WILKESBORO — The Lady Hounds bounced back from a loss to sweep Wilkes Central 3-0 on the road.
North Surry lost to rival Mount Airy last week for the first time in years. To make things worse, sophomore middle hitter Mikaela Johnson went down with an ankle injury.
Another Hound might be close to making it back. Maggie Taylor, who also plays keeper for the girls’ soccer team, suffered a head injury during the preseason and was diagnosed with a concussion. She has been in street clothes, but is expected back soon.
In Monday’s action, the Hounds took care of business in each set, never giving the Lady Eagles a chance to pull out a win. The visitors won 25-9, 25-10 and 25-11.
Paige Sizemore led the team with 10 kills, and Tyra Galloway added five.
Setter Dixie Fulk handed out 23 assists and led the Hounds at the service line, going 25-26 with seven aces.
Leading the defense with 10 digs was libero Maggie Hawks.
The Hounds are in the middle of a four-game road trip and travel to Sparta today.
Coach Shane Slate said the first meeting with Alleghany was “our best match of the year by far.” The Hounds won 3-1.
“They were fired up here, so I expect they will really be energized up there,” Slate said.
Volleyball has a strong following at Alleghany, and a good crowd combined with a small gym makes for a loud environment.
After that, the Hounds are off until next week.
The state restricts teams to 24 games in the regular season now, Slate pointed out.
One year the Hounds had 37 matches while advancing to the regional semifinals, but teams can’t play that much now, he said.