Lady 'Clones lose to Sullivan North


Photo by Dave Boyd
ElizabethtonÕs Emilee Berry tags a shot at the net as teammates Linda Holsclaw (20) and Jennie Powell look on.

By Michelle Pope
STAR STAFF
mpope@starhq.com
The Elizabethton Lady Cyclones lost three straight sets to conference leader Sullivan North Tuesday evening, with scores of 13-25, 10-25, and 13-25.
Elizabethton's scoring was scattered throughout the three matches, excluding five consecutive unanswered Cyclone points in the third set.
Brandi Forbes scored the first point for Elizabethton with a well-placed block. After a kill from North's Arissa Vaughn, Forbes followed up with another kill for the Lady Cyclones. The six-foot senior tallied five kills and six blocks for the evening.
A dig from Trish McNeely resulted in another point for Elizabethton, but a 10-point scoring run by the Lady Raiders was soon to follow. Two kills from Lindsay Vaughn and six aces by Shyan Redmond put the score at 16-4 in North's favor.
"I think we're starting to really play together as a team, and we should. We're in the last two weeks of our season," said Sullivan North head coach Vicki McGlothlin.
The Lady Cyclones were unable to return some hard-hit balls during the rest of the set, and despite two more kills from Forbes and a couple digs from Emilee Berry and Alison Parlier, Sullivan North won the set, leaving Elizabethton at 13.
"North came to play and we didn't," said Leslee Bradley, the head coach for Elizabethton. "We played them well when we went to their place, and they remembered that. They came in ready to play tonight, and they really did a good job."
In the second match, Berry, Jennie Powell, and Forbes contributed kills, as well as a service ace from Berry. However, Amanda Frazier dominated the court for the Lady Raiders.
With two consecutive aces and two kills, Frazier spurred Sullivan North to a 25-10 win. Throughout the three sets, she collected seven kills, four blocks, nine aces and 24 service points.
"We have some people really stepping up and coming through for us," said Coach McGlothlin. "I think the one area that we've tried to work on this year has been the blocking, and that's been a really big asset to us here lately."
Sullivan North started and ended the third match with strong scoring. Rachel Osbourne and Jennie Powell doled out kills to North, but the Lady Raiders held a firm lead with 22 points to Elizabethton's eight.
Despite five unanswered points from the Lady Cyclones, North turned the intensity on in the end of the set, and took the win with a score of 25-13.
"All their hitters were on and we didn't pass the ball well enough in any aspect of the game for our hitters to get on track tonight," Bradley said of the evening's events.
Kristi Bowling had an excellent serving game for Elizabethton, serving a hundred percent. Powell supported the hitters well with six assists and nine digs.
Lindsay Vaughn matched Frazier for kills at seven, as well as contributing three blocks to North's game. Shyan Redmond had five kills and six aces. Arissa Vaughn led North in assists, with 21.
Bradley contributed the loss to a mixture of tough competition, and her team not being ready to handle that competition.
"I think it was really both aspects," she said. "North is a tough team, but we just weren't mentally ready to play, and I've got to figure out how to fix that."