Highlands varsity volleyball team beats BREC on the road

Highlands varsity volleyball team travelled to Cashiers last month and swept Blue Ridge Early College with a final of 3-0.

Highlands Coach Desiray Schmitt said Highlands hit the court ready to play.

Highlands Emma Minton puts point on the board against BREC.

“There is just a lot of pressure going into a game with them being in our conference and a rival,” said Schmitt. “Everyone played hard, they wanted it, and it showed. I think our season is going really well and hopefully we keep winning!”

BREC Coach Ashley Steinel said the Lady Bobcats missed some opportunities on serves to convert and had some trouble with tip coverage, but they’re making adjustments and working as team.

BREC Vanessa Russell passes against Highlands.

“I feel that we could have played better, but at that moment I feel they gave it all they had,” said Steinel. “That’s all I can ask of them is to just work. We have some things to improve on and I am sure the girls will put in the work they need to.”

Highlands Brandy Zagal sets the ball.

BREC Mahalah Stewart slams home a hit against Highlands.

Highlands Reese Schmitt digs a BREC spike.

BREC Izzy Moody serves to Highlands.

Highlands Ava Schmitt hammers the ball down on the BREC side of the net.

BREC Holly Foss scores a point for the Lady Bobcats.

Highlands Haley Small passes a BREC free ball.

BREC Mercedes McLaughlin throws up a block against Highlands.

Highlands India Clark tips the ball against BREC.

BREC Gracie Watson tips the ball with Julia May Schmitt blocking.

Highlands Reese Schmitt hits the ball against BREC.

BREC Holly Foss tips the ball while Highlands Ezra Branham blocks.

Highlands Ashley Wilson sets up Julia May Schmitt.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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