Lady Cyclone Davis taking volleyball skills to Walters State

Published 11:09 pm Friday, March 25, 2022

BY IVAN SANDERS
STAR SPORTS EDITOR
Elizabethton High School senior Mattie Davis knew how to have fun and play hard at the same time on the volleyball court for Coach Leslie Bradley.
She is looking forward to having a ball when she takes that same hard work ethic to Walters State to compete as a member of the Lady Senator Volleyball team.
Davis signed with the Morristown college during a ceremony at the EHS Commons area among family, friends, and teammates from both travel ball and high school.
“I am really thankful for the opportunity that I have been given,” Davis said. “I am very excited to continue playing and glad that I found the right fit for me at Walters State.  I am going to do general education there and I look forward to being able to move away and this gives me the opportunity to start doing things on my own more but to continue playing volleyball. Coach Bradley has been very supportive and helped me along the way and I couldn’t be more thankful for that. We have created a relationship on and off the court. I have made a lot of memories with a lot of teammates and have made life-long friendships here.”
Bradley had nothing but praise for her former player telling all in attendance that it was a great day for Elizabethton volleyball and a great day for Mattie to go on and play for Walters State.
“From day one, I knew that Mattie was going to be a huge contributor to Elizabethton volleyball – really from day zero as an eighth grader she played travel ball playing up with some freshmen and sophomores who were playing here,” said Bradley. “I got to go see them play and when I say Mattie play, I was like “Yes”. She has done a tremendous job for us.
“Mattie is fun in a sarcastic kind of way and has a great personality. She likes to have fun in and out of the game. She plays hard but loves to smile during the game. She has been willing to do what I have asked her as a coach.”
The long-time volleyball coach at EHS shared a story about Davis and her toughness.
“She broke her left index finger on a Friday in practice before we started the season on Monday,” Bradley said. “She was bruised all the way down to her wrist and still today can’t straighten that finger. She didn’t go to the doctor because the doctor was going to tell her to take some time off. She is as tough as nails. Every ball she blocked that year had to hurt extremely bad even though we taped her fingers together.”

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