Surry reflects on another successful volleyball season

Putting together another winning season while also giving back to the community, Surry Community College’s volleyball team recently wrapped up a successful year on and off the court.

The Knights finished the season with a 15-12 record and were rewarded for their efforts as freshman outside hitter Haley Hartman (Starmount High School) was named to the All-Region X team. Hartman had an incredible rookie season, leading SCC in kills (270), kills per set (3.38), total attempts (708), digs (404), and digs per set (6.18).

But as well as Surry performed in the gym, the volleyball team set new marks in good deeds off the court. During its annual Spike Out Hunger campaign in the fall, the team collected more than 1,000 pounds of food, the most the Knights have raised in the four years of the campaign. In total, more than half-a-ton of non-perishable food items were donated to the Foothills Food Pantry for needy families in the area as a result of the campaign.

The team collected items prior to each home game along with assistance from area businesses. Additionally, the Knights initiated an on-campus competition between the offices of Continuing Education and Student Services. As part of a healthy competition between the college’s Continuing Education and Student Development departments, a total of 419 pounds was collected for the campaign.

“We had great support from the staff and faculty at SCC in helping us to gather our food donation for the Foothills Food Pantry, and of course all the fans who came and helped support us with bringing donations to home games,” said Surry volleyball coach Jan Marion-Kiser. “Student Development and Continuing Education helped by competing for the largest donation.”

“We appreciate Surry Community College’s generous donations of more than 1,000 pounds of food in 2014,” added Robin Hardin of the Foothills Food Pantry. “Through their donations we are able to assist approximately 9,000 individuals each year.”

The Surry volleyball team’s impact on the community was once again felt Oct. 23, 2014 during the Dig Pink game with Central Carolina Community College. The Knights went on to win the contest in three sets, but more importantly raised more than $500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which helps to support research and education for breast cancer.

“Our Dig Pink game was huge this year and we had one of the best games since I have been here coaching. We were able to raise more than $500 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation and were able to buy new jerseys for the girls to have going forward,” Marion-Kiser said. “There were tons of great door prizes from restaurants and local businesses who gave gift certificates, and we had great support from our fans.”

Additionally, the game served as Sophomore Night. It couldn’t have gone any better as the Knights sent out its four sophomores with a three-set sweep in their final home game. The four sophomores honored were Tiffany Coe (Surry Central), Cassidy Gregory (East Wilkes), Ashley Smith (East Surry) and Olivia Smith (Mount Airy).

Surry Community College honored its four sophomores prior to the last home game on Oct. 23, 2014. Pictured from left: Tiffany Coe, Emily Roberts (Assistant Coach), Jan Marion-Kiser (Head Coach), Olivia Smith, Ashley Smith, Cassidy Gregory.

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