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Three set win for JCHS volleyball team over Unicoi

By: Tim Chambers
Tomahawk Sports Editor
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“Good Golly, Miss Volley” you sure like to play ball. That was evident inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium on Monday. The Lady Longhorns were rocking and rolling their way to a three set win over Unicoi County in a Three Rivers volleyball match on Monday.
Cindi Edington scored the decisive point helping the “Horns win the final match 16-14. Their other wins were by identical scores, 25-23 in the first and third sets.
The mammoth matches left head coach Donna Poteet drained at the conclusion. She was extremely pleased with the way her squad persevered.
“We’ve had trouble all year bouncing back after getting down but tonight our kids showed that they could do it,” said Poteet. “I thought Demi Blevins came in and got some good hits and Sara Carlton gave us some great play too. All of our back line played extremely well. Each one gave us some big hits.”

None was bigger than the corner shot that Edington snuck in setting off a wild celebration by the home team. Poteet touched on her play down the stretch.
“That was a big play by Cindi,” said Poteet. “She made several of those in the last match to get us back in it.”
It was her ace that put Johnson County in the lead for the first time in the deciding set at 14-13. It was just one of many big plays by the Lady Horns.
Gianna Lay had a trio of spikes in the first match allowing them to overcome an early deficit. Back-to-back kills by Demi Blevins and Sara Carlton’s successful joust at the net propelled Johnson County to a six point advantage at the midway mark.
Unicoi battled back to tie the game but Lay and Carlton hammered home late points to give them the set at 25-23.
The Lady Devils took the second match 25-13 despite a strong showing off the bench from Johnson County’s Brianna Snyder. At one point she provided two kills and a nice save. Demi Blevins and Kalli Sluder each added pancake digs.
Strong play by Edington and Lexi Little in the third set gave the Longhorns another two-point 25-23 win.
Unicoi tried late to punch in the tying score but Rebecca Adams spiked it ending that quest. Taylor Wallace had a trio of nice digs. Blevins played outstanding the entire way.
The Lady Blue Devils took set two 25-13 and set four 25-17 but couldn’t cash in on a third.
Blevins ended the third match with an ace in Johnson County’s win. Edington and Little had key points prior to that.
Lay got the crowd back into it during the final match with a pair of “Shady Valley Spikes” at the net. Edington had the best defensive play on the night when her face prevented Unicoi County from scoring on a hard smash. The ‘Horns turned that missed opportunity into a point which pleased their head coach.
“Our kids were willing to do whatever it took to win this one at him,” added Poteet. “It’s the second time we’ve beaten them this year. It keeps us out of the cellar going into the tournament.”
The Longhorns will host Elizabethton at home on Thursday. They’ll play at Elizabethton in the District tournament which begins next week

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