DOBSON —Due to the snowstorm that hit the region Saturday, the Surry Community College volleyball tryouts originally scheduled for Jan. 23 have been cancelled. Surry will host a tryout on Saturday, Feb. 20 from 12-2 p.m. in the college gym.
For more information, interested players may contact Jan Marion-Kiser, Surry volleyball coach, at email@example.com.
All seniors who have not signed for the upcoming 2016 volleyball season are invited to attend the Feb. 20 event. There will be a workout with the team and also a tour of campus for those interested in attending Surry Community College next fall.
“We have always had really good local players and I hope this will raise awareness for players that are still undecided and give them an opportunity to come out and have a Saturday to play and look at the team we have,” Marion-Kiser said. “Some of my returning players will be there and this will be an opportunity for high school seniors to show what they have and see if they are junior college material.”
The Knights are coming off a successful season, registering a 25-9 record and a fourth-place finish in the Region X regular season standings.
Local talent carried Surry throughout 2015, as five of the 10 Knights on the official roster hailed from a Surry County high school.
Three of the five local products came from East Surry. Freshmen Kacie Markle, Jessi Marion and Cheyenne Kota combined for 438 kills. Markle produced 242 kills by herself, good enough for second on the team, and Marion supplied a team-high 38 solo blocks.
Freshman Morgan Hawks was the starting setter for the Lady Knights in 2015 and she graduated from North Surry. She led her squad with 780 assists and recorded the third most digs with 384. The final Surry County representative was Surry Central sophomore Kaitlin Kidd, who did a little bit of everything with 158 assists, 122 kills and 85 digs.
With the success of local talent for the Surry volleyball team, it is no wonder Coach Marion-Kiser is looking towards her own backyard with the hopes of replacing some departing sophomores.
“I am still recruiting and looking for a few players and I’m hoping this will draw girls who haven’t signed and are possibly interested in attending,” she said. “We had a great season last year and we hope to build on that with the players we have coming back and have an even stronger team for the upcoming season.
“I am losing some starting positions and we still have a few spots to fill. We would really like to do that with local players if we can.”