HAYS — For once, Mount Airy’s volleyball team came out of the good end of a five-setter.
For the fourth time in six days, the Lady Bears went the distance against an opponent, and for the first time, they came out on top in the fifth set, taking a 25-21, 27-25, 25-27, 23-25, 15-5 victory over North Wilkes that halted a four-match skid for the team.
The Lady Bears had specialized in marathon matches. Since beating Elkin in straight sets to open the season on Aug. 14, Mount Airy (3-4) had played two four-setters and then went to five in their last four matches. Unfortunately, the Lady Bears hadn’t been coming out on top, as the team struggled with youthful mistakes and also with a lot of frustrating unforced errors.
On Thursday evening, they had chances to put it away in each of the third and fourth sets, but managed to get the upper hand in the fifth and escape with their second victory over the season over the Lady Vikings.
Madeline Mayfield led the team with 10 kills, with Arry Ward, Hannah Williams and Avery Cox all collecting nine each. Hanne Cook had seven blocks and Ward was credited with six. Mayfield led the way with 24 digs and Kayla Hicks had 22. Brooke Lankford led Mount Airy with 16 assists, one more than Cox.
The Lady Bears return home to face North Surry on Monday evening.