SPARTA — North Surry’s volleyball team hasn’t tasted defeat at the hands of anyone except a 4A team this season.
Even the defending 1A state champions couldn’t do anything about that on Monday evening.
The Lady Hounds stepped out of Western Piedmont Athletic Conference play for a road trip to Alleghany, a team that they didn’t meet a year ago when the Lady Trojans were rolling to a title. The showdown may have come a year late, but it was no contest as North Surry won 25-22, 25-18, 25-16.
North Surry, which has all but locked up another WPAC title, improved to 13-4 on the season (5-0 WPAC). Alleghany, which lost several players off its championship-winning team but still has a formidable middle hitter in sophomore Cameron Hawkins, dropped to 11-5, but remains in contention for the Mountain Valley 1A/2A title at 8-1 in league play.
The Lady Hounds used their own explosive attack to neutralize Hawkins and overpower the Lady Trojans. Junior Mikaela Johnson had one of her better outings of the season with 14 kills and three blocks, while Paige Sizemore had nine kills of her own. North Surry also played very strong defense in the match, with nine different players combining for 92 digs. Maggie Hawks had 34 of them, with Sizemore getting down for 12 digs, Dixie Fulk 11, and Martha Holt 10. Fulk also had all 20 of the Lady Hounds’ assists in the victory.
North Surry, which is ranked No. 5 in 2A according to the latest MaxPreps.com rankings, returns home for a WPAC match against county rival Surry Central on Thursday, and then will travel to Mount Airy on Saturday for Rivals United. The Lady Hounds will square off against two of the state’s top 10 1A teams, No. 10 East Surry (16-3) and then No. 7 Mount Airy (14-2).