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PREP VOLLEYBALL: Rome, Coosa, Model all pick up wins on opening night

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The Rome Lady Wolves earned a win in its first matches of the season Tuesday as they defeated Coahulla Creek 25-20, 25-17 on the road at LaFayette.

Rome played tough in the other two matches on the night, falling in three sets to Lakeview-Ft. Oglethorpe — 20-25, 29-27, 15-7 — and coming up short against the host Lady Ramblers, 25-20, 25-17.

Rome will take on East Paulding and Cass at Cass on Thursday evening.

Coosa starts out 2-0

Kasey Thacker led with 17 kills and Jenna Reynolds had nine aces as the Coosa volleyball team kicked off the season with a pair of wins at home on Tuesday.

The Lady Eagles defeated Dalton 25-12, 25-14 and then got the win over Chattooga, 25-12, 25-12.

Thacker also had four aces and 13 digs on the evening, while Reynolds had five digs. Jordan Roberts had eight kills, six aces and 12 digs, while Debra Barker had five aces and 18 digs. Gracie Shumate added seven kills and four aces.

Coosa will be back in action Saturday as the host of the annual Coosa Invitational volleyball tournament.

Model splits season-opener

The Model Lady Blue Devils got their season started with two exciting three-set matches on their home court Tuesday afternoon and came away with a 1-1 record.

Model started off by taking Calhoun down to the wire before coming up short, 25-18, 25-27, 15-3. Lady Devil Neely Brownlow had 16 digs, while Laura Kate Cole had eight and Brooke Roberts had six kills.

Emma Dickinson finished with two aces, two kills and three digs.

Another tough fight came against Darlington, but Model pulled out the win, 21-25, 25-27, 15-7. Brownlow finished with 23 digs in the second match, while Roberts had two blocks and seven kills.

Model will be on the road Thursday at Fannin County.

SOFTBALL

Coosa 10, Gordon Central 9

The Coosa softball team broke a 20-game skid dating back to 2016 when the Lady Eagles came away with a 10-9 home win against Region 7-AA foe Gordon Central on Tuesday.

Head coach Chris Jacobs credited the hard work of his seniors Kaylee Clayton, Kelsey Alred, Anniston Parris, Laniey Simms and Savanna Thomas in the win.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Jacobs said. “They’ve worked really hard for this victory, and we hope for many more this season.”

The Lady Eagles (1-2, 1-1) will host another region matchup Thursday at 5 p.m. against Armuchee.

Cass 9, Rome 5

The Rome High softball team owned a 5-3 lead after the third inning of Tuesday’s game, but Cass rallied scoring six additional runs to take a 9-5 win against the Lady Wolves in a Region 7-5A matchup.

Maci Andrews had two hits and two RBIs for the Lady Wolves (3-6, 0-2), Madison Ingram had two hits and Katelyn Adams had two RBIs. Andrews took the loss in the circle, pitching 4.1 innings and striking out one.

Rome will next face East Paulding on Thursday at 5:55 p.m. on the road in hopes of getting its first region win of the season.