The Lady Tigers got past Coahulla Creek, 2-1, and blanked Calhoun, 2-0.
Head coach David Adams said both contests featured a lot of hard hitting and exciting play.
“The fans were definitely getting their money’s worth, which was bad for my heart,” Adams said.
The coach said the team couldn’t ask for a better start to area play than it got at Tiger Valley.
“It’s a big relief to get those two area wins,” he said. “Those are two pretty good teams we beat.”
Adairsville defeated Coahulla Creek 25-22, 18-25 and 25-20 in the first contest of the evening.
The Lady Tigers then watched Calhoun defeat Coahulla Creek in three sets before taking on the Lady Yellow Jackets in the final contest of the evening.
Adairsville took that contest by defeating Calhoun 25-19 and 25-15.
“In all of our sets with these two teams it was hard to score on them,” Adams said. “There were very few rallies where the ball went over the net just once or twice. Someone had to dig the ball out, make some big hits or make some big saves. It was touch-and-go for pretty much the whole evening at the net.”
Adams said after defeating Coahulla Creek in the first set, the Lady Tigers “kind of had a bad streak late in the second match and they were not able to recover in time to secure a win.
“We then pretty much led most of the way in the third set and finally pulled ahead of them enough to stay,” he said. “It was a hard-fought match. They have two outside hitters who are really tough to handle.”
Adams said Calhoun was difficult to defeat, too.
“We had one battle with Calhoun where the ball went over the net six times before someone made a mistake,” he said. “That’s kinda how it went all evening. Eventually someone would make a mistake. The ball was always in play and it was mentally tiring as well as physically. It tests your concentration and endurance and, quite frankly, your will to win.”
Adams said the team got a lot of solid play from all of its players.
Emily Sexauer had one ace, nine kills, eight digs and 18 assists; Sydney Sumners, four aces, 12 kills, 14 digs, four assists; Amber Litteral, three aces, 16 kills, one block, eight digs and three assists; Amy Pacheco, one ace, one kill, 17 assists; Chloe Powell, four aces, 21 digs, three assists; Star Ruddell, one ace, 10 kills, one block, one dig; and Brooke Washington, eight digs and two assists.
“We had just outstanding play from Amber and Sydney,” he said. “Chloe and Star also had big nights for us. Chloe had an amazing night on defense.”
Adairsville improved to 8-1 overall with the victories and is 2-0 in the area.
The Lady Tigers next play Thursday when they host Cass and Armuchee in two non-area matches.