PILOT MOUNTAIN — East Surry’s top ten volleyball ranking was pushed to the limit Tuesday evening against South Stokes when the Sauras came into Pilot Mountain and won the first set before losing 3-1 in what was both teams’ Northwest 1A Conference opener.
Coming into the game, the Cardinals hadn’t lost a set to any team other than undefeated 2A North Surry, who beat them in five sets on two different occasions earlier this season. The Sauras stole game one 25-21 despite 13 errors in the set by them. East Surry helped them out by having six service errors and several more balls that were hit out of bounds. South trailed 19-15 and caught the Redbirds at 21. They scored the last four points of the set on a kill by Lilly Weaver and three balls hit out by the Cardinals to secure the first set.
In game two, East Surry battled back and dominated the set winning 25-11. The game was tied at seven and then the Cardinals’ Bethany Clayton took over the match with seven kills and a block to help East run away with the set.
Set three was more like the first, with both teams battling each other closely. The Sauras led the whole way until the Cardinals tied the game at 17 and 18 and then finally went ahead for good at 19-18 on service ace from Jessica Clayton. East Surry scored the last four points of the set on Bethany Clayton and Maggie Holt’s kills to win 25-20.
The last set was a run away for the Cardinals, winning 25-10 in convincing fashion.
Bethany Clayton led the team with 23 kills and 23 digs, while Kelsey Heflin added 41 assists. Weaver led the Sauras with 10 kills and nine digs, while Hailey Rothrock contributed 19 assists.
East Surry improved to 11-2 and 1-0 in conference play, while South Stokes drops to 6-5 and 0-1.