KING — North Surry was pushed to the limit in its quest to continue an eight-year reign over the Western Piedmont Athletic Conference.
The Lady Greyhounds haven’t lost a conference match in eight years, and were heavily favored to keep up their winning ways in the championship match of the WPAC Tournament on Wednesday against host West Stokes High School. And North Surry did just that, but needed five sets to pull it off.
North Surry rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the final two sets and the championship in the final WPAC match of this realignment cycle, 19-25, 25-14, 17-25, 25-19, 15-5. With the win, the Lady Hounds should head into postseason play with one of the highest seeds in the 2A West bracket.
The Lady Hounds, now 22-4 on the season, had expected to face regular-season runner-up Forbush in the final, but the Lady Wildcats (17-8) pulled off a surprise in the other semifinal, upsetting the Lady Falcons in five sets. With the final also on their home floor, Wes Stokes came out and played inspired volleyball against heavily favored North Surry, winning two of the first three sets and fighting hard in the fourth before running out of gas at the end.
North Surry received all of its frontline scoring from five players. Paige Sizemore led the team with 16 kills. Mikaela Johnson added 10, Kaylee Freed nine, Whitney Hall eight and Martha Holt five. Distributing the ball among those five was Dixie Fulk, who racked up 45 assists, five aces and nine digs.
The match featured 103 digs by the Lady Hounds. Maggie Hawks had 23, Sizemore 21, Anna Martin 16, Cidney Fulk 13, and Holt 10. Freed had five blocks and Johnson four, and Hall added five aces.
North Surry will await the release of the NCHSAA playoff brackets this weekend to learn who its next opponent will be. The Lady Hounds will open the postseason at home, but it is uncertain who they might face in the opening round.