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Tigers down Wildcats, while both teams top Warriors

A pair of Bartow County volleyball teams met up Thursday in Gordon County.

Playing in the second of three matches on the night, Adairsville downed rival Woodland by a 25-19, 25-18 final score. Before and after that matchup, the Wildcats and Tigers, respectively, each swept Gordon Central in straight sets.

“We played well tonight,” Adairsville head coach Kailey Vaughn Martin said. “We got to pull up two players due to an injury, and they [Addie Pearson and Jenna Claire Hendley] held their own in the varsity setting. …

“JV also won both their games. First time that I can remember that both JV and varsity won both games on the same night.”

Tigers senior Autumn Henderson dominated the net against the Wildcats, producing four kills and three blocks.

In Adairsville’s 25-12, 25-4 victory over Gordon Central, Haley Stiles racked up seven kills. Yatorrean Hale finished with six kills, while Richlyn Blair and Kaylee Jordan added four apiece. Henderson chipped in with three kills.

Annie McCormick put forth a sparkling effort, dishing out 16 assists and going on an extended run of service that included three aces. Blair added five aces.

Woodland edged Gordon Central by a 25-23, 25-20 margin in the first match of the evening.

Delaney Tuplin recorded 13 kills and seven digs on the night. She added three aces against the Warriors. Anastyn Jones wound up with 10 kills, six digs and five aces across both matches. Kendall Condon totaled 30 assists.

“We’re pretty banged up and did not play with high energy,” Wildcats head coach David Condon said. “And I hate making excuses like that, but we still actually executed relatively well during stretches in both matches despite all of that.

“It’s tough, of course, because I know the girls care, but it’s definitely hard to keep high-level mental focus whenever five of your regular players are not all the way healthy.”