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Owen defeats conference leader Draughn in volleyball rematch

Karrigan Monk
Black Mountain News
Senior Cole Christian helped Owen with a 3-1 victory over Draughn.

With a huge cheer from the crowd, Owen's volleyball team defeated Draughn in a rematch Sept. 27.

The Warlassies first met Draughn this season Sept. 1, when they lost 3-1. This time, Owen took home the 3-1 victory after four back-and-forth sets.

Owen coach Kristy Kamer said the season has been a rollercoaster, but the team is doing things right.

"Tonight's game is the start of the second half of conference, so we got that win against them, so that helps us out," Kamer said. "It puts us in a position that helps us with our goals of winning conference because we have the talent to do it."

Owen moves to 9-6 overall with a 4-3 conference record.

Coach Kristy Kamer talks with her team during Owen's 3-1 win over Draughn.

Draughn currently stands first in the Western Highland Conference 1A/2A division, while Owen is fourth, also behind Avery County and Mountain Heritage. Rosman, the reigning Western Highlands champion, is fifth behind Owen.

Kamer said she is looking forward to Owen's next matchups against Mitchell and Mountain Heritage.

"Just watching them take this win and grow and take care of Mitchell," Kamer said. "We can't really look past them, but we've got Mountain Heritage coming in here next week. Getting that win against them, beating the teams that beat us early on."

She said when the players come together as a team, they are at their strongest.

Senior Cole Christian agreed and said teamwork is their strength.

"I would say we've had some ups and downs," Christian said. "But when we get it together, we do pretty well and we win our games."

Kamer said the team is full of talent and it's just about harnessing that when playing.

Owen's volleyball team defeated Draughn 3-1.

"We have so much talent," Kamer said. "We have a lot. We have the ability to do some great things. I think like any team, we can be our worst enemy as well, so that can be our biggest weakness."

Christian said she is looking forward to playoffs, and Kamer said she thinks the team can do well.

"I'm just so proud of these girls," Kamer said. "I think they're starting to believe what they are capable of doing, so it's pretty exciting."