The Cass High volleyball team begins region play next week, and the Lady Colonels will be entering that important part of their schedule on a high note.
They defeated Armuchee at home Tuesday in three straight sets, 25-21, 25-11 and 25-18.
Cass head coach Alan Potter cited "outstanding play" from Harmony Carr with five aces, Alexis Ware with five aces and five kills, and Blaire Waters with six kills and two aces.
Cass is now 2-9 on the season and will host East Paulding and Kell next Tuesday in its Region 7-AAAAA openers.
Cartersville sweeps tri-match
After a rough start amid a competitive schedule, there are signs the Cartersville High volleyball team is taking big strides forward.
One of those signs is the obvious, a four-game win streak after beating Bremen and Villa Rica in straight sets Tuesday at Bremen.
The other sign is how comfortably the Lady Canes won. After playing a close three-setter last week against Bremen, Cartersville easily dispatched of the same Bremen team Tuesday by scores of 25-8 and 25-13, before turning on Villa Rica and winning by scores of 25-12 and 25-20.
"I was really impressed with our team effort tonight," Cartersville coach Dutch Cothran said. "We were able to have fun and enjoy some success.
"Bremen played us really close here [last week]. We needed three sets to beat them. I felt like going in, it was going to be a hard-fought battle on their court. We took control early, and never really let up. We’ve made a few personnel changes and started doing some things differently on defense and the girls responded well. We’re not where we need to be, but I definitely feel better after our performance tonight.”
Nedu Evans continued to compile jaw-dropping numbers, posting 35 kills in the four sets of play, while Grace Hunter and Anna Mathis continued to stand out as the setter and libero, respectively.
"I feel like Nedu was the most dominant I’ve seen her all year," Cothran said. "She had a lot of back-row kills and very few back-row errors.
"Another name I need to mention is Halle Matthews. She had several kills [Tuesday] night and was solid in the middle.”
The four-match win streak has gotten Cartersville's record to 6-9 as the Lady Canes head to region play next Tuesday at Cedartown against the host Bulldogs and Central, Carroll.
Woodland pulls out two wins
The first set was the toughest, but after Woodland edged Hiram 27-25 to open Tuesday's tri-match at Woodland High, it was smooth sailing for the Lady Wildcats volleyball team.
They beat Hiram in the second set, 25-12, before cruising past Rockmart by scores of 25-13 and 25-22.
Caroline Gore paced the attack with 13 kills for Woodland over the course of the two matches, Macey Vaughn had 21 assists and Emmaline Payne had 10 digs and eight aces.
Woodland is now 8-6 on the year and will face Sonoraville at Allatoona Thursday before entering region play next week.