First Posted: 10/29/2009
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry lost to West Montgomery in four sets Thursday, eliminating the Cardinals in the second round of the state tournament.
West Montgomery came away with the tight win with game scores of 25-17, 20-25, 25-22 and 26-24.
A hot contested match from the start, East dropped the opener but regained their composure to even things up in the second. The third game began with the Cardinals falling behind quickly off mistakes and serving errors.
East came to life however, mounting a comeback to tie the score late in the game. But a close call on the final point of the game going West Montgomerys way allowed the opportunity to slip through East Surrys fingers.
The Cards led 24-22 in the fourth game but were unable to close out the win, losing 26-24.
The girls played a tough match tonight and I think we had as many opportunities as did West Montgomery to finish the match with a win, East Surry coach Deborah Voigt said. The loss was a big disappointment especially to our seniors, but I told the entire team after the match that our season had been a success especially in light of the fact that we had only two players returning from last year who saw extensive playing time.
Freshman Keri Fulp led the Cardinals with 14 kills, while seniors Tia Joyce, Elizabeth Marshall and Morgan Chilton combined for 15 kills. Sophomore Lindsay Marinan was also a standout in the match with six kills in a reserve roll. Senior Kelsey Long had 25 assists and was 20-of-20 from the service line with two aces.
The Cardinals finished their season with an overall record of 17-7 and a second-place finish in the Northwest 1A/2A Conference.