Northwest Whitfield 2, Cartersville 0
Northwest Whitfield 2, North Murray 0
Northwest Whitfield (2-0) won both of its opening matches Tuesday night at home as the Lady Bruins began their quest to repeat last year's success, including making it to the Class 4A Elite Eight.
The two-time Region 6-4A defending champions first defeated Cartersville, 25-17, 25-16, and then North Murray, 25-17, 25-11.
"It feels awesome to be back," Northwest coach Kelsey Ikerd said. "We're still working out the kinks and trying to figure out the best combination of athletes, but our girls have bought into the game plan and our goals. So, I'm really excited about what's to come."
Emma Hayes finished the night with 14 kills and 14 digs, while Kiersten Maynard was right behind her with 13 kills and 11 aces. Abigail Crawford chipped in with eight kills, while Sam Johnson had seven digs. Emma Allen led with 33 assists.
Ikerd, also an assistant coach for the Lady Bruins' basketball team, spent the end of last school year on maternity leave after giving birth to her first child in March. Her husband Chad, a Southeast Whitfield assistant baseball coach, held their son for the majority of the matches on Tuesday as he witnessed his mom grab a win for the first time.
"I loved being on leave and spending time with baby Jack, but looking at him watching from the stands and getting to see me doing something that I'm passionate about, there's nothing like it," Ikerd said. "We played hard tonight and executed offensively. Our defense is getting better, and we still have some weaknesses that we need to hone, but we'll get there."
The Lady Bruins host another tri-match at 5 p.m. on Thursday with Rome and Ringgold.
Cartersville 2, North Murray 0
North Murray (2-5) fell to Cartersville on Tuesday at Northwest, 14-25, 12-25.
Cady Wheat had four kills on the night. Summer Johnston and Julie Petty each had eight assists. Korbin Tipton had two kills and two blocks.
North Murray travels with Southeast for a tri-match at 5 p.m. on Thursday at Dalton.
Sonoraville 2, Coahulla Creek 0
Southeast Whitfield 2, Coahulla Creek 1
Coahulla Creek dropped both of its opening-season matches on Tuesday in a tri-match with Sonoraville at Southeast Whitfield.
The Lady Colts fell to Sonoraville, 20-25, 7-25. Ema Turner had five kills and five digs, while Brooklyn Jacobs had seven assists. Jacey Callahan had three aces.
Coahulla Creek (0-2) then fell to Southeast in three sets, 21-25, 25-20, 13-15. Jacobs led with 14 assists, four aces and two digs. Marlee Fosset had 11 aces and five digs, while Tristyn Curry had four kills and two blocks. Lily Sims also had two blocks.
The Lady Colts host Coosa and Gilmer for a tri-match at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Sonoraville 2, Southeast Whitfield 0
Southeast Whitfield lost to Sonoraville at home, 22-25, 21-25.
On the night for the Lady Raiders (1-1), Anna Boyd had nine kills, Heaven Cooper had six kills and Vanessa Gomez finished with five kills, 14 assists and nine digs. AnnaMaria Ramsey had five kills and three aces, while Savannah York finished with eight digs.
Southeast travels to Dalton with North Murray for a tri-match at 5 p.m. on Thursday.
Fannin County 2, Murray County 0
Union 2, Murray County 0
Murray County fell to both Union and Fannin County in a tri-match on Tuesday at Fannin County.
Natalie Vance finished with five aces and six assists for the Lady Indians (0-3). Maddie Banks had eight digs, and Alexia Mora had six digs. Ashlyn Davis chipped in with two kills and one ace.
Murray County plays with Chattooga at 5 p.m. on Thursday in a tri-match at Woodland.