Surry volleyball tops Lenoir, Louisburg

Dobson, NC – September 12, 2015.

Surry Community College’s volleyball team capped another big week Saturday with a four-set Region X win at home against Lenoir Community College. That victory came on the heels of a huge road win in three sets Thursday at Louisburg College as the Knights improved to 11-1 overall and 5-1 in Region X.

North Surry freshman Morgan Hawks had 32 assists and 14 digs Saturday as SCC defeated Lenoir 25-11, 16-25, 25-17, 26-24 in Dobson.

“I was really excited about today’s game. We have played them the last couple of years and they have been really strong,” Surry volleyball coach Jan Marion-Kiser said. “They are one of the teams in Region X that has really done their job recruiting and getting big players.”

Haley Hartman led the Knights with 13 kills and 23 digs. Kacie Markle had double figures in kills (12) and digs (15). Cassidy Palmer added 18 digs. Cheyenne Kota had three assists, while Kaitlin Kidd and Hartman each had one. Hawks added six kills, and Kidd, Sidney Shelton and Jessi Marion both contributed four kills, and Palmer had one. Brittany Zeller had five digs for the Knights.

“Today was a game of cat and mouse. We had to be really smart with our hitting. They have some really good middle (hitters) that are very strong and we were really getting a good setup,” Marion-Kiser said. “Once we figured where the holes were and where to go on the floor, our kids made better decisions. We were doing a great job of getting the ball up and to the net.”

Defensively, the Knights made some changes Saturday that Marion-Kiser said paid dividends. The biggest factor was the team’s all-around balance, she said.

“Everybody is contributing on defense and I feel like that is a big reason we are doing so well. It seems like every player in almost every match has contributed some way defensively, which is huge,” Marion-Kiser said.

On Thursday, Surry rolled in three sets for a big 25-19, 25-23, 25-13 Region X victory at Louisburg. The Knights won despite three power outages in the final set.

“They have gotten big hitters with incredible verticals the last couple of years, and they are always a good team, very scrappy team. It’s a hard place to play,” Marion-Kiser said. “They had a really good defense and picked up a lot of balls we normally put down for kills.”

Hawks again paced Surry with 25 assists, while Marion contributed two. Markle led the Knights with 11 kills, Hartman had seven, Shelton added six, Marion chipped in four and Kidd had two. Palmer paced SCC with 16 digs, Hartman had 13 digs , Markle had nine, Hawks recorded five digs, Zeller had four, and Marion had three digs. Kidd, Cheyenne Kota and Shelton each added one dig.

“Everybody on defense is contributing and playing big for us. They are really scrappy and do not give up on anything. They think every ball is playable,” Marion-Kiser said. “We continue to find the right six and they are clicking. It’s a complete team effort.”

After spending much of the season on the road, Surry will be at home all this upcoming week. The Knights host Catawba Valley CC on Sept. 16, Patrick Henry CC on Sept. 17, and a tri-match with Spartanburg Methodist and Davidson CC on Sept. 19.

“Today we played at 11 a.m. and we had a great showing from our baseball team, which is huge for us to have a group of guys come out on a Saturday morning. Our home crowd was great. The home side of our bleachers were almost full. It was one of the best crowds we have had here in a long time for a home game,” Marion-Kiser said. “We have a huge string of home games and we would really love to see our gym packed.”

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