Corey Cusick// Times-Georgian
Whether just starting, in the middle or wrapping up area play, the Carrollton Invitational provided five local prep volleyball programs and several other strong regional squads with an opportunity to get a full day of action in Saturday before returning to the grind of the regular season.
Lady Trojan head coach Kasey Austin said the Invitational always serves as a strong measuring stick of where you stand at this juncture of the season, and she was excited to be able to host the event once again this fall.
"We tried to get it that way and spread the pools out based on different strengths and weaknesses so it would be kind of even. It's been interesting all day just the competitive back and forth. That's what we were trying to make happen. Just have everybody get more playing time at this time of the season when everybody's about to start their area," Austin said. "This is kind of prepping for our area tournament. It's all day long, lots of reps. So that was the idea."
Carrollton opened the day with a 2-0 (17-25, 20-25) setback to Bremen and then split with Pool A winner Coosa (22-25, 28-26) before sweeping Haralson County (25-19, 25-18) and splitting with Villa Rica in the finale (18-25, 26-24).
Although her squad didn't make it into the championship round that pit the top-two finishers from each pool into semifinal matchups and eventually the Invitational championship, Austin felt as though it was still a productive day for her squad.
"They started off slow, but overall I was pleased with their performance," Austin said. "We're kind of working through some stuff. They're just trying to work real hard to get to where they need to be for us to go into our area tournament. We have high expectations for that, so we're just really working through some stuff and trying to get everything ready for that."