Highlands varsity volleyball team took on Blue Ridge Early College on the road on Thursday and after four hard-fought sets the Lady Highlanders won, 3-1.
Highlands Coach Katy Postell said the girls played hard and worked together as a team.
“They blocked extremely well and picked up a lot of short balls that we don’t normally play,” she said.
Postell added that BREC put up a tough fight.
“You never know what to expect in an emotional game like that,” she said. “We had to adjust to some great serves and hits to pull out the win.”
BREC Coach Cindy Fowler said Highlands has improved since they last faced each other (Read that article HERE).
“We played pretty well, but Highlands was a better team than when we played the first match,” said Fowler. “We did not match their intensity or their urgency to win.”
She added that Highlands threw a lot at the Lady Bobcats and they were difficult to shut down.
“They hit the ball extremely well and we spent most of the night reacting to their attacks rather than aggressively attacking ourselves,” said Fowler. “Unfortunately, we struggled at several aspects of the game and that’s going to happen a couple times over a long season, it just happened to come against our rival.”
BREC is 14-3 regular season, 3-1 in the conference.
On Friday, Highlands lost to Tallulah Falls 3-0 on the road, but play them again tonight at 5 p.m. at home.
“They are good, one of the best, if not the best, team we have faced,” said Postell. “We had some low points and we had some really high points. Hopefully the next game the girls will play like they have been against them.”
BREC next plays at 4:30 p.m. at home against Rabun Gap.