Vikings fall in second round of state playoffs
by Staff Report
The North Stokes Vikings defeated Gray Stone Day 3-2 on Saturday to advance to the second round of the state volleyball tournament but fell to Lake Norman Charter on Tuesday.
The Lady Vikings are the defending state champions in the 1A division. They lost the first two sets on Saturday but won three in a row to advance. The first round match was held at North Stokes High School on Saturday afternoon. Gray Stone Day was the No. 3 seed out of the Yadkin Valley Conference.
Vikings Head Coach Christy Menear said that the team lost the first two sets because they had to “adjust to a different style of play.” After the first two sets, the Vikings began to turn the game around.
“In set three, North Stokes took control and ran away with the victory,” Menear said.
Vikings outside hitter Alexa Moorefield had a personal best record of 25 kills. Sabrina Dodson had 11 kills. Menear also said that Lauren Chestnut was able to put the ball into hitters’ hands for successful kills.
The Vikings faced Lake Norman Charter on Tuesday in the second round of state playoffs. Other area teams advancing were Bishop McGuinness, East Surry and Mount Airy. Menear said that her team started out “slow” and lost the first set against Lake Norman Charter 25-13. “Then, we picked up the tempo and won the second set 25-17,” she said. But the Vikings went on to lose the next two matches 25-16 and 25-20, which put an end to their season.
“It’s always an honor to play in the state championship playoffs,” she said.
The Vikings finished their season with a record of 11-13.
In the 2A division, Central Davidson defeated West Stokes 3 sets to 1.
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