Lady Rams sweep Elks in Battle of the Bridge

Matthew Gorry Sports Writer

September 13, 2013

BOONVILLE - The Lady Rams continued their dominating play Tuesday night, sweeping rival Elkin in the volleyball Battle of the Bridge.

Starmount made quick work of its rival, breezing to the 3-0 victory, 25-5, 25-8, 25-10.

“I thought we played hard and efficient. We are trying to get better daily. I didn’t have a lot of complaints tonight, and I’m the complainer. I was completely happy not to have to make a lot corrections,” Starmount head coach Jon Symons explained.

The Rams started strong with back-to-back kills by Hunter Welborn. Starmount jumped ahead 9-2 forcing an early Elk timeout.

After Elkin reeled off three straight points behind Kenly Burchette’s serving, the Rams closed the opening game on a commanding 16-0 spurt with Ashley Johnson on the service line.

In the second set, Welborn and Haley Hartman combined to give Starmount a quick 13-2 advantage. The Rams cruised to the 25-8 victory to grab a 2-0 overall lead.

In the final set, the Lady Elks showed signs of life, finally reaching double-digits, 20-10. But Starmount put the finishing touches on the convincing triumph, 25-10.

“We’re working on building a program,” Elkin head coach Jerry Ann Brown said. “We’re a young team. We have a lot of new kids that are working on learning their positions and getting better and playing volleyball. I think we have a lot of strengths, and I see us having a lot of potential on the backside of our season whenever they come together as a team.

“I’m always proud of my team. They didn’t quit and kept battling, even though they were down,” she added.

Welbron powered the Rams with 13 kills on the night with two blocks, while Erin Barr added 21 assists and six kills. Johnson went 27-for-28 behind the service line to lead Starmount.

With the win, the Lady Rams notched their fourth Mountain Valley Conference victory of the young season after a daunting non-conference schedule.

“I was a little weary about our non-conference schedule,” Symons explained. “I made it really difficult. When you start out with North Surry, North Iredell, Reagan, Carson and Hickory, you feel like they kept coming and coming - but that’s what the girls needed. They needed to see that and attempt to play at that level.

“I thought we were very successful in our non-conference,” he added. “You like those challenges to get yourself prepared later down the road come state playoff time.”

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