The Cartersville and Woodland volleyball teams split Thursday in the first two rounds of the Region 7-AAAAA tournament. Third-seeded Cartersville defeated No. 6 seed Hiram 25-19, 25-21 in …
The Cartersville and Woodland volleyball teams split Thursday in the first two rounds of the Region 7-AAAAA tournament.
Playing without two starters, third-seeded Cartersville defeated No. 6 seed Hiram 25-19, 25-21 in Calhoun. However, the Canes fell to the second-seeded host Yellow Jackets 25-14, 25-19 in the semifinals, dropping them into the tourney's losers bracket.
Abby Allen had a strong showing in the win over the Hornets, totaling eight kills, five digs and four assists. Those first two numbers led the Canes (25-14-1), and the junior also added two kills and eight digs in the Calhoun match. Ailee England contributed nine kills across the two matches, while Macey Vaughn totaled 24 assists.
Meanwhile in Roswell, No. 4 seed Woodland edged out fifth-seeded county rival Cass by scores of 25-22 and 25-23. Top-seeded Blessed Trinity, though, showed why it's the reigning Class 4A state champion with a 25-8, 25-11 win over the Wildcats in the semifinals.
All six teams remain alive entering Saturday's portion of the tournament, which will take place at Blessed Trinity.
A Hiram-Woodland matchup and a Cass-Cartersville meeting both will take place at 10 a.m. The winners of those matches will qualify for the 5A state tournament, and then face each other for the region's No. 3 seed at 11:15 — the same time the Titans and Jackets meet in the championship match.
Tigers drop 3-setter in opening round
Adairsville split two hard-fought sets to force a winner-take-all third in its first-round match of the Region 6-AAA tournament.
However, the sixth-seeded Tigers ran out of gas in that decisive third set, falling 25-23, 23-25, 25-12 Thursday at No. 3 seed Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe.
As opposed to a regular-season meeting, which typically consists of a third set played to 15 points, the region tournament rules dictated a third set to 25.
Kaylee Jordan paced the Adairsville offense, finishing with five kills, while adding the same number of digs. Annie McCormick posted a team-high five assists and chipped in four digs. Aaliyah Applin led the active Tigers defense with double-digit digs.
Despite the setback, Adairsville will have an opportunity to secure a berth in the Class 3A state tournament Saturday at LaFayette.
The Tigers are set to face North Murray in an elimination match at 11 a.m. A win would see Adairsville face the loser of a semifinal between Murray County and LaFayette for a spot at state.