Lady Canes sweep region openers
The Cartersville High volleyball team had a successful visit to Carrollton Tuesday, sweeping a pair of matches against Cedartown and Central, Carroll to open up region play.
The Lady Canes won two closely contested sets in their first match against Cedartown, winning by scores of 27-25 and 25-21.
Anna Grace Brock had 12 kills, 10 digs and six aces in the match; while Lauren Wenzell added nine kills, 11 digs and three aces; Halle Matthews had seven kills; and Macey Vaughn recorded 29 assists.
“I wasn’t thrilled with our energy in the match against Cedartown. We were flat and didn’t look anything like the three-time region champ that we are,” Cartersville coach Dutch Cothran said via text message. “I don’t like overconfidence, but we should carry ourselves a little more confidently. Hopefully, everything will click soon.
“Halle Matthews deserves a lot of credit in the middle tonight. When we struggled in other positions offensively, she picked up the slack.”
In the second match of the day, Cartersville cruised in the first set, 25-18, and prevailed in a tight second set, 25-23, to complete the sweep.
Brock had another strong showing with 14 kills, eight digs and three aces; Wenzell had 11 kills, nine digs and two aces; and Vaughn had 25 assists.
“We still weren’t as crisp as I’d like, but we played better against Central,” Cothran said. “It’s a good thing we did! They had a rowdy crowd, and they were playing with some fire. Anna Grace Brock had a big match against Central. She did a great job of finding holes in the defense. It looked like a good shooter in basketball who is hitting everything he shoots. It seemed like every time the ball went out there, she got a kill.
“I also felt like Macey Vaughn played well all night. … She made good decisions offensively and got the ball to the right hitters. That goes a long way when you have a couple of hitters who are hotter than others.”
Cartersville is now 10-8 on the year, 2-0 Region 5-AAAA, and will travel to River Ridge Thursday to face the hosts and Cambridge before going to Woodland High on Saturday for the Bartow County Championships.