BREC varsity volleyball team loses tie breaker in 1st round of state playoffs

Blue Ridge Early College took it to a tie-breaking 5th set against Mount Airy on Saturday in the first round of the 2019 Volleyball State Championship tournament, but the Lady Bobcats ended up losing 3-2. BREC Coach Cindy Fowler said the girls gave it their all and never gave up.

BREC varsity volleyball team fought hard on Saturday in round 1 of the state playoffs and took it to a tie-breaking 5th set. BREC lost 3-2 against Mount Airy.

“The girls did a great job, the only game out of 32 that went 5 sets,” said Fowler. “The first Bobcat team to ever win a set in the playoffs.”

BREC Mahalah Stewart passes against Mount Airy on Saturday.

She added that this was BREC’s best record in school history, and the first team to win 20 regular-season games. It’s also the first year the Lady Bobcats beat Rosman and Swain, and swept Rabun Gap.

“It was a privilege to be a part of the success that the Lady Bobcats earned this season,” said Fowler. “We will be returning all but one of the team members [Senior Katie Stewart] and we cannot wait to see what is to come for this team.”

BREC Gracie Watson sets it up with a pass at home.

Fowler said from day one the girls were focused and have improved significantly over the season.

“Leaps and bounds, the maturity level was a major reason for their success,” said Fowler. “They were able to come together and play as a team, something we struggled with in the past.”

BREC Charlotte Sherrill kills it against Mount Airy.

BREC Holly Foss gets ready to return a serve coming her way.

Coaches, players, parents, and fans said BREC Senior Katie Stewart will be missed on the court next year.

BREC Chloe Fowler focuses on Mount Airy’s server.

Keeping things positive on the BREC bench.

BREC Maddy Potts sent bombs from far behind the service line against Mount Airy on Saturday. Editor’s Note: If you’ve never seen Maddy serve, she launches it from the back wall and sends it over crazy hard. It’s pretty awesome.

From left are BREC Holly Foss and Katie Stewart going for the ball at home.

BREC fought hard for the win and took it to a tie-breaking 5th set against Mount Airy.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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