WALNUT COVE — One tough match remains, but North Surry’s volleyball team is a victory away from a perfect season against its own kind, and a conference title to boot.
After the Lady Hounds survived an East Surry upset bid by two points on Saturday, the Lady Greyhounds returned to Western Piedmont Athletic Conference action this week and won three more matches to lock down no worse than a co-championship in their league. North Surry, which hasn’t lost a WPAC match since 2008, will host Forbush this evening in the regular-season finale for both teams. The Lady Falcons are in second place in the conference and could tie North for the title if it pulled an upset.
In addition to being unbeaten in conference play, North Surry (19-4, 9-0 WPAC) has not lost to any opponent at a classification below 4A this season.
North began its final week of the regular season with a doubleheader against Carver on Monday. The Lady Yellowjackets haven’t provided much challenge for anyone this season, and certainly not against a team currently ranked fifth in the state’s 2A ranks. North won the first match 25-4, 25-0, 25-3, then defeated Carver again in the nightcap, 25-4, 25-2, 25-3.
Tuesday’s trip to South Stokes promised better competition. The Lady Sauras entered the match with a 12-9 overall record, and while North Surry still won easily, South Stokes was able to earn points other than on bad serves in the Lady Hounds’ 25-12, 25-7, 25-13 victory.
North spread its attack around against South Stokes, with Dixie Fulk earning 29 assists, most of them shared between Paige Sizemore (10 kills), Whitney Hall (eight), Kaylee Freed (seven) and Martha Holt (six). The Lady Hounds had 13 service aces, with Hall, Sizemore and Fulk each earning three. Maggie Hawks led the defense with 24 digs, followed by Sizemore with eight, Anna Martin with six and Cidney Fulk with five.
The Lady Hounds will meet Forbush today at 6 in the Ron King Gym. The Lady Falcons (16-5, 8-1) suffered their only conference setback when North beat them 25-14, 25-21, 25-16 in East Bend on Sept. 27. North’s last conference defeat took place on Oct. 15, 2008, when the Lady Hounds lost in five sets to Starmount.
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