Blue Ridge varsity volleyball team beats Hiwassee Dam on Senior Night

Blue Ridge Early College varsity volleyball team defeated Hiwassee Dam at home on Oct. 11 with a final of 3-0. BREC is wearing pink jerseys for Breast Cancer Awareness in honor of breast cancer survivor Audrey Rice.

BREC was also celebrating Senior Night for the Lady Bobcats’ sole senior, Katie Stewart.

Recognizing Katie Stewart on Senior Night with parents Jeremy and Cassie. Katie and Cassie are laughing at the multiple-microphone malfunctions throughout listing her volleyball-related accolades.

Pictured at the top of the article is BREC Senior Katie Stewart high-fiving after her final regular season game on the varsity volleyball team.

Stewart has played volleyball for four years and plans on playing basketball this winter. She said she’s going to miss the people and entire scene that is being part of the BREC varsity volleyball team.

Editor’s Note: Cassie wasn’t the only one laughing, it was pretty funny.

“The environment of the sport,” said Stewart. “The family you grow with and the relationships you build with people you usually wouldn’t encounter except for the sport.”

Things were bittersweet at BREC on Senior night when the Lady Bobcats won against Hiwassee Dam.

Katie Stewart has played BREC volleyball all four years.

Stewart added that volleyball has helped her grow mentally, physically, and emotionally; and that successes earned on the court are only earned as a team.

“It is a team sport,” she said. “Even if one person excels, you can’t do it without the five other people on the court.”

From left are BREC Gracie Watson and Charlotte Sherrill stuffing a Hiwassee kill at home.

That’s what BREC did against Hiwassee. Blue Ridge Coach Cindy Fowler said it was a must win to keep their chances alive for a conference championship.

“We passed, set, and hit the ball really well,” she said. “We carried over our momentum, playing well for 3-straight sets, something we have been working toward.”

BREC Chloe Fowler was setting up hitters all night against Hiwassee.

After sweeping Hiwassee, BREC went on to defeat Rosman and Natahala.

BREC next plays in the first round of the Little Smoky Mountain Conference at 7 p.m. on Oct. 21 at Blue Ridge against Hiwassee Dam.

BREC won against Rabun Gap-Nacoochee at home on Oct. 9 with a final of 3-2. Below are photos from those games.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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