The Lady Bears swept through all six sets of a volleyball double-header Wednesday with Winston-Salem Prep.
The Lady Phoenix scored a few points early in the first set and trailed just 10-4 when Mount Airy went on a long run behind the serving of Taylor Dollyhigh. The Bears took 15 of 16 points for a 25-5 win.
The home team kept up the pressure in the next two sets 25-9 and 25-7 for the win.
For both matches, Dollyhigh was 26-28 serving with eight aces, noted Coach Kim Lyons.
The squad did some good things, especially in the first match, she said. She wanted them to play a little faster pace. They kept that pace going, getting the team into a good rhythm.
In the second match, the girls lost some focus and gave up too many points to the Lady Phoenix, she believed.
The Bears still won comfortably, but by closer scores at 25-15, 25-8 and 25-12.
Lyons said it was good for a young team to have a match that wasn’t so pressure-filled like some of the conference games have been.
The Bears won their first three matches of the season, but when Northwest Conference play began, they dropped four straight.
Now with these two matches and a win over South Stokes, the Bears (6-7) take a three-game streak into West Stokes today.
The team still needs to keep its focus and pay better attention to everything going on around them, Lyons said. That way they can react more quickly in game situations.
For the two matches, Kathryn Beasley led the Bears with 15 kills, and Katie Hicks had 12.
Tessa Rodgers had 19 assists and Dana Brown 15. Charli Hiatt had six digs.
Hiatt also went 23-24 serving with five aces. Rogers was 22-27 with nine aces. And Beasley was 19-24 with 12 aces.
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