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Maroon Tide tops Floyd to continue fast start

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Galax ran its season-opening win streak to five matches with the 3-1 win over the Buffaloes.

By Craig Worrell, Sports Editor

Galax had seen this movie before. The Maroon Tide opted for the alternate ending this time around.

Overcoming a third-set hiccup, Galax regrouped and downed Floyd County 25-13, 25-16, 22-25, 25-17 and improved to 5-0 on the year after a nondistrict volleyball win Thursday.

Two days earlier, Galax was blown out by Carroll County in the first two sets, squeaked out a win in the third and went on to a five-game win over the Cavaliers. The Maroon Tide found itself on the other side of the script on Thursday, effortlessly taking a two-set lead before dropping a close decision in the third.

The momentum shift proved to be a temporary one this time around, though, as Galax won 15 of the first 16 points in the fourth.

Lindsey Ayers, Paige Hanks and Stacy Shumate each put down a kill as Galax opened the fourth with an 8-0 run. After the two teams traded errant serves, a Hanks ace started a run of seven unanswered Tide points for a 15-1 lead.

Floyd County put together a couple of late runs, but nothing that would overcame what by then was a 21-7 deficit.

The Maroon Tide never trailed through the first two sets, opening each with a 3-0 spurt. Galax was up 14-10 in the opener before winning 10 of the next 11 points. Ayers, Shumate and Morgan Neff put away winners during the run while Hanks and Carleigh Pack each had an ace.

A pair of Susan Davis aces highlighted Galax’s 3-0 start to the second set. Though the Buffaloes stayed close, trailing just 13-9 at one point, the Maroon Tide began winning points three and four at a time to take the two-set lead.

Floyd County finally got it going in the third. Tied 4-4, the Buffaloes reeled off a 9-1 run for a 13-5 lead. Galax pulled to within 16-15 on a pair of Taylor Ashworth aces and the Maroon Tide finally caught the Buffaloes at 22 but kills by Floyd’s Riley Underwood and Jessie Howard closed out the set.

Neff finished with a team-high 13 kills while Hanks added nine kills and 21 digs. Davis also came up with 21 digs and had 27 assists while Ayers had eight kills.