Meanwhile, Cass lost a pair of games but was very competitive against South Cobb and showed marked improvement in their matchup with state power Allatoona.
Adairsville coach Dave Adams said the victory against Rome gave his Lady Tigers a 3-1 edge against Rome.
They defeated their Floyd County foes, 26-24 and 25-23, to improve to 19-8 overall on the year.
“It obviously was very close,” Adams said of the first set. “Both teams wanted the victory. We have just a good, healthy rivalry with them.”
He said the first set proved a “seesaw affair, the lead going back and forth. Both sides were laying it all out on the line.
“We were fortunate to come out on the winning end of that one.”
He said he called a timeout early in the second set only to see Rome come out of it ferociously and grab a 12-1 lead before Adairsville got the ball back.
“I was so proud to see our girls claw away at that huge margin,” he said. “Toward the end of the match, we were even again and had to fight tooth and nail again.
“ We are happy to get the win and Rome definitely made us earn it.”
Adams said the Lady Tigers did not fare as well against Armuchee, which was marking senior night.
“They’re really good on defense and they fight and scrap for everything, finding points any way they can,” he said. “They served a little better than we did and took it from us. Hats off to them. For a third-year program to come out fighting that hard and getting the win, I salute them.”
Armuchee won 27-25 and 25-22.
Adams said pacing the Lady Tigers was Amber Litteral before she hurt her shoulder in the second set and was replaced.
“Amber had a big night, getting nine kills. Five of those kills came against Rome and four against Armuchee. She also got one ace and one block,” he said.
He said JoEllen Peoples, the team’s sophomore outside hitter, registered seven kills and one ace.
Adams also praised the work of senior Jesika Moore, who he said had gotten only limited playing time until Thursday.
“Tonight was her first varsity start and she got six kills and one block,” the coach said Thursday night. “For a rookie, that’s a good night’s work. We were very happy for her.”
He said Zina Chatman also helped the Adairsville cause. “Her serving got us back in the Armuchee game. She got two kills and four aces.”
Cass lost its two volleyball matches Thursday but head coach Alicen Webster said the team got a good tuneup for Saturday’s Bartow County Volleyball Championship, which will be played at Cartersville High and will feature Cass, Cartersville, Adairsville and Woodland.
The Lady Colonels bowed to South Cobb and Allatoona in their games.
“We pushed South Cobb to three matches but ended up losing,” Webster said. “We played them really well.”
She said her team did have a slow start against South Cobb, falling 25-10 in the first set, but was competitive the rest of the way.
“It was like we played one match to warm up or something,” Webster said. “At least that’s how it seemed to me.”
Cass took the second set, 25-19, and was edged, 25-22, in the third.
“Our girls turned their game on and started moving their feet,” she said. “They weren’t communicating in the first set but they were in the second.”
South Cobb came back to win the third set.
The Lady Colonels made a battle of it in their matchup with Allatoona.
“We lost but we played so well,” Webster said. “Allatoona went to the state tournamenrt last year and was a Sweet 16 team and is so experienced. We played up to their level and competed tonight.
The Lady Buccaneers defeated Cass 25-12, 25-10.