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Perfect: Jonesboro stays undefeated

By Doug Gorman

The Jonesboro Lady Cardinals volleyball team continued their winning streak Tuesday afternoon at Henry County, sweeping the Ladyhawks in a best-of-three match.

Jonesboro won 25-12, 25-19.

With the victory, the Lady Cardinals improved their overall record to 29-0.

Jonesboro's winning streak includes its championship earlier this season in the Clayton County tournament.

The Lady Cardinals should be one of the favorites to win the Area 2-AAAAA tournament when the post-season tournament begins Saturday, Oct. 18 at Eagle's Landing.

"We've struggled at times this year, but things are starting to come together for us," said Jonesboro head coach Dan Maehlman.

Jonesboro could have suffered a set back when outside hitter Sheena Brown went down with an injury three weeks ago, but the Lady Cardinals haven't missed a beat. Amanda Traber stepped into unfamiliar territory and moved to the outside-hitter spot in Brown's place.

Maehlman said he hopes to have Brown back for the post-season tournament.

In the first game against the Ladyhawks, Jonesboro had to fight from behind in order to win.

Trailing 12-11 at one stage of the first game, Jonesboro stormed back tying the game at 12-all.

Jonesboro owned the rest of the match, outscoring the Lady Cardinals 13-0 to win game No. 1.

The second game of the match was also close. Henry County led 8-7 and 12-11, before Jonesboro took control the rest of the way, pulling away for good when it took a 14-13 lead.

Maehlman praised the effort of sophomore Jasmine Duffey, who had a couple of strong kills to help the Lady Cardinals win.

"She is still learning the game, said Maehlman. "She had a couple of the hardest hit shots I've seen out of her tonight."