The Adairsville High volleyball team opened up its season Tuesday in a tri-match against upper-classification opponents, Southeast Whitfield and Cherokee.
All three matches featured convincing wins, one of those was in favor of the Lady Tigers.
They defeated Southeast Whitfield in straight sets, 25-17 and 25-16. They lost to Class 7A Cherokee, though, 25-11 and 25-13.
In between, Cherokee rolled in straight sets over Southeast Whitfield.
"I am very proud of how my girls played today," Adairsville coach Kaylie Vaughn Martin said after the tri-match. "We have a lot to work on, but there were many positive parts of tonight. I’m excited to see how the rest of the season progresses."
Adairsville will return to action Thursday for another tri-match against Fannin County and Union at Fannin County.
Canes cruise over Rockmart
After a tough season-opening tournament at Sequoyah in which the Cartersville High volleyball team went 0-4 against "top-notch teams," Lady Canes coach Dutch Cothran was pleased to see his team bounce back Tuesday in its home opener against Rockmart.
Cartersville won all three sets in the match (25-8, 25-5, 25-16).
"It was nice to put one in the win column after starting off with an 0-4 start this weekend in a tournament filled with top-notch teams," Cothran said. "We have cycled through a couple of lineups over the first five matches of the season. We’re working on timing and becoming a more cohesive unit. I feel like we have potential to make some noise in our region, but I am also a realist who realizes there may be some lumps along the way while we jell as a team."
Cartersville lost some of its top players to graduation off of last season's Elite 8 squad, but a couple of standouts return. Some of those returners had big matches Tuesday. Nedu Evans had nine kills, Grace Hunter had 20 assists and Bekah Stevens had seven aces. Newcomer Anna Grace Brock led the way from the service line, though, with nine aces.
Cartersville hosts Bremen, Cherokee and Northwest Whitfield Thursday at the Storm Center.
Woodland splits opening tri-match
The Woodland High volleyball team opened its season with a home tri-match Tuesday against Gordon Central and Class 7A Marietta.
The Lady 'Cats got off to a good start, beating Gordon Central 25-18 and 25-14, and then winning the first set against Marietta in a close one, 25-23.
However, Marietta would come back and win the last two sets, 25-20 and 15-4 to send Woodland to a split in its opener.
"We kind of fell apart at the end of the second set and in the third set," Woodland coach David Condon said. "I felt like the girls played really hard the entire evening and I'm happy with their performance to begin the season."
Macey Vaughn had a strong showing for Woodland with 10 digs and 20 assists over the two matches. Caroline Gore added four aces, seven digs and three kills against Gordon Central, and an ace, 10 digs and six kills against Marietta.
Other strong performers for Woodland included Emmaline Payne with two aces, eight digs and three kills against Gordon Central; Lauren Morris with four kills and five blocks against Marietta; Sydney Molinaro with five blocks, three kills, two digs and an ace against Marietta; and Noelle Dickey with five digs, two kills and an ace against Marietta.
Woodland will take the court again Thursday against Hiram and Chapel Hill at Hiram.