After a disappointing loss to Reagan, the North Surry volleyball team bounced back on Saturday with a sweep over the Starmount Rams.
The Hounds rode the presence of Tyra Galloway at the net, both on offense and defense, as they improved their record to 5-5 on the year.
“Physically, they didn’t have someone who could match up with Tyra,” North Surry coach Shane Slate said. “She is capable of having some really big matches, and she could do what she wanted at the net today.”
Galloway was second on her team with five kills and led North Surry with four blocks. Her impact stemmed outside the stat sheet, though, as the Rams often focused on trying to block her attacks up the middle, leaving the outside hitters with some holes to exploit.
Outside of Galloway, North Surry used electric starts to help build insurmountable leads throughout the match.
Dixie Fulk served to open up the first set and she quickly rattled off a 7-0 lead for the Greyhounds. Starmount could only trim this deficit to five and North Surry eventually clinched the opener with a 25-16 win.
Set two saw the Hounds once again build a quick seven point lead, this time with a 10-3 score line. The Rams scored five of the next seven points to make it 12-8, but they struggled the rest of the way.
Starmount faltered with the serve-receive game and allowed North Surry to take a 2-0 lead with a dominating 25-12 win.
“We were able to get some good swings both at the net and on our serve, and that put the pressure on them,” Slate said. “Volleyball’s a funny sport. When it’s going your way it’s really fun, but when it’s not going your way it’s tough to get it back.”
North Surry kept its momentum going and refused to let up in the final set. The Greyhounds led from beginning to end for the third consecutive game and finished off the Rams with a 25-14 win.
Paige Sizemore led North Surry in kills for the second consecutive match, this time posting six. Dixie Fulk was prolific with her passing and the only Greyhound to record an assist. She finished with 21.
However, North Surry did suffer a loss before the match even started. Martha Holt, who has had some knee issues in the past, tweaked her knee during warm ups; it is unclear how long she will be sidelined.
She joins Mikaela Johnson as Greyhounds who are currently nursing injuries. Johnson is out with a high-ankle sprain suffered at Mount Airy, and Slate hopes she can return in 4-6 weeks.
North Surry will return to action on Tuesday with a road match against West Stokes to open conference play in the Western Piedmont.
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