DOBSON — East Surry volleyball continues to win, taking down Surry Central in three sets.
The Lady Cardinals remained undefeated, with back-to-back wins on the road.
The Cards won 25-23, 25-15 and 25-20 at Central a day after beating North Stokes in three.
While both matches only went three sets, each of those were hard fought.
East coach Caleb Gilley said he expected his team might come out sluggish after the tough match in a steamy gym at North Stokes, then not getting back to East Surry until 11 p.m. Tuesday night.
He called a timeout with East up 9-8 to try to fire up the players.
From 16-15, the Cards pulled ahead to 21-16 with Kristel Hicinbothem serving.
At 22-17, the Lady Eagles mounted a comeback, winning six of the next seven points to tie the match at 23-all, with the home crowd cheering loudly.
However, East was able to stop the bleeding and win the next two points for a 25-23 set.
Central struggled to start the second set, spotting East to a 4-0 lead before Ashlynn Jewell served the Eagles on a 5-0 run to take the lead.
East’s Kacie Markle returned the favor with some hard serves as East went back up 8-5. At 11-7, Central coach Carrie Hutchens called a timeout.
The Cards took seven of the next 10 points for a commanding 18-10 lead before winning 25-15.
East finished off the best-of-three match with a 25-20 third set.
“There was a lot of hustle, we just couldn’t make things happen,” said Hutchens. It didn’t help that two of her top hitters were slowed by injuries: Kelsey Taylor with an ankle sprain and McKenzie Danley with a sore shoulder.
Taylor finished with just two kills and one dig. Danley had just three kills and one block on the front line, but was helpful on the back row with eight digs and 14/15 serving with two aces.
Hutchens said junior Jess Fowler played an excellent game. The first-year varsity player and track standout was all over the floor and was a great team player, according to the coach.
“She read the hitters well, passed well, and her hits were on,” said Hutchens. Fowler finished with seven kills and zero swing errors and was 11/12 at the service line.
Jewell was 13/15 serving with four aces to go with eight assists, five kills and a block.
In the middle, Kristin Key had three kills and Emma White two. While neither had a stuff block, Hutchens said the two provided a lot of touches, slowing down East’s big hitters on several occasions.
White also went 6/6 serving with an ace.
Libero Madison Robertson had 20 balls in serve-receive that she passed to the front line. She had six big digs and was a perfect 8/8 serving with an ace, noted Hutchens.
Laura Dobbins had six assists, one dig and was 5/5 serving. Makayla Draughn was 2/2 serving.
Gilley said his team did a pretty nice job of serving in stretches, but he hated that several good runs were ended by hitting one in the net or out long.
If the team can make mistakes, but still put out a win, then that’s good, he said. However, there are problems that the team needs to clean up before facing teams that are really on the mark and stick them with a loss.
Only a coach could find fault with a team that hasn’t dropped a set in eight matches. The Cards have won all 24 games, even sweeping the perennially tough Lady Greyhounds.
Markle led the Cards with 18 kills to go with six digs and two blocks.
Cheyenne Kota had eight kills, Hicinbothem seven, Sydney Marion four and Jessi Marion and Olivia Sheets two each.
Sheets passed out 34 assists and had nine digs.
Libero Sydney Mosley led the Cards with 17 digs, and Jesse Barr added eight.
Sydney Marion had four blocks, and Jessi Marion three blocks.
East Surry (8-0) hosts winless Walkertown today.
Central (2-2) doesn’t play again until Tuesday, so the Eagles will have time to practice Thursday and Monday. Friday is the Big S.C. Carnival starting at 4 p.m., so there won’t be any practice, Hutchens said.