DOBSON — Seniors in high school still looking for an opportunity to play volleyball at the collegiate level will get a chance to prove their worth to Surry Community College.
The Knights are scheduled to host an open tryout for unsigned seniors on Jan. 23. The workout will be conducted inside the Surry Community College gym from 12-2 p.m.
In addition to the tryout, girls in attendance will meet the current members of the Lady Knight volleyball team and take a tour of the Dobson campus. Surry coach Jan Marion-Kiser is hoping to once again tap into the local pool of undiscovered talent.
“We have always had really good local players and I hope this will raise awareness for players that are still undecided and give them an opportunity to come out and have a Saturday to play and look at the team we have,” Marion-Kiser said in an email sent to The News.
“Some of my returning players will be there and this will be an opportunity for high school seniors to show what they have and see if they are junior college material.”
The Knights are coming off a successful season, registering a 25-9 record and a fourth-place finish in the Region X regular season standings.
Local talent carried Surry throughout 2015, as five of the 10 Knights on the official roster hailed from a Surry County High School.
Three of the five local products came from East Surry. Freshmen Kacie Markle, Jessi Marion and Cheyenne Kota combined for 438 kills. Markle produced 242 kills by herself, good enough for second on the team, and Marion supplied a team-high 38 solo blocks.
Freshman Morgan Hawks was the starting setter for the Lady Knights in 2015 and she graduated from North Surry. She led her squad with 780 assists and recorded the third most digs with 384. The final Surry County representative was sophomore Kaitlin Kidd, who did a little bit of everything with 158 assists, 122 kills and 85 digs.
With the success of local talent for the Surry volleyball team, it is no wonder Coach Marion-Kiser is looking towards her own backyard with the hopes of replacing some departing sophomores.
“I am still recruiting and looking for a few players and I’m hoping this will draw girls who haven’t signed and are possibly interested in attending,” she said. “We had a great season last year and we hope to build on that with the players we have coming back and have an even stronger team for the upcoming season.
“I am losing some starting positions and we still have a few spots to fill. We would really like to do that with local players if we can.”
Marion-Kiser encourages players interested in the tryout to contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“We would like to have a total on how many will be attending,” she said. “So please RSVP to me on or before January 20th.”