Surry netters win two more, improve to 18-3

Dobson, NC – October 5, 2015.

Surry Community College’s volleyball team is now 18-3 overall with recent wins over Louisburg College and Pitt Community College.

After a week off, the Knights showed no ill effects from the layoff Saturday, sweeping Louisburg 25-12, 25-22, 25-18 in three sets in Dobson. Surry (18-3, 8-2 Region X) benefitted from strong hitting percentages in the first two games, dropping the ball at 32 percent in the opening set and 26 percent in the second set.

“We beat them in three, which is a good win for us. They have been playing really well and gotten stronger since we last played them,” Surry volleyball coach Jan Marion-Kiser said. “We are still missing Kacie (Markle), one of our big power hitters, but it was a really great three sets of volleyball because Morgan (Hawks) spread the ball around to all our hitters and everybody got their fair share of swings.”

Haley Harman led the Knights with nine kills, while Sidney Shelton and Kaitlin Kidd each had seven kills. Hawks, Cassidy Palmer and Cheyenne Kota all had five kills for Surry. Hawks, a freshman setter from North Surry, had a huge night, dishing out 35 assists.

“Even with missing a key player, everybody contributed and stepped up,” Marion-Kiser said. “Cassidy Palmer had 23 digs, just a great defensive effort from her. She took control of the back row and played one of the best home games I have seen her play. She was picking up balls we normally don’t get to. The serving game was strong. Cheyenne Kota was dropping aces on the floor. Her jump serve gives some teams fits as far as getting it up and getting their offense going. Kacie plays all the way around for us. But with her out we have had girls who have had to step up and fill a void. We will be glad when we get her back, but the other girls are going out there and still making huge plays.”

Surry went on the road Sept. 26 to Pitt Community College and came away with another three-set win, 25-17, 25-19, 25-14. Kiser said the Knights’ offense was strong with Hartman leading the way with 11 kills. Hawks and Shelton both had seven kills, Jessi Marion had five kills, and Kota and Kidd each contributed three kills.

Hawks again had a big day setting with a game-high 31 assists. She also led Surry with 16 digs. Palmer (14) and Brittany Zeller (12) also cracked double figures in digs.

“Overall it was a really good day offensively. It was really big for us to go on the road, even without Kacie Markle, and still play well,” Marion-Kiser said. “It shows they have figured out this new rotation with Kaitlin Kidd in the middle and Sidney Shelton at outside hitter. The defense has really been clicking.”

Surry will hit the road this week, traveling to Wytheville Community College on Oct. 5, then to Patrick Henry Community College on Oct. 8 and road games Oct. 10 against Brunswick Community College and Cape Fear Community College in Bolivia, N.C.

“We are really hoping we can travel down east and hopefully have everybody back and healthy,” Marion-Kiser said. “We’ve had some time off and gotten some rest, so we have to make a push this last time through and get as many wins as we can to put us in a good position for the tournament.”

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