South and West Stokes volleyball teams only had one loss going into Thursday night’s non-conference rival game.
“We played just good enough to win tonight,” said Wildcats coach, Jordan Stevens. “We made a lot of unforced errors in the game and we’ll have to fix some of that stuff if we expect to compete like I feel we can.”
West swept the Sauras 3-0, but both coaches noted fatigue kept the programs playing at their full potential.
In game one, the Wildcats escaped with a 25-21 victory and in game two took a wider margin win with 25-19.
South rallied in the third matchup. After trailing 17-5, the Lady Sauras gained momentum and pushed the game into extra points.
“We could have easily given up, but we didn’t,” said South Stokes coach Jayson Duncan. “Our girls really gave all they had. We played all day last Saturday, and then came back with games on Monday and Wednesday and I believe it winded them going into tonight’s game. We played with such high emotion against West and it affected us. We’ll grow from a match like this and it will make us better in the future.”
Rachel Delcamp led the Wildcats with 18 kills and seven digs and Mackenzie Parker contributed 41 assists, but it was Mackenzie Johnson’s 14 kills that was the difference in the game according to Stevens.
“Mackenzie came in and really gave us a lift when we needed someone. She played really well and without her we’re probably talking about a loss instead of a win.”
For the Sauras, Lilly Weaver led the team with seven kills and Hailey Rothrock had 18 assists. Mary Weaver added 12 digs and was instrumental in her team’s defensive effort, according to Duncan.
“Mary is our libero and she is our defensive specialist. She really stood out more than normal for us tonight. She’s one of our seniors and a great leader for our team.”
West Stokes (4-1) will travel to Oak Grove on Monday, and then open up WPAC conference play with Walkertown on Tuesday. South Stokes (4-2) will host North Forsyth on Monday and West Wilkes on Tuesday.
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