Lady Cyclones, 'Horns test league co-leaders

from staff reports
BLOUNTVILLE--Chalk it up as a loss, but also a valiant effort for the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones.
After winning the first game 25-19, Elizabethton fell to Sullivan Central in four sets in girls volleyball action Thursday night.
The Lady Cougars stormed back on their home court to take the second game 25-10, and won the last two games by the scores of 25-16 and 25-14.
Despite the outcome, EHS coach Leslee Bradley was able to take some positives from the night.
"We played extremely well," said Bradley. "Central is tied with North for first place in the conference, so I am pleased that we were able to take a game from them.
"The scores on the other three games do not indicate how close they actually were. We had Central on the ropes all night long. Central played well, too. They did a good job of mixing it up on offense, but, we really frustrated their hitters because they couldn't put it down on us."
Leaders for the Lady Cyclones included Brandi Forbes with five kills and eight blocks, Trish McNeely, who had eight assists, and Emilee Berry with 18 digs.
"I am very proud of the team," Bradley commented. "The girls came together tonight and played as hard as they could. This will be a stepping block to better things."
Elizabethton will return to action this weekend when it travels to Anderson County to participate in a tournament.
North survives Lady Horns
MOUNTAIN CITY -- Johnson County was on its way to an upset of conference co-leader Sullivan North, but the Lady Golden Raiders were able to weather the storm.
The Lady Longhorns dropped the match 25-17, 26-24, 19-25, 16-25 and 14-16.
In the final game, North was up 14-10, then Johnson County reeled off four straight points with Elena Owens serving. The Lady Raiders then retaliated, taking the next two points to finish the match.
Leading the way for Johnson County was Laura Peters with 40 digs, Ryann Tillman with 30 kills and nine service points, Michelle Hornsby, who had 30 digs; Alysa Billings, 30 assists; and Ashley Howard, nine kills.
The Lady 'Horns host Tri-Cities Christian on Monday.