Woodland evens record, hosts Cass, Cartersville
by David Royal
Aug 21, 2014 | 1344 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Woodland coach David Condon says he and his Lady Wildcats are looking forward to the competition when Cass and Cartersville come calling today.

He said the three high school volleyball teams will be hooking up for three matches that will draw only the best from their players.

“I think it’s a lot of fun to play your rivals, and we also all get a free preview of two of the teams we will be playing in the Bartow County championship in a few weeks,” Condon said. “We’ve been having this round robin for several years. We take turns hosting it. Last year Cass hosted and this year it’s our turn.”

The match comes at a good time for Woodland, which has been enjoying some success this season while refining its game.

The Lady Wildcats won two matches Tuesday at Douglas County, where they played the host school and also Fayette County.

They were challenged in both matches, especially in the final set.

Woodland defeated Fayette in two sets, 25-12 and 25-23.

Condon said it wasn’t smooth sailing for Woodland although his team was in control in the first set.

“They played better in the second set, and we had to really work to beat them in that set,” the Woodland coach said. “But we found a way to close it out, and I was happy with that.”

He said it took three sets to decide the match against Douglas.

Woodland won the first set, 25-13, dropped the second, 20-25, and took the match with a 25-22 victory in the final set.

He said winning was difficult.

“Douglas had some momentum from winning the second set,” he said. “They had a big crowd response and I told our players, ‘You have to be ready to respond to that,’ and they did. They responded very well.”

Paving the way for Woodland for the day was Sydney Boyd, who had 10 aces and five digs.

“She had a 92 percent serve/receive percentage, which we are very satisfied with,” Condon said. “She’s leading us in that category for the season.”

He said Jacquelyn Campbell was credited with 17 assists, with six aces and five kills.

Mary Katherine Grimes tallied seven kills and five blocks for the night.

He said all three have consistently led the Lady Wildcats this season.

“Jacquelyn and Sydney are both seniors and have provided senior leadership for us,” Condon said. “Mary Katherine is in her second year as a varsity starter, and this year she’s really adjusted her game and is a leader by example. She’s played club volleyball and came all summer to workouts and has gotten a lot better.

“We have had other plays step up at different times, but those three have been the most consistent.”

Condon said Woodland now has a 4-4 record overall, and he believes his Lady Wildcats have learned some important lessons along the way.

“We had a couple of matches that we thought kind of slipped away on us, but overall we’re pleased with our record,” he said. “Now we are focusing on closing out our matches rather than letting them slip away.”

Condon said having today’s meeting with Cartersville and Cass should provide a good evening of volleyball for Bartow fans of the sport.

“We all know each other so everyone is going to be competing,” he said. “You don’t have to travel far to play, and we always enjoy this competition. I think it helps us all.

“Cass will be fired up. We’ll be fired up. Cartersville will be fired up. It’s fun and it’s a good environment to be in.”

He said the players are already very familiar with one another.

“Some of them play club volleyball together. We know each other, and we respect one another.”

The teams start play at 5 p.m. at the Woodland High gymnasium.