Something was off about the Elkin Lady Elks women’s volleyball team Wednesday night, and it showed.
Give credit to South Stokes (6-0), because they played phenomenally well in a 3-0 sweep of Elkin. They looked like a team that deserves to be 6-0. Senior Taylor Moulton looked like she was already in midseason form, with 10 kills and one ace. Junior Madelyn Mckinney had eight aces, and added seven kills.
Elkin, on the other hand, struggled to get any momentum at all. They did not look like the team that won a game and nearly won two against Mount Airy last week. There were far too many net violations to count, and even the libero (or defensive specialist) was having trouble on serve receive. Elkin was supposed to be three games into the season, but the game against Bishop McGuinness was cancelled last week.
The Elkin program hasn’t had much success in the past decade, going 7-45 dating back to the 2012 season. Five of those wins came last season, a season that started with three straight losses. The Lady Elks followed up three straight losses with three straight wins last year, so there is still time for them to improve before their first conference game against West Wilkes on Sept. 3.
For now, the Lady Elks travel to Pine Lake Prep Friday night before a doubleheader against West Stokes and Mount Airy Saturday. The games against West Stokes are part of a tri-match, and will begin at 10 a.m. at Mount Airy High School.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.