Elkin’s Lady Elks put on a dominating performance Thursday night on the volleyball court against Ashe County.
Strong serves, as well as a strong serve receive set up a 3-0 win against the Huskies. After losing three straight, the team stepped up their consistency to move within one game of .500 in the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference.
“We needed a good win,” Elkin Head Coach Jerry Brown said. “I think it was good for our morale, and to send us off into next week.”
Dealing out aces like they worked at a casino were senior Kenly Burchette, and juniors MacKenzie Tilley and Cassady Purvis. The three were able to put the ball where they wanted to on a consistent basis, keeping the Huskies on edge all game.
“Whoever’s down in the back, you can tell by their facial expressions, and you got to aim for them each time,” Tilley said.
“We came into practice Wednesday pumped up and ready to get out of that losing streak,” Purvis said.
The Lady Elks (5-9, 4-5 MVAC) have a tough week ahead, starting with Tuesday night’s matchup on the road against Alleghany. Following that, they have a rematch against Starmount on Thursday night at home. Currently, Alleghany (14-1, 8-0 MVAC) is first in the conference, but Brown is confident that the team, if consistent, can put up a fight.
“They’re beatable, you just can’t make mistakes when you play them. I feel like we can battle them,” Brown said.
Starmount (9-7, 6-3 MVAC), while young, has gradually improved over the year. Elkin lost 3-1 at Starmount in September, but put pressure on by winning the first game 25-23.
“After the first game, when we started out the second game and [Starmount] got a little bit of a lead, it was like we couldn’t ever get our gas back,” Brown said. “The players have to communicate, get all their serves, and close blocks, and cover hits. And if we can do that, then we should be in contention to beat Starmount.”
The season hasn’t started out as planned for the Lady Elks, but the win against Ashe County is certainly a morale boost for them. If they can ride on some new-found momentum, they might be able to surprise some people with an upset this week.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.