Elkin girl’s volleyball’s senior night might have been spoiled by a loss Tuesday, but there’s no reason for the Lady Elks to frown.
Elkin (5-14, 4-10 MVAC) has vastly improved, and while it’s the same overall record as last year, they’ve made teams work for their wins, and have just come up short on more than a few occasions.
“This program particularly has grown and gotten a lot better,” Elkin Head Coach Jerry Brown said. “… And teams are having to take us more seriously when we walk in the gym.”
North Wilkes wound up winning the match in straight sets 3-0, but Brown was impressed by how they were able to push the Vikings, losing in the second set 31-29. It’s a sign of things to come as Elkin only loses two seniors in Kenly Burchette and Anna Poplin. Trailing them is a strong junior varsity team who won 13 games on the season.
“I think the children that are playing the sport now for Elkin is taking themselves outside of my gym and my season and putting their hands on volleyballs more,” Brown said.
As the seedings came out late Thursday afternoon, Elkin came up short of making the playoffs. However, senior Kenly Burchette knows she’ll be around the volleyball court on Saturday morning. Alongside her mentor, Elkin Middle School coach Kimberly Swisher, Burchette will be hosting a girls volleyball camp for grades fifth through seventh as part of her senior project. The camp goes from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is $5 per participant. Burchette finishes her Elkin volleyball career, but by exposing kids to volleyball while they’re young, she hopes that they get the camaraderie that she felt over the years with her teammates.
“I think it’s been enjoyable because we have been together for so long,” Burchette said. “As a team, we’ve been closer this year than any other year. I’m going to come back because I want to see them grow and get better as a team, and be a team that people are afraid of.”
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.