BOONVILLE — The Starmount Lady Rams volleyball hosted Teal Night on Wednesday afternoon. The Rams took on the North Surry Greyhounds in an action packed match.
Teal night was played in remembrance on Meme Brown, a former Starmount volleyball player who passed away in 2012 after a battle with Ovarian Cancer. The Rams used the night to remember Meme and honor her memory with a hard fought non-conference win over the Greyhounds, 3-1 (25-21, 29-27, 22-25, 25-19). The last time the Rams beat North Surry was in 2013.
“It felt great. They were my favorite team to play in high school. They were also Meme’s favorite team to play,” said Anderson on the win over North Surry. “It was a good night. It was one of the reasons I picked this game. I told the girls to play like Meme and play for her parents, and we did. I’m proud.”
Starmount put together rally after rally to take the win over the Greyhounds. In the first set, it was a battle as both teams were looking to start the match off with a win. The Rams took the lead early, but North Surry was able to tie the set as Jesi Shelnutt put down a tip to make the score 3-3.
Starmount didn’t let the Greyhounds capitalize on the tie, as Kayla Vanhoy put down three kills in a row for a 7-4 lead. From there, the set was all about the home team. Elizabeth Cartwright came up with a single block in the middle, which she followed up with a kill. The Rams had a 13-10 lead over North Surry and they kept putting down positive plays.
For the next point, Abbey Johnson caught the Geyhounds off guard with a tip that hit an open space. North Surry was unable to defend the next play as well, as Karli Brown knocked down the fifth straight Starmount point.
Starmount went on to take the first set win 25-21, as Emma Freed had an ace and Vanhoy knocked down a kill.
The second set was once again a see-saw battle. The set went to extra points as the Greyhounds would take the lead, then the Rams would battle back to tie the set. In the final eight plays of the set, the game was tied five times. Starmount was finally able to put the set away and take a 29-27 win, as North Surry was called for two net violations.
“A couple of weeks ago we talked about how we didn’t want to peak. We felt like we were satisfied and we hadn’t played great but we were playing better than what other people thought,” said Starmount head coach Jordan Anderson. “In the last two games we have really gotten better.”
As the Rams led North Surry 2-0, the Greyhounds started to pick up its tempo in the third set. Camille Cartwright knocked down several kills, which motivated the rest of the visiting team to start putting it all on the line. Hannah Moxley, Michaela Stone and Shelnutt all put down kills and blocks which gave North Surry a 25-22 win and cut the Starmount’s lead to just one set.
The fourth and final set was all about the Lady Rams. Starmount put together play after play which started from the back row. Bowen laid her body out several times to make a dig for the Rams. Abbey Johnson would hustle across the court to set the ball to one of her front row hitters. The hitters would then eye an open spot on North Surry’s side of the court and hammer the ball down for a point. Brown, Vanhoy, Freed, Maddie Norman and Cartwright all recorded kills in the Rams’ 25-19 win.
With the fourth set win, Starmount took a 3-1 match win over North Surry.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to put the momentum on our side, and we did,” said Anderson. “They played great, and I’m proud of them. Starmount is not finished yet.”
The team raised money for the Meme Brown “Fight Like a Girl” Scholarship fund, which benefits a female student from Starmount and Forbush High Schools. The Lady Rams volleyball team raised over one thousand dollars for the fund.
“I was very nervous, and I didn’t want to speak,” said Anderson about Teal night. “But Meme gave me the words and I said them. It motivated the girls, and it motivated me. It feels good to be back here almost ten years later to remember one of my best friends.”