Highlands JV volleyball team loses season opener to Hayesville

Highlands junior varsity volleyball team travelled to Hayesville on Monday for their season opener but couldn’t take the win ending with a final of 2-0.

However, the difference between the first and second sets in terms of performance was significant and spirits were high despite the loss.

Highlands Abbie Doerter slams down the ball scoring one for the Lady Highlanders.

Hayesville won the first game 25-6 and took the second 25-23.

“After the first game, we knew we needed to talk more,” said Highlands Abbie Doerter. “During the second game we weren’t as nervous. We had a good head on our shoulders and really started communicating with eachother.”

From left are Highlands Caroline Woods and Caitlin Tingen who calmly winds up to hit the ball over to Hayesville.

Highlands Caitlin Tingen said it took a bit to get comfortable out on the court.

“We had too many nerves that first game,” said Tingen. “Everyone was trying to get adjusted. But in the second we calmed down and played our game and did much better.”

Highlands Aislynn Luck passes on the road against Hayesville.

Highlands Aislynn Luck said the first game was a rough one, but is proud of their performance.

“Stepping on the court for that first game was so exciting,” said Luck. “I was nervous, I mean I was really nervous. The game wasn’t good, but I think we played good for the first game of the season.”

Highlands Mac Woods spikes the ball for a point against Hayesville.

Desiray said the JV squad played well despite the loss and is proud of their efforts. She added that there are some young players on JV who are new to the game and some older girls decided to play this year, so it will be a learning process.

Highlands Olivia Cole sends a free ball over to Hayesville.

Highlands celebrates after Caitlin Tingen hammers the ball down on the Hayesville side of the net.

Highlands Caroline Woods returns a Hayesville serve.

From left are Highlands Aislynn Luck bumping a set to a ready Abbie Doerter.

Highlands Addy Westendorf winds up to serve to Hayesville.

Highlands spirits remained high despite the loss to Hayesville.

Pictured at the top of the article from left are Highlands Abbie Doerter, Mac Woods, and Olivia Cole ready to return a Hayesville serve.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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