First Posted: 9/26/2009
In a statement to the rest of the 2A volleyball world, North Surry handled McMichael and arch rival Starmount in a three-team tournament held at Ron King Gymnasium Saturday.
The win pushes the Greyhounds to 16-0 overall and cements them as a team with a bright future as the regular season winds down.
After four years of battling in the Mountain Valley 2A conference and in the state playoffs, the Greyhounds exacted a little revenge on the visiting Rams, making up for Norths exit from the playoffs at the hands of Starmount one year ago.
What a difference a year makes.
After the Greyhounds dispatched McMichael 25-12, 25-17 and 25-13, they were able to watch Starmount fight through a five-game slugfest which the Rams eventually won.
Norths Courtney Campbell slammed home 12 kills against McMichael to lead the way offensively for the Greyhounds in their opener.
Campbell was followed by Sara Parker, Nicole Rumplasch and Morgan Bunker with six kills apiece.
Campbell also added seven digs, while Rumplasch had four blocks and Kara Hodges finished with 27 assists.
North Surry coach Shane Slate said he was very pleased with the way his team handled the first match of the day against McMichael. The Greyhounds havent played since last Monday when they defeated East Surry and Slate said he was slightly apprehensive about how his team would get back to the court after the down time.
We came out sharp and pounded the ball, Slate said. After a five-day layoff I was a little concerned we would be a little rusty. We did a good job of blocking and digging against their (McMichael) hitters because they took big swings every time they could.
While North won all three games against the Rams in the third and final match of the day, the intensity on the court and the level of play was obviously of the highest level for 2A volleyball teams, if not any volleyball team.
North took the victory with game wins of 25-15, 25-18 and 25-13.
Summer Robertson led the way with nine kills, followed by Campbell with seven and Parker with five.
Emily Culler added nine digs to her six against McMichael, while Hodges had 24 assists in the win.
Slate said he thinks the Greyhounds are a tough opponent because they have a variety of players who can score, keeping Norths enemies on their toes.
I thought we did a nice job in both matches of having everyone contribute, Slate said. We are a tough team to contend with because we do not depend on one or two players to make all the plays. We continue to have different players lead us with strong performances and that allows the rest of the team to fill in around the hot performer.
After taking on tough competition two weekends in a row, Slate said he thinks his team has risen to the challenges and gotten better because of them.
I feel like we took advantage of the opportunity to improve today, he said. That is the reason we play Saturday trimatches and tournaments.