The result was a 3-1 nonregion victory for the Lady Tigers over Chattooga on Tuesday that extended their record to 14-2 on the year.
Adairsville won the first two matches, 25-14 and 25-19, and earned a 25-17 victory in the fourth match. Chattooga won the third match, 25-20.
“We came in a little rusty because we gave them Friday night off so they could watch the football game, and then I let them off Labor Day,” Adams said. “We were taking a gamble, but I asked our team not to do anything fancy, just play conservative until we got loose and we were warmed up.”
He said that worked, but the team got an even bigger boost in its first set from Kaylee Litteral, who assumed serving duties when the team held an 8-4 lead.
“When she finished we were up 17-4,” Adams said, adding she zipped four aces past the Lady Indians in the sequence. “She gave us a comfortable lead.”
He said Adairsville won the second match but Chattooga played hard.
“They hung with us more, and it was what I’d call a good scrappy set,” he said.
Chattooga won the third set after trailing 13-11.
“One of their players took over at the service line, and when she finished, they were leading 16-13,” he said. “We tied them several times after that, but we couldn’t get past their lead and they took the match.”
He said the team got a boost in the fourth set from Amber Litteral.
“Amber gave us a good sequence when she took over up 13-12,” he said. “When she finished we were up 17-12 and she’d scored two aces.”
He said Amber Litteral had a good all-around match.
“She also had a lot of kills for us, seven or eight, and was very effective at the middle hitting position,” he said. “When she’s on, we’re on.”
Adams said also helping the cause was Sydney Sumners, who contributed as a server and also as an outside hitter.
“Sydney had three aces tonight. She is really good in the back row and the front row,” he said. “She’s a really good player.”
Adams said Chattooga also provided a stiff challenge the entire game.
“Chattooga doesn’t roll over,” he said. “They are big and they push. They force you to stay in the game. It’s a good way to come back after the break.”
Tuesday’s victory gives the Lady Tigers an overall record of 14-2 and a 1-1 record in Area 4-AAA.
Adairsville next plays Tuesday when it lines up against North Murray in a region game.
Lady Colonels fall
Cass came close against one region foe and got a sample of the velocity a good volleyball team is capable of while losing to its second foe in high school volleyball Tuesday.
Washington High shaded the Lady Colonels, 25-18 and 25-23, in their best-of-three sets while losing 25-6 and 25-8 to River Ridge, who played up to the expectations of Cass head coach Alicen Webster.
“Our girls were close against Washington High, and we did pretty good,” Webster said. “But we missed seven serves, and if we hadn’t missed them, we could have won.”
The coach said the Lady Colonels missed just one serve against River Ridge but were unable to handle the velocity the opponent brought to the match.
“River Ridge hits a lot harder and their serves are a lot harder, and we have to be able to handle that,” she said.
Webster said Cass will be making adjustments in its lineup and formation.
“We play a 6-2 and will be going to 5-1 with one setter,” Webster said. “We’re going to try something completely different to see if we can get a better result.”
She did not fault her team’s effort against River Ridge but hope it learns from the competition against a good team.
“I’m sure [River Ridge] will be fighting for the No. 1 spot in our region at the end of the season,” she said. “I expected them to be good and they were.”
Cass next plays on Thursday when it hosts Cartersville and Woodland.