Lady Eagles fall to 4A West Forsyth
by Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
CLEMMONS — Surry Central traveled to West Forsyth Monday, but couldn’t complete a season sweep of the 4A school.
The Lady Eagles volleyball team beat the Lady Titans 3-2 a month ago, but fell 3-1 on the road.
The Eagles lost a starter to a turned ankle, but Coach Carrie Hutchens didn’t want to use that as an excuse.
Kaitlin Kidd went out with an injury, but Holly Mason and Laura Dobbins filled in well for her, according to Hutchens.
However, the rest of the team just couldn’t get into a groove and didn’t live up to the great performance the Eagles gave last week with North Surry.
Yes, losing Kidd threw the team off-kilter, the coach said, but that wasn’t the biggest reason for losing. The swings weren’t falling in, the passes were off-target, and blocks weren’t successful.
And most importantly for volleyball, she added, the players weren’t talking enough.
Talking isn’t just about calling off a teammate when going for a ball, it is helping everyone get into position and making the right plays, she said.
When a hitter goes up for a spike, the player’s eyes are on the ball, not the defense, so the teammates have to tell her where the blocks are and where the libero is shading.
You also want to hear the girls encouraging their teammates, she said.
The Eagles kept the first set close, but eventually fell 20-25. The second set wasn’t very close at 14-25.
Hutchens said she was proud of her team for not quitting. Being down 0-2, the Eagles very nearly forced a fifth set.
The Eagles won 25-23 in the third and then battled back and forth throughout the fourth set.
Central pushed the Titans to the edge, but lost 24-26.
“West Forsyth is a great team,” said Hutchens, “but I thought we could have beaten them like we did before.”
Kidd posted seven assists, three digs, one kill and three serves in play before going out.
Mason provided 16 assists, 12 digs and 18 serves in play. Dobbins added seven assists, five digs and 12 serves in with two aces.
Cassidy Joyner, Kelsey Taylor and McKenzie Danley each had seven kills to lead the Eagles. Tori Blevins added four.
Taylor and Kristin Key provided three stuff blocks each and Brooke Lewis two.
Kendra Johnson led in digs with 18, while Joyner had 16, Lewis nine and Taylor three.
On serves, Joyner had 14 serves in with two aces. Johnson had 13 good serves, Lewis 10, Taylor seven and Key four.
Hutchens said she believes in having versatile players. Each person should practice every skill so that she can help in any situation, even off scrambles, she said.
Central stays home today to take on Forbush, then goes to West Stokes on Thursday.
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