SCC splits 4 matches, loses Markle

Staff Report

DOBSON — Surry Community College’s volleyball team is now 13-3 overall and 5-2 in Region X after splitting four contests this past week.

The week got off to a tough start for the Knights as SCC dropped a five-set heartbreaker to Catawba Valley Community College on Wednesday in Dobson.

“It was a really good game but not the outcome we wanted,” said SCC coach Jan Marion-Kiser. The Lady Knights fell 15-9 in the final set.

“Catawba Valley is just super strong. I would like to have seen us do a little better on our serving game. … It was probably one of the most grueling matches I have seen my girls have to play. We took them five sets, so I feel like we are in position to hopefully next time we play them to not miss the serves and continue to play with the same energy.”

Surry bounced back Thursday at home with a 25-20, 25-9, 25-22 sweep of Patrick Henry Community College.

Kacie Markle had 12 kills and nine digs, while Haley Hartman had 19 digs and five kills to lead the Knights. Jessi Marion added five kills and a dig, Sidney Shelton had four kills and three digs, while Hawks led the team with 19 assists to go along with four digs. Kaitlin Kidd had four assists, one dig and one kill. Cassidy Palmer tallied 17 digs for Surry, Brittany Zeller had five digs, and Cheyenne Kota had one kill, one assist and one dig.

“Everybody got to play and contribute. The loss to Catawba Valley really hurt and was still fresh in our minds,” Marion-Kiser said. “These girls came in with the intent of ‘Let’s get back on a roll and get back to winning.’”

The nights hosted a tri-match Saturday with Spartanburg Methodist and Davidson Community College. Not only did SCC lose the first match in five sets, but it lost the services of Markle, a starting outside hitter from East Surry, to a sprained ankle on the first point of the first game.

SCC went on to win the first two sets 28-26 and 25-15, but Spartanburg rallied to take the next three sets 25-19, 25-14, 15-9.

“They are a Division I team in Region X and a really good team. They have big girls that can take big swings and hit the ball,” Marion-Kiser said. “Markle went down in the first set, which was a big hit for us. It just kind of knocked the wind out of us. She and Haley Hartman are having huge games for us, so it was a huge blow that knocked the girls out of sync. We won those first two sets and then just struggled. We missed our serves again and looked a little out of place on defense. It was a game lost on mistakes we normally don’t make.”

Surry responded with a vengeance, however, in the second contest of the day, hammering Davidson Community College 25-12, 25-16, 25-2. In the final set, Morgan Hawks reeled off a string of 23 straight serving points as the Knights raced out to a 23-0 lead.

“The girls had a bit of break between games and we got to recoup and revamp everything. We moved Sidney Shelton from the middle to outside and took Kaitlin Kidd as our middle hitter. … She puts up a huge block for us and did a good job,” Marion-Kiser said.

“Morgan did an amazing job serving in the last set. She puts the ball in play every time. She’s worked extensively on hitting her spots and it was one of those games where she couldn’t miss.”

Shelton led Surry with 10 kills, while Hartman and Kidd both had six kills. Kota added five kills, followed by Marion (3) and Hawks (2). Even the team’s libero, Cassidy Palmer, had a kill.

Hawks again led the Knights with 21 assists to go along with 15 digs. Hartman had 18 digs and Palmer cracked double figures with 14 digs. Shelton added eight digs, Kota had two assists and eight digs, and Kidd had six digs and one assist.

The Knights have another big week ahead as they were scheduled to travel to Guilford Tech on today before hosting Rockingham Community College on Wednesday. Surry will wrap up the week at Pitt Community College on Friday.

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