HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP

Canes, Tigers split season-opening tri-matches

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Posted 8/12/20

The Alicen Pearson era for the Cartersville volleyball program began with a season-opening split, as the Canes downed Villa Rica in straight sets before falling to host South Paulding. Opening the …

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HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL ROUNDUP

Canes, Tigers split season-opening tri-matches

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The Alicen Pearson era for the Cartersville volleyball program began with a season-opening split, as the Canes downed Villa Rica in straight sets before falling to host South Paulding.

Opening the season against the Wildcats, Pearson's group came out on fire. Cartersville rolled to a 25-8 victory in the first set, but Villa Rica battled back in the second before the Canes earned a 25-23 win.

Mia Nicklas led Cartersville with seven kills and added three aces in the match. Macey Vaughn paced the Canes with four aces, while Lily Gochee matched Nicklas with three.

Against South Paulding, Ailee England posted a team-high three kills for Cartersville in a 25-17, 25-14 loss.

The Canes will return to action Thursday, when they make the short trip to Allatoona to face the defending Class 6A state champions.

Adairsville begins season at 1-1

After falling to Chapel Hill to open the 2020 season, Adairsville bounced right back to defeat Temple to earn a split during Tuesday's tri-match in Carroll County.

Nerves showed against Chapel Hill, particularly in the first set, as Adairsville fell 25-15, 25-22. Against host Temple, the visiting Tigers pounced early, taking the first set 25-11 before narrowly pulling out the second set 26-24.

Junior Autumn Henderson started the year strong with nine kills and seven blocks on the night. Junior Hannah Hollingsworth and sophomore Richlyn Blair each managed six kills across the two matches. Senior libero Aaliyah Applin paced the back line with 13 total digs and added four aces.

Overall, it was a successful and encouraging start to the season for the Tigers, who next will play Saturday in their Welcome to the Jungle tournament.

Cass drops pair at home

Cass fell at home to Murray County and Model in its season-opening matches Tuesday.

In the opener, Murray County took the first set, 25-12. The Colonels, though, forced a third set with a 26-24 win in the second. However, Murray County closed out the match with a 15-5 victory.

Later in the evening, Model won sets by scores of 25-19 and 25-16 to drop Cass to 0-2.

Next up for the Colonels and new head coach Laura Hayes is a Thursday trip to former Region 7-AAAAA rival Rome.