In an effort to raise breast cancer awareness the 10th ranked South Stokes volleyball team hosted its annual “Dig for the Cure” campaign Tuesday night against county rival and Northwest 1A conference opponent North Stokes. The teams fought through four sets before the Sauras came out on top 3-1.
“It was a typical North Stokes, South Stokes volleyball match,” said Saura coach Jayson Duncan. “Both teams gave their all with players hitting the floor after every ball was served. The constant aggression kept fans from both schools into the matches. Everyone should walk away with their heads held high because of their effort.”
The Sauras took game one 25-20 in a close contest, but then the Vikings won set two in convincing 25-15 to knot the score at one game each. Game three was a mirror image of game two, but in South’s favor. The Sauras jumped out to a comfortable lead and continued to a 25-17 win. The final game of the night was the closest set with the home team squeaking out a 25-22 victory to win the match.
“I thought the girls played well,” said Viking coach Christine Condon. “We had some miscues on defense and made some hitting errors that cost us. We have improved this week as the girls recover from injuries. Lora Wood is playing her heart out, while nursing an ongoing injury.”
Senior Lilly Weaver paced the Sauras with 17 kills and Lydia Caudill added 15. Hailey Rothrock tallied 32 assists in the game and Macy Nelson contributed 35 digs. Weaver also had 22 digs and Rothrock 15. For the Vikings, Meredith Rasey recorded nine kills and seven blocks. Wood dugout 19 balls and had five kills, Leann Sessoms six kills, two blocks, nine assists, Jade Tuttle 13 assists, and Skylar Amos led the team with 33 digs.
South improves to 15-3 overall and 4-1 in conference play. The Vikings have dropped five out of their last six games and stand at 8-8 and 2-3. The Sauras will travel to East Surry on Thursday, while the Vikings host Bishop McGuinness. North will host their “Dig for a Cure” game against East Surry on October 2 in Danbury.
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.