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Lady Blue Devils Cruise Past Warriors Into Second Round

 

October 28, 2019

Brooklyn Rising led Brevard with 14 kills in the Lady Blue Devils' opening round victory over the East Gaston Warriors on Saturday. Brevard now advances to the second round of the 2A playoffs and will host Central Davidson on Tuesday. (Times photo by Jeremiah Reed)

It was business as usual for the Brevard Lady Blue Devils on Saturday, as the home team dominated the East Gaston Warriors, winning 3-0 to open what has all the potential to be a deep run in the 2A playoffs.

There were no jitters. No lack of urgency. No poor performances.

Just a team that looked every bit as good as the No. 2 seed they received when the state unveiled the playoff brackets last Thursday.

The Warriors came in with a 16-8 record, but were simply outmatched all around by the Lady Blue Devils, as Brevard won 25-9, 25-9 and 25-15.

First-round games can sometimes be tricky for higher-seeded teams, but there were no such slip-ups from Brevard.

"I thought we started off really strong," said Brevard head coach Cori Bryson after the win. "We talked about how the seedings don't mean anything when it gets down to playing the games. We had a little bit of lack of focus in the third set, and we talked in the locker room about keeping that focus all the way to 25 points because as we move through the rounds it's only going to get tougher."

Nit-picking the third set would be the only way to find blemishes in Saturday's performance.

One player that's been getting stronger for Brevard has been senior Brooklyn Rising. Rising led the team with 14 kills in Saturday's match and has looked better each time she's been on the floor.

After a year-long recovery from a knee injury as a junior, having Rising back to her old form only makes Brevard even more formidable, considering she didn't see much playing time during the regular season.

"We're super pumped to have Brooklyn back and she's getting stronger every practice. She's worked a lot on her swinging and she's moving on her leg a lot better. She's really gotten much stronger and much more vocal in trying to take on that leadership role," Bryson said.

Madison Baldridge and Kaitlin Pressley had nine and eight kills, respectively.

Pressley added 15 assists while Cabe had a team-high 17 assists.

In the next round, Brevard is set to host the No. 15 seed Central Davidson Spartans.

The Spartans are 18-9 and defeated No. 18 seed West Iredell 3-2 in the first round.

The second round match will take place Tuesday at 6 p.m.

 
 

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