BREC varsity volleyball team defeats Highlands in second battle of season

Blue Ridge Early College hosted Highlands last week and won, 3-0.

BREC Coach Carlton Fowler said the Lady Bobcats started off slow in the first game with some trouble hitting, but regrouped and pulled it together for the win.

BREC Charlotte Sherrill slams the ball against Highlands last week in Cashiers.

“We didn’t hit the ball like we normally do in that first set,” said Fowler. “But we dug and passed well, and we played scrappy so we overcame our hitting problems. After that, we hit and served really well and stepped it up, which is what you need to do when you’re playing your rival.”

Highlands India Clark dives to return a BREC serve.

Highlands Coach Desiray Schmitt said the Lady Highlanders played well and are up to the challenge of beating BREC, but they need to toughen up mentally.

“They tend to get in their heads often and when they do it becomes a mental game for sure,” said Schmitt. “I know they can get over it and move on, but it’s also easier said than done, which I understand.”

BREC Mahalah Stewart passes against Highlands at home last week.

Highlands India Clark things began well against BREC, but a couple bad points were enough to turn things around.

“Things were going good in the beginning, I thought we had that first set,” said Clark. “Then they scored 2 good serves on us and we couldn’t recover mentally. We lost that set, then lost the second, and it was all over.”

Highlands Tessa Wisniewski sets it up against BREC in Cashiers.

Clark added that Highlands needs to work on staying focused when things aren’t going their way.

“We have to get out of our heads,” said Clark. “Our physical game is good, but we have to get our mental game together.”

BREC Maddy Potts crushes the ball against Highlands.

Highlands Brandy Zagal serves BREC playing on the road.

BREC Chloe Fowler sets the ball up against Highlands.

Highlands Ava Schmitt kills it over to the BREC side of the net.

BREC Holly Foss serving against Highlands. Also pictured at the top of the article.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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