North Surry beat West Stokes 3-0 late last week and takes an unblemished record to Kernersville today.
The Lady Hounds improved to 11-0 and 6-0 in the Northwest Conference. They will take on a Bishop McGuinness team that has been much better at home than in hostile gyms.
The Lady Villains are just 1-5 on the road, but 4-2 at home and neutral locations, including a 3-1 win over Mount Airy Aug. 28.
The Hounds began the season with a five-set win against Watauga, then a four-set match with Forbush. Since that time, North has gone 27-1 in nine matches, including a sweep of the Lady Wildcats at home.
North Surry came from behind to win the first game 25-17.
“We had a slow start,” admitted Coach Shane Slate, “falling behind 14 to nine in the first set, but started gaining steam after that.”
The Hounds took 16 of 19 points the rest of the game.
“We started passing the ball to target better, and we took better care of the ball on our attacks and serves,” said Slate.
“The improved passing and serving took some of the pressure off of our defense and made our offense smoother.”
North Surry won the last two games 25-15 and 25-10.
North finished with just 26 kills on 85 swings, the lowest kill percentage of the season (30.6 percent).
Still, the Hounds had the second-best serve percentage of the season (90 percent) and made just two errors receiving the Wildcats’ serves, their lowest total of the year.
Taylor Hill led the defense with 10 digs, while Maddison Hawks had nine.
Hill also tied for the team best with eight kills along with Malaya Johnson. Kristina Rumplasch added five kills.
Bailey Culler set up the attack with 24 assists.
Hawks went 17-20 at the service line with a team-high four aces.
Molly Martin went 12/12 with one ace, and Rumplasch was 10-12 with two aces.
Johnson led in blocks with four, and Erin March had three.
While the Hounds are in Kernersville, East Surry is hosting Surry Central and Mount Airy is at South Stokes.