First Posted: 10/24/2009
DOBSON Anybody left waiting for a table at the Tlaquepaque in Dobson might be taking a backseat to the successful Surry Knights volleyball team and two of its best players.
After each match, the Knights have tables waiting for them at the Mexican restaurant. And thanks to two stellar outside hitters, the Knights have celebrated there after eight of their nine home games.
The pairing of Megan Stanley and Mallorie Vogler on the Surry Community College volleyball team has led to good things for the outside hitters and bad news for the rest of Region X. Stanley, a Surry Central graduate, and Vogler, an East Surry product, have been slapping spikes for the past two years and have helped the Knights to their 14-3 record this season. Off the court, the two are best friends and said they would love to play together at a four-year school after leaving Surry, a two-year program. They both want to get into the pediatrics field, so attending the same university is not a stretch.
But until then, the rest of Region X will have to deal with the duo.
The two of them are two of the strongest players in the conference, I think, said Knights coach Jan Marion-Kiser.
The bubbly Vogler has recorded 142 kills, 102 digs, 18 assists and 12 aces through 16 matches. Stanley, who missed a few games with a bum knee, has 170 kills, 96 digs, eight assists and eight aces through 14 matches. The preseason All-American is also changing the vernacular of volleyball. Instead of the traditional bump, set, spike method, a chant wells in the crowd through the first two words, but then erupts into BOOM! when Stanley goes for the kill.
I have a lot of family that comes and theres a certain group of friends that come that are really loud, explained Stanley.
Both Vogler and Stanley have gotten their share of cheers this season. And when they do their job, theres nothing quite like it.
Its always exciting to get a kill, Vogler said. Added Stanley: When you do your job on the court, everybody gets excited.
The Knights began the season with a nine-game winning streak and have won five of their past six through Oct. 20. For players like Stanley and Vogler who are trying to make it to the next level, team success is as critical as individual numbers. A deep run through the playoffs would almost certainly lead to more exposure.
Even in the few moments when the Knights were not paying well, either Stanley or Vogler has shown the ability to change a match.
Both of them, if theyre hitting well, then were playing well as a team, Marion-Kiser said. A lot of times when were not having a great set, one of them can get a kill and change the whole momentum of the match.
They both have that attitude that whether were winning by 12 or losing by 12 they work hard for every point. Theyre cool under pressure, so to speak. They want to get that hit, they want to get that kill thats going to put us back on top.
Marion-Kiser has been placing calls to colleges to take a look at her outside hitters. Both girls have filled out forms for Pfeiffer University. Although they wouldnt go so far as to claim they are a package deal, both said they would love to play together for another two years.
That would be awesome, Vogler said. Shes like my best friend.
Both girls, who are members of the Knights softball team and involved with their churches, want to keep up the pace as players and as members of their team. And, as Marion-Kiser, sees it, there shouldnt be any drop off in play.
Right now theyre playing really good volleyball; Smart, not letting anything hit the floor, she said. Everything seems to be in place. I would just like for these girls to go out as winners.
Contact Ed Phillipps at [email protected] or 719-1921.