The Lady Canes finished the season 25-15.
While many teams set a goal to make it to the championship tournament, for the Cartersville volleyball team it is more of a requirement than a goal.
“It is an expectation of ourselves each year to make it to the playoffs. If we don’t at least make the first round, we haven’t done our job nor had a successful season,” said head coach Camille Spradley.
The Lady Canes beat Jackson in the first round, allowing the team to advance further than they did last year.
“The girls had that in mind going into our match against Jackson and they came out firing,” Spradley said.
Against Jackson, Spradley said the “service game” was what won it for her team as they moved Jackson around on the court to keep them from being able to effectively run their offense.
After accomplishing a team goal and making it to round two, Cartersville kept their “mental toughness” and went into the competition against Blessed Trinity knowing there are no second chances in the playoffs.
“We played well overall against Blessed Trinity. We went in to fight and we did. So while we lost in three straight sets, Blessed Trinity definitely felt that they had to work hard to earn their way into the next round,” Spradley said.
Through these two rounds, Spradley had three players who lead in stats — Melissa Bartlett, Katie O’Connor and Stefanie Will.
Against Jackson and Blessed Trinity, Bartlett tallied seven aces, two kills, 28 assists, six digs and three blocks. O’Connor pulled in a few stats with three aces, one assist, five blocks, three digs and 18 kills.
Will led the team offensively and defensively in both matches with a total of four digs, 10 aces, 13 kills and 14 service receptions.
Now that the season is over, the Lady Canes are not dwelling on the recent loss, but they are preparing for next season, Spradley said.
“We are already gearing up for next season. Players are setting personal goals for the offseason with more planning to play club volleyball and attend clinics, which will dramatically impact our team performance next season,” Spradley said.