The Battle of the Bridge between Starmount and Elkin might have bigger implications on the football field than on the volleyball court, but make no mistake, when these two teams play with grit it’s exciting to watch.
Elkin High School played host to the rematch of the battle, but it was Starmount who won the war 3-1 Thursday night. Starmount did not dominate this match, but when they needed it the most, the points landed in their favor.
Starmount (11-7, 8-3 MVAC) jumped out to a 1-0 lead with a 25-19 win, and for a moment, they looked like they were pushing for a clean sweep in the second set. However, Elkin (5-11, 4-7 MVAC) surged forward late in the set to tie it at 23, then won the next two points. The next set was tight as well, as both teams showed no quit. Starmount’s ability to dig up balls in that set is arguably the reason they won this match.
After winning 25-23 in the third set, things started to crumble for Elkin, as Starmount sophomore Maggie Freed kept firing serves in to make the gap insurmountable in the fourth set. The Rams would go on to win that set 25-13, and win the match. The ultimate reason Starmount won is their defense, which has improved tremendously. Callie Trivette stepped up big in the middle with five blocks, while Freed had 20 digs.
Despite the win, there are some things that the team needs to work on. Server errors happen, but 15 of them shouldn’t. During Tuesday’s win against Ashe County, Starmount Head Coach Jon Symons said he was admittedly disappointed with the 12 serving errors considering how much practice they do just on serves. For that to increase in the next match, it’s something they’ll have to improve on if they’re to have any chance to beat Alleghany Tuesday night. It’s the first of four games this week, with Wilkes Central on Thursday and a double-header at Starmount Saturday morning.
For Elkin, they’re 1-5 in their last six games, but throughout the season they’ve gradually improved. While not necessarily something to brag about, they’ve matched their win from last season, and they still have three games left to be played. They play at Wilkes Central (1-16, 0-10 MVAC) Tuesday night, which of the final three matches, is their best chance to win. Following that, they play East Wilkes (8-9, 7-4 MVAC) Thursday night at home before finishing the season against North Wilkes (9-11, 5-6 MVAC) on Oct. 20.
Ryan DeCosta can be reached at 336-258-4052 or via Twitter @rsdecosta.