The Cartersville, Cass, and Woodland volleyball teams each split their respective matches Tuesday night.
At the Storm Center, Cartersville defeated LaGrange in straight sets but lost in two sets to Sandy Creek as the Patriots clinched the top seed in Region 5-AAAA to host the region finals in October. Cass and Woodland went three sets on the Lady Cats' home court with the Lady Colonels winning the final two sets for a region win. Earlier in the evening, Cass dropped a three-set match with Villa Rica while Woodland beat Rome in straight sets.
In the opener at Cartersville, the Lady Canes beat LaGrange 25-10 and 25-16 to run their region win streak to 26 straight matches dating back to September of 2016, but that string was snapped in the nightcap with a 25-10, 25-17 loss to Sandy Creek. “They are a very good team,” said Cartersville coach Dutch Cothran. “They have some very dynamic hitters and we don’t match up well with them. We made some mistakes early and dug a huge hole in the first set. We played better in the second set, but we still couldn’t come away with a win. Hopefully we get another shot at them in the region tournament.” The Lady Canes (17-11) finished 5-1 in region play. Cartersville is off until October 1 when they will host Northwest Whitfield in a non-region, best-of-five set match for Senior Night.
In Region 7-AAAAA matches at Woodland High School, Cass fell to Villa Rica in three sets after winning the opening set 25-9. Villa Rica won the final two sets 25-19 and 15-8. The Lady Colonels then dropped an opening set to Woodland 25-22 before coming back to win the match in the next two sets 25-21 and 15-11. Cass seniors Keegan Krause and Madison Philpott were credited by coach Alan Potter for their play along with sophomore Maria Pilposyans.
Sydney Molinaro had six kills, eight assists, four aces, and nine digs for the Lady Cats. Emmalee Cigainero had four kills, four digs, and five aces. Lauren Morris finished with nine assists, three aces, and three digs. Earlier in the evening, Woodland swept Rome 25-23 and 25-19. Molinaro totaled eight kills, seven digs, and four aces. Cigainero contributed eight digs and three kills. Morris added ten assists, three aces, and three digs. “Overall we’re still playing far more inconsistently than we need to be at this point in the season,” said Woodland coach David Condon after Tuesday’s matches. “We’re playing flat in stretches that are too long and it’s really hurting our chances to win.”
Woodland travels to Haralson County Thursday where they will also play New Manchester. Cass will host Pickens and Cedartown Thursday.