EHS girls snare conference title

from staff reports

   KINGSPORT -- It was one match to decide the Watauga Conference girls tennis championship, and the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones didn't waste their opportunity.
   Elizabethton and Unicoi County played an extra match on Tuesday after splitting their two regular-season meetings, and it was the Lady Cyclones capturing a 5-2 decision over their top rival on the neutral Sullivan North courts.
   "I'm really proud of the girls," said EHS coach Danny O'Quinn. "They really stepped up big. I'm really happy with their performance."
   Elizabethton's No. 1 singles seed, Amanda Pike, put together an impressive performance in defeating Jessica Pauli 6-2, 6-4.
   Elizabethton's Erin Rogers picked up a forfeit over Jessica Crews, and Lady Cyclone Kristina Elliott got past Jessica Tipton 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, but Unicoi was keeping things interesting, thanks to Tracy Cartier's 6-2, 6-1 victory over Allison Parlier and a 6-3, 6-0 Paula Edwards win over Ashley Street.
   Doubles made the difference, though, as Pike and Rikki Baughman knocked off Pauli and Cartier 8-5, and Parlier and Rogers defeated Tipton and Amber Cartier by an 8-1 score.
   When the victory was guaranteed, a good singles match between Elizabethton's Lourean Hughes and Unicoi's Melina DeOlivera was suspended, and a doubles match between Street/Elliott and Edwards/DeOlivera wasn't needed.
   Hughes and DeOlivera were waging a real battle. DeOlivera took the first set 6-3, Hughes won the second 6-4, and the third set stood at 5-5.
   Elizabethton will compete in regional team play this Thursday at J. Frank White. The regional for individual play is set for Monday and Tuesday, May 17-18, in Pigeon Forge.