Swain County pulls win over Highlands

Swain County defeated the Lady Highlanders 3-2 during an away match Aug. 28. Kedra McCall, one of the team’s leaders is still injured and did not play.

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Reese Schmitt bumps the ball against Smokey Mountain on Aug. 27.

“The varsity started slow but started playing halfway thru the seconds set,” said Head Coach Katy Postell. “They lost in 5th game on a couple of defensive errors. They are learning and adjusting to Kedra not being there, but it’s forcing some of these younger girls to have to step up and lead the team.”

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Abby Olvera serves the ball to Smokey Mountain.

Postell added that she is optimistic looking down the road.

“It’s going to be fine, they are going to be fine,” said Postell. “Our wins and losses at this point are not determine who we are as a team, but it does show their resilience and their determination. They don’t want to give up, they refuse to throw the towel in. They still have a long way to climb but they will get there.”

Junior varsity was able to walk away with the victory against Swain winning 2-1.

“JV is doing amazing,” she said. “We have such a strong group of core leaders in Anne Marie Moore, Alyson Dayton and Tessa Wisniewski. Our freshman and first year players have grown tremendously and are a huge part of the team’s success. They are fun to coach and fun to watch. You never know what they are going to do.”

The trip to Swain comes after a loss to Smokey Mountain at home Aug. 27. Varsity lost 3-0 and JV lost 2-0.

Editor’s Note: All photos accompanying article are from Aug. 27 at Highlands School versus Smokey Mountain.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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