The Lady Bobcats hit the road to face the Lady Highlanders and took it to 5 sets until Blue Ridge Early College won 3-2. Both teams came out and delivered (stay with this); BREC took the first set, Highlands comes back to win the next 2, then BREC rallies and takes the fourth. The fifth set ended 15-12 with BREC taking the win.
BREC hitter Charlotte Sherrill said it was one of the most exciting games of her life.
“I think we did great,” said Sherrill. “They have really good outside hitters (Kedra McCall and Jordan Carrier) and Julia May (Julia May Schmitt) is a great blocker. They’re really good competition and we played through it as a team. It was awesome.”
BREC Coach Cindy Fowler said in her three years as a coach, the varsity volleyball team has not beaten Highlands and was proud of their performance. BREC Maddy Potts said she knew going into this Monday’s game, Highland was a good team and walking away with a win was going to be tough.
“Before the game I was nervous,” said Potts. “Highlands hits and covers really well, but overall we did great. We had good attitudes and we stayed positive.”
Highlands Coach Katy Postell said they knew Monday’s match was going to be a challenge and after BREC came back to tie it up 2-2 the Lady Highlanders stayed focused and played their game.
“I don’t think we had a negative mindset, I think they knew going into the game that it was going to be a tough game for them,” said Postell. “I never felt like my girls thought they had the game ‘in the books’ so to speak, they knew that they had to fight for every point that they received, which they did.”
BREC setter Chloe Fowler had her work cut out for her doing her part of the bump, set, spike routine.
“I just kept repeating ‘don’t mess up’ and had to keep my cool,” said Fowler. “It feels so good to win, we’ve been wanting this for over three years.”
Throughout all 5 sets, BREC hitters Gracie Watson and Sherrill were dropping bombs on the Highlands side of the net forcing the Lady Highlanders to adjust accordingly.
“They have a couple of good hitters, we struggled at times against them, but we found our feet and started blocking them more,” said Postell. “They also had a couple of servers that gave us some trouble, but other than that it was a pretty evenly matched game.”
BREC next plays at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12 away against Victory Christian (Sylva, N.C.).
Highlands next plays at 5 p.m. on Sept. 12 away against Nantahala.
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