The Cartersville High School volleyball team finished as Region 5-AAAA runner-up Thursday night at Sandy Creek. In the best-of-five sets championship match, Cartersville won the second set 25-22 but lost the opening set 25-13 and the third and fourth sets 25-19 and 25-21. “Sandy Creek has some very talented girls and they are fun to watch,” said Cartersville coach Dutch Cothran. “They have three girls who will be playing D1 within the next few years.” Cartersville, now 20-14 on the season, played some of their best volleyball in the tournament according to their head coach. “We played the best we’ve played all season. It’s the right time to be peaking,” Cothran added. “I’m excited for this team. We’ve battled hard through some adversity and we’ve gotten tougher through it,” Cothran concluded. Cartersville will host the No. 3-seed from Region 7-AAAA on Saturday, October 19 in the opening round of the state playoffs. The Lady Canes’ opening round opponent has not yet been decided.
Cartersville reached the winners’ bracket finals with a win Tuesday over Central-Carroll. That match — earlier in the evening Thursday — resulted in a 25-13, 25-20 loss to Sandy Creek. The Hurricanes then defeated Central-Carroll 25-14 and 27-25 to get back to the championship match against the Patriots.
ADAIRSVILLE VOLLEYBALL WINS SECOND STRAIGHT
The Adairsville High School volleyball team will enter Saturday morning’s Area 6-AAA tournament at Haralson County riding its first two-game win streak of the year. The Lady Tigers, who defeated Pickens in straight sets Tuesday, swept Rockmart Thursday evening 25-22 and 25-18.
“It was our senior night and senior Megan Smith brought us back from a nine-point deficit in the first set with several aces and assists mixed in,” noted Tigers head coach Kaylie Vaughn Martin. Adairsville will play Calhoun in the first round of Saturday’s double-elimination tournament for Area 6-AAA.