ELKIN — The Mount Airy volleyball team could be one of the area’s best teams in the 2016 season, and the Lady Bears looked the part in an opening match sweep against Elkin on Tuesday.
Mount Airy cruised in the first set with a 25-10 victory before a narrow win at 25-23 in the second. The Lady Bears easily closed things out with a 25-18 decision in the third and final set.
“I think we got a little full of ourselves in the second set and a bit lackadaisical,” Mount Airy coach Chuck Morris said. “We didn’t pass well and had some errors, but otherwise I was pretty pleased with our performance.”
One thing Coach Morris especially liked was his team’s offense on Tuesday, led by juniors Sadie Brooks and Madeline Mayfield. Brooks poured in a team-high 12 kills while Mayfield recorded six against Elkin.
This was the first official match for Mayfield in her new middle hitter position. After playing as an outside hitter last year, Mayfield is moving inside to help Mount Airy cope with some senior departures from last year’s team.
“Madeline is still dealing with some timing issues on quick attacks, but I think she’s progressing really nicely. She performs better every time she steps out on the court,” Morris said.
Defending Northwest Conference Player of the Year Sarah Lankford recorded 21 assists while only playing two sets. Allie Sechrist came in relief of Lankford in the third set and provided eight assists.
Coach Morris was also impressed with his team’s defense and serve-receive play on Tuesday. Kayla Hicks and Shelbey Taylor anchored the Lady Bears back line that only committed nine receiving errors. Mount Airy also recorded 14 aces in the win.
The Lady Bears will hit the road again on Thursday for their second match of the year, this time traveling to Hays to face North Wilkes.