The North Surry Greyhounds hosted and won the Regional Volleyball Championship Playoffs three matches in a row on Tuesday against the Polk County Wolverines to secure their place in the state finals against South Granville.
The Greyhounds beat the Wolverines with scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-21.
The finals will be held Saturday in Raleigh at the Reynolds Coliseum on the North Carolina State campus.
The Greyhounds went undefeated in the Northwest Conference and after last night finished with a record of 32-2 overall. South Granville was 14-1 in its league this season and will come into the State Final match with a 23-5 record.
Head Coach of the Greyhounds, Shane Slate, said his team will be prepared to meet its opponents.
“Until we get a scouting report on them, we will continue to work on our skills and will be as sharp as we can be on Saturday.” The coach said that he is a believer in scouting out his competition.
The Lady Greyhounds team won the state championship in 2009 under the Slate’s coaching but came up short after losing in regional playoff matches the last two years.
Slate said that he was pleased with the overall play of the Lady Greyhound team last night.
“We played a really balanced match with a lot of players making plays in different areas. I thought our seniors gave us a steady performance because they were in the correct position most of the time. Kristina made the switch to the middle because Erin was out with a sprained ankle and gave us a nice offensive boost. Maddison and Molly were sharp serving and passing which helped our offense run smoother. After seeing disappointment in our players faces the last two years at a regional final, it was all smiles tonight. We have three days to get healthy and work on our skills so we will be ready for Saturday.”
The Wolverines came to the Greyhounds gymnasium Tuesday with a 21-5 record overall, a lot of fan support and a loud crowd cheering on their team.
“The Wolverines were a good volleyball team balanced in skills of passing, serving and hitting,” said Slate. “They were going to make you be efficient with the swing and that is what it takes to score points.”
The leading Lady Greyhound scorers in the match against the Wolverines were: Molly Martin with 15 kills, 11/12 serves with one ace; Kristina Rumplasch with 13 kills and five blocks; Malaya Johnson with 11 kills and 11 blocks; Taylor Hill with 17 digs and a perfect 10/10 serves; Bailey Culler with eight digs and 40 assists; and Maddison Hawks was a perfect 13/13 serving and had 12 digs.
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