The West Wilkes varsity volleyball team remained in a first-place tie at the top of the Foothills 2A Conference with a three-set win over Surry Central in Millers Creek on Monday.
The Blackhawks (4-1) prevailed 25-23, 25-16 and 25-11 to improved to 3-0 in Foothills play, tied for first with East Surry. The Golden Eagles (8-1) slipped to second in the league standings at 2-1.
“It was a great win against a good team,” said Steve Bryan, West’s coach. “It was a total team effort with all members playing active roles in the win. We only missed two serves the entire match. Just an outstanding performance.”
Bryan noted that junior Jordan Mastin performed well at the net. “She blocked well and made them struggle offensively.”
Senior Mia McMillen led Surry Central with seven kills. Classmates Katelyn Patterson and Jaylyn Templeton had 16 digs and 12 assists, respectively.
North edges East
North Wilkes posted a five-set nonconference victory over East Wilkes in Hays on Monday.
The Vikings won 25-21, 20-25, 25-13, 23-25 and, in the tiebreaker, 15-9.
“It was definitely a hard fought win—East battled back every time we made a run,” said North Coach Samantha Adams. “They fought really hard, and I was proud of my team for continuing to play hard even when East made a run.”
Adams noted that freshman Ralee Bare “hit the ball really well for us. Kate (Brown) and Allie (Farrington) had some huge blocks throughout the match.”
Continued Adams, “East served really well, and we had a hard time returning their serve. I’m proud of the girls for fighting back and winning the fifth set after losing in the fourth set the way we did—losing a large lead.”
North improved to 3-6 overall (and remains 0-3 in Foothills 2A play) while the Cardinals backslid to 2-5 (still 1-3 in Northwest 1A action).
Central wipes North
Wilkes Central snapped a four-game losing skid with a three-set Foothills 2A Conference win Thursday over North Wilkes in Hays.
The Eagles won 26-24 in the extended first set, then cruised in the final two sets, 25-16 and 25-14.
“We have been playing better lately, and against North played one of our better matches,” noted Kevin Anderson, the Eagle coach. “(North Coach) Samantha (Adams) has a couple really good hitters, but after some adjusting we made, I felt we really focused and played extremely well. We started getting some blocks and good touches at the net.”
Anderson added that after some positional changes, his players are “getting used to our lineup, and all played excellent. We ran our offense as we needed to. When we pass, serve and receive well like we did, we look good in the other parts of the game.”
Central bettered to 4-6 overall and 1-3 in the Foothills 2A Conference, while North backslid to 2-6, 0-3.
Hawks swoop Hounds
West Wilkes swept North Surry in Mount Airy on Thursday, 25-14, 25-19 and 25-19.
“Overall we played well and I was very pleased,” said Steve Bryan, West’s coach. “We were led by Carson Ledford and her dominance at the net (19 kills).”
Bryan added that he’s experimenting with a new rotation. “Kacey Triplett continues to do a great job as our libero with consistent passing. We have to do a better job keeping our energy up and play a complete match.”
The Blackhawks improved to 3-1 overall and 2-0—a three-way tie for first—in the Foothills 2A Conference. The Greyhounds slipped to 2-7, 1-2.
Alleghany edges East
Alleghany needed four sets to dispatch East Wilkes in Sparta on Thursday.
The Trojans won the first set 25-17 but the Cardinals evened things with a 25-21 win in the second set. The hosts then closed out the match 25-16 and 28-26 in an extended final set.
The Cardinals fell to 2-4 overall and 1-3 in the Northwest 1A Conference.
West sweeps North
After over two weeks of quarantine, West Wilkes returned to the court with a three-set win over North Wilkes in Millers Creek on Sept. 7.
The Blackhawks emerged victorious with scores of 25-16, 25-17 and 25-18.
“The girls started slow, which is to be expected with not playing for two weeks,” said West Coach Steve Bryan. “We have a new rotation to adjust to. We have moved Kacey Triplett to the libero position and she did a fantastic job” with a team-high 13 digs and 36 serves received. Triplett, a senior, was named Bryan’s player of the match.
Bryan added, “I thought North was much improved over last year.”
Senior Carson Ledford led West with 13 kills, three blocks and five service aces. Junior Jordan Mastin also had three blocks. Senior Katie Nichols paced the Blackhawks with 15 assists.
The Blackhawks powered up to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference. The Vikings regressed to 2-5, 0-2.
Cards foil Sauras
East Wilkes picked up its first league win after taking a four-set decision over South Stokes in Ronda on Sept. 7.
The Cardinals earned the victory by scores of 25-19, 25-18, 18-25 and 25-22.
“Overall, I was pleased with how we played,” said Brinsley Faircloth, East’s coach. “Hailey Edwards and Lilly Adams both had great games at the net and contributed several kills. Josie Wallis and Lilly Adams also did a great job blocking their hitters at critical moments of the game.”
The Cardinals improved to 2-3 overall and 1-2 in the Northwest 1A Conference. The Sauras fell to 2-7, 0-2.
Cards blank Eagles
East Surry served up a three-set win over Wilkes Central in Moravian Falls on Sept. 7.
The Cardinals posted a 25-20, 25-16, 25-16 victory in the Foothills 2A Conference matchup.
The Cardinals rose to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in league play while the Eagles dipped to 3-6, 0-3.