No. 2 East Surry wins fifth straight

Staff Report

WINSTON-SALEM — East Surry volleyball is on a tear.

Since losing in five sets to North Surry, which is currently the top-ranked 2A team in the state according to MaxPreps.com, 12 days ago, the Lady Cardinals have played five matches and not even lost a set.

North Forsyth became the latest victim on Thursday night, getting routed 25-3, 25-4, 25-17 in a match that was only that close in the third set because East coach Caleb Gilley benched several of his starters. In fact, senior Bethany Clayton played only the first set and then spent the rest of the match as a cheerleader.

Sophomore Allie Bruner had six kills to lead the Lady Cardinals (6-1 overall). Clayton and Kelsey Heflin were next, with four each. Morgan Smith and Chelsea Tucker each served seven aces, and Maggie Holt added 19 assists.

It was the fourth match in as many days for East Surry, which beat Alleghany, East Forsyth, Wilkes Central and then North Forsyth in the final week before school begins and puts a limit on the number of matches a team can play.

The Lady Cardinals’ winning streak has caused them to ascend to the No. 2 spot in the MaxPreps 1A rankings, although it should be noted that defending state champion Community School of Davidson has not yet played enough matches to be ranked.

The previous night against Wilkes Central, East faced a much more competitive opponent and won 25-17, 25-19, 25-16. Clayton led the team with 11 kills, followed by Sarah Marion with seven and Heflin, Emma Brown and Bruner with five each. Brown, a 5’10” freshman, and Holt each had five blocks. Clayton had 14 digs with no errors, while Heflin had 27 assists.

The Lady Cardinals will travel to Surry Central on Monday evening.

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