Lady Bears pull out 5-setter

By Jeff Linville -

WEST JEFFERSON — Mount Airy’s volleyball team went the distance to defeat Ashe County on the road Tuesday night.

The Lady Bears won the first two sets, but the Lady Huskies came back in the third and fourth frames to force a fifth set.

Mount Airy won that game 15-10 to improve to 3-0 on the year.

Ashe is about a two-hour ride up the mountain, noted coach Chuck Morris. The girls were a little stiff and lethargic after the ride and didn’t get warmed up until midway through the first set.

Then the Bears came from behind to win 25-17.

The team took control in the second set and won 25-13.

Up 2-0, Morris tried bringing in some fresh legs off the bench. The Bears had a lead, but Ashe County came back to take the set 26-24.

The starters came back in fresh for the fourth set, but Ashe had built some momentum and gotten the home crowd fired up, Morris said.

The Huskies took advantage of some unforced errors and bad serves to win 25-15.

The Ashe libero was on fire in those two sets, he said. The defense stiffened up and forced the Bears to press a little on offense, which likely contributed to the errors.

In the fifth set, the Bears got rolling and finished off the win.

Senior middle hitter Katie Hicks stuffed the stat sheet. She had 12 kills, four solo blocks and four combination blocks.

“She pretty much led us at the net,” said Morris. Madeline Mayfield had 10 kills on the outside, and Abby Harold had six kills rotating up front with Hicks.

Sarah Lankford had 33 assists in four sets. Allie Sechrist was the setter for the third set and handed out seven assists.

On the back line, sophomore Kayla Hicks had 15 digs with just one error.

The service line was unkind, he noted, as the Bears had 15 errors, but the team found a way to pull together when it counted.

Today, the Bears host rival North Surry in a special fund-raising event.

Samantha Kovach organized an epilepsy-awareness game for her senior project. Fans can purchase baked goods and T-shirts as part of Kills for Epilepsy. The disease affects 2.7 million Americans and 50 million worldwide.

By Jeff Linville

Reach Jeff at 415-4692 and on Twitter @SportsDudeJeff.

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