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UCHS volleyball team defeats Johnson County

By Trey Williams

The Unicoi County volleyball team split a pair of conference matches with Elizabethton and Johnson County last week.

The Blue Devils fell 3-2 on Tuesday, Sept. 1, to Elizabethton after taking a 2-1 lead, but bounced back on Thursday, Sept. 3, with a 3-1 victory against Johnson County.

“The team played well in both matches,” Unicoi County coach Shelley Swinehart said.

Certainly, the same could be said for outside hitter Shelby Miller. She piled up team highs in kills against the Cyclones (23) and the Longhorns (20).

“Shelby Miller once again carried the team offensively and defensively,” Swinehart said. “She had the team’s highest averages in hitting and passing.”

Savannah Sparks tallied 11 kills against Elizabethton and four against Johnson County.

Sparks had four aces against Johnson County. So did Bella Davis and Sydney Compton. And Miller and setter Olivia Bailey each delivered three aces versus the ‘Horns. Bailey also had a team-high two aces against Elizabethton.

“As a team we served really well on Thursday against Johnson County,” Swinehart said.

The Blue Devils’ win against Johnson County was their first league victory of the season. Unicoi (1-4, 2-4) was scheduled to host Chuckey-Doak on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and visit Sullivan East on Thursday, Sept. 10.