First Posted: 10/19/2009
DOBSON In the epitome of a back-and-forth match, Surry Central eked out a 3-2 victory over Mount Airy in the first round of the Northwest 1A/2A Conference volleyball tournament Monday night.
The Golden Eagles won the first, third and fifth matches by scores of 25-12, 25-15 and 15-6. The Granite Bears took the second and fourth sets with wins of 27-25 and 25-22.
Alysha Shelton had 26 digs for the home team, as Erin Howlett dished 18 assists. Michaela Wall held court at the net, racking up 11 kills and seven blocks. Brittany Tolbert added 12 kills and Jennifer Coe had four to go with five blocks.
However, it still wasnt the level of play expected by Surry Central head coach Leah McKinney.
We didnt play to our potential tonight, but the girls still pulled out a win, McKinney said. In order to be competitive in the tournament and playoffs, we are going to have to play much better.
The source of the Golden Eagles ire was Mount Airy, which never relented and bounced back after each loss. The Granite Bears were missing starters Lauren Smith, Hannah Horton and Meredith Beasley, who were sick. That meant players from the junior varsity were called up and head coach Sarah Knott had to come up with a new game plan.
Those girls stepped up and did an excellent job, Knott said. Several of them were playing roles they hadnt been asked to play in years. All of them responded to the challenge.
Mount Airys Amanda Thomas played the libero, a position the Granite Bears had not employed all season. Olivia Smith, called up from the junior varsity, went 5 of 5 from the service line.
Regular starters also played a pivotal role for the visitors. Jenna Clement went 19 of 20 from the service line. Skyler Davis had four kills, followed by Katie Joyce and Alexis Allen with three apiece.
The Golden Eagles will face East Surry today at 6 p.m. at North Stokes in the second round of tournament play. Mount Airy has been eliminated, but may make the state tournament. Those pairings come out Thursday.
Were playing the waiting game right now, Knott said. Were waiting to see if we get a wild card.
East Surry 3,
East Wilkes 0
PILOT MOUNTAIN East Surry remained unbeaten at home after a 3-0 non-conference win over East Wilkes Monday night.
The Cardinals (11-6-1) got goals from Jonah Easter, Jorge Salas and Chris Hardy. Brian Keith and Martin Recendiz assisted on the first two goals, while Hardys score off a corner kick. Goalie Dallas Hartley picked up his seventh shutout of the season.
East Surry hosts Surry Central tonight at 7 p.m.