South Stokes varsity squad held off a determined East Wilkes volleyball team on Wednesday evening in a non-conference 3-2 matchup.
“I really like the way we didn’t quit,” said Sauras coach Jayson Duncan. “We could have easily thrown in the towel, but our girls fought. We were aggressive during game five and we needed to be against two teams that match up well against each other.”
In game one, the Sauras fell behind 4-2, but service errors by the Cardinals knotted the score at four. After tying the game, South never trailed the set and won 25-16 with the help of Lilly Weaver’s eight kills.
The Lady Sauras jumped out to a 2-0 lead in set two, but the Cardinals gained momentum and took a 13-5 lead forcing Duncan to call a timeout. South narrowed the margin 22-21 leading East Wilkes to a timeout. After the break, the Cardinals ran away with three points and won 25-23.
South gained control early in game three and led 5-3. East responded with a six point run with senior captain Katie Prevette’s five straight aces and one kill. Duncan called another timeout and the maroon and gold settled down and rattled off seven straight points. The Sauras continued the pace and earned a 25-14 win.
Game four featured another close match between the teams with East Wilkes pulling away for the win and propelling the teams into game five.
The Lady Sauras dominated the last match earning a 15-6 victory. Weaver added five more kills and sophomore setter Hailey Rothrock assisted on each point.
Weaver led her team with 23 kills and Rothrock had 35 assists, three ace serves and two blocks in the game. Lydia Caudill contributed 11 kills, three blocks, and three aces to help the Sauras to victory.
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