BOONVILLE — Starmount’s volleyball team is closing in on the championship of the Mountain Valley 1A/2A Conference, but the Lady Rams were no match for their old rivals from North Surry on Wednesday evening.
The state’s top-ranked 2A team got a challenge from their hosts, but ultimately, the Lady Greyhounds headed home with a 25-22, 27-25, 25-16 victory and improved to 21-1 on the season.
Key to the victory for North Surry was a dominant performance by senior Mikaela Johnson, who had 14 kills with just one error in the victory. This performance, and a strong effort from Paige Sizemore (10 kills, 15 digs) were crucial in helping the Lady Hounds overcome 18 attack errors and nine service errors that helped keep Starmount (13-5) in contention for much of the evening.
Evann Shelnutt had 20 digs to lead North Surry, followed by Sizemore, then Dixie Fulk with 12 and Martha Holt with 10. Fulk also had 31 assists.
On Tuesday, the Lady Hounds won their 20th match and improved to 10-0 in conference play with a sweep of West Stokes that clinched no worse than a share of the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference title. North won the match 25-15, 25-20, 25-20 in King.
Camille Cartwright led the attack in this one with nine kills, followed by Johnson with eight and Sizemore with seven. Fulk had all 25 of her team’s assists and Sizemore led the defense with 15 digs while serving six aces.
North Surry can lock up the outright WPAC title today, when Surry Central comes to town.