Lady Highlanders junior varsity volleyball team defeated Hiwassee Dam in an epic 2-1 victory in October 2022 winning the Little Smoky Mountain Conference championship hosted by Nantahala.
“The girls played their hearts out to get the win, they played to their best ability and gave it their all,” said Highlands Coach Rylee Corbin. “That’s all I could’ve asked for!”
In addition to being LSMC champions, Highlands also won first place in conference.
“The girls worked so hard to improve their abilities and put it to use in the games, and it really showed on the court,” said Corbin. “No matter the outcome of the game, they always wanted to get better. They were coachable, they listened, they hustled, they gave it their all every game and every practice.”
Corbin said there’s a talented group of incoming freshmen playing volleyball next year and she’s excited to watch them continue to grow and improve their skills at the next level.
She added that she would not have this opportunity without her former coach and current Highlands Varsity Volleyball Coach Kaitlin Bishop.
“I owe this opportunity to Coach Bishop,” said Corbin. “She has supported me and helped me tremendously while also being understanding and working with my schedule for school. I always had a lot of respect for her when she was my coach in high school and my respect grew for her even more after this season!”
Article and photos by Brian O’Shea
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