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Lady Devils fall to region teams

After a hot start to the regular season at home, the Unicoi County Middle School volleyball teams saw some rough patches as they opened road play last week.
UCMS opened the week on Monday, Aug. 24, with a trip to Johnson City to square off against the Liberty Bell Lady Patriots, which is the feeder program for Science Hill High School.
The future Lady Hilltoppers had the right stuff clicking against the Jr. Lady Devils, earning a clean sweep across the board.
Blake Hall led the way for the Jr. Lady Blue Devil varsity team with six kills, three assists and an ace. Lauren Byers added three aces for the team, while Kaitlin Bailey tacked on four kills, to go with Halley Casey’s two assists and two kills from Ashtan Vance.
The junior varsity also came up just shy of victory. Kiley Bennett led with two aces for UCMS, while Emily Barr and Emily Grindstaff added one ace each.
UCMS returned home on Tuesday, Aug. 25, for a contest against Greeneville Middle School, the feeder for the future Class A/AA team they’ll see in high school. While continuing to put up a fight, the Blue Nation were unable to do much damage against the Jr. Lady Green Devils.
Gabby Davis led with four aces, while Kaitlin Bailey had eight kills. Hall added six assists, three aces and a kill. Vance tacked on three kills, Byers added two. Kara Bailey had a kill, also.
In the junior varsity defeat, Bennett had seven aces for UCMS, while Katie Gardner had two.
UCMS ended last with a loss to Church Hill Thursday, Aug. 27, on the road in Hawkins County.
The loss at the varsity level moved the team’s record to 2-3 on the year.
Kaitlin Bailey had two blocks and five kills to lead the way for the UCMS varsity. Casey and Vance both posted two aces each, while Kara Bailey and Byers accounted for two combined.
Hall ended the evening with two kills, an ace and assists for UCMS.
In the junior varsity contest, which Church Hill was able to win, Bennett provided the offensive spark for UCMS with four aces. Barr, Gardner and Hannah Shelton combined for four aces in the loss.
UCMS opened this week on Monday, Aug. 31, against T.A. Dugger on the road and a home stint with Ross Robinson on Tuesday, Sept. 1, after The Erwin Record’s press deadline.
UCMS will end the week with a trip to John Sevier on Thursday, Sept. 3, with junior varsity and varsity action on tap. Games on Thursday will begin at 5 p.m.
Following this week’s action, the ladies will have a chance to avenge the loss to Church Hill on Tuesday, Sept. 8, with matches scheduled in Erwin. UCMS will then travel to Ross Robinson on Thursday, Sept. 10, before ending next week with a weekend tournament at Science Hill on Sept. 12. Times for these matches had not been announced prior to The Erwin Record’s press deadline.