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Taking it on the chin… Lady Cyclones go 1-4 in Cyclone Invitational

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
ivan.sanders@elizabethton.com
Elizabethton Lady Cyclone volleyball head coach Leslee Bradley knew coming into Saturday’s Cyclone Invitational that there were some hungry teams coming in after being held back from summer camps due to the current pandemic.
The Lady Cyclones found that competition to be stiff as in five matches played on the day, they were only able to pull out one of the five matches defeating conference foe Johnson County 25-18, 25-10.
From there it was all downhill on the day as Cocke County took the Lady Cyclones three sets winning 25-19, 13-25, and 5-15. The Lady ‘Blazers of Daniel Boone followed suit by winning in two sets 16-25, 20-25.
The Lady Cyclones squared off with South Greene and the Lady Rebels regrouped after dropping the first set to Elizabethton 25-21 to take a 15-25, 10-15 match win.
Elizabethton’s day wrapped up when the Lady Vikings of Tennessee High took a 19-25, 11-25 win in two sets.
Offensively, Cheyenne Poiroux had nine aces on serve while Brittany Kitchens added seven. As a team, the Lady Cyclones recorded 26 aces in 240 attempts.
On the defensive side of the net, Kitchens led the charge with 23 kills on the day while Mattie Davis was close behind with 20. Kallista DePrimo and Poiroux tallied 13 kills apiece as well.
As a team, the Lady Cyclones registered 90 kills in 367 attempts.
Grace Martin had a team-high 48 digs out of 70 attempts to lead in that category. Kitchens totaled 38 digs out of 59 opportunities while Jayci Bowers had a solid day collecting 31-of-37 dig attempts.
Team-wise, the Lady Cyclones had 292 dig attempts and converted 193 of those.
Elizabethton returned to regular-season action on Tuesday when they traveled to Central and play host to Chuckey-Doak on Thursday.