WINSTON-SALEM — North Surry may or may not have the best volleyball team in North Carolina, as MaxPreps.com currently says it does.
If they’re not, then the Atkins Camels don’t want to see whoever is better.
The Lady Greyhounds gave Atkins a rude welcome to its new digs in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference on Tuesday night, administering a 25-6, 25-5, 25-8 shellacking to the host Camels in the conference opener for both teams.
North Surry (7-0, 1-0 WPAC), the state’s top-ranked team both in the 2A ranks and overall, was never seriously threatened by Atkins (0-5, 0-1), which left behind Mount Airy and East Surry as conference mates in the Northwest 1A after last season, only to move up to the WPAC for 2017 and draw North Surry and Forbush instead.
Head coach Shane Slate got all of his players into the match, and there wasn’t much drop-off no matter who was on the floor. Unfortunately, North dominated to such an extent that there wasn’t much in the way of action. The Lady Hounds had just 23 kills in the three sets, with Camille Cartwright picking up seven and Mikaela Johnson six. However, when North Surry did get an opportunity, it took advantage — the team committed just five attack errors in the three sets.
Perhaps the leading standout was senior setter Dixie Fulk, who served 15 aces in the straight-set win.
Defensively, Evann Shelnutt had eight digs and Martha Holt added six to go with her four aces.