Lady 'Clones ousted by Volunteer

By DALLAS COOK
STAR Staff

   BLOUNTVILLE -- With the season on the line for the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones and the Lady Falcons of Volunteer, you couldn't help but watch as each player on the court made sure they gave it all they had.
   Tuesday evening at Sullivan Central High School, in the second night of the Watauga Conference District Tournament, the Falcons were the ones left standing as they defeated the Cyclones in two sets by 15-11 and 15-5 to advance and end Elizabethton's season.
   "When we were warming up I was concerned because we had no intensity," said Elizabethton coach Leslee Bradley. "We have to be a relaxed team when we play, but you have to balance that with intensity."
   The Lady Cyclones came out strong in the first set behind the play of senior Rachel Pierce, but a tough Volunteer team held on to the lead and took the set 15-11.
   "Everything our defense had a chance to get to we pulled up and put it into play nicely," Bradley said. "I was definitely pleased with our defense and the fact that we kept getting the ball back. We just couldn't figure out how to score points when we had the ball."
   In the second set it was all Volunteer as it held the Cyclones to just five points and winning it 15-5 to advance and play the Sullivan North Lady Raiders.
   On the night Pierce was tops for Elizabethton as she collected nine service points to lead Cyclones while teammates Beth Holtsclaw (six kills, three blocks), Sheri Aubrey (10 assists) and Michelle Collins (17 digs) also contributing great efforts.
   "They're consistent," Bradley said of her seniors. "They came out and played as hard as they could. They came out and did their jobs tonight, it was just that Volunteer was the better team.
   "We only won five games this year but that doesn't represent what a strong team this was. We didn't have the most athletic team on the court but we were a team, and a lot of times that's going to pull you through. This was a fun team to be around and to be with, so I'm going to miss them a lot."