Adairsville got off to a rocky start in the first match against North Murray. The Tigers trailed 7-0 before getting to serve.
“I just didn’t have them ready,” Adairsville coach Dave Adams said. “We were late and we just felt rushed. We weren’t focused and that’s a coaching thing.”
Adairsville came close in the second set, leading 22-20 at one point, but could not pull out the victory.
“We got behind and started making mistakes. It can snowball against you when it gets like that,” Adams said. “They also had a really dominant hitter. She was really good at hitting her spots and it took us awhile to figure out her tendencies.”
The second match was much better as the Tigers settled in.
“We were more relaxed and focused and we took care of business,” Adams said of the Murray County match. “They just let the first match go. Volleyball is the most psychologically grueling game because the other team gets a point every time you make a mistake. We weren’t ready to play the first match.
“You have to be mentally tough and we were the second match.”
The Lady Tigers also got some strong individual performances in the win.
“We had some really good games from Erin Atkins and Sydney Sumners. They made some good defensive plays,” Adams said. “ JoEllen Peoples was very good offensively. She probably had 10 kills between North Murray and Murray County.”
Adairsville is now 14-3 overall and 1-2 in its region.