It speaks to what coach Dave Adams thinks of his team when, after the convincing victory, Adams is still frustrated with his team’s performance Tuesday as the Lady Tigers defeated the home team 25-14 and 25-16.
“We’re not really where we want to be right now,” Adams said. “It’s good to triumph through adversity. We pulled it together, but it was frustrating.”
Adairsville ran out to its undefeated record on the strength of the team’s strong service game. However, that is precisely what failed Adams’ squad on Tuesday.
“Our serving was way off tonight,” he said. “We could not hold serve. We were shanking it left and right. We were setting, passing and hitting, and having to earn all our points.”
The Lady Tigers had just six aces, which Adams believes is not up to par.
“They deserve credit, too. Chattooga made us work for everything we got,” he said. “It was a hard-fought match. We were frustrated.”
Adding to Adams’ aggravation was the temperature in the Chattooga gymnasium.
“Chattooga’s gym is not air-conditioned,” Adams said. “The heat was draining, which made it even more frustrating.”
Adairsville did get a couple of strong performances from the service line, namely JoEllen Peoples in the first set and Emily Sexauer in the second.
Peoples began serving when the score was 21-14 and got the Lady Tigers four straight points to finish the game.
“She just took it home with some good serving,” Adams said of Peoples. “She was putting Chattooga in some bad spots.”
Sexauer had her own run of excellent serving. She took over in the second set with Adairsville leading 18-15. Sexauer got the team up to 23 before relinquishing her serve.
Adairsville now goes on to play its first tournament Friday at Rockmart. The squad will open with the host, Rockmart, before facing Rome and Haralson.
“Rockmart is always fun. That should be a good match,” Adams said. “Then we play Rome and we have something of a rivalry with them.”
The tournament will be a good warm-up for region play.
“We really want to make noise in the region. That’s our goal,” Adams said. “We want to use this to kind of set the pace. You have to take the long gain into effect in these early matches.”
The Cass High School volleyball team played six matches on Aug. 17 at Spikefest in which the team won one match while placing fifth in the tournament.
Cass defeated Murray in three sets by scores of 25-19, 21-25 and 25-21. The Lady Colonels fell to Christian Heritage, LFO, Haralson and North Murray twice.
“We had several injuries that set us back, but the girls played hard in positions they’ve never played before,” first-year coach Alicen Webster said. “Janee Callahan was able to get us started in many games by getting big blocks. Lauren Hardin stepped in as our libero when Zakaria Linley had to exit due to a possible hand sprain.
“The team knows how to play and can play well. We are working on playing at the beginning, middle and end.”