Lady Bobcats rack up back-to-back wins

The Blue Ridge Early College girls varsity volleyball team has had a rough start to the season but things are beginning to turn around.

The Lady Bobcats traveled to Andrews on Aug. 29 and won in a tiebreaking 5th set.

The following day hit the road again and took on Hiwassee Dam and won 3-1.

BREC Coach Ashley Steinel said it was difficult at the beginning of the season because they couldn’t practice to due construction at the school and that the first four games helped shake out the kinks.

“We’re looking great and I think we’re in good shape,” said Steinel. “The main goal is making the playoffs.”

Overall, the Lady Bobcats are 2-4 and are 1-0 in conference play. BREC lost to Cherokee and Swain, and twice to Rosman.

Photos from BREC vs Rosman at home on Aug. 18.

BREC Peyton Bryson digs a Rosman hit.

BREC Macy Heltsley hammers down a point against Rosman at home.

BREC Izzy Moody serves to Rosman.

BREC Mercedes McLaughlin digs a Rosman kill.

BREC Mahalah Stewart scores a point with a tip against Rosman.

BREC Vanessa Russell chases down a Rosman free ball.

From left are BREC Macy Heltsley and Vanessa Russell ready to return Rosman’s serve.

BREC McKenzie Woods reacts to a Rosman hit from the back row.

BREC Peyton Bryson sets against Rosman.

BREC Mahalah Stewart digs a Rosman hit.

BREC Mercedes McLaughlin throws up a block for a point.

BREC Izzy Moody scopes out where she wants to place her serve.

BREC Vanessa Russell Waits for an incoming free ball.

Coach Steinel talks strategy during a timeout against Rosman.

BREC girls varsity volleyball team during the Pledge of Allegiance before a game against Rosman.

Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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