Cartersville volleyball kept its unbeaten start to Region 5-AAAA intact, but the Canes were pushed to their limits in two tough matches Tuesday at Troup County.
Cartersville used a complete all-around effort to defeat Chapel Hill in straight sets and come from behind to defeat Troup in three.
With little time to warm up after a long trip down to LaGrange, Cartersville got off to a slow start against Chapel Hill. However, the Canes pulled out the first set by a 25-22 margin, and the three-time defending region champs used 11 aces to coast to a 25-16 win in the second set.
Against Troup, Cartersville had to dig itself out of an early hole. The Canes managed to do so, tying the set at 16-apiece. But the Tigers made the plays down the stretch to land a 25-18 win.
Cartersville played some of its best volleyball of the season in the second set, running out a 25-10 victory to force a decisive third. In the winner-take-all set, Troup jumped out to an 11-8 lead before Lily Gochee helped serve the Canes back into the lead.
It set up a wild finish, as Cartersville earned a 15-12 win.
"The final point was one of the weirdest, sloppiest, scrappiest points I think I've ever seen," Canes head coach Dutch Cothran said. "... It was a very unselfish team win, and I'm really proud of our girls."
Cartersville (16-9, 4-0) will finish out region play next Tuesday, when Sandy Creek, which is also 4-0, and LaGrange visit The Storm Center. But before those pivotal matches, the Canes will host North Paulding and Hiram on Thursday.
Cass garners region split
The Cass volleyball team rallied from a first set defeat to beat Rome before falling to Kell in Region 7-AAAAA action Tuesday evening.
The Colonels, who hosted the tri-match, dropped the opening set against the Wolves by a 16-25 margin. Cass came roaring back, though, earning a 25-21 win in the second set and easing to a 15-5 triumph in the third.
Facing one of the region frontrunners, Cass lost 25-8, 25-13 to Kell.
The Colonels will head Thursday to Cedartown to face the Bulldogs and East Paulding in non-region play.
Adairsville drops pair
The Adairsville volleyball team dropped a heartbreaker to Coahulla Creek and fell in straight sets to Calhoun Tuesday in a home tri-match.
After narrowly losing the first set to the Colts by a 25-23 margin, the Tigers rolled to a 25-12 victory in the second. However, Coahulla Creek eked out a 15-13 win in the decisive final set.
Adairsville later lost to Calhoun by scores of 25-15, 25-12. Next up for the Tigers is a trip Thursday to North Murray.