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For Lady Cyclones' Forbes, two-year career leads to collegiate pact with Milligan

Photo By Rick Harris
From left, (front) Dave Hunt, father; Brandi Forbes; Sherry Hunt, mother; (back) Whitney Forbes, sister; Milligan head coach Kim Hyatt and EHS head coach Leslee Bradley.
By Wes Holtsclaw

   Brandi Forbes first stepped on the volleyball court as a member of the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones two seasons ago. From there, she quickly rose to the top of the team and gave it a chance to win every time she was on the court.
   Her efforts were noticed by Milligan College, with whom the senior signed to continue her athletic and academic career Thursday afternoon.
   "I'm really glad I get the chance to continue playing. Since I've only played two years, it's really new to me," Forbes said. "It's exciting to learn new things and I can't wait to continue in college."
   "She gives you 110 percent everytime she's on the court and plays," said Milligan coach Kim Hyatt. "I think she'll be great for us."
   Forbes' work ethic was a big reason in her success and recruitment.
   "She was huge for us. When Brandi was on the court, we expected to win every point," said Elizabethton coach Leslee Bradley. "She was just that big of a player for us."
   "I had to twist her arm (to get her to play)," she said. "It was huge for our program and good for her to find another sport she could excel at."
   Forbes, who also excels on the basketball court, earned all-conference, all-district and MVP honors after her final season with the Lady Cyclones.
   Moreover, she led the team in blocks her junior and senior years with a combined 123 blocks. That places her second on the school's all-time career list behind a player who played varsity for four years.
   Forbes also had 127 kills her senior year, which led the team. She was named Best Offensive Player as a junior.
   Said Bradley: "She's a great, natural athlete. She has a lot of ability and works hard. She made us a lot better in practice."
   Her competitive nature will assist the Milligan College unit that features solid young talent that could be at the top of the AAC in the near future.
   The Lady Buffaloes had two seniors and two juniors this past season. The squad was heavy with sophomores and freshmen, who were very strong.
   Forbes should fit right in with the Lady Buffalo unit.
   "Just watching Brandi in competition, she's very aggressive and very assertive, and she really loves the game," Hyatt said. "You can tell that when she's on the court."
   Forbes is also a standout in the classroom. She plans to enter Milligan's Pre-Med program with an intended future in the medical field.
   "She makes great grades," added the Milligan coach. "She's a great student, which is something we look for at Milligan, too, along with great athleticism.
   "Really, her overall character -- you just can't beat it. I think she'll work well with our team."
   Brandi knows there will a lot of work ahead at Milligan.
   "I'm sure I won't be used to the hard hitters," she said. "They are a lot stronger in the college game. I'm definitely not fast enough, but I think everything can improve.
   "I'm sure I won't get a lot of time as a freshman, but I'm willing to work hard."
   Forbes' signing is another big boost to the Elizabethton program.
   "This is huge for our program," Bradley said. "To have a player that is looked at by a college coach just really says that we're doing something right, and we have the potential to grow."