Volleyball roundup: Woodland, Adairsville, and Cartersville split matches
The Woodland, Cartersville, and Adairsville volleyball teams each split a pair of matches Thursday night while the Cass team lost twice. Woodland lost to host Cedartown in three sets, but came back later in the evening to defeat Douglas County in straight sets.
Adairsville opened the night with a win over Murray County before dropping a straight sets decision to Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. Cartersville — in action at River Ridge High School — lost in straight sets to the host Lady Knights, but responded with a tough, three set victory over Cambridge. Cass lost a pair of non-region matches at Rome, falling to the host Lady Wolves and Northwest Whitfield.
CEDARTOWN 2, WOODLAND 1
WOODLAND 2, DOUGLAS COUNTY 0
Woodland took the first set 25-22 Thursday night at Cedartown, but the Bulldogs came back to win the tightly contested match in the next two sets 25-22 and 15-13.
Grace Webb had four kills, eight blocks, three digs, and two ces. Emily Cigainero totaled three kills, two assists, eight digs, and two aces. Sydney Molinaro contributed six kills, eight assists, two digs, and two aces. Caroline Gore added seven kills, four digs, and an ace, while Lauren Morris finished with two kills, seven assists, five digs, and two aces.
“We played hard,” said Woodland coach David Condon, “but had some lapses in execution which put us in a hole in all three sets. We had to climb out of the hole in the first-set, but we just couldn't do it in the second and third sets. We were able to bounce back, however, and found the energy and effort to be Douglas County.”
The Lady Cats defeated Douglas County in straight sets 25-17 and 25-13. Molinaro had four kills, six assists, three digs, four aces, and a block. Webb finished with five kills, two digs, three aces, and a block. Gore contributed two kills, seven digs, and three aces.
Woodland will host the Bartow County Tournament Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
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ADAIRSVILLE 2, MURRAY COUNTY 0 LAKEVIEW-FORT OGLETHORPE 2, ADAIRSVILLE 0
Following a narrow opening set win over Murray County 26-24, the Lady Tigers routed the Indians in the second set 25-1 to begin the night with a win. In the nightcap at Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe, Adairsville lost to the host Warriors 25-19 and 25-20.
Megan Smith had seven service aces and three assists in the win over Murray County. Autumn Henderson added three blocks and one kill. Against LFO, Smith had three digs, three aces, and a pair of kills. Lexie Childers finished with five blocks. The Lady Tigers return to the hardwoods Saturday at Woodland in the Bartow County Championship Tournament. They will open play against Cass.
RIVER RIDGE 2, CARTERSVILLE 0 CARTERSVILLE 2, CAMBRIDGE 1
The host Knights of River Ridge defeated Cartersville in Thursday’s opener 25-12 and 25-11 before the Lady Canes held off a pesky Cambridge Bears squad in three sets. Cartersville won the first set 25-23. Cambridge took the middle set 25-20 and the Hurricanes took care of business in the deciding set, 15-5. “There really weren’t many bright spots for us in the match with River Ridge,” said Canes’ head coach Dutch Cothran. “River Ridge brought a lot more energy tonight.” In the win over Cambridge, Cothran noted the ups and downs of a close match.
“It was another streaky performance,” said the Hurricanes’ coach. “We had good moments and we had some poor ones. I don’t think we are always playing up to our potential and maybe I’ve been focused too much on the X’s and O’s. We’ll be addressing cohesion and selflessness, it’s my job to find the barrier that’s holding us back.”
Cartersville (11-9, 2-0) will play at 9 am Saturday at Woodland in the Bartow County Tournament.
NORTHWEST WHITFIELD 2, CASS 0
ROME 2, CASS 1
Playing in non-region matches at Rome High School, the Lady Colonels fell to Northwest Whitfield 25-12 and 25-21 before going three sets with Rome. Cass won the opening set against the Wolves 25-17, but Rome came back to take the final two sets 25-20 and 15-12.
Cass opens the Bartow County Championship Tournament Saturday at Woodland High School against Adairsville.