Highlands JV volleyball team sweeps Cherokee

After a close game in the first set, Highlands junior varsity volleyball team took down Cherokee on Tuesday at home with a final of 2-0.

Spirits were high when Highlands beat Cherokee at home. Zaia Rodriguez (middle) is pumped about a kill by Ella Branham (front).

Highlands Coach Margie Potts said the Lady Highlanders did a great job and everyone had a hand in the victory.

“The girls played really well,” said Potts. “Everybody played and everyone contributed to this win.”

Highlands Anna Nichols was sending hits Cherokee’s way throughout both sets keeping the pressure on their back line.

From left are Highlands Ella Crook, Anna Nichols stone-cold focused, Emily Briggs, and Karmen Jenkins,

“Our passes and our communication were really good, plus our serves were awesome,” said Nichols. “We always feel like more of a team when everyone gets to participate.”

Ella Crook said they stuck to the fundamentals and we’re able to walk away with the ‘W.’

“We all communicated really well, and we kept a positive attitude,” said Crook. “Our season didn’t start out so great, but we have gotten a lot better.”

Highlands Ella Crook sets it up against Cherokee.

Highlands next plays against Blue Ridge in the first round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference at 4 p.m. at Blue Ridge on Oct. 21 (Monday).

From left are Highlands Brandy Zagal and Karmen Jenkins against Cherokee at home.

Highlands Emily Briggs kills it against Cherokee.

Far right is Highlands Bella Blanco setting it up for the kill against Cherokee.

Highlands Ashlynn Wilson has to bend to make it happen, but she keeps the ball in play.

Highlands Bella Branham digs it against Cherokee at home.

Editor’s Note: Before the rest of the Highlands versus Cherokee photos, here are the Highlands versus Swain photos as promised. Highlands won 2-0 at home on Sept. 26.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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