Miscommunication and minor bus issues delayed the start of the nonconference volleyball match between North Forsyth and East Wilkes for about an hour on Tuesday evening.
While the Cardinals waited for their visitors to arrive in Ronda, it appeared that they must have spent some time in the janitor’s closet acquiring brooms that they used to efficiently and overwhelmingly swept the Vikings in three sets for their first victory on the new season.
North never mounted any real challenge to East as the Cardinals claimed the first set 25-10, the second set 25-11 and the third set 25-12.
“Today we had a game plan and we played intensely,” said East Wilkes Head Coach Kassandra Gage. “We had a definite presence at the net-we played powerfully there and it showed.
“Today’s win was definitely a team effort” Gage added. “But Aubrey (Wallis), Brooke (Ward) and Monica (Shaver) really showed up at the net, in their services, defensively and had all around great efforts.”
Wallis, a senior and a captain on the Cardinal squad, played much bigger than her 5-foot-6 frame would suggest that she could. For the match, she delivered 10 kills, a block and a pair of aces.
“Our service game today was the best that it has been all season” said Wallis. “We have worked really hard on this aspect in practice since our last match and it showed.”
Shaver had two kills and five aces and Ward supplied a kill and four aces. Haley Graham also produced four service aces of her own.
“Last week, we lost a five-set match to Bishop McGuiness,” stated Gage. “But I saw a level of intensity in this team that I had not seen before that match. I think we carried that intensity over into today’s contest.
“I think that we have a lot of potential,” Gage continued. “I am excited to see what we can accomplish this year.”
East Wilkes improved to 1-3 for the season while North Forsyth dropped to 0-3.
Both the Cardinals and the Vikings were back in action on Thursday. East hosted the Mount Airy Granite Bears while North Forsyth traveled to Kernersville Glenn for a date with the Bobcats.
Notes: The Cardinal JV squad also had an excellent night sweeping the Vikings in two sets — 25-11 and 25-13. They improved their overall record to 2-2. Kassandra Gage was formerly Kassandra Money prior to her recent marriage.