North Surry volleyball beat Mount Airy in straight sets Monday.
The Lady Bears kept the match close in the first set before the Lady Greyhounds took the next sets by a bigger margin.
The Hounds pulled out a close 25-22 first set despite several unforced errors, according to Coach Shane Slate.
“Once we stopped scoring double-digits points for them after the first set, we were able to take control,” said Slate. “It should be obvious after 11 unforced errors in the first set and only 10 in the last two combined the impact those can have in a match.”
In the second set, the Hounds were up just 6-5 when the team scored six of the next seven points to draw a Mount Airy timeout at 12-6. The Hounds kept the pressure up and forced another timeout at 19-8 before winning 25-11.
In the third set, the Hounds got off to a good start and led 8-3 when the Bears called timeout. The home team never could cut into the lead as North won 25-11.
“We did a good job of taking advantage of our height at the net,” said Slate. “We continue to improve our balance on the front line, and that will do a lot to help us down the road.”
Erin March led the Hounds in kills with nine, followed by Taylor Hill with eight, Alex Cooke seven and Malaya Johnson five.
Kendra McKeithen had four stuffs to lead the team, while March added two.
“We also served the ball really well, making 69 of 70 and hitting most of our targets,” he said.
Alex Cooke led the way with a perfect 16/16 with one ace. March went 15/15 with one ace, and Abby Golding was 8/8 with an ace.
On the back line, Golding led the team with 10 digs, while Jordan Badgett added nine.
Setter Bailey Culler had 30 assists.
The Hounds have now won 16 straight matches to improve to 17-3, while Mount Airy falls to 3-14.
North has two conference road games this week: first at Carver today and then Surry Central on Thursday.
The Bears host Walkertown today in their annual “pink” game.
This year’s game is spearheaded by senior Jasmine Varney as part of her senior project.
Mount Airy is teaming up with the SideOut Foundation to raise funds for breast cancer awareness, according to Varney.
Proceeds from the entrance fees go toward this, as well as some other things organized by Varney.
There will be a 50-50 drawing, and there is a door prize valued at $150, she said. The prize is a Longaberger basket with gifts inside.
Also, the wall inside the gym will be decorated with paper volleyballs.
People can buy one of the volleyballs for a dollar and put the name of a cancer victim on it. The white balls are for cancer survivors while the pink ones are in memory of those who lost their battle with the disease.
The game will begin at its usual time, after the JV match at around 6:15 p.m.