EAST BEND — North Surry hasn’t missed out on a Western Piedmont Athletic Conference volleyball title since its current players were in elementary school, but that hasn’t stopped Forbush from challenging the Lady Hounds.
The Lady Falcons did it again on Tuesday evening, but came up short.
Forbush actually took the first set from their guests, but the state’s top-ranked 2A team per MaxPreps.com came storming back to take the next three and the match, 24-26, 25-21, 25-18, 25-16. Forbush became the first team to win a set from North Surry (9-0, 3-0 WPAC) since 4A West Forsyth did it on Aug. 22, but the Lady Hounds got stronger and stronger as the match went along.
North received overwhelming strength on the front line, with Mikaela Johnson scoring a dozen kills, Martha Holt and Camille Cartwright 11 each and Paige Sizemore nine. Holt committed just one error in 35 chances, while Johnson scored four blocks against the Lady Falcons (3-5, 0-1).
Dixie Fulk had 38 assists for North Surry. The defense was handled by committee, with five Lady Hounds reaching double-figures in digs. Evann Shelnutt had 32, followed by Cartwright (18), Sizemore (17), Fulk (17) and Holt (10). Shelnutt also had five aces to lead North in that category.
North Surry, which regained the top spot in the MaxPreps rankings when they were recalculated again on Monday, has posted a 3-0 shutout in six of its nine matches, and lost more than one set just once. That occurred in their Aug. 15 season opener against East Surry, when the teams went to a fifth set that the Lady Hounds prevailed in.
A rematch takes place today at 6 p.m. in the Lady Cardinals’ gym, as unbeaten and top-ranked North travels to East Surry, 9-1 and the state’s fourth-ranked 1A team in the latest MP ratings. East Surry has won eight straight matches and 24 straight sets since it lost to the Lady Hounds.
Forbush, which had won two in a row before the Labor Day break, will travel to Surry Central on Thursday night.