Highlands first-ever undefeated MS volleyball team wins conference

Highlands Middle School girls volleyball team maintained their undefeated season against Blue Ridge at home on Oct. 8 and sealed their reign as 2019 conference and regular season champions rocking a 10-0 record.

“It feels amazing to have my first undefeated season,” said Highlands Coach Angela Swain. “This team has done so much. I had a feeling from the start we would be quite successful, but to go undefeated, I’m so proud of my girls.”

Six eighth-graders say goodbye to Highlands Middle School and hit the big leagues.

Blue Ridge didn’t hand the win to Highlands, giving them a run for their money by taking the second set, but it wasn’t enough.

“We didn’t call the ball, we got mad at each other, we weren’t hitting, and there was a lack of communication,” said Blue Ridge Jessie Mace.

Blue Ridge gave it their all throughout the match and won the second set.

Blue Ridge Aubree Rice said they let their attitudes get the best of them of their game.

“We were at a point where we all needed more encouragement in the huddles instead of pointing fingers,” said Rice. “We got to get our attitudes up and get lower on defense.”

Highlands finished it and sealed the deal winning 2-1.

Highlands kicked it up a notch in the third set to walk away with the win.

“We played really well, and it feels great going undefeated for the season,” said Highlands Allie Buck. “We just stuck to it and played fundamental volleyball the way it’s supposed to be played.”

There were highs and lows for Blue Ridge in the 2-1 loss to Highlands.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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