South and West Stokes volleyball teams competed in their first scrimmages of the new volleyball season this week. The Wildcats traveled to North Surry for two days, while the Sauras made the trek to Northwest Guilford in Greensboro.
West played three 50-minute games against North Surry, Wilkes Central and McMichael.
“We’re further along than I thought we would be,” said coach Jordan Stevens. “We’re very young with no seniors on the team. I thought the girls got better as the night went on and I was pleasantly surprised. We had great effort and put ourselves in good position tonight. We have a lot to improve on, but overall I’m happy.”
The Wildcats finished 19-8 last season and 8-4 in the WPAC behind six seniors. This year they’ll depend on eight juniors. Blakeleigh Goldback returns with 101 kills, Abby Walker 43 digs, and Lyza Addington 18 blocks.
“I like our team this season,” added Stevens. “We lost some bigtime players from last year, but I’m expecting us to compete and play hard every time out on the court.”
The Sauras scrimmaged Randleman, Glenn, Northwest Guilford, and East Forsyth on Tuesday in four 50-minute games. Throughout the competitive matches, the JV and varsity team split time on the floor.
“I was very pleased overall with our play,” said Saura coach Jayson Duncan. “This is technically an open gym and not mandatory and we were missing some girls due to vacation. We played tonight without either of our setters and it gave us an opportunity to look at other players. We lost two starters from last year’s team and we have some holes to fill. There will be opportunities for someone to step up and take those spots.”
South finished the season 15-10 and 6-4 during Northwest Conference play last year. They return all-conference players Lilly Weaver and Lydia Caudill. Weaver recorded 255 kills and 209 digs, while the 5’11 Caudill tallied 141 kills and 22 blocks. Junior Hailey Rothrock returns with 395 assists and Macy Nelson will move to the libero position replacing all-conference player Mary Weaver.
“Lilly and Lydia have shown great leadership during our open gyms,” Duncan said. “They’re helping the younger kids and teaching them. We have five or six players from our soccer team that made a deep run in the playoffs last year and I’m hoping that experience will filter over onto the court this year and continue to make us better.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.