EHS girls qualify for state

staff reports

   KNOXVILLE--With the cost of gas prices these days, the Elizabethton girls' tennis team is facing an expensive trip. The Cyclones will be making the long haul to Memphis for the state tournament.
   Elizabethton won the Sectional 1-A/AA team tennis championship on Thursday against Christian Academy of Knoxville, prevailing by a 4-3 score.
   The team went down 3-1 through their first four seeds, with top-seeded Amanda Pike accounting for the one 'Betsy triumph, defeating Francesca Guerrieri 7-5, 6-4.
   When Elizabethton's fifth seed, Kristina Elliott, lost her first set to Gina Guerrieri by a 6-4 score, the C.A. fans began to go home thinking the home team had the match won. Elliott, however, came back in the next two sets, winning 6-3 and 6-2.
   The Lady Cyclones then won both doubles matches for the victory. Pike and Rikki Baughman teamed up to beat Francesca Guerrieri and Erika Hammaker 6-4, 7-5, and Ashley Street and Elliott downed Jennifer Allen and Gina Guerrieri 6-1, 7-5.
   "I think they [Christian Academy] became overconfident and we were able to pull it off in the end," Cyclone head coach Danny O'Quinn said.
   State team competition begins this Tuesday at 8 a.m.
   Pike will also compete for the state in Memphis on Wednesday in singles competition.