces. Sydney Marion was the leader at the net for East Surry with 13 Kills.
The Cardinals (1-0) will be on the road again tomorrow when they travel to East Forsyth.
Thomasville 4 Mount Airy 3
The Granite Bears’ soccer season got off to a roller coaster start on Monday when they fell to the Thomasville Bulldogs, 4-3.
The two teams combined for seven goals, three ties, and two lead changes. Mount Airy actually took an early lead with the opening goal, but Thomasville quickly responded with two goals to take an advantage into halftime.
Trailing 4-2 late in the second half, the Granite Bears scored a goal with five minutes remaining to cut the deficit to one, but they couldn’t completely close the gap.
Mount Airy’s second match of the season is Wednesday night at North Wilkes.
Starmount 10 East Surry 1
The Cardinals’ inexperience showed on Monday night as the Starmount Rams bullied East Surry into a 10-1 defeat.
East Surry coach Mike Lowery admitted that the Cardinals experimented with a lot of different players in different positions, but couldn’t find the right mix in the season opener.
Starmount took a 4-1 lead into halftime and scored six goals after the break. Lowery gave a lot of credit to the Rams, but he also believes that his own team isn’t quite match-fit yet and that fatigue played a role in the lopsided outcome.
The Cardinals’ lone goal came off the feet of senior Trace Simmons. Dylan Wagoner provided the assist.
East Surry will look to right the ship on Wednesday night when it travels to West Stokes.
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