Highlands varsity volleyball team loses to Hayesville in tiebreaker

Highlands varsity volleyball team faced off against Hayesville on Monday but couldn’t pull off the win at home. Things quickly got intense and after going set for set, the Lady Highlanders and Lady Yellow Jackets were tied 2-2, but Highlands lost the tiebreaker fifth set 15-10.

Highlands Ava Schmitt posts up to block against Hayesville.

Highlands Ava Schmitt said they made some mistakes that cost them in the long run.

“I felt like we had a good chance if we just pulled it together,” said Schmitt. “We needed to make every ball count and keep hitting the ball down. It was fun playing all five, but if we could have pulled it together a little more it would have been better.”

Highlands Kedra McCall kills it against Hayesville at home.

Highlands Kedra McCall said tie-breaking sets can be stressful, but you need to overcome mentally and just play volleyball.

“I thought we could have pulled it off,” said McCall. “We played really well, but we let off at times we shouldn’t have and that hurt us.”

Highlands varsity beat Cherokee on Tuesday 3-0 and junior varsity lost 2-1.

Highlands next plays at 5 p.m. on Sept. 20 against Asheville School.

Highlands Tessa Wisniewski sets the ball against Hayesville in front of the new scoreboard with her profile displayed manned by her father, Ted.

Highlands Anne Marie Moore takes it on the outside and slams one down against Hayesville.

Highlands Reese Schmitt dives for the ball on Monday at home.

Highlands Julia May Schmitt blocks one of Hayesville’s many kills on Monday.

Highlands Jordan Carrier had a steady stream of kills throughout Monday night.

Highlands Jeslyn Head (arms raised) and pretty much every other Highlands supporter in the crowd disagreed with a referee’s call. Editor’s Note: For future generations who read this article, the ball was tipped.

An impromptu air-jam session from left are Highlands Bailey Schmitt (guitar), Ava Schmitt (keyboards), and Jordan Carrier (drums) before the ball is served by Jeslyn Head.

Highlands celebrates a hard-earned point against Hayesville.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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