DOBSON — Starmount withstood a comeback attempt by Surry Central to secure its first volleyball win of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Rams won 25-18, 25-9, 20-25, 25-14 to improve to 1-2.
Central lost outside hitter Kelsey Taylor in the first game to a high ankle sprain.
“Your team has to rally on and off the court. We had to put girls in different spots,” Central coach Carrie Hutchens said. “The girls did great in that third-game rally.”
Hutchens said it was a combination of little things such as missed passes, net calls and shots hit out of bounds that did in the Eagles.
The first game went back-and-forth between the two teams. Starmount called a timeout after the Eagles pulled to within 19-17 and then closed out the game with a 6-1 run.
In the second game, the Rams went on a 9-2 run early to take control and the Eagles never recovered.
Central came to life in the third game. Ashlyn Jewel had a couple of big kills during a run where the Eagles took a 16-9 advantage. Starmount’s Alli St. John had a kill and Alli Jones served back-to-back aces to get the Rams going. Kristin Key had a kill to put the Eagles ahead 19-15 before Starmount came back to tie it at 20.
Jewel and McKenzie Danley finished with kills in the final moments as Central scored five in a row to avoid the sweep.
In Game 4, Starmount took command early, leading 4-0 and 14-3. Central would cut it to 18-13 but got no closer.
The Rams have three freshman on the varsity roster and are smaller than the Starmount teams in recent years.
“(Central) had an injury to (Taylor) which threw their tempo off and gave us a little advantage,” coach Jon Symons of Starmount said. “I like the way we played defensively. We have to be able to frustrate teams that can swing.”
Emma White had two kills and one ace, Danley had six kills, 10 digs and two aces, Laura Dobbins had two kills, 10 assists and three digs, Makayla Draughn had four kills and one dig, Jewel had four kills, one block, 13 assists and two digs, Jess Fowler had two kills, six digs and two aces, Key had four kills and three blocks, and Madison Robertson had 12 digs.
Central (2-1) hosts West Wilkes for a nonconference match today. Starmount travels to North Wilkes on Thursday.