Lady Cyclones fail to keep up with Volunteer


STAR Correspondent

  If you think momentum does not play a huge role in sports, just ask the Elizabethton Lady Cyclones (2-29).
  The Lady Cyclones hosted the Volunteer Lady Falcons (8-14) on Thursday evening, in a match where long scoring runs by the Lady Falcons saw Volunteer topple the Lady Cyclones 25-17, 25-15, 25-6, to take the match three sets to none, as they gained a key conference win in District 1-A/AA, with the season's conclusion on the horizon.
  "We just didn't do the things to help each other out as a team," said Elizabethton head coach Leslee Bradley. "Volunteer really had the desire tonight and they wanted to win."
  "That was bad," Bradley continued. "I hope we haven't gotten to the point where we have given up for the season, because we still have things we can learn from this season that can help us in the future."
  The first set opened up with both teams searching for a break, as midway through the set, Ashley Cline connected on two consecutive serves to pull 'Betsy within one, at 14-13.
  However, three unforced errors by Elizabethton saw the Cyclones fall down 20-17, when Lady Falcon Lauren Anderson, who led the Volunteer effort with 13 assists, connect on six consecutive successful serves, including an ace, as Volunteer took the first set 25-17.
  The momentum Volunteer found at the culmination of the first set, carried right over into the second set of the match. The Lady Falcons jumped out early behind the service of Ashley Bennett, who connected two aces, while assisting her team to take the early 6-3 lead in the set.
  Volunteer eventually pulled out to a seven-point lead near the midpoint of the set, when an Elizabethton timeout seemed to rejuvenate the Lady Cyclones. Elizabethton pulled to within five points, before the power of Volunteer had regained a 10-point lead, at 20-10.
  Facing set point, a spectacular kill by Michaela Pietrowski kept the Lady Cyclones alive at 24-13, but after Pietrowski nailed two services to pull Elizabethton to within 24-15, her third serve found the net, giving Volunteer the second set 25-15.
  Things only got worse for the Lady Cyclones in the third set. Trailing 7-2 at the outset, Bradley's squad saw the Lady Falcons reel off 12 straight points to take a 19-2 lead, with 11 of those points coming behind the service of Kelly Eidson.
  From there, Elizabethton would score four points near the end of the set, before the Lady Falcons took the decision in the set, 25-6.
  Individually, Cline led Elizabethton in service points with five, while Katrina Moore added four. Pietrowski added three, while Alissa Manz scored two, and Holly Livingston added one.
  Volunteer was paced by Eidson who scored on 16 serves, while Steevie Caldwell tallied 10 service points.
  In the kills department, Pietrowski earned seven; Moore tallied three, while Cline added two. Amanda Ward, Whitney Forbes, and Livingston each had one.
  Caldwell added 11 kills for the Lady Falcons, while Brandy Barton also tallied 11 kills.
  The next match for the Lady Cyclones comes on Tuesday, Oct. 5, as they will host the Sullivan Central Lady Cougars. Elizabethton will celebrate Senior Night festivities before the game, which is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.