When Elkin and Starmount meet in an athletic event, things are bound to get interesting. This was the case on Wednesday night, as the Elks took on the Rams in a volleyball match-up. The Elks (2-7) beat the Rams (3-8) in five sets with score lines ranging from 25-20, 15-25, 14-25, 27-25, and 15-10.
Things started off great for the Lady Elks as they came away with a win in the first set, 25-20. In the second set, the Elks took an early 2-0 lead, but the Rams tied the game 2-2 after a huge kill by Kayla Vanhoy. The set was a back-and-forth match for several points, as each team was trying to find its groove. The Rams finally started to play to their abilities and use their strengths as Vanhoy and Maggie Freed each found a kill for Starmount. The Rams took a commanding 16-9 lead, then kept their lead going as Taylor Wood slammed the ball down to extend the Rams lead, 20-10. Elkin tried to battle back, but was unlucky as it fell in the second set, 25-15.
The third set saw the Lady Rams take another commanding lead as they got off to a seven-point run to lead the Elks 7-1. Sarah Lincomfelt had four aces for the Rams before Elkin was able to return the ball. Lincomfelt’s aces kept the Rams pumped up until her sixth serve, when the Rams were called for a net violation. When Elkin finally had a chance to serve, Kylie Thomas found herself with an ace after a hard serve. Thomas helped the Elks earn a point, but it wasn’t enough as the Rams went ahead by 10 points to take a 19-9 lead. After a missed serve by the Rams, Mackenzie Tilley had two aces to help the Elks close the gap to 20-14. Unfortunately for the Elks, the Rams went on a five-point run to take the third set, 25-14.
In the fourth set, the Rams were looking to take home a victory with a win while Elkin had a different idea in its mind. The Elks gave it everything they had with kills, blocks and aces. They came out firing to take a three-point lead, and the Elks never let up. With a 16-13 lead, the Elks started to gain momentum and the Rams knew they would have to step up their game to earn a win. The Rams did just what they needed to as Freed found a kill to bring the Rams within one point of the Elks. From there the game went back-and-forth with several lead changes, until the Elks pulled out a 27-25 win.
With the match tied at two games a piece, the final set was do-or-die for both sides, as they were both looking for a must-needed conference win. With the thought of a win on both team’s minds, they battled until the end.
The Elks took their first lead with a 9-8 score after Catie Beth Brown served an ace for Elkin. From there the Elks took control of the game with a five-point run courtesy of a kill by Savannah Abbey, two aces by Brown, and a kill by Cameron Beals. The Rams were able to get a point back when Taylor Wood found a kill, but it wasn’t enough for the Rams. With seven ties and two lead changes, the Elks pulled off a 15-10 win over Starmount to take the game 3-2.
Elkin moves to 2-7 overall and 2-2 in the conference, its next game will be Sept. 15 against Wilkes Central. Results were not available by press deadline.
Starmount moves to 3-8 overall and 2-2 in the conference, its next game will be Sept. 15 against Alleghany. Results were not available by press deadline.