West Stokes volleyball opened their 2017 season with a 3-1 victory over North Wilkes on Tuesday evening in King. The Vikings began with a win in the first match, but the Wildcats came back and won the next three games.
“It was a good win over a quality team,” said West Stokes coach, Jordan Stevens. “They made a deep run in the playoffs last year and returned a lot of good players. I’m proud of my team and the way they battled back. We showed some grit tonight.”
Game one featured seven ties and four lead changes before North Wilkes grabbed the 27-25 advantage behind the hitting of Sapphire Nichols and Avery Wood.
“Both players are unbelievable hitters and their setter was all over the place tonight,” Stevens said. “I wish we could have blocked better against them, but we will take the win.”
In game two, the Lady Wildcats dominated from the start and jumped out to an 8-1 advantage. The Vikings got as close as four points, but West extended their lead to double digits before winning 25-17.
In game three, the Vikings forged ahead 10-4. There were seven ties before West went ahead 20-19 and won 25-21. Mackenzie Johnson and Rachel Delcamp led the Wildcats in the game with three kills each.
In the fourth and final set, North Wilkes took an early lead, but West came back and tied the game on four different occasions. The Wildcats held a three point advantage for the remainder of the match until senior Mackenzie Parker ended the game with a kill and the Wildcats earned a 25-21 victory.
Johnson led the team with five aces and six blocks. She also had nine kills in the game. Delcamp led with 13 kills, and Mackenzie Parker added 36 assists and 11 digs.
The Wildcats (1-0, 0-0) will travel to North Stokes on Monday, August 21 for a county rival game.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.