DOBSON — Starmount withstood a comeback attempt by Surry Central to secure its first volleyball win of the season, beating the Eagles 3-1 on Tuesday night.
The Rams won 25-18, 25-9, 20-25, 25-14 to improve to 1-2.
Central coach Carrie Hutchens of Surry Central said it was a combination of little things such as missed passes, net calls and shots hit out of bounds that did in the Eagles.
The first game went back-and-forth between the two teams. Starmount called a timeout after the Eagles pulled to within 19-17 and then closed out the game with a 6-1 run.
In the second game, the Rams went on a 9-2 run early to take control and the Eagles never recovered.
Central came to life in the third game. Ashlyn Jewel had a couple of big kills during a run where the Eagles took a 16-9 advantage. Starmount’s Alli St. John had a kill and Alli Jones served back-to-back aces to get the Rams going. Kristen Key had a kill to put the Eagles ahead 19-15 before Starmount came back to tie it at 20.
Jewel and McKenzie Danley finished with kills in the final moments as Central scored five in a row to avoid the sweep.
In Game 4, Starmount took command early, leading 4-0 and 14-3. Central would cut it to 18-13 but got no closer.
The Rams have three freshman on the varsity roster and are smaller than the Starmount teams in recent years.
“(Central) had an injury to (outside hitter Kelsey Taylor) which threw their tempo off and gave us a little advantage,” coach Jon Symons of Starmount said. “I like the way we played defensively. We have to be able to frustrate teams that can swing.”
Central fell to 2-1. Starmount travels to North Wilkes on Thursday.
Elkin sweeps opening meet: In Yadkinville, the Elkin men’s and women’s cross country teams both came away winners Tuesday at Yadkinville Park.
The men placed five in the top nine and six in the top 11 to finish with 29 points - 21 points better than Forbush and Davie County. The men were paced by Blake Poplin’s 18:20. He finished second to Forbush’s Dakota Mendenhall.
“Our boys dominated today,” Elkin Coach Dan Merritt said. “I was impressed.”
On the women’s side, Shakai Ward, with a 22:54, helped Elkin to a one-point win over Davie County, 40 to 41. Merritt said Jarryn Kelly, Elkin’s fifth and final scorer, passed two runners in the final 100 meters to clinch the win.
Forbush was third with 48 points, while Starmount was fourth with 106.
“It was a good first stepping stone to reaching our goals,” Merritt said. “Everybody ran well today. It was a tough course. A warm day.
“It shows we have a lot of promise. We just need to stay focused and keep improving.”
Starmount did not have enough men running to score on the men’s side.
Elkin is at the Fisher River Invitational at Fisher River Park in Dobson September 4.
East Wilkes 9, Starmount 0: In Ronda, the Cardinals defeated the Rams Tuesday evening.
Both teams play Thursday. East Wilkes, 1-2, hosts Wilkes Central, while Starmount, 2-2, is at North Wilkes.
Singles — No. 1: McKenzie Stokes d. Amber Hurst 6-3, 6-2; No. 2: Amber Parks d. Molly Nichols, 6-2, 3-6, 10-4; No. 3: Abby Burchette d. Quinn Gillian 6-3, 6-2; No. 4: Brooke Sealey d. Olivia Greene 6-1, 6-1; No. 5: Maggie Weatherman d. Rubi Martinez; No. 6: Maddi Lester d. Alyssa Hicks 6-1, 6-1. Doubles — No. 1: Stokes/Weatherman d. Hurst/Gillian 9-8; No. 2: Parks/Sealey d. Nichols/Martinez 8-0; Burchette/Brie Jarvis d. Greene/Hicks 8-0.
Elkin 9, North Wilkes 0: In Elkin, the Elks dropped just six games in balnking the Vikings at Elkin Municipal Park Tuesday.
Elkin, 3-0, hosts East Surry Wednesday and West Wilkes Thursday.
Singles —No. 1: Miracle Walters d. Sarah Bumgarner 6-0, 6-0; No. 2: Makayla Dimmette d. Angela Jordan 6-1, 6-0; No. 3: Ally Gentry d. Laura Phillips 6-1, 6-0; No. 4: Julie Neumark d. Kaitlyn Billings 6-2, 6-0; No. 5: Carolyn Blackburn d. Rebekah Daye 6-1, 6-1; No. 6: Mattie Timmerman d. Sierra Clonch 6-0, 6-0. Doubles — No. 1: Walter/Dimmette d. Baumgarner/Jordan 8-0; No. 2: Morgan Randleman/Emma Aldridge d. Phillips/Billings 8-0; No. 3: Brianna Dreyer/Kirstan Beaver d. Clonch/Brianna Demario 8-0.
Elkin 3, Forsyth Country Day 0: In Lewisville, the Elks won three close sets to defeat the Furies Tuesday.
Elkin won the sets 25-22, 27-25, and 25-21 to claim their first win of the season.
Elkin, 1-3, hosted West Wilkes Thursday. The Elks are home to Ashe County Tuesday.
Elkin 0, North Surry 0: In Elkin, the Elks and the Greyhounds played to a 0-0 tie Wednesday.
It was the first blemish on North Surry’s record as they are now 4-0-1. Elkin, 0-3-1, hosts Surry Central Tuesday.
Mount Airy 6, East Wilkes 3: In Ronda, the Bears beat the Cardinals for the second time this season Wednesday.
Mount Airy improved to 2-0-1. East Wilkes, now 0-4, hosted Bishop McGuinness Thursday. The Cardinals will host Pine Lake Prep Tuesday at 6.