The North Surry volleyball team notched its third win of the season against Alleghany 3-1, and Greyhound coach Shane Slate thoroughly enjoyed how his played on Tuesday night.
“I saw a lot of things I liked tonight, but the best was we showed some maturity when things were not going our way,” Slate said.
The Greyhounds (3-1) took the first set 25-22, and they quickly jumped out to a 15-5 lead in set two. North Surry won the second frame 25-20, and it was in control throughout the beginning of the match, but Alleghany (1-1) made a run to tighten things up.
Slate’s team committed a series of mistakes that allowed the Trojans to get on a nice roll in the third set, which the visitors eventually won 25-16.
In the fourth set, Alleghany jumped out to a lead and looked like it might push this match to a fifth and deciding set, but the Greyhounds responded under pressure and seized the lead about midway through the game.
North Surry never looked back and clinched the match with a 25-19 win.
The Greyhounds have now won three consecutive matches since their season-opening loss to the East Surry Cardinals.
“We have made quite a bit of progress since last Thursday,” Slate said. “But we still need to focus on the moment and make sure every contact matters.”
The coach also noted that this was a big win against a team with a lot of experience returning in 2015. Alleghany is a balanced team with plenty of size and skill, but the Greyhounds were up to the challenge.
It was a three-headed monster at the net for North Surry on Tuesday. Paige Sizemore registered nine kills while Mikaela Johnson and Tyra Galloway each supplied eight. Only three other Greyhounds recorded a kill on the evening.
Galloway was especially effective on defense, leading the Greyhounds with nine blocks.
Dixie Fulk continues to motor the North Surry offense as the setter; against Alleghany she racked up 31 assists.
Maggie Hawks was all over the place on defense as she recorded 33 digs. Hawks and Fulk also provided some offense on their serve, scoring seven aces combined.
The Greyhounds also were strong in avoiding mistakes on their serve. North Surry only committed eight serve errors throughout the match.
It doesn’t get much easier for the Greyhounds with their next opponent being the undefeated Mount Airy Lady Bears on Thursday.
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