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Cass VB splits; Woodland sees first win slip away

Cass volleyball kept up its good start to the season, while Woodland saw some encouraging signs in two more losses Thursday.

The Lady Colonels swept Gilmer in two close sets in their first match, winning 25-21, 25-22.

The close sets came back to bite them in their second match, as Cass outscored Pickens County but took the three-set loss, 21-25, 25-13, 22-25.

The loss was the Lady Colonels’ first of the season, as they dropped to 3-1.

“Keila Sanchez and Brianna Bullock did a fantastic job hustling and defending the back row,” Cass coach Chelsea Morris said.

Woodland, meanwhile, won their first set of the season, but still lost twice to drop to 0-4.

In fact, the Wildcats came within a hairsbreadth of winning their first game outright, but blew an 11-3 lead in the third set against Rockmart and lost 13-15.

That came after the Lady Wildcats had taken the first set 25-23 and lost the second 19-25.

Emmaline Payne had eight aces, four kills and two digs in that match, while Caroline Gore had five aces and three digs.

The second match didn’t have the same drama, as Woodland dropped sets to East Paulding 15-25 and 20-25.

Gore kept up her good serving in that match with four aces, while Noelle Dickey had three digs and two kills.

The Wildcats will get back to action Tuesday when they travel to play a tri-match at Gordon Central with Murray County, while Cass will also play that day, hosting a tri-match with Fannin County and county rival Adairsville.

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