EAST BEND — Forbush’s volleyball team came into its Tuesday night match with North Surry on a six-match winning streak and tied with the Lady Greyhounds for first place in the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.
Was the stage set for the first conference loss by a North Surry volleyball team in eight years? Not hardly.
The Lady Hounds made their statement in the key WPAC road match, sweeping the Lady Falcons out of their own gym by a count of 25-14, 25-21, 25-16.
North Surry (11-4, 4-0 WPAC), currently ranked sixth in the 2A ranks according to MaxPreps.com, devastated Forbush (11-5, 4-1) with a strong power game. The Lady Hounds had 36 kills and seven aces among their 75 points in the match, including 11 kills each from Paige Sizemore and Mikaela Johnson, and eight more from Kaylee Freed. Johnson scored a kill on 11 of her 19 attempts.
Helping North Surry’s hitters deal out all of that punishment was Dixie Fulk, who had 26 assists and committed just one ball-handling error in 85 opportunities. Fulk also had 12 digs and three service aces. Johnson had three of the aces herself, with Martha Holt picking up the other one to go with her two kills and six digs.
Leading the defensive effort along with Fulk were Maggie Hawks, with 21 digs, and Anna Martin, with 15. Eight different North Surry players had multiple digs, and the Lady Hounds had 70 of them as a team.
The victory leaves the Lady Hounds in the driver’s seat for yet another conference crown. North Surry will be in King this evening for another important league tilt, taking on West Stokes (11-5, 4-2), which has already lost to both North and Forbush this season.