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Lady Devils enter Three Rivers play

If one word could describe the Lady Devils it would be: resilience.
With three weeks until district time in Bluff City, the young squad under guidance of head coach, Junia Gindlesperger, kept up the pressure within the conference by giving some scares during the slate of games last week.
Unicoi County (4-11) (1-5) would hang tough during the first game of the week against Elizabethton, but would fall in five sets by the scores of 25-22, 25-20, 15-25, 18-25 and 12- 15 at UCHS’ gym on Monday Sept. 12.
With Brooke Strother topping the team in kills and senior libero, Mercedes Wright, coming up from her libero spot to keep the defense in check along with outside hitter Bethany Gibson, the Lady Devils gave Elizabethton their second scare of the season.
Emmie Thompson came up with key plays from her middle-hitter spot, along with Alex Lamaa and Grayson Goddard.
“Unicoi is a good team,” Cyclone coach Leslee Bradley said. “The way the match started out early. I wasn’t sure how things were going to pan out.”
The underclassmen-laded Unicoi team would build leads throughout each game to put themselves in a position to win the game, but the Lady Cyclones would continue to battle back behind the play of Ashleigh Dykes, who clocked in 18 kills during the night.
The Elizabethton coach knows Unicoi will be a tough foe when district tournament play opens up in October.
“Anytime you have to go to a conference opponent, it’s a big win,” Bradley said. “Unicoi’s got a lot of experience in the conference. They are a tough opponent, and they’ll be a tough team to beat by the end of the season.”
Tuesday had the Lady Devils traveling to the host school of district tournaments this year, as the Devils would fall to Sullivan East by the scores of 10-25, 12-25 and 18-25.
Thursday, Sept. 15, would be the final game of the week as the Lady Devils encountered perennial Three Rivers powerhouse, Sullivan North.
The Devils would keep it close but fell in three sets with the scores of 16-25, 13-25 and 17-25.
Gindlesperger had her JV squad continue their success by having an impressive showing during the week.
Unicoi would handle Elizabethton’s junior varsity in two sets, 25-18 and 25-22.
The JV Devils finished up the week going to Bluff City and falling to East by the scores of 22-25, 25-20 and 12-15.
The final JV game saw the Sullivan North JV Lady Raiders unable to contain the JV Devils by falling in two sets, 25-18 and 25-23.
The freshmen team for Unicoi went two for three during the week, falling to East, (11-25, 25-9 and 12-15) but defeating the Lady Cyclones, 25-13 and 25-16 and Lady Golden Raiders with the scores going in the order of 25-18 and 25-23.

This Week
The Lady Devils start up another busy week, with the ladies opening up play on Monday, Sept 19. at home against Madison County after the Erwin Record’s press deadline.