“I think our girls played an outstanding match. We stayed focused and it was a great come from behind victory,” said South Stokes coach Doug Balser.
West won the first two sets 27-25, 25-22, but South rallied clinching the next three 25-16, 25-16, and 15-9.
Saura Taylor Moulton finished with 20 kills, 12 assists and 26 digs.
Basler praised her continued leadership throughout the season.
“After losing our setter for the first two sets, she kept the team focused and motivated. This is what really allowed us to make the comeback,” he said.
Junior Maggie Joyce finished with five kills and six blocks. Defensively, Katie Manring had 22 digs, while Mary Weaver added 11 digs and serve receptions. Freshman Lilly Weaver continued to add an average of seven kills per match.
“She’s developing into an offensive force. She also brings a lot of energy to the team,” Balser said.
With an early injury, the coach said freshmen Lydia Caudill and Hallie Carroll also stepped in as strong contributors.
“Both girls were really key to our match,” he said. “Anytime we play West it’s a big game. They’re a talented and well coached team, so we always know they’re going to be difficult. In addition, our players have friendships with a lot of the West girls so that really adds a different dimension to the match.”
As part of the Western Piedmont Conference, South and West Stokes will soon take on Forbush, Surry Central, North Surry, and Carver.
“Almost every conference match this year will be tough,” Balser said. “The great thing about the WPAC this season is that there are very talented teams and no match will be easy. To be competitive we’ve got to remain focused and eliminate silly mistakes. Being that the teams are all so good, you just can’t afford unforced errors that give your opponent free points.”
The coach believes his team is doing well at this point in the season and functioning as a team.
“Each player finds a way to step up and contribute when needed,” he said. “But what we really need to do is put together a complete match. In our losses, we have played tight matches. We have either started strong or finished strong. What I need to see us doing in the future is to start strong and finish strong, especially against the tougher opponents.”
South Stokes (12-3) travels to Forbush (11-4) on Thursday for a conference matchup beginning at 6:15. West Stokes (9-7) travels to North Surry (10-6) for a conference game starting at 6 p.m.
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