The Lady Highlanders junior varsity volleyball team put up a tough fight, but lost 2-0 in sets to Robbinsville on Sept. 17 at home. After the first set it looked like highlands may get back into it swapping the lead with Robbinsville multiple times and ended up with a 25-20 loss.
“They played good, had some issues with not moving and transitioning from offense to defense but overall played hard,” said Head Coach Katy Postell.
Sophomore Madi Drummonds said one thing plagued the team the entire match.
“There was a lack of communication,” said Sophomore Madi Drummonds. “In fact, I think I was the main part of it, I need to communicate more.”
She said that players sometimes need improvement in certain areas, and being on this team means you’re not alone in reaching a set goal.
“Everyone is really supportive about everything,” she said. “We’re not here to bring each other down. I know I need to talk more, they know it, and they’re great about it.”
Drummonds added that the team didn’t talk when Highlands previously faced Robbinsville.
“Last time it was the same thing, a lack of communication,” she said. “Maybe it’s a Robbinsville thing.”
Freshman Brandy Zagal seemed to be all over the court, but criticized her performance after the sets.
“We didn’t move our feet and there was a lack of communication,” said Zagal. “I feel like we could have beaten them but their serves were killing us because weren’t moving our feet.”
Postell said Robbinsville’s serves were absolutely causing some problems.
“They served really solid and we had a difficult time countering with a good pass to start the offense,” she said.
Sophomore Erin Sanborn said it was a tough loss and thinks they could have played much better.
“We didn’t play as well as well could have,” said Sanborn. “We definitely need to move around more and watch the ball. It’s not a great feeling because you know you could have won.”
Tonight’s game against Robbinsville was not a conference game. JV is currently 0-1 in conference play. They play Rosman away at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20. JV defeated Rosman the last time they played them on the road and Postell said they’re heading there on Thursday with a positive attitude.
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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