State tourney begins tonight for Cartersville, Cass
by Andrew B. Adler
Oct 17, 2012 | 1007 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Making it to the Class AAA state tournament each year has always been the goal of the Cartersville Lady Purple Hurricanes.

“If we don’t qualify for state, then we don’t consider it a successful season,” coach Camille Spradley said.

For coach Jamie Horton and the Cass Lady Colonels, they hope to make it a habit when it comes to qualifying for the Class AAAA state tournament.

It has been five-year wait since Cass made it that far.

“It would be great if we could make it [to state] a regular thing for us,” Horton said. “Our goal here is to build a winning, volleyball program. This season has been most successful, considering that it wasn’t too long ago that we only won two matches the entire year.”

Consider the season a resounding success for Cartersville as well, as the Lady Canes will host the Jackson Lady Jaguars in their first-round match of the state volleyball tournament. Cartersville is the No. 2 seed and Jackson is the No. 3 seed from Area 3-AAA in a bracket that also includes Blessed Trinity, the No. 1 seed, and North Oconee, the fourth seed.

Heading into tonight’s first-round match experience should be on Carterville’s side during its win or go home, best-of-five set match against Jackson. The Lady Canes reached the Elite 8 two years ago, but lost to the Ringgold Lady Tigers in the first round of the state tournament last season.

Along with experience, Cartersville brings with it a knowledge of what it is like to face “do or die situations.” The Lady Canes faced such a scenario after losing their opening match last Thursday to Ringgold in the double-elimination, Area 4-AAA tournament.

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