PILOT MOUNTAIN — The East Surry volleyball team ended a two-game losing streak on Monday with a 3-0 victory over West Stokes in front of a big crowd.
The Cardinals (4-3) swept their rivals from King, but the final score doesn’t show just how close this match was as all three sets were decided by five points or less.
“People don’t realize how big of a rivalry this is,” East Surry coach Caleb Gilley said. “They brought a good amount of students, and we had a good showing of support. It was a loud gym and a great environment.”
East Surry got off to a nice start and developed a quick lead in the first set before things got stressful. The Lady Wildcats went on a rally to tie the set at 20, but East Surry closed strong to win the opener 25-22.
The second set was the tightest of the three and neither team could separate itself. The Cardinals eventually notched a 26-24 victory.
The Cardinals led from start to finish in the final set and clinched the match with a 25-20 victory. A block from Sydney Marion provided East Surry with the final point.
Coach Gilley noted that his team was able to persevere in a close match because of its success in the serve game, both on defense and on offense.
“Our serving was very good and we put (West Stokes) in tough spots,” Gilley said. “But our serve-receive was also very good, and it allowed us to stay in system. Our offense also moved around, which was helpful.”
East Surry continues to succeed with a balanced attack at the net. Bethany Clayton and Alyssa Jessup led the Cardinals with seven kills, and Cameron Sloop provided six of her own.
Clayton also pitched in 16 assists, six blocks and eight digs. Marion tied Clayton for the team lead in blocks.
East Surry will open up its Northwest Conference schedule today with a match against Atkins.
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