Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity volleyball team defeated Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School on the road on Friday 3-1.
BREC took the first set 26-24, Rabun Gap won the second 25-18, and it was back and forth from then on with close calls for the Lady Bobcats winning the third set 25-23 and the fourth 36-34.
BREC Maddy Potts said they knew it was going to be a challenge traveling to the Lady Eagles’ home turf.
“We did ok, they were good last year and they’re good again this year,” said Potts. “We hit a lot better today, but they hit really well. It was tough.”
After the score hit the 30s in the fourth set, BREC Gracie Watson said she was getting anxious for the win.
“I wanted to get it over with and just win,” said Watson. “Their outside hitter was so tough to block and I can’t believe we did it. I’m so proud of us.”
Watson is referring to Rabun Gap’s Ashley Crosby who was a force to be reckoned with at the net.
BREC Chloe Fowler said the stakes were high near the end one bad play could cost the game.
“We pulled off that set [fourth] by working as a team and keeping our composure,” said Fowler. “It was very intense, but we kept it together and I’m so proud of my team.”
BREC Holly Foss was making digs all over the court and said her strategy was simple throughout the match.
“We just needed to keep feeding it to Charlotte [Sherrill] and she would slam it home,” said Foss. “We did pretty good and I’m really excited about it.”
BREC Charlotte Sherrill had numerous kills throughout each set and felt some redemption after the loss to Swain on Aug. 27.
“I think we did well,” said Sherrill. “After coming off the loss to Swain I was excited to get the win today. Especially with that outside hitter of theirs [Crosby], she’s a beast.”
BREC’s setter Mahalah Stewart said she was able to set up her teammates thanks to consistent good passing on their part.
“I was setting it where it needed to go instead of all crazy,” said Stewart. “It was stressful. I kept thinking they were going to win the next point, and then we finally won the last two points.”
The Lady Bobcats play at 6 p.m. today at home against Tamassee-Salem.