KING — Although North Surry head coach Shane Slate would never say it, the rest of the regular season isn’t likely to be much more than a victory lap for his volleyball team, currently ranked No. 5 in the 2A ranks by MaxPreps.com.
The Lady Greyhounds made a strong statement in a first-place showdown with Forbush earlier this week, and followed up that victory with a 25-16, 25-17, 25-16 road triumph over West Stokes, the third-place team in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference on Thursday evening.
North Surry (12-4, 5-0 WPAC) won its fourth straight match since a 3-1 loss at 4A Reagan 10 days earlier. In fact, the Lady Hounds are a perfect 11-0 this season when not facing 4A opponents.
Leading the way at the net for North in its latest victory were Mikaela Johnson and Paige Sizemore, who had eight and seven kills, respectively. Whitney Hall had five kills, with Martha Holt and Kaylee Freed each collecting two. Dixie Fulk had all 19 of her team’s assists in the win, while the top defenders were Maggie Hawks, with 16 digs; Sizemore, with nine; and Whitney Hall with seven. Freed had three blocks, Hall and Johnson two each, and Holt had one. Fulk led the service game with four aces.
West Stokes dropped to 11-6 overall and 4-3 in conference play. They trail Forbush by two matches in the loss column for second place.
The Lady Hounds are in the drivers’ seat for yet another conference crown, but will still face some challenges as they wind down the regular season. They’re off until Monday, when North travels to defending 1A state champion Alleghany (11-4), the leader in the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference. On Oct. 6, they travel to Mount Airy in order to play the Lady Bears and East Surry, both ranked among the state’s 1A top 10 teams, and then finish up with three more matches the week after that before postseason play begins.