DOBSON — Surry Central never got on a run and fell in straight sets to West Forsyth in Tuesday’s volleyball action.
The Lady Eagles couldn’t build off the momentum of last week. They swept West Wilkes and came back from 0-2 to beat East Surry.
“West Forsyth is a great team to go up against, but we didn’t give them any competition,” said coach Carrie Hutchens. “We beat ourselves as much as they beat us.”
The Lady Titans came into the match 3-0 and hadn’t dropped a single set. However, the Eagles came close in each set before falling 25-22, 25-22, 25-21.
In the first set, the Eagles led off with four straight points and went up 6-2 before the visitors ran off five straight points to take the lead.
Down 8-7, Central scored six of the next nine points to go up 13-11, but the Titans answered.
From 15-13, the Titans went on a 6-1 run to take the lead 19-16. The Eagles got as close as 24-22 before West Forsyth got the set point.
In the second set, there were five ties before West Forsyth took three straight points for a 16-13 edge.
The Titans led 23-18 when Central scored four straight points to cut the lead to one at 23-22. However, West Forsyth would get the next two points to win.
In the third set, again there were several ties before the Eagles pulled ahead 18-15 and then 20-16.
Unfortunately, West Forsyth ended the match on a 9-1 run.
There were a lot of mental errors in this one, said Hutchens. The players were out of sync with each other.
And the girls seemed to be lacking confidence in their serving, passing and hitting, she said. Part of that is the lack of varsity experience for most of the roster.
These younger players need more repetitions in games and in practice, she believed. As they experience more successes, the players’ mental toughness will grow.
As for game errors, Hutchens said the service line killed the team in this match with far more mistakes than aces.
“When you get the ball you want to keep it,” she said.
At the net, Jess Fowler had nine kills and setter Ashlynn Jewell had seven, but no other player had more than four (Ema Coe).
In order to keep the defense guessing, the ball needs to be spread around a little more, get the middles some more swings, she said, noting that Taylor Coe had only two kills.
Part of that was the nice work by West Forsyth’s back line, the coach pointed out. The libero especially did a good job of saving some potential kills.
The Eagles won’t have any time to dwell on the loss as they host Alleghany today.
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