North volley takes 3-0 win over rival Bears

Jeff Linville Staff Reporter

September 4, 2013

The Lady Greyhounds swept the Lady Bears 3-0 in volleyball Tuesday.

North Surry took each set by double digits in a rivalry game that is no longer a conference match thanks to the realignment.

The Hounds won 25-13, 25-10 and 25-11.

In the first frame, the score was tied 2-all when North scored four straight to draw a Bear timeout.

From there, the Hounds steadily grew the lead before winning by 12 points.

North missed a few spikes long in the early going before settling down.

“We finally eliminated a lot of our unforced errors to help stretch our lead,” said Coach Shane Slate.

In the second game, the Bears took a 4-1 lead before North’s front line dialed in its swings. The Hounds went on an 7-0 run to take the lead. From 8-4, the Bears played evenly up to 11-7.

Then the Hounds took off on another spurt, taking 14 of 17 points the rest of the game for a 25-10 win.

In the third set, the score was 1-1 when North had a 9-1 run.

After a Mount Airy timeout, the Bears scored a couple of points, but the Hounds answered and went on to win 25-11.

“I feel like we made more progress as a team tonight because we played our most efficient match of the year,” said Slate. “Everyone who stepped on the court made more positive plays than negative, which is the direction we want to move in.”

Part of that efficiency was getting setter Bailey Culler back on the floor. Culler had a broken bone in her left hand and missed the start of the season. She spent most of her time at her familiar position, but also was spelled by Morgan Hawks.

Culler finished with 19 assists, and Hawks added four assists. Hawks also spiked four kills as an outside hitter.

Taylor Hill led the Hounds with eight kills, while Malaya Johnson added six. Johnson led the team with four blocks, while Erin March had three.

“We served aggressively to help keep them out of system, and we took advantage of our height advantage at the net as well,” said the coach.

At the service line, Culler was 10/11 with two aces. Alex Cooke was 6/6 with two aces, and Aubrey Hall was 6/6 with one ace.

On defense, Hill had nine digs, Abby Golding seven and Culler six.

The Hounds improved to 5-3 and travel to Alleghany on Thursday.

The Bears are still looking for that elusive first win. They host Patrick County today and travel to Walkertown Thursday.