Lady Eagles take 3-0 volleyball win
by Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
DOBSON — The Lady Eagles bounced back from a tough loss to East Surry for an easy 3-0 win over Elkin Monday.
Surry Central is 5-3, but two of those losses have come to the Lady Cardinals and the other to perennial powerhouse Starmount.
Still, after dropping three of four, the Eagles could appreciate a one-sided win.
The Lady Elks hung close at the start of each game, but the Eagles pulled away every time.
Against East Surry, the Eagles had a problem with giving up runs. The teams would be playing close, then the Cards would make a move, and the Eagles didn’t counter, according to Coach Carrie Hutchens.
The home team took care of that problem Monday as the best that Elkin could do was three straight points early in the third game.
Hutchens went into the match wanting to see the Eagles put together some runs of their own. She got a huge one in the first frame.
The score was tied at 5-all when Central ran off five straight points. Elkin got one point, then Central scored the next 15 points behind the serve of Holly Mason for a 25-6 win. From that 5-5 tie, the Eagles outscored the Elks 21-1.
In the second set, the Eagles led 8-3 when Elkin stepped up its play and stayed close up to 18-14. Then the Eagles ran off the last seven points behind Brooke Lewis’ serve for a 25-14 win.
In the third set, the score was tied 3-all when the Elks scored three in a row for a 6-3 lead.
The Eagles pulled ahead at 12-11, then ran off seven straight points as Kaitlin Kidd served. The home team cruised to a 25-16 final.
Hutchens said she mixed things up Monday, wanting to give the whole team a chance to play. She also moved people around to new positions so they could have that added experience.
Cassidy Joyner led the team with nine kills, while Kristin Key had eight. Kelsey Taylor and Tori Blevins added four each.
Key and Kidd had the only two stuff blocks on the day.
Kidd handed out 32 assists, while Kendra Johnson led the back line with 15 digs. Joyner had six digs, Kidd and Lewis three and Key two.
The team again had a good service percentage.
Mason had 15 serves in play and three aces. Kidd had 12 serves in play, Joyner nine and Johnson eight.
While happy to get back on the winning track, Hutchens said the team will have to tighten up and play even better Thursday when conference play begins at home against South Stokes.
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