Lady Knights open season with sweep in renovated gym

DOBSON – Surry Community College’s volleyball team unveiled its newly renovated gym in style Saturday, defeating Patrick Henry Community College in three games.

Hosting Patrick Henry in the season opener in its shiny new digs, the Lady Knights swept the Patriots 25-23, 25-17, 25-21. Setter Katie Moncus led the Knights with 33 assists and three kills, while Anika Thomas added 15 kills, 13 digs and five assists.

“The good news is everybody got to play, which was positive. Katie distributed the ball really well as far as making sure all our hitters were making good swings, which is a good thing for us,” Surry head coach Jan Marion-Kiser said. “With it being our opening game, I anticipated there would be a list of things we needed to work on a little, but we got to see everybody get some playing time. Anika stepped up and played huge. She came out swinging and put on a hitting show.”

Freshman middle hitter Lauren Charleville added 10 kills in the victory. Lexia Wingler, another freshman middle hitter, chipped in six kills.

“It was nice for my middles to be involved in the offense and be able to contribute to a strong start to the season. We have struggled in the past,” Marion-Kiser said.

Sophomore right side hitter Kenly Burchette added five kills and Lexie Hartle and Kallie Blackburn both contributed two kills. Freshman libero Bryce Smith added 11 digs in her first non-club action since her junior season of high school at East Surry.

“She missed her senior year of play, so it was kind of nice to get her back on the court and see how she contributed to getting our offense going,” Marion-Kiser said. “She was also strong defensively for us.”

Freshman right side hitter Mikayla Thorpe had two digs and Kaylee Bullin also showed some promise in the victory.

“Kaylee got in and had some great serves,” Marion-Kiser said. “Freshman Mandy Hamrick had seven digs and two aces. I was just impressed with her overall play as a defensive specialist. To be a freshman she played really well today. Everybody got in and got some playing time and we are looking now to fine tune our offense and defense.”

The Surry Knights will be back at home Monday, August 28 to host Montreat College at 6:30 p.m. in Dobson. Marion-Kiser said SCC had a great crowd for its opener and hopes to see the crowds continue Monday.

“It was a great crowd for our opening game,” she said. “I think as a coach we have potential and I can see it is going to be a good season. I think we will get better and better with each game we play.”


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