David BroylesStaff Reporter
September 20, 2012
The Lady Greyhounds lead in conference volleyball play after besting Surry Central in three sets Tuesday at North Surry High School.
North was able to capitalize on its four-point lead en route to win the first set 25-17. The Lady Golden Eagles came out and took an early lead in the second set as they regained composure and led the Hounds 10-8 at one point before North got its offense back on track to win. The final score of the second frame was 25-19.
The action was back and fourth in the third set as both teams grappled for an advantage. The Lady Hounds were able to claw past for a 15-10 lead and didn’t look back as they steamed to a 25-17 win that decided the match. The win lifts North to a 15-1 record overall and 9-0 in Northwest Conference play. Central is 7-3 overall and 6-2 in conference action.
“We got a good win that puts us in first place after the first round of conference matches as well as giving us the advantage for state seeding,” said Greyhound Coach Shane Slate. “We need to show some improvement in various areas if we want to stay in this position. We do not finish sets the way we need to sometimes.”
Malaya Johnson led the Hounds in kills with 12. Taylor Hill had eight and Kristina Rumplasch had seven. Molly Martin led North in digs with 12, while Hill had nine. Bailey Culler had a good evening on the boards with 34 assists. Johnson and Erin March each had three blocks. Johnson also did well at the service line. She was 10-for-10 with two aces. Hill scored 11 points in 11 serves.
“We could get in the rhythm but couldn’t stay in it,” summarized Eagle Coach Carrie Hutchens. “I’m proud we stayed with them neck and neck the entire game. We just couldn’t pull ahead in the home stretch. We certainly didn’t play our A game.”
Cassidy Joyner led the Eagles with 15 digs and Kendra Johnson had 13. Teammate Kelsey Taylor had three and Brooke Lewis had two. Courtney Hegler had five kills and Cassidy Joyner had four. Kaitlin Kidd had three kills. Lewis had one.
Lady Eagle Meagan Hudson had seven assists, Holly Mason had three and Kidd had two. Hutchens said Central did well from the service line. Johnson was 9-for-9 and Kidd was 7-for-7 from the service line against the Hounds. Mason was 5-for-5 and Kelsey Taylor hit on all four of her serves. Joyner scored on 6-of-7 serves, Hudson was 9-for-11 and Hegler was 6-for-8.
“We needed to work on our blocks,” said Hutchens. “We just weren’t able to capitalize on them. The blocks were there, we just didn’t have a lot of stuffs. We’re going to put his match behind us and get ready for the next game.”
North Surry is scheduled to play at South Stokes on Thursday. Surry Central is slated to play at West Stokes this Thursday.
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