KINGSPORT — Sullivan South held off a strong first-set surge by Elizabethton Thursday night, going on to collect a 25-21, 25-15, 25-9 Three Rivers Conference victory at home.
A heads-up blocking effort from the Lady Cyclones (17-11, 3-5) stymied the Lady Rebels’ initial efforts to pile on a quick lead. Kelsi McKamey led Elizabethton with three with Emilee Carver pairing up for a couple of assists.
After keeping the match within two points, Elizabethton went up 15-14 on a McKamey block and fought to stay out front. The Lady Cyclones made one last offensive surge, going up 20-17 after successive kills from Megan Pietrowski and Carver.
A kill from South’s Carrie Hall and a three-point service run with two aces from hitter Rylee Milhorn — who led the Lady Rebels with 11 kills and seven digs — put the home girls out front for good.
Haley Price had seven kills and 10 digs for South (22-4, 7-0). Libero Brayden Hutchins had 12 digs. Hannah Johnson distributed 20 assists and Carrie Hall handed out 15.
McKamey and Pietrowski had five kills apiece for the Lady Cyclones. Libero Summer Reece had 19 digs — commendable given some of the heat headed her way. Abbi Pierce distributed 14 assists.
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