Forbush swept the Lady Sauras 3-0 two weeks ago, but South wouldn’t let it happen again. In Thursday’s match at East Bend South won the first set 25-17, but was edged out by the Falcons 25-14, 25-22 in the second and third set. The Sauras rallied 25-22, 15-13 in the fourth and fifth set ensuring their Western Piedmont conference win the second time around.
“In the first home match against Forbush, we fell behind and weren’t able to maintain our focus and make a comeback. In this match the girls played every point with the same level of intensity,” said Sauras head coach Doug Balser. “They’re really starting to believe they can win the set and match, no matter what the score. When you believe that you can do something, and then put in the effort and work, you usually get a good result.”
That grit and determination has propelled the Lady Sauras to a 16-3 record at this point, the best since Balser began coaching in 2011. Before he took the reins, South only recorded one win each season in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
“We’ve been working on building the program for the past five years, and I think we’re seeing the results of all the work the players have put in during that time,” the coach said. “This year’s group is talented, but probably more importantly they play as a unit.”
Seniors Taylor Moulton and Sam Williams continue to lead their team in the right direction.
Against the Falcons Moulton finished with 23 kills, 23 digs and six assists and Williams added 39 assists and five kills.
Freshman Lilly Weaver had 13 kills and Maggie Joyce contributed seven along with four blocks.
“We’ve been talking about playing every point like it’s a match point. We do this to keep the team intensity level high, and that’s exactly how we played at Forbush. I am very proud of how the girls were able to not only play hard but to keep their composure throughout the match. We again fell behind early and had to rally to pull out the victory,” Balser said.
In the competitive WPAC, Forbush is tied at second.
“They’re an extremely talented team. In fact, they might have the best overall talent in the conference. When you take on a team with that kind of abilities you have to play every point hard, and that’s exactly what our girls did in this match.”
Currently, North Surry leads the WPAC, Forbush and Surry Central are tied for second place, South is in close third, West Stokes fourth, and Carver fifth.
“We have several very tough conference games left, and then the conference tournament and states after that. I want to the girls to play each match with the same fire that I have been seeing from them lately. If they do that, I think that we can have a very successful end of the season,” Balser said.
Amanda Dodson can be reached at 336-813-2426 or on Twitter at AmandaTDodson.