Lady Tigers open with win; Cass falters in opener
by David Royal
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Adairsville overpowered Coosa in three matches to open its volleyball season with a win Thursday night at home.

Head coach Dave Adams said Coosa challenged his Lady Tigers and refused to quit when the Lady Eagles got behind.

“Coosa was running a good middle attack, and we won mainly on the strength of our defense and our serving,” Adams said. “Once we figured out their offense we were able to shut it down. Our players did a good job of taking them away from their strengths.”

Adairsville won 25-14, 25-11 and 25-19.

He said the contest gave the team a chance to react under pressure.

“The first game everyone is pumped up, and they have those opening-game jitters,” he said. “The seniors were a little overexcited and there was just a lot of nervous energy for both teams. There were a lot of overhit serves and attacks throughout the night. We’re glad to have that behind us.”

Adams cited several Lady Tigers for helping lead the team to victory.

“Amber Litteral, our middle hitter, had a really good game,” the coach said.

He said the defense was spearheaded also by the team’s libero.

“Erin Atkins had just a phenomenal game on defense,” he said. “She played the back row and got a lot of digs for us. She kept a lot of Coosa attacks from hitting the floor.”

Adams said Zina Chatman, the setter, gave the team something of an edge offensively.

“She really made some beautiful sets that caught Coosa off guard,” he said. “She positioned herself to look like she was going to the outside and sent it backward so our hitters could catch them a little flat-footed and on the wrong side. She did a good job of directing our offense.”

Adams said Coosa also challenged his team by refusing to give up when it got behind.

“They came back and made it closer,” he said. “Even in the second match they hustled and then were able to come back in the third match and make it a much tougher game.”

He said picking up a win in the season’s first outing is a boost for the team and he gave the players a lot of credit for making it happen.

“I’m really pleased with our team’s attitude and morale,” he said. “They are a tight-knit group and all are pretty experienced.

“We’re looking foward to a good season.”

The Lady Tigers next play Tuesday when they entertain Pepperell and Model high schools. The matches start at 5 p.m.

Cass falls

Cass was stung with three losses while kicking off its new volleyball season, but its head coach said the team — which was depleted with graduation — showed signs it could raise the quality of its play quickly as the season progresses.

The losses were to Marietta, Hiram and Woodland.

“We graduated five seniors last year, so this is a whole new group for us,” Cass coach Alicen Webster said. “It was very satisfying to see them coming together after practicing only four times.”

She said the new starters showed signs of understanding their positions and exhibited the type of skills that will help the team.

“I was very satisfied with their playing,” she said. “They were passing well and setting well. I now know we need to work on our hitting, though.”

Cass fell to Marietta, 25-13, 25-14; Hiram, 25-22, 25-7; and Woodland, 25-10, 25-23.

She was pleased especially with the first match with Hiram and the second contest against Woodland.

“I was satisfied with how they came back and played hard against Woodland in the second match,” she said. “They were getting tired but found a way to come back at the end.”

She praised the play of a couple of Lady Colonels.

“Zakaria Linley, our libero, was our main defensive passer,” she said. “She was awesome and she couldn’t have done any better.

“Lacey Furrow is a setter and also played outside for us. She stepped up her play.”

Cass returns to the volleyball net Tuesday when it hosts East Paulding and Calhoun in its home opener.

The match starts around 5:15 p.m.