Jonesboro stays perfect with

By Jeffery Armstrong

Another day, another match sweep for the Jonesboro Lady Cardinals volleyball team.

Jonesboro improved to 26-0 on the season with sweeps of the Eagle's Landing Lady Golden Eagles and the Luella Lady Lions in non-area action Tuesday evening at Jonesboro.

Jonesboro beat area opponent Eagle's Landing 25-16, 25-12 and defeated non-area foe Luella 25-11, 25-8.

Jonesboro handled Eagle's Landing pretty well, despite playing without junior middle hitter Sheena Brown, who is out with an ankle injury.

"I don't know if it was the old school music we played earlier to pump them up or because it was just Eagle's Landing, but the girls came out ready to play tonight," said Jonesboro head coach Dan Maehlman. "This was the most emotion they've showed in a game. They were having fun and getting after it."

The first game between the two Jonesboro and Eagle's Landing (18-6) started very close. Jonesboro's Shade' Smith made a good defensive play to give her team the 1-0 lead, but minutes later a service ace by Eagle's Landing's Hayley Ferrell tied the game at four. Jonesboro's Jasmine Duffey had a couple of kill shots and Eagle's Landing's Nicole Bush followed with two kill shots of her own to give the Eagles a 9-7 lead. Great serves from Valarie Traber of Jonesboro put the Cardinals back in the lead at 11-9.

The Eagles made a run to lead 14-12, but that was the last lead they would enjoy. Jonesboro's LaTreace Johnson made a service ace to tie the game at 15 and the Lady Cardinals never looked back. Johnson helped put Jonesboro make an 8-1 run to lead 23-16 and minutes later, a service ace by Lauren Wood gave Jonesboro the game-one victory, 25-16.

Eagle's Landing broke out to a 1-0 lead in game two, but that was the only time the team would lead in the contest. Johnson took over the game early for Jonesboro, getting blocks for points and making kill shots to put the Cardinals up 16-6. Ashlee Sanders made a couple of good plays for the Lady Eagles, but it wasn't enough. Smith and Duffey made good plays down the stretch and Duffey ended Eagle's Landing's night with a kill shot for the 25-12 game two victory.

Jonesboro had an easy time with Luella in their second match of the evening, sprinting to leads of 11-2 and 8-1 before winning 25-11 and 25-8.

"I felt pretty good about my game today," said Johnson, a junior outside hitter. "We played badly the other day and coach Maehlman got on us about it. We'll be glad when Sheena gets back."sweep