DOBSON — The Surry Community College Lady Knights volleyball team battled a huge 3-0 win over Pitt Community College in a conference match at home on Friday.
The victory moved the Knights’ record to 7-8 in the conference, and they are 13-10 overall.
The Knights are awaiting a reschedule date against Louisburg Community College. A win would advance them to .500 in the conference, said Head Coach Jan Marion-Kiser.
The victory against Pitt was needed after coming off a tough loss to Guilford Technical Community College earlier, saidMarion-Kiser.
Knights players were aggressive in going after every ball, put forth great passing efforts and got the ball to the hitters.
“For the first time this season we really came together as a team,” said Marion-Kiser.
Overall, said Marion-Kiser, Dana Brown did a great job by setting the hitter and putting the ball into the hitter’s hands. Alexis Allen, outside hitter, had great passing and defense. Offensively, Allen took great swings and put the ball down when she needed to get a kill.
Marion-Kiser described aspects of which a hitter must remain aware at the tough level of competition found in the Region X, Division II conference. They include the importance of picking up on if the block is taking an angle or looking for holes on open defense, or knowing when to go to the line.
“There are a lot of things a hitter has to be conscious of to be super smart with it,” said Marion-Kiser.
She further commented about individual players’ efforts in the needed victory.
Brooke Johnson at middle hitter had her best game of the season. “She was swinging and hitting the ball. Her defensive blocking was very strong and she was constantly where she needed to be on the block.”
Madison Jessup and Maddison Hawks in a defensive duo made sure they were picking up balls.
On coverage, Hawks did excellent. She was covering hitters, getting balls off the block, and she was where she needed to be, when the block wasn’t there, said the coach.
“Jessup covered our hitters so well, she was able to pick it up and get it to the setter.”
Tiffany Coe at right back, made big pick-ups going after the ball, being behind hitters and picking up balls.
Sophomore Samantha Dimmette, who is always a strong hitter, came into the game and her ability to get the serve in, play defense at back and do an amazing job of blocking also factored in the win.
Shay Hampton, freshman, also had an amazing game, said Marion-Kiser. She got big swings and as far as getting kills, she did unbelievable blocking. “She caused a lot of problems for hitters.”
Marion-Kiser said Hampton is a 6’2 wall, who had the best game that she has had all season.
Cassidy Gregory outside hitter, continues to be strong at the spot. “She blocks and has a big swing. She played one of the better games defensively that she has played. She is not scared to take swings and goes to hit the ball every time. She is a strong team player and has done great on the outside for me.”
Coe and Jessup also worked to help keep the offense running in the win against Pitt.
Ashley Smith was on bench supporting the team, after a minor injury in car accident.
“All players were accountable for that win,” said Marion-Kiser.
The Lady Knights have one more conference match before the Region X tournament begins on Nov. 1.
They need the win against Louisburg to keep them at fourth seed in the conference standings. A win will put them as fifth seed in the tournament.
The National Junior College Athletic Association Region X Division II conference is one of the most competitive and just as competitive as any Division III NCAA school, said Marion-Kiser.
Catawba Valley remains undefeated in the conference. It won the district last year and got to the nationals.
The Lady Knights will have to play the best volleyball they have played to win the Region X tournament and will be building on the momentum from the win, said Marion-Kiser.
The Lady Knights fifth annual Dig Pink game will be against Wytheville, Va., Community College on Oct. 22. It is a big deal for Marion-Kiser as her mother is a breast-cancer survivor, she said.
Players compete in their loved ones’ memory and play for cancer survivors. It will be competitive but fun with door prizes, and pink jerseys.
They are hoping to raise $3,000 as the goal. Admission fee is usually free, but the Lady Knights are asking for a small donation. It will be a really good game, said Marion-Kiser.