North Stokes breezes past Wildcats

By Robert Money Jr. - rmoney@thestokesnews.com
Viking coach Christine Condon talks to her team during a timeout. - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News
Senior Leann Sessoms sets the ball for a teammate during the Vikings contest against West Stokes. - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News
Jaden Tuttle records an assist for North Stokes against West on Monday. - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News
Abby Walker records a kill against the Vikings. - - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News
Freshman Kiley Lickfeld tallied 33 assists for the Wildcats. - - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News
Wildcat Emily Emerson gets a dig against North on Monday. - - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News
Senior Lora Wood sets the ball for the Lady Vikings. - - Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

North Stokes used their senior leadership and experience to run past rival West Stokes on the volleyball court Monday night in Danbury. The Vikings won 3-1, the first time since 2015, when coach Christine Condone took over the program.

“We have great senior leadership this year and everyone else follows along with them,” Condone said. “Our sophomores play a lot of JO volleyball in the summer and these seniors really want to win. The team mixes well together and they are a very strong unit. This is actually the first time our entire team has played together since last year.”

The Wildcats jumped out to a 2-0 advantage on two aces by Abby Walker, but the lead was short lived. North jumped to 12-7 behind the serving of Sami Bennett only to see West battle back and knot the score at 12. The Vikings sprinted back to a four point cushion and led by six before winning the first match on a block by Leanna Harbour.

In game two, the Vikings jumped to a 5-2 edge, but the Lady Wildcats caught up and took a 16-14 lead. North’s energy proved to be strong and they tied the score at 18 and closed the game on kills by Lora Wood and Jaden Tuttle for the 2-0 lead.

West bounced back in the third game with a 25-22 victory. The Lady Wildcats took a 14-7 lead with the help of Walker’s five kills and freshman Kiley Lickfeld added 10 assists.

In the fourth match, the Lady Vikings led from the start. Coach Jordan Stevens called multiple timeouts, but couldn’t stop the momentum of the green and white. Libero Skylar Amos added nine digs in the period, while Tuttle logged eight assists and Leann Sessoms five kills.

Amos finished the game with 21 digs and Tuttle assisted on 23 balls and blocked three shots. Sessoms tallied 12 kills and Wood 11. The Wildcats Blakeleigh Goldbach scored 15 kills and Emily Emerson recorded 22 digs. Lickfeld rung up 33 assists.

North Stokes improves to 1-0 and will face McMichael (3-0) on Wednesday in Madison. West drops to 0-3 and plays Starmount (2-2) on Thursday at home.

Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.

Viking coach Christine Condon talks to her team during a timeout.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NSVB-Christine-Condon-MM.jpgViking coach Christine Condon talks to her team during a timeout. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Senior Leann Sessoms sets the ball for a teammate during the Vikings contest against West Stokes.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NSVB-Leann-Sessoms-MM.jpgSenior Leann Sessoms sets the ball for a teammate during the Vikings contest against West Stokes. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Jaden Tuttle records an assist for North Stokes against West on Monday.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NSVB-Jaden-Tuttle-MM.jpgJaden Tuttle records an assist for North Stokes against West on Monday. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Abby Walker records a kill against the Vikings.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_WSVB-Abby-Walker-MM.jpgAbby Walker records a kill against the Vikings. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Freshman Kiley Lickfeld tallied 33 assists for the Wildcats.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_WSVB-Kiley-Lickfeld-MM.jpgFreshman Kiley Lickfeld tallied 33 assists for the Wildcats. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Wildcat Emily Emerson gets a dig against North on Monday.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_WSVB-Emily-Emerson-MM.jpgWildcat Emily Emerson gets a dig against North on Monday. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

Senior Lora Wood sets the ball for the Lady Vikings.
https://www.thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/web1_NSVB-Lora-Wood-MM.jpgSenior Lora Wood sets the ball for the Lady Vikings. Michael Mullins | For The Stokes News

By Robert Money Jr.

rmoney@thestokesnews.com