Cass, Cartersville volleyball each take two Thursday
The Cass and Cartersville volleyball teams each picked up a pair of non-area victories Thursday night. The Lady Colonels topped Lakeview Ft. Oglethorpe and Model in Rome while the Lady Canes defeated Sequoyah and River Ridge on the road.
CASS VOLLEYBALL OUTLASTS LFO, MODEL
The Cass volleyball team swept a pair of matches Thursday night at Model High School, defeating Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe and host Model. Both Cass wins came in three sets.
Cass won the first set with LFO 25-17, but dropped the middle set, 21-15. The Lady Colonels then held off the Lady Warriors 25-19 in the tie-breaker set.
Against Model, Cass dropped the opening set 19-25 before rallying to win the final two sets 25-18 and 25-22.
Emily Tracy was credited by Cass coach Alan Potter as a vital part of the Lady Colonels’ offense. She finished with five kills and four assists. Lana White also contributed a dozen digs.
Cass (6-2) hosts Gordon Central and Armuchee next Tuesday and plays at Calhoun with Bremen on Thursday. Both are 5 pm starts.
CARTERSVILLE VOLLEYBALLL WINS PAIR
The Cartersville Lady Canes volleyball team swept a pair of matches Thursday with wins over Sequoyah and River Ridge.
The Lady Canes fell behind early in both matches, but eventually defeated Sequoyah in the opener 16-25, 25-17, 25-18. In the nightcap, Cartersville defeated River Ridge 16-25, 25-12, 25-22.
"Our girls have experienced the joy of making a big comeback, and it seems to have really stuck with them," coach Dutch Cothran said after the matches. "We have become notoriously poor starters and exceptionally dangerous in come-from-behind situations. As a coach, I'm about to pull my hair out. As a bald man, it looks like I already have. It's a ton of fun watching the comebacks and experiencing them, but I want the girls to understand the importance of getting off to a fast start. There will be teams on our schedule who have too much firepower to spot a lead of any size."
The Lady Canes' coach, who took ill with an apparent stomach virus during the match but was able to continue coaching during the night, again warned that the slow starts are dangerous.
"We put ourselves in a hole in that second match too and had to fight our way out. We are still working through some personnel issues-deciding what our best lineup is etc. One area we've focused on is our ball control. I felt like it was far better tonight than it has been thus far, but I know we can still be better in that aspect of the game. A few players really stood out to me. Grace Hunter's serving and setting were very good tonight. Nedu Evans had a big night in the middle for us, and Lauren Wenzell played great outside. Lauren's ball control and defense were the best I've seen them all year as well. I also think it's easy to get caught up in on-court contributions and lose track of some really important people. Emily Petty, Cristina Cruz, and London Shaw may not always turn in amazing stats, but they are important to us for their attitudes, encouragement, and selflessness," he noted.
Cartersville hosts Northwest Whitfield and Rockmart next Tuesday, travels to Cherokee Wednesday and is on the road against North Paulding and Woodland Thursday. Each match is a 5 pm start.
WOODLAND VOLLEYBALL DROPS HOME MATCHES
Woodland volleyball lost home matches to Wheeler 23-25, 14-25 and to Allatoona 4-25, 11-25 Thursday evening.