Lady Bobcats hold trophy presentation for winning conference

Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity volleyball team celebrated winning the Smoky Mountain Conference with a trophy presentation at the Cashiers Baptist Church on Feb. 25. The Lady Bobcats went undefeated and took the conference with a 10-0 regular season record, 11-1 including two playoff games.

The Lady Bobcats celebrate winning the Smoky Mountain Conference at an informal trophy presentation. From left are Holly Foss, Chloe Fowler, Ella Day, Gracie Watson, Charlotte Sherrill, Mahalah Stewart, Maddy Potts, and Vanessa Russell.

Teams were unable to conduct trophy presentations during the season because of pandemic restrictions and BREC Coach Cindy Fowler felt it was important to recognize the team’s accomplishments.

BREC girls varsity volleyball team went 10-0 in the regular season.

“I am so very proud of this group of girls, it has been an achievement in the making,” said Fowler. “Watching the girls work hard for the past 4 years and then ending their high school career with an undefeated season was just awesome.  I am so thankful that we were able to be a part of the process.”

The Lady Bobcats’ final record was 11-1 including two state playoff games.

BREC Coach Carlton Fowler said at the ceremony that the Lady Bobcats set a goal, made a commitment, put in the hard work, and achieved the season they wanted.

BREC Coach Carlton speaks about the team setting a goal and working to achieve that goal at the presentation at Cashiers Bible Church.

“We were just honored enough to be able to be a part of that,” said Cindy.

From left are Holly Foss and Gracie Watson psyched to win the Smoky Mountain Conference.

This group of players has come a long way, many of them began playing volleyball together in middle school. In there first year together, they also went 10-0.

The Lady Bobcats 8th-grade team where they went undefeated. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fowler.

Maddy Potts and Chloe Fowler in 8th grade when the team went 14-0. Photo courtesy of Cindy Fowler.

Posing for a celebratory photo. Editor’s Note: Mad props to Mahalah Stewart for maintaining eye contact with the camera and a hand on the trophy as Holly Foss and Chloe Fowler go down.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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