Lady Canes win pair in Tunnel Hill

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The Cartersville High volleyball team can clinch the top seed in the Region 5-AAAA tournament with two wins Tuesday at Sandy Creek, but first, the Lady Canes had some business to take care of Thursday in non-region matches against a strong Northwest Whitfield program and Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.

Cartersville won both matches in Tunnel Hill, improving to 15-11 on the year.

The first match against Northwest Whitfield was a tough one, with the Lady Bruins taking the Lady Canes to three sets. Cartersville prevailed in a back-and-forth first set, 26-24, got trampled in the second set, 25-13, but bounced back in a big way to win the third set, 15-11.

"The things we did poorly [in the second set] were fixed quickly, and we played much better [in the third set]," Cartersville head coach Dutch Cothran said. "Any time you can leave that gym with a win, you celebrate it and enjoy it more than most non-region matches."

Nedu Evans had 11 kills, nine digs and three aces in the match, while Grace Hunter added 32 assists, six digs, three kills and three aces, according to Cothran. Bekah Stevens contributed six kills and Anna Grace Brock put in five to go along with nine digs.

Cartersville then cruised through the next match against LFO with a straight-sets win by scores of 25-13 and 25-9.

"I was concerned about a letdown after the first match, and there was a little bit of one to start Set 1," Cothran said. "We were tied at 8 before we stepped up and played like we’re capable of. It was nice for everybody to see the floor in the second match."

Cartersville will next travel to Sandy Creek Tuesday with a chance to win the region with a sweep of LaGrange and the host Patriots.