Lady Hounds roll over West Stanly 3-0 in 2A playoffs

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

October 23, 2013

North Surry swept West Stanly 3-0 to advance in the 2A volleyball playoffs.

The Lady Greyhounds had some early hitting errors, but were too much of a force for the visiting Lady Colts.

In the first set, North Surry took a 13-6 lead. The defense was covering the floor well, but four of West Stanly’s six points came from errors on spikes. Two had gone into the net, and two were long.

The Colts scored two points to draw to 13-8 and then to 15-12 before Morgan Hawks served the Hounds to a four-point spurt.

The Hounds pulled away for a 25-15 set.

The second set was tied 12-all when Hawks again served the team to a run. This time, the Hounds scored 13 straight to win the set 25-12.

From a 1-1 tie, Hawks served again as the Hounds ran off seven straight points, giving the team 20 consecutive points off her serve. Hawks finished the night 30/31 serving with two aces.

In addition to good serving, the front line found its rhythm and began pumping hard shots at the Colts’ defense.

Malaya Johnson led the team with 16 kills, and Aubrey Hall added 10.

“We did not have as much intensity as I would like tonight, especially considering we are in the state playoffs,” said Coach Shane Slate. “However, I thought Malaya and Aubrey were good at the net. We also served well tonight to help jump-start our offense.”

From an early 11-2 lead, the Hounds later added an 8-1 run to cruise to a 25-14 third set and close the book on their 25th straight win.

Malaya Johnson led the team with six blocks, while Erin March had three.

Johnson and Hall were each 8/8 serving with one ace.

Bailey Culler dished out 34 assists, and Abby Golding led the defense with 17 digs.

“We will definitely need better execution and intensity if we hope to get by Lake Norman Charter on Thursday,” said Slate.

North Surry is 26-3, while Lake Norman is 20-2, giving the charter school the highest winning percentage. Therefore, the Hounds will go to Huntersville for Thursday’s match.

Lake Norman lost its first match of the season, but has since gone 20-1 with its only loss coming to 4A Hopewell, which is 22-6.

If North Surry beats the Lady Knights, then the next match would be at home again. The sectional final will pit the winner of North Surry/Lake Norman against the winner of conference foes West Stokes and Forbush.