The Dawson County High School volleyball team entered the 7-AAA area tournament as the second ranked team on Saturday, Oct. 13, and after a tough, three-set fight the Lady Tigers opened the day with a 2-1 victory over a determined team from East Hall and secured their spot in the state tournament.
After a first round bye the Lady Tigers started their tournament with the opening serve against the East Hall Vikings, and the first set almost immediately got away from the team as the Vikings broke serve to open an early lead that they quickly moved to a 25–16 final score.
The second set opened with another burst of scoring from the Vikings and the Lady Tigers quickly found themselves in a hole once more. Led by an outstanding performance from sophomore Oliva Walls, who was able to set any ball perfectly for her teammates to smash into the East Hall defense, Dawson County came from behind to take the second set on the winning side of 25–16.
Junior Chloe Bennett secured four points on the opening serve of the third set and the Lady Tigers cruised to a large early lead and looked poised to win the match outright. A late set surge that featured the Vikings putting up 9 consecutive points kept everybody on edge, but the team held on to their lead and closed out the set with a tally of 25–18.