Highlands JV volleyball team takes LSMC tournament championship

Highlands junior varsity volleyball team took the Little Smoky Mountain Conference championship after beating Blue Ridge Early College on Monday, followed by a win against Hiwassee Dam on Tuesday, both 2-0 at BREC.

“The girls played great tonight,” said Highlands Coach Margie Potts. “They never gave up even when they were down. They came together as a team and won! It’s been my privilege getting to work with these girls. I’m more proud of all of them than I could ever say.”

Highlands Ezra Branham puts one on the board for the Lady Highlanders against Hiwassee Dam in round 2 of the LSMC tournament on Tuesday at BREC.

Potts added that the Lady Highlanders had a little trouble early on in the season, but they stuck with it and things got better.

“It’s been a great season,” she said. “It started out a little rocky, but every player has improved individually and the girls have really grown as a team. I’m glad they were able to come out and finish strong by winning the tournament.”

Highlands celebrates a point against Hiwassee Dam. Editor’s Note: In group celebration shots, one person is usually chasing down the ball to serve. I apologize to all those cut out of the group shots because they’re getting ready to serve. In this case, sorry Karmin.

BREC Coach Cindy Fowler said the Lady Bobcats played well, but Highlands is a strong team.

“We are a really young and inexperienced team, but each player made huge improvements from the beginning to the end of the season,” she said.

BREC Mercedes McLaughlin kills it against Highlands on Monday in round 1 of the LSMC tournament.

Fowler added that this year was a learning experience and BREC has good things on the horizon moving forward.

“With the experience gained this year, we should be much stronger for the coming season,” she said.

BREC celebrates after a lengthy volley ending with a point for the Lady Bobcats.

Highlands versus BREC on Oct. 21

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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Highlands versus Hiwassee Dam on Oct. 22

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