Surry Community College’s volleyball team is now 17-3 overall and 7-2 in Region X after splitting four contests this past week.
The week got off to a rough start for the Knights as SCC dropped a 25-20, 20-25, 21-25, 25-20, 9-15 heartbreaker to Catawba Valley Community College in Dobson.
“It was a really good game but not the outcome we wanted,” Surry volleyball coach Jan Marion-Kiser said. “Catawba Valley is just super strong. I would like to have seen us do a little better on our serving game. We missed serves at crucial points that cost us matches. It was probably one of the most grueling matches I have seen my girls have to play. We took them five sets, so I feel like we are in position to hopefully next time we play them to not miss the serves and continue to play with the same energy.”
Surry bounced back at home with a 25-20, 25-9, 25-22 sweep of Patrick Henry Community College. Kacie Markle had 12 kills and nine digs, while Haley Hartman had 19 digs and five kills to lead the Knights. Jessi Marion added five kills and a dig, Sidney Shelton had four kills and three digs, while Hawks led the team with 19 assists to go along with four digs. Kaitlin Kidd had four assists, one dig and one kill. Cassidy Palmer tallied 17 digs for Surry, Brittany Zeller had five digs, and Cheyenne Kota had one kill, one assist and one dig.
“Everybody got to play and contribute. The loss to Catawba Valley really hurt and was still fresh in our minds,” Marion-Kiser said. “These girls came in with the intent of ‘Let’s get back on a roll and get back to winning.’ They played together and it was a really good game.”
The Knights hosted a tri-match Saturday with Spartanburg Methodist and Davidson Community College. The first contest went about as bad as possible for Surry as the Knights not only lost in five sets, but lost the services of Markle, a starting outside hitter, to a sprained ankle on the first point of the first game.
SCC went on to win the first two sets 28-26 and 25-15, but Spartanburg rallied to take the next three sets 25-19, 25-14, 15-9, returning the favor from last year when the Knights won in five sets after losing the first two to Spartanburg.
“They are a Division I team in Region X and a really good team. They have big girls that can take big swings and hit the ball,” Marion-Kiser said. “Markle went down in the first set, which was a big hit for us. It just kind of knocked the wind out of us. She and Haley Hartman are having huge games for us, so it was a huge blow that knocked the girls out of sync. We won those first two sets and then just struggled. We missed our serves again and looked a little out of place on defense. It was a game lost on mistakes we normally don’t make.”
Surry responded with a vengeance, however, in the second contest of the day, hammering Davidson Community College 25-12, 25-16, 25-2. In the final set, Morgan Hawks reeled off a string of 23 straight serving points as the Knights raced out to a 23-0 lead.
“The girls had a bit of break between games and we got to recoup and revamp everything. We moved Sidney Shelton from the middle to outside and took Kaitlin Kidd as our middle hitter. You don’t see a lot of lefties in the middle and she puts up a huge block for us and did a good job,” Marion-Kiser said. “Morgan did an amazing job serving in the last set. She puts the ball in play every time. She’s worked extensively on hitting her spots and it was one of those games where she couldn’t miss.”
Shelton led Surry with 10 kills, while Hartman and Kidd both had six kills. Kota added five kills, followed by Marion (3) and Hawks (2). Even the team’s Libero, Cassidy Palmer, had a kill.
Hawks again led the Knights with 21 assists to go along with 15 digs. Hartman had 18 digs and Palmer cracked double figures with 14 digs. Shelton added eight digs, Kota had two assists and eight digs, and Kidd had six digs and one assist.
“Even with big changes to our hitting lineup, it didn’t affect how the girls played,” Marion-Kiser said. “It was a really good team effort and the girls stepped up and played amazing through the changes.”