Blue Ridge couldn’t pull off the win against #1 in conference Hiwassee Dam

The scores were often within one or two points and the lead changed frequently, but Blue Ridge Early College couldn’t slow the steady progression that was Hiwassee Dam’s march to victory losing 3-1 in sets. Head coach Cindy Fowler said the team did not play to their full potential tonight.

“We have struggles all year to get leaders to step up in crucial situations and until that happens this will be the results of lack of leadership on the court,” said Fowler.

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Blue Ridge’s Chloe Fowler tips the ball onto Hiwassee’s side of the net at home on Sept. 18.

Blue Ridge lost the first set, won the second, and then lost the last two. Fowler said that Holly Foss passed the ball well throughout the game but that wasn’t enough for the win. Sophomore Chloe Fowler said she knows they can play better as a team.

“Our attitudes have been a big problem lately,” said Chloe. “We’re capable of playing as a team but sometimes we just get mad and don’t play as a team. We’re a young, we’ll get there.”

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From left are Madeline Potts and Gracie Watson posting up for the block against Hiwassee Dam.

Freshman Gracie Watson played strong at the net tonight with multiple kills, but said they could not find their rhythm

“It was just the way we played together as a team,” said Watson. “There was a complete lack of spirit.”

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Charlotte Sherrill hits the ball over the net against Hiwassee Dam.

Also playing big at the net was Sophomore Charlotte Sherrill.

“With them being number one in the conference, we knew it was definitely going to be a rough game,” said Sherrill. “We’ve got a good practice tomorrow before Swain so we’ll work on our attitude and hopefully pull it off.”

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Katie Stewart makes a diving dig against Hiwassee Dam.

Blue Ridge plays Swain at home at 6 p.m. on Sept. 20. Before facing Swain, Fowler said they will work on eliminating small mistakes such as serving and hitting errors.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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