Lady Hounds keep rolling in 3-1 win
by Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
North Surry’s winning streak reached 19 with a 3-1 victory over East Wilkes Monday.
The defending state 2A volleyball champion juggled its lineup with a starter out with a sprained ankle. Still, the Lady Greyhounds had enough firepower to beat the Lady Cardinals.
“We like to use nonconference matches this time of year to try new wrinkles, and we did that the last couple of matches on a small scale,” said Coach Shane Slate.
Last match, however, Taylor Hill sprained her ankle, leaving the team with a hole at outside hitter.
With Hill on the bench with an ankle as blue as the Hounds’ jerseys, Slate used Alex Cooke, Camilia Diniz, Aubrey Hall and Morgan Hawks at that spot.
“We used four different lineups to really expand the roles for a number of players,” said Slate.
“I think everyone made positive contributions, and I am not surprised because this is the deepest team I have coached with all 12 players able to step in to certain areas if we need them,” he said.
“The ability to adjust lineups was critical to our success in the playoffs last year and we want to be ready for that again if the need arises.”
In the first set, the teams were tied at 6-all when North Surry ran off six straight points, five of them coming on Cooke’s serve. The run grew to 9-1 when East Wilkes called a timeout at 15-7.
North continued the push to 20-9 before the Cards began making up ground.
Still, the Hounds scored the final three points for a 25-15 win.
In the second set, East Wilkes jumped out to a 5-1 lead. From 11-9, East would score four straight points to draw a North Surry timeout.
Down 22-18, North would close to 24-23, but East would pull out the 25-23 win to tie the match 1-1.
The teams were tied at 8-all, 9-all and 10-all in the third set before North pulled ahead with a 6-1 spurt. The Hounds would go on to win 25-16.
Abby Golding served the Hounds to 9-1 lead in the fourth set, but East responded with an 8-2 push to get close. The Hounds would score four straight as Bailey Culler served and went on to win 25-20.
Malaya Johnson led the Hounds with 18 kill, followed by Alex Cooke and Erin March with 11 each.
Culler set the front line up with 51 assists.
Johnson posted five stuffs and March four blocks.
On the back line, Culler led the team with 15 digs, Golding 11, Hawks and Johnson 10 each.
On serves, Cooke was a perfect 15/15 with four aces. Johnson was 18/18, and Hawks was 8/8 with an ace.
The Hounds (20-3, 8-0) will go for their 20th-consecutive win today, hosting South Stokes. Then they travel to Forbush on Thursday.
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