The Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball team secured their first region win last week when they traveled to Lumpkin County for a tri-match with the Indians and Lanier Christian Academy.
In the match with the Lightning, the Lady Tigers lost but were able to pick up a win in the second set (25-12, 25-23, 25-13).
In a strong team effort, Dawson was able to beat Lumpkin in just two sets (25-18, 25-18).
"I had a good feeling about us going up there," said Head Coach Tanya Porter. "They came out and played well both sets against Lumpkin."
In the beginning of the first set and near the end of the second, setter Brittney Sayler dominated with her serve with 10 aces.
Roxie Fricton led in kills with five during the Lumpkin match and another five against Lanier.
Middle hitter Marlie Townley had five kills and six blocks during the two matches.
"Roxie had several kills, Chloe served great at one point. Emma served well. It was a total team effort," Porter said. "I couldn't pick one person that stood out, that carried us by any means, and that's good."
Near the end of the first set, outside hitter Chloe Bennett got a kill that was followed by a block from Townley on the next play. The fired up Tigers went back to Bennett on the next play and she had another kill and hit before Townley blocked again to get a point.
Bennett put up a block to get the winning point in the first set.
"This is a good time of year to be able to say that we jelling. Here we are at region, about to have tournament time and we are playing together as a team as well as we have all season long," she said.
Senior Autumn Green had a series of tough serves for Lumpkin in the second set. Dawson County took a time out to disrupt the momentum.
Bennett served two aces before Sayler went to work on the Lady Indians with five aces of her own. Twice Lumpkin called timeouts to put a stop to Sayler's serves and the Dawson County offense but were unsuccessful.
Fricton's hitting put the match away.
"It's a rivalry and it goes years and years back," Porter said. "It's not in volleyball because we just started the program. Now that volleyball is there, it will be a volleyball rivalry just because it is Lumpkin-Dawson. I am just glad to be 1-0 against Lumpkin County."
On Sept. 22 Dawson traveled to Habersham Central where they played Habersham and Chestatee in a tri-match.
The Lady Tigers took one set from Chestatee, but lost the match 25-21, 25-18, 25-15. Habersham bested Dawson in just two sets, 25-16 and 25-10.
Dawson County moves to 2-22 overall and 1-2 in region play. They played Greater Atlanta Christian and Fannin yesterday but results were not available for press time. They will face Jefferson and Jackson County tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Jefferson.