DOBSON — The Lady Eagles came from behind to down North Stokes in volleyball Tuesday.
Just like its last match with South Stokes, Surry Central trailed 2-1 before winning back-to-back sets for the win.
The girls like to see their coach pulling her hair out, joked first-year coach Carrie Hutchens.
But, she added, she can’t complain if they continue to find a way to pull out a win.
In the first set, the Eagles jumped out 3-0, but the Lady Vikings scored five straight to take the lead.
The lead would stay close until North Stokes pulled ahead 16-11. Then the Eagles answered with four straight points.
The Vikings made a run of their own and led 21-16 and then won 25-20.
The passing wasn’t very good at the start, noted Hutchens. And that led to swings on the front line that weren’t very effective, either.
The Eagles trailed in the second set before rallying to win 25-23 and tie the match at 1-1.
North Stokes took the third set 25-21 to edge closer to victory.
“They can cover the floor very well,” Hutchens said of the Vikings. In response, the home team had to take a step back and re-figure how to attack to get points. It took some time to get familiar with the Vikings’ defense, but the team did improve.
What kept the Eagles in the match the whole afternoon, she believed, was consistent serving and consistently getting the ball back over the net, even when they weren’t getting good swings at the net.
Down 2-1, Surry Central didn’t give up and battled to a 25-21 win that forced a 15-point fifth set. The Eagles won that 15-10.
The girls showed a fight and a will to win that carried them through, according to Hutchens. They came together and played more cohesively.
The Eagles had better blocking and better kills later in the match.
“I will always be proud of them as long as they keep fighting and keep that will to win,” she said. “Then, I’ll think we’ll be fine.”
Surry Central travels to Mount Airy on Thursday.