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Canes' volleyball secures state playoff berth; Adairsville, Woodland advance in region tourneys


London Moultrie had 12 kills in Cartersville's two wins Thursday night.

The Cartersville volleyball team, seeded third going into Thursday’s opening rounds of the Region 7-AAAAA tournament, defeated both Hiram and second-seeded Calhoun in straight sets to lock-up a berth in the Class AAAAA playoffs.


Cartersville easily dispatched Hiram in the evening’s first match at Calhoun, 25-10 and 25-4.


Mason Cline had seven kills in the first round win. London Moultrie, Ailee England, and Tennessee Abernathy added five kills each. Mia Nicklas contributed five digs and Lily Gochee produced 18 assists.


In the nightcap, the Hurricanes earned a straight sets win over Calhoun 25-12 and 25-18.


Moultrie led the way for Cartersville with seven kills. Mason Cline and England added four kills apiece. Nicklas and Abby Allen finished with six digs each. Vanessa Johnson contributed two blocks and Gochee added 20 assists.


“London Moultrie was on fire with her kills tonight,” said Cartersville coach Alicen Pearson. “Lily Gochee was perfect with her sets too. The whole team played amazing and was pumped!”


Cartersville (24-9) advances to the winner’s bracket finals Saturday at 11 a.m. at Blessed Trinity. The winner of that match will be in the region championship. The loser is assured of no worse than a third place finish, but will need an additional win to reach the region title match.


TIGERS ADVANCE AT REGION 6-AAA TOURNEY


Annie McCormick sets for Haley Stiles.

The Adairsville volleyball team defeated Murray County in straight sets Thursday evening at home, 25-18, 25-14.


Haley Stiles and Richlyn Blair had six kills each for the Tigers. Autumn Henderson contributed two blocks. Annie McCormick finished with seven digs and Lexie Childers added 10 assists.


Adairsville (25-13-1) advances to the semifinals of the Region 6-AAA tournament Saturday at 11 a.m. at LaFayette. The Tigers will square off against Sonoraville. A win will lock up a state playoff berth and a spot in the single-elimination championship bracket. The loser of Saturday morning’s semifinal falls into a loser’s bracket for the third and fourth seeds in the state tournament and will need at least two more match wins to secure a playoff spot.


WOODLAND SPLITS TOURNEY MATCHES


Woodland split two matches in the Region 7-AAAAA tournament Thursday evening at Blessed Trinity.


The Lady Cats defeated Cass 25-10, 25-19 in the opening round, but lost in straight sets to top-seeded Blessed Trinity in the second round of the double-elimination tournament.


The tournament continues Saturday at Blessed Trinity with Cass (7-15-1) facing Calhoun (25-21) and Woodland (8-31) squaring off with Hiram (4-29-1) in elimination matches.

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