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  • Travis Dockery

Hayesville Sweeps Swain Out Of Town

On Monday, Aug.29, the Smoky Mountain Conference portion of the volleyball schedule got underway as three Hayesville teams welcomed conference foe Swain County into The Hive. After an evening of exciting volleyball, the Lady Jacket teams were all celebrating victories.

To say that start of the season has been disappointing for the varsity team would be an understatement. The Lady Jackets entered the evening with just one win, while the Lady Devils took the court undefeated. On paper, Swain should have taken care of business quickly. Apparently, no one told Hayesville.

The Lady Jackets looked unbeatable in the opening set, downing Swain 25-15. Momentum stayed with the home team in set two and Hayesville took a 2-0 overall lead with a 25-14 set-win. The Lady Devils kept their hopes alive in set three with a 25-17 win.

Unrattled, Hayesville went back to work in the fourth set. Early on, it was a back and forth affair, but the Lady Jackets managed to pull away. A 25-17 win in the set gave the Lady Jackets the 3-1 match victory.

For the JV Lady Jackets, they too were facing an undefeated team. Hayesville was 4-1 coming into the matchup. The defending SMC champs were ready for the challenge and defended their home court in a big way. Hayesville sent a message to the rest of a conference by downing Swain in two sets, winning the first 25-18 and the second 25-17.

The middle school school contest had fans holding their breath with each point. Hayesville built up a lead in the first set, but Swain came roaring back to get the 26-24 win. Set two started off the same way, with the Lady Jackets jumping out to a lead, only to see their opponent come back to challenge for the win. This time, Hayesville finished the job, taking the set victory 26-24.

The third and deciding set was a close one. Fans were engaged and cheering on each volley and point. Hayesville refused to lose, taking the set 15-11 and the match 2-1.

All three teams will be in action Thursday, Aug. 31 as they travel to Cherokee.

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