While the Elkin High School varsity volleyball team did not get its season started the way it wanted to, there was plenty of optimism leaving the court Tuesday night.
The Lady Elks weren’t expected to go out and defeat the Mount Airy Granite Bears, but they gave them a run for their money. Elkin came out of the gates firing early with some aggressive aces, and took a 1-0 advantage with a tight 25-22 win in a best-of-five series. Mount Airy came out in the second set strong with a 25-18 win.
The third set proved to be the pivotal matchup for them, and Elkin had a chance to steal the momentum away. Up 24-23, the Lady Elks could not finish the Bears as they gave up three straight points for a 26-24 loss. In the fourth set, Mount Airy dominated to give them the non-conference win.
“If we could have put that [third set] away, then we would have had a chance to take away their momentum,” Elkin Head Coach Jerry Ann Brown said. “But because we didn’t take that opportunity we built them up, and I told the girls in the locker room that we have to be the ones to come away with the momentum, not them.”
Despite the loss, because it was a non-conference matchup, a serving of humble pie this early in the season might help the team in the long run. The Lady Elks next home game is Aug. 26, with JV play beginning at 6:15 p.m.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.