Lady Cyclones pick up a key win on road at Unicoi Co.

Published 1:41 pm Wednesday, September 1, 2021

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It’s never easy to go on the road and pick up a volleyball win against a conference foe but that is exactly what the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones did on Tuesday evening when they paid a visit to the Unicoi County Lady Blue Devils and came away with a nailbiting, hard-fought 3-1 victory.

The Lady Cyclones opened up the match by taking the first set by a 25-16 score. The Lady Blue Devils answered the first-set defeat by taking the second set in a tight one, 25-22.

Just like a good team would do, the Lady Cyclones put the second set in the rearview mirror and easily secured the third set of the night in a 25-11 takedown of Unicoi Co. to forge ahead 2-1.

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Needing only one more set to win the match, both teams settled into a battle that could have gone either way but fortunately for the Lady Cyclones, they were able to withstand the Lady Blue Devils’ efforts to take a 28-26 win that gave the match to Elizabethton.

Defensively, the Lady Cyclones were led by senior Mattie Davis who had 17 digs in the contest while junior Cheyenne Poiroux also had a great match with 16 digs.

Elizabethton also received double-digit defensive digs from Bailee VanHuss who came up huge with 12 in the win while Makiah Williams recorded 11 as well.

Davis also was solid in the hitting category where she set down 12 kills on the night with Gracie Kirsch adding a solid 11 kills. Krisalyn Elliott came to play as she knocked down 10 kills.

In the serving column, Davis collected six of the 13 aces that the Lady Cyclones recorded in the match. Williams added three while Jayci Bowers was credited with two.

Bowers was monstrous in the assist category for setting as she recorded 39 in the four-set match.

The win leveled the Lady Cyclones to .500 as Elizabethton stands at 6-6 on the season.

Wins like this can turn a season around quickly and the Lady Cyclones would love nothing better than to ride the wave of momentum in the next matches upcoming.

The Lady Cyclones are set to entertain a new conference foe in the always tough Lady Vikings of Tennessee High on Thursday at John Treadway Gym.