Lady Highlanders stay positive after loss to Murphy

Highlands varsity volleyball team boarded a bus on Aug. 19 for their third game on the road that week, this time they faced off against Murphy. After losing the first two sets, the Lady Highlanders rallied and took the third, but victory was not meant to be with Highlands losing 3-1.

Highlands Brandy Zagal passes the ball against Murphy.

Highlands Brandy Zagal is looking on the bright side and said if they keep playing like they did in the third set, things are looking pretty good.

“That’s honestly one of the best games we played so far,” said Zagal. “In the other sets we didn’t cover very well, but I’m ready to play them again.”

Highlands India Clark serves the ball to Murphy.

Highlands India Clark said they played well going up against a tough team like Murphy.

“The third game for the most part is one of the best games we’ve ever played,” said Clark. “That was the first set we’ve taken against Murphy in a long time.”

Highlands Ava Schmitt hits the ball for a point against Murphy.

Clark spent some time over the summer playing sand volleyball in California competing in a national pairs tournament. Her partner while out west was Murphy player Liv Payne, who this time faced Clark from the other side of the net.

From left are Highlands Ezra Branham and Ashlynn Wilson going for the block against Murphy Liv Payne. Payne competed with Highlands India Clark in a national pairs tournament in California.

Highlands Reese Schmitt said she’s tired and sore from consecutive games on the road, but likes how things are coming together so far this season.

“We did great on our third set, then we kind of shut down in the fourth,” said Schmitt. “We weren’t covering well at all, but we’ll adjust some stuff and overall this season I think we’re playing pretty good.”

Highlands Reese Schmitt returns a Murphy serve.

Highlands Emma Minton said Murphy brought an intensity from start to finish.

“They had so much energy, they stayed positive the entire game,” she said. “When they made a mistake, they picked each other up.”

Highlands Emma Minton scores a point for Highlands against Murphy.

Minton added that the third game really came together for the Lady Highlanders.

“In the third set, we didn’t let them get in our heads, their intensity didn’t faze us and we came out on top.”

Highlands Julia May Schmitt spikes the ball for a point against Murphy.

Highlands Ashlynn Wilson passes against Murphy.

Highlands celebrates winning a hard-fought point.

Highlands Reese Schmitt (yellow jersey) disagrees with the referee’s call on the road against Murphy.

Highlands Ava Schmitt serves Murphy while being photobombed by her family.

Highlands Ashlynn Wilson, Brandy Zagal, and Ava Schmitt cover for India Clark who’s spiking the ball.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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