North Surry volleyball started its doubleheader on Saturday with a tough test against an undefeated Reagan team, and despite playing well in spurts, the Lady Greyhounds fell in a 3-0 sweep to the Raiders.
Reagan controlled most of the contest while North Surry responded late in each set with a scoring run to make things interesting, but the Hounds could never quite close the gap.
“A lot of times we’re just not as disciplined as we need to be,” said coach Shane Slate. “We just haven’t had enough consistency, and when things don’t go our way, we haven’t had someone to completely turn the tide for us.”
The Raiders got off to a hot start and quickly built a 10-4 lead over North Surry in the opening set. The Hounds hovered around this six-point deficit for a long time before they went on a run to cut Reagan’s lead to 22-20.
However, the Raiders refused to allow North Surry to generate anything else in the first set. Behind senior captain Shae Washburn, Reagan scored the final three points take a 1-0 lead. Washburn scored two kills in her team’s final three points.
“We’ve played Reagan pretty much every year since they’ve been open, and one of the reasons we play a big 4A school like them is to play the best players and competition before we get into conference,” Slate said.
Washburn was nearly impossible to guard throughout the match. She tallied 12 kills and was consistently Reagan’s preferred option at the net.
She scored the final point for Reagan once again in a 25-22 victory in the second set. The Greyhounds fell behind 17-7 in set two, but another North Surry rally made the final score closer than it seemed.
North Surry had its best start at the beginning of the third set. Rather than falling behind, the Greyhounds and Raiders were neck-and-neck with an 8-8 tie midway thru the finale.
It wasn’t tight for long though, and the Raiders 11 of the next 15 points to take control of the third set. They eventually cruised to their largest win of the match with a 25-19 victory.
Paige Sizemore led North Surry with nine kills in the match. She also was efficient with her attacks, only committing three errors. Whitney Hall followed her with five kills, and Dixie Fulk led the Greyhounds with 22 assists.
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