The Lady Tigers overpowered LaFayette, 3-1, in a best-of-five series played at the school. They begin region play Tuesday by entertaining Calhoun and Coahulla Creek.
Adairsville won the first and second sets by a score of 25-14 and the final set by a 25-8 margin. It dropped the third set, 19-25.
Head coach David Adams said LaFayette was a tough match because it is a hard-nosed defensive squad.
“LaFayette is solid in fundamentals, really good on defense,” Adams said. “Their middle blocker is amazing. She was tough to defend. When you had success on one side, she just played off her opposite hand.”
The coach said it was a good way to close out this phase of the season. “It was good because they make you work for your points.”
He said the Lady Tigers also learned where they need to improve. “We have to serve a little better.”
Adairsville also had a lot of good things happen.
“We had some good hitting from people who stepped up their play,” Adams said. “Our setters did a good job for us. Emily Sexauer and Aimee Pacheco were amazing all night long and played great defense for us. They would do amazing tips.
“They helped run our offense and spread the ball around. We had a lot of people contribute to our offense because of that.”
He also cited the play of Chloe Powell and Star Ruddell.
“Defensively, Chloe, our outside hitter, had three aces and five kills on offense, but she had eight digs — some really good digs — on defense,” he said. “Star, our middle blocker, had five kills and, more important, four blocks. She was really big on the net for us. She did a lot to shut down the second half of their rotation. Star took them out of pretty much everything they were trying to do.”
Other statistical stars were Amber Litteral, three aces, 13 kills, five blocks and six digs; Sexauer, one ace, six kills, 16 assists and one dig; Sydney Sumners, three aces, five kills and five digs; Pacheco, three aces, one kill and 13 assists; Ruddell, one ace, five kills and four blocks.
“It was a really good team effort for us tonight,”Adams added.
The Lady Tigers improved to 6-1 with the victory and are poised to begin region play Tuesday when they host Coahulla Creek and Calhoun.
Adams said Adairsville has used its early season to prepare for a challenge in its region.
“We scheduled some tough teams early, such as Wheeler and Coosa,” he said. “We tried to play teams that would test us and push us, and we used those games to try to get the kinks worked out, as much as you can.”
Now Adairsville must get serious about every set, he said.
“Coahulla Creek and Calhoun are a really good test for us in the region,” Adams said. “Calhoun is new to the region and is going to make some noise, and they will have something to say.
“When Calhoun and Adairsville get together, there’s always the added element of a rivalry.”
He said he expects good play from both region foes.
“Coahulla Creek beat us in the area tournament and put us in the losers’ bracket last year,” he recalled. “We’re all three pretty evenly matched and we will want to do all we can to get a win against Coahulla Creek.
“It’s going to be a good night for volleyball in Adairsville.”
The matches start at 5:30 p.m. at the Adairsville gymnasium.