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UCMS and UCHS volleyball battle through busy week

Talk about serving up good performances.
Last Tuesday, the Lady Devils welcomed Church Hill, and gave tough performances but fell in junior varsity action by the scores of 18-25 and 16-25. The varsity would fall in two games, 10-25 and 13-25.
“Serves really killed us in this game,” Perdue explained. “We just couldn't seem to get them over at all. After a couple of missed serves, the girls started to fall back on communicating and just fell apart on me.
John Sevier would be next on the slate on Thursday, with the varsity battling to three sets to win by the scores of 25-13, 23-25 and 15-13.
Assistant Head Coach Stephanie Linville handled the coaching duties during the night, with coach Perdue having to leave early after the junior varsity match due to homecoming events.
“The girls really put on a show,” Linville explained. “I think they may be peaking at the right time.”
The JV would lose in three in another close match by the scores of 13-25, 25-15 and 7-15.
“Even though we were not able to clinch the win tonight, I was very proud of my JV girls,” Perdue said. “They stuck through it til the very end. I was so excited to hear that the varsity girls had won even though I couldn't be there due to homecoming. The win over Sevir is exactly what we needed before our tournament during the weekend.”
The peak carried over for the varsity Lady Devils during the weekend over in Bluff City.
The UCMS Lady Devils came up big on Saturday Sept. 24 at Sullivan East High School during a varsity tournament for all the area middle schools.
Coach Holly Perdue's squad came out of the gate early to swipe the first place in pool play during the tournament, knocking out rival Colonial Heights, who the Devils have battle with throughout the entire season.
“I am absoultely amazed by the girls,” coach Perdue stated. “They came out with confidence and ran with it. The team I saw at the tournament is the team I knew they could be the entire time. I can't say enough about how proud Coach Lineville and I are to be their coaches.
The ladies would bow out respectfully in the semifinals of the game, giving them third place honors out the ten teams participating in the tournament.
Last week's performances will be looked to carry over for this week, with the Lady Devils going on the road Monday to play against Indian Trail after The Erwin Record's press deadline.
The ladies will play on Tuesday at John Sevier Middle School with the first serve scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
The final game will be a home encounter against Ross Robinson with the girls gearing up for the conference tournament at John Sevier on Friday, Oct. 1. Tournament times were TBA at the newspaper's deadline.
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The Unicoi County High School Lady Devils were in action on Monday against the Madison County Lady Patriots.
Coach Junia Gindlesperger's crew would hang tough behind impressive performances from libero Mercedes Wright and the underclassmen play of Grayson Goddard and Brooke Strother but would fall in three sets by the scores of 7-25, 12-25 and 14-25.
The shortened week was due to a rescheduled date from Elizabethton, which the Devils rescheduled to last Monday.
Small play may of been in store for the high school crew but a busy week will be in store with the Lady Devils opening up play against West Greene at home on Monday after The Erwin Record's press deadline.
The Lady Devils will travel to Johnson County on Sept. 27, to enter back into conference play.
Unicoi will host Sullivan East on Thursday, Sept. 29, at the Devils Den in Erwin.
All game times are set to begin with freshmen play at 4:30 p.m.