The Lady Tigers swept its matches against Fannin County, 25-20 and 25-16, and Ringgold, 25-10 and 25-21, to enhance its area record. They were 1-2 entering the evening.
“It’s great to be on the winning side in the area,” head coach Dave Adams said. “It’s better than being 1-2.”
Adams said Adairsville had its hands full in its first match against Fannin County.
“We used the first game to figure out what they were doing offensively,” Adams said. “Once we did that, we made some adjustments and it was easier for us.”
He said Fannin has some power hitters, and they made things difficult for the Lady Tigers.
“They’re a big hitting team,” he said. “When they hit, they can knock it deep. Luckily for us, a lot of their shots were going out. Once we figured them out, we were able to contain them.”
He said the Lady Tigers also made adjustments in their own game.
“Our first game, we weren’t serving well,” he said. “We started out scratching and clawing for points. We served a lot better in the second.”
He said contributing to the victory were several Lady Tigers.
“Zina Chatman, our setter, did a great job of serving and setting. Some of her sets were keeping them off balance,” Adams said. “Star Ruddell, one of our middle hitters, had a big night on the net with quite a few blocks and a number of kills. Amber Litteral, our other middle hitter, also dominated for us. She did a great job with some timely kills and a ton of blocks.”
He said Ringgold was easier prey the first match but ramped up their play in the second and surged into the lead for a time.
“Ringgold came fighting back, and our girls increased their intensity to respond,” Adams said. “Jo Ellen Peoples, our outside hitter, was on fire with her hits. I’ll have to look at her stats to see how many she had, but she had a lot of kills.”
Adairsville improved to 18-4 overall on the year. The Lady Tigers next play Thursday when they visit Rome for a pair of matches.
It has been a rebuilding year for the Woodland High volleyball program this season.
This was evident Tuesday in the Lady Wildcats’ tri-meet against Villa Rica and Allatoona at Woodland High as they lost each match in two sets and are now 4-24 on the season.
“We graduated seven seniors last year and had another one of our experienced varsity players transfer,” head coach David Condon said. “That makes it difficult. We’re young and we’re inexperienced.”
Woodland played Villa Rica in the first match and lost by scores of 25-12 and 25-17.
One of the reasons for the defeat was lack of communication, which has plagued the team all season.
“Communication is a huge thing. Skill level comes with time, but communication is the biggest thing,” Condon said. “Obviously, that is a little low when you first start playing and the communication level is enormously lacking compared to more experienced teams.”
The Lady Wildcats got off to a much better start in their second match against Allatoona, who had beat Villa Rica the match before. Woodland led 9-1 at one point, but let the lead slip away as Allatoona scored nine straight after a timeout.
“Honestly, the other team wasn’t playing as well as they normally do and they picked it up a notch and we didn’t,” Condon said. “In any sport, if they kick it up a notch then you have to be ready to respond and that’s something we haven’t had all season.”
Allatoona would go on to defeat Woodland by scores of 25-17 and 25-11.
Woodland may be young and inexperienced, but Condon has seen growth over the course of the season and expects more to come.
“We’re getting better. It’s a challenge, but they’re committed, they’re good kids and they’re working hard. A lot of the issues just have to do with inexperience. You play against other schools that have middle school and junior programs and those girls have three, four, five, six years of experience, including club,” he said. “We’ll continue to get better as the season progresses and the next couple of seasons will get better.”
The Lady Wildcats will have another opportunity to improve Thursday with another tri-meet at Rockmart.