Lady Knights open season with tri-match sweep
by Staff Reports
DOBSON — Surry Community College opened its volleyball season with two wins in a tri-match over the weekend.
SCC defeated Lenoir and Davidson County in a Region X matchup on Friday.
The Lady Knights knocked off Lenoir 3-0 in their season opener by scores of 25-12, 25-14 and 25-13.
Surry raced out to a 9-1 lead in the opening set behind the serving of former Mount Airy player Jenna Clement and never trailed the Lancers.
“We played well and still have some areas we can improve, but I felt like it was a good showing for our first two games,” Coach Jan Marion-Kiser said.
The Knights were led by Sara Parker with nine kills with Nicole Rumplasch adding five kills and Brooke Johnson adding four kills. All three players attended North Surry.
Clement led Surry with 19 assists while Parker added three service aces. Defensively, Parker notched nine digs while Alysha Shelton added six digs. Parker and Surry Central graduate Jennifer Coe each collected three blocks for the Lady Knights.
“We really had strong leadership from our sophomore class,” Marion-Kiser said. “Alysha Shelton had a solid defensive day, and Sara Parker really played well offensively.”
After Davidson County swept Lenoir in three sets (25-14, 25-7, 25-12), the Storm faced SCC in the final match of the day. Davidson jumped out to an 8-2 lead before Surry took a timeout to regroup.
The Lady Knights responded with a 14-8 run to tie the score at 16-16. Following a timeout from Davidson County, the Lady Knights continued their strong play behind the serving of Clement to finish off the Storm, 25-21.
In the second set, Surry lead 24-19 before Davidson County rallied to tie the score at 24-all behind the serving of Tressa McGee. Following a Nicole Rumplasch block, Surry then captured the match on the ensuing serve, 26-24. In the third set, Surry never trailed in racing out to a 21-12 lead before finishing off the Storm, 25-14.
The Lady Knights were led by Parker with 10 kills while Rumplasch and former Bear Alexis Allen notched seven kills each. Clement dished out a team high 21 assists while Parker notched two service aces.
On the defensive side, Allen and Rumplasch led Surry with seven blocks each while Shelton recorded 23 digs. Parker added 16 digs for the Lady Knights.
“We had strong blocking that created problems for their offense,” Marion-Kiser added. “We really had a total team effort in both games.”
Surry (2-0) returns to action at 6 p.m. today, hosting Piedmont International University. Admission is free with the Lady Knights continuing to take canned food donations for the Foothills Food Pantry during all home games.
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