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Horns push cylones before falling

By Tim Chambers
Sports Editor

Donna Poteet has learned to wear the hats of head coach and carpenter this season. Her rebuilding of Johnson County’s volleyball team has many conference opponents taking note. And her efforts are starting to take shape with tournament time just around the corner.
The Lady Longhorns played Elizabethton close on Thursday night inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium but fell just short. The Lady Cyclones won in three sets 25-15, 25-22 and 26-24 on senior night.
Poteet was happy with her team’s play. She said it’s the closest they’ve played ‘Betsy in a while.
“Overall I thought we played really well, said Poteet. “Our kids played together as a team. I’m extremely proud of their efforts.”
Gianna Lay, Demi Blevins, Cindi Edington, Kalli Sluder and Michelle Snyder took part in their last home game. Abby Reece, who has been sidelined with a torn ACL, served as scorekeeper. Megan Walters, recovering from a hip injury, did not play.
Elizabethton dominated play in the early going but all that changed midway through the match. The Longhorns played the “Even Steven” over the final two matches.
“Demi served the ball so well tonight,” said Poteet. “She had a lot of velocity on some of her aces.”
The net play of Lay was just as good. She spiked several during the second and third matches which caught the eye of Poteet.

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