Conference play got under way for North Surry’s volleyball team on Tuesday afternoon, and the Greyhounds got their quest for another Western Piedmont 2A crown off to a good start.
The Lady Hounds were never seriously challenged in claiming a 25-18, 25-15, 25-16 victory over the visiting Lady Camels in the Ron King Gym. North Surry (4-3, 1-0 WPAC) had strong performances on the attack from seniors Camille Cartwright and Natalie Eaton, and were able to respond anytime that Atkins seemed like it might make a run to get back into the match.
The Lady Hounds earned their third straight sweep of an opponent after beginning the season 1-3. North has now scored consecutive 3-0 wins over Alleghany, Mount Airy and the Lady Camels to get back over .500 for the first time since winning their opening match.
Cartwright led North Surry with 10 kills and had a .409 hitting percentage while committing just one attack error. Eaton scored seven kills on nine attacks and notched a percentage of .556. Together, they kept the Lady Hounds’ attack strong even though North hit just .103 as a team and no one else managed more than three kills. In fact, the team won the opening set even though it committed eight attack errors and had a hit percentage of zero.
Delaney Fulk had all 24 assists credited to the home team. Defensively, the Lady Hounds spread the work around, and no one reached double figured in digs. Evann Shelnutt had nine to lead the team, and Cartwright collected six. Eaton and Jessi Shelnutt each had two blocks. North’s serve game was strong, with Fulk delivering six aces, Jessi Shelnutt four and Cartwright three.
Atkins dropped to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in WPAC action.
The win was part of a three-game stretch in which the Lady Hounds will be busy. North Surry hosts West Forsyth (3-5) this evening and then hit the road on Thursday night to play Walkertown (3-3, 0-0) in another league contest.
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