By Carey Phillips
Brevard, the state’s second-ranked 2-A team in the Maxpreps volleyball rankings, stayed undefeated in Mountain Six Conference play with a 25-16, 25-15, 25-19 win over Smoky Mountain last Thursday in the SM gym.
“We did some good things,” Coach Megan Dezarn said. “We didn’t come in intimidated. We came out to give our all. We did a good job of getting some blocks. Our passes hurt us at times because we weren’t able to get them up to have all the options that we potentially could have had hitting-wise. We made some silly errors at different times throughout the match.”
Brevard scored the first four points of the match and led 13-6 in the first set after another 4-0 run. Kennedy Stewman served three points, which along with Faith Shuler’s kill and Ella Gamble’s block, allowed the Lady Mustangs (5-13, 2-6) to cut the gap to 19-15. The Lady Devils scored the last five points.
Brevard also opened a 4-0 lead in the second set. Natalie Parris served three points, including an ace, as SM narrowed the deficit to 13-8. The Lady Devils gradually pulled away to win.
Brevard went up 8-4 with four straight points in the third set. Carley Raleigh served four points, including an ace, as the Lady Mustangs took a 14-13 edge. The Lady Devils responded with six straight points for a 19-14 lead and went on to the win.
Parris and Raleigh led in service points with five. Not missing a serve were Raleigh (12), Stewman (10), Caroline Cowan (eight) and Shuler (three). Team serving was 92.3 percent.
Brevard won the JV match 25-22, 20-25, 15-10.
“We did a much better job of adjusting than when we played them the first time,” Coach Melissa Hill said. “They have some good hitters. We were able to get our hands on a lot of their hits so our passers could get the ball up. We had a couple of blocks that were really good. The game changer was we had a lot of missed serves. Serve receive was good. The girls played hard the entire time.”