West volleyball off to a good start


Robert Money - Contributing Writer



The Lady Wildcats swept Wilkes Central and Walkertown early in the season and are currently 4-4.


Mike Mullins | For The Stokes News

The Lady Wildcats opened their 2015 volleyball schedule by winning four of their first five games. Playing North Wilkes two games, Wilkes Central one and finishing with two games against Walkertown showed sure toughness with having to play the first three games in four short days.

“I would say even though we are very young we are very talented,” commented third year head coach Jordan Stevens. “We are getting good things out of our defense and serve receive, and I am waiting for our offense to connect which happened a little more as the week went on.”

To begin the tough stretch of games for the Wildcats was the North Wilkes Vikings. The Vikings showed a strong game and won the first two matches 25-19 and 25-18. The Lady Cats clawed back in the third game by winning 25-17, and then dropped the fourth match and the game by losing 27-25.

“I love our girls’ effort and not giving up,” Stevens commented.

The next day, West Stokes hosted their first contest of the season by facing Wilkes Central. The Eagles game into their second game of the year against the Wildcats after dropping a 3-2 decision to the Forbush Falcons. The Cats were overwhelming for them as they won in a sweep 25-21, 25-22, and 25-12 to go 1-1 on the season.

On August 20th, the Wildcats traveled to Walkertown to take on the 0-2 Wolfpack. Starting and finishing strong, West won in a landslide 25-7, 25-13, and 25-8 to go 2-1 on the young season.

The following Tuesday, the Lady Cats hosted North Wilkes for their second matchup of the season. The Vikings entered the game at 3-1 and with a ranking of 19th in the state, according to Maxpreps.com. West Stokes jumped on the Vikings quick and won the first match by a 25-14 margin. North rallied and won the second game 25-18 to seize momentum. The Purple Cats fought hard and regained their composure and won the third game 25-22. They used that momentum to win the fourth game by a 25-13 margin while cruising to victory.

Entering the season at 3-1 and hosting Walkertown proved to be a good match for the Wildcats.

“Walkertown is young and we knew going into the game that if we play to our capability we should win this match,” said Stevenson.

The Wildcats proved their coach right by winning 25-19, 25-12, and 25-6.

“I do feel though that once we get everything to connect we will have a very successful year. I am excited to see what the future holds for this team and the teams to come with the young talent that we have. This year’s team has a special bond. Everyone gets along well and there is no drama,” stated Stevens. “I first realized that we were going to have good connections when I noticed that the team was spending most of their time together which has paid off on the court. We are just in the start of things and I think that this group has the potential to do good things this year!”

The Wildcats had a tough week in Surry County, losing to East Surry on Monday and Elkin and Mount Airy on Saturday.

On Monday, East Surry took a 3-0 victory over West Stokes in front of a big crowd.

The Cardinals (4-3) swept their rivals from King, but the final score doesn’t show just how close this match was as all three sets were decided by five points or less.

On Saturday the Wildcats fell to Elkin in a heart-breaking five set match, before falling to Mount Airy in a three set match.

The Lady Wildcats will continue their season as they host Forsyth Country Day on Thursday starting at 5 p.m.

The Lady Wildcats swept Wilkes Central and Walkertown early in the season and are currently 4-4.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_volleyball-west.jpgThe Lady Wildcats swept Wilkes Central and Walkertown early in the season and are currently 4-4. Mike Mullins | For The Stokes News

Robert Money

Contributing Writer

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