DOBSON — The Lady Eagles showed their killer instinct in finishing off close games to beat Mount Airy Monday 3-0.
The Lady Bears played well in each game, but Surry Central put the sets away with runs of 8-0, 5-0 and 7-1.
In the first set, the Eagles were up just 3-2 before going on a 9-2 run with several points coming on Emma White’s serve.
After a timeout from Bear coach Chuck Morris, the Bears rebounded and kept it even all the way to 17-10.
Then Central ran off the final eight points behind the serve of Ashlynn Jewell for a 25-10 win.
In the second set, the Eagles made some unforced errors to spot Mount Airy a 5-0 lead.
Then the home team clawed back to tie the game at 7-7.
The squads would battle back and forth with neither leading by more than two points.
Central was ahead 19-18 when Mount Airy took three out of four points to get in the lead 21-20.
However, the Eagles responded with five straight points for a 25-21 win.
In the third frame, the score was close at 8-6 before the Eagles slowly began to build on the margin. At 15-10, Morris called a timeout, and the Bears responded with a couple of points.
Still, the Eagles pushed on until they led 18-13. From there, the home team pulled away with a 7-1 run for a 25-14 clincher.
“We were executing plays,” said Central coach Carrie Hutchens. “We’re keeping our goals in the back of our minds just to make sure we play our kind of volleyball.”
“We did really well tonight executing,” she said. “We passed great, we talked great, we worked together really well. It’s just the beginning, shining a little light on what’s to come hopefully.”
McKenzie Danley led the team with 11 kills, while Kelsey Taylor had six kills.
Danley also had four digs and went 8 of 9 serving with an ace. Taylor had 9/12 serving with two aces and a stuff block.
Laura Dobbins was a perfect 13/13 serving with four aces and four assists. Emma White was 18/18 with one ace.
Ashlynn Jewell passed out 19 assists and was 16/18 serving with two aces.
Libero Madison Robertson led the team with eight digs to go with 5/6 serving and an ace. Jess Fowler added five digs.
Kristin Key had a stuff block and three kills.
Makayla Draughn had five kills, two assists and an ace.
“We played really flat with no real enthusiasm,” said Morris. The leftside hitters hit in negative numbers, with more errors than kills.
Passing to the setter wasn’t accurate, which hurt the sets for those hitters, he said.
Last year, setter Sarah Lankford averaged 8.4 assists per set, but on Monday she only averaged four per set, he said. That’s the lowest average she’s had in her brief career.
Morris said freshman Sadie Brooks did well in her varsity debut. Out of 17 attempts, she had six kills and only two errors.
The Bears had 44 errors that directly related to points for Central, he said.
The Eagles travel to Wilkes Central on Wednesday. The Bears go to Elkin on Thursday.