Lady Hounds beat Falcons, prepare for tourney
by Jeff Linville Staff Reporter
EAST BEND — The Lady Greyhounds wrapped up a perfect league record with a 3-0 volleyball win over Forbush Thursday.
North Surry already had clinched first place in the new Western Piedmont Conference, but the team finished off a 10-0 league mark with its 21st-straight win. The Hounds are now 22-3 overall.
“I am glad to see we came out and played for something tonight,” said Coach Shane Slate. “A lot of times it is easy to mail it in once a team accomplishes a goal.”
The Hounds got better in each set, winning 25-20, 25-15 and 25-9.
“Our team did a lot of good things tonight,” Slate said. “I really liked the way our block set the tone for the match in the second set, and our perimeter defense was able to feed off of that.”
Malaya Johnson led with 10 blocks, and Erin March added seven.
The team continues to be without outside hitter Taylor Hill, who sprained her ankle at Surry Central three matches ago.
The Hounds still had plenty of firepower with Johnson topping the team with 11 kills. Alex Cooke added seven and Aubrey Hall five.
“We had players step into roles again tonight and give us a boost,” he said. “Over the last few weeks as we have dealt with illness and injury, Alex, Erin, Aubrey and Kendra (McKeithen) have stepped up their game.”
Bailey Culler set up the offense with 28 assists.
On the back line, Hall tallied 12 digs, while libero Abby Golding had 10.
On the service line, Golding was a perfect 12/12, and Morgan Hawks was 9/9 with an ace.
Hall missed just one serve at 18/19 and had an ace.
Forbush fell to 10-10, 6-4 in the conference. The Falcons tied with West Stokes for second place in the conference, with Surry Central a game back at 5-5.
The former Northwest Conference had nine teams and ran the conference tournament over four days, starting with the eight/nine play-in game.
With only six teams in the Western Piedmont, North Surry and the second-place team get a bye in the quarterfinal round.
Forbush and West Stokes split their head-to-head matches. Since neither team could beat North Surry, the next tiebreaker is the teams’ battles with Central. West Stokes won twice, while Forbush split, so the Wildcats get second place.
On Monday, the Lady Eagles will host a match against South Stokes (3-7), while either Forbush hosts Carver (0-10).
Then on Tuesday, the semifinals take place at Forbush. The two winners from that round move on to the final on Wednesday at Forbush.
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