RONDA — Host East Wilkes overcame a tough third set to finish off Wilkes Central, 3-1, in a Mountain Valley Athletic Conference match Thursday.
The Cardinals rolled through the first two sets before the third set. Until they were down 22-15 in the third set, the Cardinals didn’t string two points together. They pulled to within three after a 4-0 run highlighted by a kill by Alexis Pardue and an ace by Sarah Shoupe; and two within two at 24-22 before falling 25-22.
In the fourth set, the Cardinals still couldn’t string more than two points together until they were down 15-13 with Lethia Pardue serving. East Wilkes then went on a 7-0 run highlighted by Kallie Blackburn’s block at the net and an additional kill and an ace by Lethia Pardue.
Up 20-15, the Cardinals were in control - finishing with a 25-20 third-set victory.
East Wilkes Coach Brittany Miller said the first two set wins (25-16 and 25-12) may have come too easily. “We were joking and cutting up,” she said. “We’d won two. We played relaxed; not on our toes and that’s what happened.
“Then they won the third set and carried it over into the fourth set.”
The Golden Eagles were taller, but the Cardinals were more athletic. “We knew from last year they were tall,” Miller said. “We put our kids up - especially in the middle.”
East Wilkes improved 2-2 overall. Both losses came to 2A Forbush which is now 5-0. “Last season we went straight into conference play,” Miller said. “This year we got out first-game jitters out of our system.”
Wilkes Central is now 1-4. East Wilkes is at Alleghany Tuesday at 4:30.
Elkin 3, West Wilkes 2: The Elks improved to 2-3 with a 3-2 win over the Blackhawks Thursday.
It was the conference opener for both teams.
West Wilkes in now 0-2. Elkin hosts Ashe County Tuesday.
North Wilkes 3, Starmount 2: In Hays, the Vikings need a fifth set to down the Rams Thursday.
Starmount won the first set 25-23 and the fourth set 25-16. North Wilkes won the second set 25-11; the third set 25-13; and then won the tiebreaking fifth set 15-13.
North Wilkes is now 5-1. Starmount, now 1-3, hosts West Wilkes Tuesday.
East Wilkes 6, Wilkes Central 3: In Ronda, the Cardinals had to wait until 8:10 p.m. - three hours and 40 minutes after the singles matches began - to secure the win over the Golden Eagles Thursday.
An 8-5 win at No. 1 doubles by McKenzie Stokes and Maggie Weatherman put the Cardinals up 5-3. About five minutes later, Amber Parks and Brooke Sealey, playing at No. 2 doubles - gave the Cardinals an 8-6 win and the match a final score of 6-3.
The matches ran late due to a two-and-a-half hour match at No. 4 singles. In that match, Marissa Ingle of Wilkes Central defeated Brooke Sealey in a third-set tiebreaker, 10-4.
East Wilkes (2-2 overall, 2-1 MVAC) is at Alleghany Tuesday at 4:30.
Singles — No. 1: McKenie Stokes (EW) def. McKenzie Ingle, 6-4, 6-3; No. 2: Jessika Barber (WC) def. Amber Parks, 6-2, 6-3; No. 3: Madison Wilcox (WC) def. Abby Burchette, 6-3, default by injury; No. 4: Marrisa Ingle (WC) def. Brooke Sealey 7-5, 2-6, 10-4; No. 5: Maggie Weatherman (EW) def. Stephanie Shinaman, 6-2, 6-0; No. 6: Bethany Testerman (EW) def. Rebecca Pendry 6-1, 6-0. Doubles — No. 1: Stokes/Weatherman (EW) def. Ingle/Ingle 8-5; No. 2: Parks/Sealey (EW) def. Barber/Wilcox 8-6; No. 3: Brie Jarvis/Maddi Lester def. Shinaman/Emaleth Myers 8-0.
Elkin 9, West Wilkes 0: In Elkin, the Elks dropped just seven games en route to a sweep of the Blackhawks Thursday.
Elkin, 4-0, is home to Ashe County Tuesday at 4:30.
Singles — No. 1: Miracle Walters def. Elizabeth Walker 6-1, 6-1; No. 2: Makayla Dimmette def. Jenna Roten 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Ally Gentry def. Lindsey Matheny 6-0, 6-0; No. 4: Julie Neumark def. Makayla Bumgarner 6-0, 6-1; No. 5: Mattie Timmerman def. Alexa Bumgarner 6-0, 6-0; No. 6: Carolyn Blackburn def. Katherine Minten 6-0, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Walter/Dimmette def. Walker/M. Baumgarner 8-1; No. 2: Morgan Randleman/Emma Aldridge def. Roten/Matheny 8-1; No. 3: Brianna Dreyer/Kirstan Beaver def. Minton/Hannah Handy 8-0.
Starmount 9, North Wilkes 0: In Hays, the Rams swept the Vikings in a MVAC match.
Starmount, now 3-2 overall, host West Wilkes Tuesday.
Singles — No. 1: Amber Hurst def. Sarah Bumgarner 6-0, 6-1; No. 2: Molly Nichols def. Angela Jordan 6-2, 6-4; No. 3: Olivia Greene def. Laura Phillips 6-1, 6-0; No. 4: Rubi Martinez def. Kaitlyn Billings 6-4, 6-4; No. 5: Alyssa Hicks def. Rebekah Daye 6-4, 4-6, 10-2; No. 6: Emily Mendenhall def. Sierra Clonch 6-2, 6-0. Doubles — No. 1: Hurst/Nichols def. Bumgarner/Jordan 8-2; No. 2: Greene/Martinez def. Phillips/Billings 8-2; No. 3: Gabby Sixtos/JoJo Welborn def. Clonch/Briana Demario 8-2.
Bishop McGuinness 3, East Wilkes 2: In Ronda, Andrew Chappelow scored with 2:51 to play in the game to give the Villains the hard-fought win.
Carlos Garcia and Dylan Cheek both scored for the Cardinals. H.N. Patten had 13 saves for the Cardinals.
Bishop McGuinness improved to 2-2. East Wilkes, now 0-5, hosts Pine Lake Prep Tuesday at 6.
“Our record doesn’t indicate how much we’ve grown in a year,” East Wilkes Coach Rodney Wagoner said. “We’re not a cakewalk now. They thought they were going to 9-0 us.”