Hayesville hosts the neighboring Franklin Panthers
By Travis Dockery
389 Country Editor
After wins over Tuscola and Smoky Mountain, the varsity Lady Yellow Jackets looked to go a perfect 3-0 in the opening week of volleyball season as they welcomed the Lady Panthers of Franklin in the neighboring Macon County.
Set one saw the foes take jabs at each other like prize fighters, with neither team able to make a knockout blow. In a game of cat and mouse, the Lady Jackets were the ones chasing their opponent. Although Hayesville stayed within striking distance, the Lady Panthers were able to get to the needed 25-point mark to take the set 25-21.
The tug of war continued in the second set with neither team able to manufacture a lead
greater than 3 points until the Lady Jackets put 20 on the board to Franklin's 16. From that point, Hayesville was able to build their lead to 24-17 but the Lady Panthers would not go quietly. Franklin went on a 3-0 run before the Lady Jackets were able to end the set with a 25-20 set win.
Anyone passing through the lobby of the gym during the third set might have thought a playoff basketball game was being played. As was the case in the first two sets, the third was a see-saw game of emotions. Each fan base erupted with every point or volley save. Hayesville was able to maintain the slightest lead throughout the set, but when it came time to seal the deal, Franklin made a run to get the set win 25-23 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The Lady Panthers kept the hot hand as set four got underway. Franklin went on a 5-0 run to start the set and maintained that lead throughout most of the frame. Hayesville tried to stop the charge, but ran out of steam. Franklin won the set 25-17, clinching the match 3-1.
On Monday, Aug. 22, Hayesville will head to Tuscola looking to get back in the win column.