DOBSON — The Surry Central volleyball team opened up its conference season on Thursday with a 3-1 win over South Stokes.
Every set was close, but none might have been more important than the Golden Eagles’ first-set win.
South Stokes’ biggest lead in the opener was seven, and the Sauras had four game-point chances with a 24-20 lead, but the Golden Eagles made a furious rally with Brooke Snow serving to tie the game.
Surry Central (6-4, 1-0) eventually clawed out the win with a final score of 27-25.
The second set was just as tight as the Golden Eagles took a 2-0 lead with a 25-23 win. South Stokes avoided the sweep in set three, but Surry Central’s 25-22 victory in the fourth set finished things off.
“We played our game tonight,” coach Carrie Hutchens said. “We read the ball well and kept it in play with great ball control. Great passing and consistent hitting keeps us rolling.”
Ashlynn Jewell had an all-around game for the Golden Eagles, leading the team with 12 kills while also recording 18 assists and 31 digs. She topped it all off with two aces and zero service errors.
Jewell got plenty of open looks at the net from Sarah Ford, who led Surry Central with 21 assists. Ford also played good defense with 15 digs.
Libero Madison Robertson had a team-high 33 digs and five aces.
Surry Central has won four of its past five matches and will try to keep this hot play going on Saturday. The Eagles will take part in a trimatch tournament with Mount Airy and Starmount in Boonville.
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