North Surry’s volleyball lost its perfect record and the state’s top ranking in 2A volleyball on Monday, but the Lady Greyhounds haven’t missed a beat since.
North, still ranked second in the state by MaxPreps.com and still leading the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference standings after a loss to 4A powerhouse Reagan, bounced back with two straight 3-0 victories, downing Alleghany on Wednesday in Sparta and then pummeling league newcomer Atkins on Thursday back in the Ron King Gym.
The Lady Camels provided little resistance to the Lady Hounds (16-1, 7-0 WPAC). All nine players saw plenty of action and North routed Atkins 25-6, 25-10, 25-10. Alleghany, a strong 1A team, didn’t fare much better, falling 25-14, 25-13, 25-9.
The Atkins match was a classic mismatch where the Lady Camels had trouble even handling serve, and the Lady Hounds racked up 14 service aces to go with their 25 kills. Dixie Fulk had a dozen of North’s 20 assists and Martha Holt claimed the other eight. Camille Cartwright and Paige Sizemore each had six kills, with Mikaela Johnson, Holt and Emma Haynes each picking up four. Evann Shelnutt had 10 digs, followed by Cartwright with nine and Holt with seven. Haynes had five aces to lead the team in that category.
Against Alleghany, a team with two formidable front-line hitters, the Lady Hounds took a businesslike approach and fought fire with fire, setting Johnson on the attack more often than not, and the senior led the way with 11 kills. Cartwright had six and Sizemore five. Shelnutt had 20 digs and Sizemore 18, while Fulk led the team with 26 assists and five aces.
The Lady Hounds travel to Mount Airy on Monday.