Lady Bobcats varsity volleyball team continues winning shutout streak

Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity volleyball team beat Hiwassee Dam on the road last week with a final of 3-0, making it their fourth shutout in a row.

Earlier this month, BREC played their last home game of the season and defeated Nantahala 3-0.

BREC varsity volleyball team has gone on a winning streak that includes four consecutive shutouts.

The other two shutouts were against Highlands and Cherokee. Swain won a set against BREC on Dec. 2, but that ended in a BREC victory, 3-1.

BREC Mahalah Stewart sets the ball against Nantahala.

BREC Mahalah Stewart said the wins keep stacking up because of solid teamwork.

“We’re doing great as a team,” she said. “We don’t have any drama and we’re just a big family, with a really strong offense.”

Throughout the Lady Bobcats’ winning streak, players are required to wear masks while on the court. Stewart said she’s happy to have the opportunity to play, but wearing a mask gets irritating.

“It terrible,” said Stewart. “You can’t breathe, and when you do the mask goes into your mouth.”

BREC Macy Heltsley makes her way to the serving line against Nantahala.

BREC Macy Heltsley said the more time they spend on the court, the more in sync the team gets.

“We’re talking a lot better than we ever did before, and we’re hitting and digging really well,” she said.

BREC Vanessa Russell passes against Nantahala at home.

The Lady Bobcats celebrated Senior Night on Dec. 8 while hosting Cherokee, and will be saying goodbye to Seniors Ella Day, Chloe Fowler, Maddy Potts, and Charlotte Sherrill at the end of the year.

“Losing them next year is going to be tough,” said Heltsley. “But we’ll have to adjust to it and make it work.”

From left are BREC Mahalah Stewart and Holly Foss both dive for the ball against Nantahala.

BREC Ella Day serves to Nantahala.

BREC Chloe Fowler sets the ball at home against Nantahala.

BREC Maddy Potts kills the ball against Nantahala.

From left are BREC Mahalah Stewart and Holly Foss and Gracie Watson. Foss and Watson discuss a well done bump, set, spike combo.

From left are BREC Ella Day, Vanessa Russell, and Macy Watson set for Nantahala’s serve.

Pictured at the top of the article from left are BREC Ella Day, Vanessa Russell, and Macy Heltsley at home against Nantahala.

Photos are from BREC versus Nantahala at home on Dec. 10.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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