Mount Airy swept Walkertown 3-0 in volleyball on an emotional night.
The Lady Bears dedicated the match to junior Taylor Bouma, who is battling cancer, then they downed the Lady Wolfpack 25-10, 25-8 and 25-12.
This was the Northwest Conference opener for the Bears who improved to 3-2, 1-0, going into Thursday’s rivalry match with North Surry.
Walkertown is young and still building their program, noted coach Chuck Morris. That allowed the Bears to rotate freely for fresh legs and game experience for everyone.
Setter Sarah Lankford spread the ball around with her 27 assists.
Middle hitter Abby Harold had a very efficient night, said Morris. She had 11 swings at the net and produced nine kills and only one error.
One of the reserves also had a good night as Lily Smith made six kills in only eight attempts.
At the service line, Lankford was 23/25 with seven aces. Sadie Brooks was 7/8 with six aces, and Smith 6/7 with three aces.
“The girls had a lot on their minds at the start, but they came through it pretty well for what was going on,” said Morris.
Bouma was recently diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a type of bone cancer that typically hits children whose bones are still growing and developing. He has already undergone a round of chemotherapy at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital in Winston-Salem.
“Taylor is a well-liked kid, and all the girls know him,” said Morris.
Defensive specialist Charli Hiatt addressed the crowd before the match as both the home and visiting teams wore T-shirts saying “Play for Tay, Pray for Tay.”
Charli is a good friend of Taylor, and it was very hard for her to read that speech, said Morris, but she made it through, and the girls all went over to give Taylor a hug before the start of the first set.
The Bears travel to North Surry for Thursday’s match.