The West Wilkes varsity volleyball team got back on the winning track with a three-set sweep of Forbush in East Bend on Monday.
The Blackhawks prevailed 25-22, 25-12 and 25-18 to rise to 6-2 overall and 5-1 in Foothills 2A Conference play. The Falcons slipped to 3-7, 2-3.
“Overall it was a good team effort,” said Steve Bryan, the Blackhawk coach. “We started out in the first set with a good run and then made several unforced errors to let them back in the set.
“In set two, our passing and attacking improved and we started to control the match from that point on. The girls will have to continue to elevate their game in order to finish the season strong.”
Senior Carson Ledford paced West with nine kills, five blocks and 26 serves received.
Classmates Kacey Triplett and Katie Nichols led the way with 10 digs and 12 assists, respectively.
Cards spike Hawks
With sole first place in the Foothills 2A Conference on the line, East Surry took a four-set victory over West Wilkes in Pilot Mountain on Thursday.
The Blackhawks took the first set, 25-16, but then dropped three straight sets to the hosts, 27-25, 25-22 and 25-11.
‘It was a very hard fought match,” noted West’s coach, Steve Bryan. “First set we had lots of energy and played. Second set we played well and should have won that one as well to be up 2-0.
“The third set was back and forth and the girls just ran out of gas (in the fourth). Being quarantined has not allowed us to play as much.”
The Cardinals powered up to 10-0 overall and 5-0 in league play. The Blackhawks fell to 5-2, 4-1, into a second-place tie with Surry Central.
West was led by senior Carson Ledford’s 13 kills and three blocks, senior Kacey Triplett’s 12 digs and 34 serves received, and senior Katie Nichols’ 15 assists.
“We are getting better and stronger,” added Bryan. “I’m very proud of their effort against one of the top 2A teams in the state. We will get another shot at them at our place (on Oct. 12).”
Central denies East
Wilkes Central needed four sets to turn back East Wilkes in Ronda on Thursday.
After dropping the first set to the Cardinals, 25-16, the Eagles rallied by taking the next three sets, 25-23, 25-19 and 25-20. The Eagles bettered to 5-7 overall with the nonleague victory while the Cardinals fell to 3-6.
Forbush sweeps North
Forbush needed only three sets to dispatch of North Wilkes in Hays on Thursday.
The Falcons posted a 25-15, 25-19 and 26-24 win to improve to 3-6 overall and 2-2 in Foothills 2A play. The Vikings backslid to 3-8, 0-5. Senior Korbyn Brown paced the Falcons with 15 kills and 17 digs. Classmate Emily Webb led the way with 24 assists.
West blanks Central
West Wilkes turned in a three-set sweep of Wilkes Central in Millers Creek on Sept. 14.
The Blackhawks triumphed 25-14, 25-17 and 25-17 to improve to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the Foothills 2A Conference. The Eagles fell to 4-7, 1-4.
“The girls played well and our seniors are doing a great job leading,” said West Coach Steve Bryan. “I thought Central was much improved defensively. We are going to have to play at a high level of intensity to play with East Surry (on Thursday).”
Senior Kacey Triplett paced West with 12 digs and four blocks. Senior Carson Ledford received 26 serves, served up six aces and made 11 kills. Katie Nichols, also a senior, led the victors with 20 assists.
Cards edge Vikings
East Wilkes won a five-set thriller over North Stokes in Danbury on Sept. 14.
The Cardinals won 20-25, 25-16, 18-25, 25-20, and, in the final tiebreaker, 15-5.
“The girls played great,” said Brinsley Faircloth, East’s coach. “Lilly Adams did an excellent job blocking. Peyton Mastin had a great game on the front row with several kills as well as several aces. Each game we play, the girls are improving and working together as a team.”
East moved up to 3-5 overall and 2-3 in the Northwest 1A Conference. The Vikings regressed to 2-8, 0-5.
Surry spikes North
Surry Central needed only three sets to dispatch of North Wilkes in Dobson on Sept. 14.
The Golden Eagles prevailed 25-19, 25-18 and 25-18 to better to 9-1 overall and 3-1 in the Foothills 2A.
The Vikings slipped to 3-7, 0-4.