Confidence and chemistry are not lacking with this year’s Hendersonville volleyball team.
And with the Bearcats, that mixture usually results in a third ‘C’ – championships.
Hendersonville has stowed more state volleyball titles (11) in its trophy case than any NCHSAA program. And even a bump up in classifications from 1-A to 2-A wasn’t a deterrent in 2013.
Six seniors (Micayla Bedoian, Cassie Born, Kaitlyn Capps, Robbbi Clark, Sydney Gilliam and Blaire Hawkins) are back for coach Erica Cantrell’s second year in charge.
“It usually takes a while to teach a team to be a team,” Cantrell said.
“But this group has come together really quick.”
It took five sets and more than two hours in a steamy gym, but Hendersonville improved to 5-0 with Tuesday’s 26-24, 23-25, 29-31, 25-19 and 15-8 win over visiting North Henderson.
Born (15 kills, 21 digs) has committed to play in college for Tusculum (Tenn.) and was the most valuable player of last November’s NCHSAA 2-A championship match (a 3-1 win over Wheatmore).
But contributions came from everywhere Tuesday.
Bedoian added 10 kills, while sophomore Cyrena Bedoian added eight and Gilliam had seven, to go along with her 20 digs.
Victoria Schandevel is a junior who made 22 digs and 19 assists. She also had five kills. And finally, Hawkins dished out 18 assists and scooped out 13 digs.
It was the 18th consecutive win for the Bearcats, who fittingly began the streak after a 2013 loss to North Henderson.
“This team plays with a lot of energy and we all love each other like sisters,” Gilliam said.
“That makes us a better team.”
“When we get down, we pick each other up,” Born added.
“And that’s what we did (Tuesday). We knew it was going to be tough because North Henderson is a good team. Most of the players know each other and that makes it fun.”
Hendersonville opens Western Highlands Conference play Thursday at Mountain Heritage.
Prior to Tuesday, the Bearcats had won all of their previous four matches (Brevard, East Henderson, Pisgah and Roberson) by 3-0 scores.
Cantrell was last season’s Citizen-Times All-WNC coach of the year and formerly an All-WNC outside hitter for West Henderson’s state-championship team in 2008.
She said the Bearcats have three starters back from 2013, though she often changed the lineup in her first season as coach.
This year’s NCHSAA volleyball playoffs begin on Oct. 18.
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