Hiwassee Dam Lady Eagles upset in second round
Hiwassee Dam -- Mt. Airy is best known for being the model for the town of Mayberry on the classic sitcom, "The Andy Griffith Show."
But the Lady Bears failed to extend any type of southern hospitality after a five-hour journey Thursday night, garnering a three-set, round two sweep over Hiwassee Dam and eliminating the Lady Eagles from the state playoffs in the process.
"The game plan was to go out and play OUR game, throw kills and hits at them and we'll get the points. We had trouble with that tonight and it showed in the end result," Hiwassee Dam coach Angie Davis said. "But, one of their goals at the start of the year was to make it to the second round of the playoffs. They accomplished that."
Hiwassee Dam did not go down without a fight. Both teams produced a highly competitive set one, where neither side built any momentum. Mt. Airy came out of the battle with a 25-23 triumph.
The Lady Bears quickly turned a 10-8 advantage in set two into 20-9, thanks to some pivotal blocks. The Lady Eagles struggled for answers and went on to take the set 25-14. Another back-and-forth war was waged in set three, with Mt. Airy only opening up a five-point lead at best. Hiwassee Dam battled back to a 17-14 deficit, before the Lady Bears pieced together a run that advanced Mt. Airy to round three with an eventual 25-19 victory.
The four Lady Eagle seniors put on one final showcase in the match. Alysha Floyd had five aces, two kills, two blocks and five digs in the match. Savannah Wills tallied three aces, four kills and six blocks, while Zoey Jacobsen recorded one ace, five kills and two digs. Setter Michaela Murphy finished the match with two kills, two digs and nine assists.
"We'll miss all four of them, because we'll be kind of starting over next year. We'll be young, from an experience standpoint," Davis said. "Savannah came in kind of late last year, but quickly picked up on everything. Zoey picked everything up from the beginning. Alysha and Michaela are our veterans and they've all chipped in and made this team what it is."
For a senior like Jacobsen, the defeat is bittersweet.
"It's pretty cool to make it to the playoffs, in any sport," Jacobsen said. "I had so much fun with them. We had a great year. We played so well as a team this year and pulled through in a lot of games. I think the biggest thing that kept us in the game (against Mt. Airy) was staying positive and being there for our teammates when someone would get down."
Hiwassee Dam finishes the season with a 15-8 record.
Mt. Airy will now make a much shorter trip to South Stanly for round three Saturday.