Lady Eagles win first-round game
Hiwassee Dam – As famous announcer Jack Buck once said, we'll see you tomorrow night.
Hiwassee Dam's volleyball team won its first-round game Wednesday night in straight sets over Chatham Central in front of a sparse crowd.
The Lady Eagles won 25-19, 25-19, 25-16 to advance to a second-round game Thursday, which also will be at home against the winner between Mount Airy and Little Smoky foe Blue Ridge.
It was a recent win over Blue Ridge that gave the Lady Eagles two home games instead of the first of several long bus rides.
"It was a good first-round challenge," Lady Eagles Coach Angie Davis said. "They pushed us but our girls responded and fought hard."
Chatham scored the first four points of the match and got the early emotional edge, but the Lady Eagles weathered the storm and took command of the first set. Zoey Jacobsen spiked the ball for the winning point in the opening frame.
The Lady Bears had another eight-point run after Hiwassee Dam grabbed a 5-2 lead in the second, but again the Lady Eagles righted the ship and took a 14-13 lead on Michaela Murphy's serve.
Alysha Floyd spiked one hard to make it 18-16 a little later, then finished the set with another rocket that went off a Lady Bear and skidded to the stands.
"We worked as a team," Floyd said. "We're one big happy family out there and that really helped us through this game and this whole season. I'm very proud of how we played as a team."
Hiwassee Dam took early command of the third set on two strong blocks by Savannah Wills and an ace by Brittany Davis. The lead ballooned to as much as 10 as the Lady Eagles wore the visitors down, and Jacobsen's kill wrapped it up.
"They gave us a run for our money, they were were really good," Floyd said of the Lady Bears. "I think that will help us in later games in the playoffs."