Lady Vikings defeat East Surry


By Amanda Dodson - adodson@civitasmedia.com



Senior Chandley Gardner leads North Stokes in hits on the court.


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North Stokes volleyball team banked their third win of the season in a nail biter against East Surry on Sept. 1.

The Lady Vikings took the first and second set 25-20, 26-24, but unraveled in the third falling 25-9.

“Our serve receive fell apart in the third and fourth sets making it difficult to run our offense properly,” said Vikings coach Christine Condon. “We had too many free balls, which allowed them to run their offense. In the first and second sets we did a good job of blocking, serve receiving and spot serving to keep them out of system.”

The coach praised senior Chandley Garner, who’s leading the team in hits and is equally effective on defense.

“Meredith Rasey is also doing a great job at the net with blocking and has really learned to place the ball well from the middle and Emma Mabe is distributing the ball as setter and plays solid defense.”

North is undefeated, 2-0 in conference play and Condon said she’s seeing growth from summer practices until now.

“The girls have become more comfortable with each other on the court. They’re moving with each other as a more solid unit. I’d like to see our serve receive continue to improve. We also need to work on more communication. With new setters and a new libero, communication is a learning process, but I see improvements every day.”

The Lady Vikings lost six of their core players last season and Condon said they’re working to gain that momentum back.

North hosts West Stokes on Wednesday, Sept. 7 for a non-conference matchup beginning at 5 p.m.

Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.

Senior Chandley Gardner leads North Stokes in hits on the court.
http://thestokesnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_ChandleyG.jpgSenior Chandley Gardner leads North Stokes in hits on the court. Amanda Dodson | The Stokes News

By Amanda Dodson

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