By: Tim Chambers
ELIZABETHTON The Lady Cyclones hit the delete button on a fast Johnson County start and purged them from the District 1-AA volleyball tournament on Monday inside of Treadway Gymnasium. Elizabethton won in three sets 25-17, 25-10 and 25-16 advancing to the semi-final round against Sullivan South.
The Lady Longhorns had reason to be optimistic going in after playing Betsy almost dead even in their last match. They led 7-2 in the early going but the Cyclones blew them away with an 11-1 run.
We got off to a great start, said Johnson Countys head coach Donna Poteet. But once they got going it was hard to hold them off. Elizabethton is a strong team with several experienced players. I think that playing on their home court helped them to. Our kids play hard but they just played better.
The duo of Gianna Lay and Cindi Edington were responsible for five points in the early going that got Johnson County off to an early lead.
Sara Carlton added a pair of digs which resulted in points being scored by Demi Blevins and Lexi Little.
Elizabethton rallied back behind the net play of Megan Pietrowski and Kelsi McKamey. It didnt take them long to help vault Betsy out in front 20-13.
The Cyclones finished the set in convincing style winning 25-17.
The Longhorns never led in the second set falling 21-10.
Johnson County finally got untracked and played well in the third set but Betsy was a notch better.
Pietrowski (6 kills, 5 blocks) and McKamey (eight kills) kept the Horns at bay. Seven digs by Emily Carr and 15 assists from Janae Rangel were vital for EHS too.
Johnson County continued its hard play making Elizabethton earn every point.
Carlton, Lizzy Dunn, Rebecca Adams, Blevins and Alsia Robbins all scored. Lay, Kalli Sluder, Michelle Snyder and Brianna Snyder provided some outstanding play at the net.
But it couldnt offset Elizabethtons overall depth.
Playing their final game for Johnson County were Lay, Edington, Sluder, Adams and Michelle Adams.
Theyve been good girls, said Poteet about her seniors. Im very proud of them.
The Lady Longhorns have reason to be excited about their future after recently winning a junior varsity tournament at David Crockett. Little, Carlton, Robbins, Adams, Dunn, Wallace and Brianna Snyder all return.
Im proud of how we progressed, added Poteet. We had no returning starters and still won two conference games. Were trying to build a program and youve got to start somewhere. You cant get there overnight.
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