Rebels down Cyclone


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  After riding the ropes and nearly going down for the KO, the Elizabethton volleyball team bounced back to counter their way back into the contest.
  Unfortunately for the Cyclones, they lost the final set which give the Patrick Henry Rebels their first win on the season.
  Elizabethton dropped the first two sets, but a rally in the third and fourth set up the final showdown in which they lost a 15-8 decision.
  "We fought back, and that was definitely a testament to win the third and fourth game, so I was definitely pleased with that and their effort," said Elizabethton coach Leslie Bradley. "These girls are going to get better every time out on the court because they work hard at it."
  The Cyclones started out to grab a 3-0 lead in the first set after a couple of scores came off the serve from Amanda Ward.
  Patrick Henry came back to go on a 9-3 run, as the Cyclones had trouble in executing their offense.
  A tip from Ashley Cline pulled Elizabethton back to within one, as the game stayed close until the end.
  After a slim advantage of 19-18, the Rebels went on a 6-1 run to finish off the first set 25-19.
  "We just started today, and I think the seniors I have are hungry this year," said Patrick Henry coach Suzanne Boothe.
  Elizabethton came out to take a 5-3 lead in set number two, as Michaela Pietrowski made a nice defensive play at the net to get a score.
  Patrick Henry responded with a flurry, as Danielle Hounshell connected on a couple of kills and Sarah Moore came through with the ace serve.
  The Rebels built an eight point advantage, but the Cyclones rally to cut into the deficit with a block at the net from Pietrowski to pull them within four.
  "We serve the ball well, we dug the ball well, and we made some pretty good decisions out on the court," said Bradley. "We're definitely starting to play the game a little bit better."
  The set ended on a kill from Hounsell which went off the hand of Holly Livingston to give Patrick Henry a 25-20 victory.
  After falling behind early in the third set, it looked like the inevitable was at the door step of the Cyclones.
  Serves from Kristan Moore and Sarah Moore give the Rebels the early lead, but a third Moore, "Katrina" was on the opposite side to strike for the Cyclones with three straight aces.
  Key setter Kristan Moore went down with an injury for Patrick Henry which seemed to rattle the Rebels.
  "That was a senior I had to go down, and our offense is based on her," said Boothe. "We had a sophomore go in for her [Nancy Olinger] and I thought she did a good job."
  Elizabethton reeled off nine straight points the next several minutes to grab a lead of 17-12.
  Patrick Henry fought back and obtained a two-point advantage with the contest in sight of being over.
  Elizabethton managed to score the last four points with a couple of big serves coming from Katrina Moore to keep the Cyclones alive in a 25-21 final.
  "I was nervous because I wanted us to win and was serving the best that I could," said Katrina Moore. "We played good the third and fourth game, but I guess we got too aggravated with each other in the fifth one. We could have won that game too."
  The fourth set saw Elizabethton come out on fire as they built a 10-point advantage halfway through the set.
  A dig from Cline and illegal touch by the Rebels put the Cyclones up 18-8.
  Patrick Henry slowly crept back into the contest to close the deficit within two, but a net serve and volley that scored from ward ended the rally.
  In the final match of the evening, Elizabethton got off to a slow start falling behind 4-1.
  A tough dig from Alissa Manz and ace serve from Pietrowski tied the contest for Elizabethton, but a 9-3 run from the Rebels sent the Cyclones scraping to somehow stay in the contest for the win.
  A tip from Katrina Moore score for the Cyclones, but on the next play Ward missed on the serve which ended the contest in a 15-8 final.
  "We didn't think we'd be that good of a team starting out the season, but I think we'll become a great team by the end of the season," said Ward. "We work together well, but we just need to talk to one another a little more. We just can't give up and keep on trying harder."