The Cartersville High volleyball team dropped a pair of non-region matches at North Paulding Thursday.
The Lady Canes lost in straight sets to North Cobb Christian and North Paulding, despite 23 kills from Nedu Evans, 10 from Bekah Stevens and 39 assists from Grace Hunter.
Cartersville lost to North Cobb Christian by scores of 25-22 and 25-18.
“We played well and battled hard through most of the first set. It was close right up to the end where we gave up a little run to end it," Cartersville coach Dutch Cothran said of the North Cobb Christian match. "The second set, we never could really get going. NCC is a talented team, so a loss to them isn’t anything to be ashamed of. I obviously would’ve preferred a win.”
Cartersville then lost to North Paulding, 25-18 and 25-12.
"There was a lack of focus and a lack of energy on our part throughout the first set. We played poorly and it didn’t end well for us. The second set was much like the first and we started subbing early to get some players some experience," Cothran said. "It was a rough night. You never want to have those, but a realist knows they’re inevitable."
The Canes, now 8-11 on the season, will play in the Bartow County Championships Saturday at Cass High, beginning at 9 a.m. against Adairsville.
Tigers drop area opener
In the first match of play in Area 6-AAA, the Adairsville High volleyball team took a loss at Sonoraville Thursday.
Adairsville fell by scores of 25-12 and 25-15.
An interesting note from the match Thursday, Adairsville head coach Kaylie Vaughn Martin's father is the head coach at Sonoraville and her sister is an assistant.
The Lady Tigers will resume action Saturday at Cass High for the Bartow County Championships.