Taking advantage of an almost week-long break, the Dawson County High School varsity volleyball team spent the time working on the fundamentals.
“There’s room for improvement in our passing,” Head Coach Tanya Porter said. “I feel really good about it.”
That good feeling was not misplaced as the Lady Tigers (4–3) took to the home courts for the first time this season on Aug. 23 for a two-match night featuring games against the Pickens County Dragons and the Bobcats out of Gilmer County.
Tipping off the early match at 5 p.m. against Pickens County High School, the two teams came out evenly matched, trading points in small bites of two and three at a time as the set went deep into points.
As both teams approached 20 points a series of kills and blocks from juniors Roxie Fricton and Marlie Townley finally allowed the Lady Tigers to push the final points and take the first set victory by a score of 25–19.
The excitement of the home crowd proved infectious and the Lady Tigers launched into the second set behind a ferocious service from sophomore Olivia Walls. Pounding out eight straight points, Walls set the tone for the second set early, and the Tigers closed out the first match with a 25–13 second set win.
Gilmer High School’s Bobcats, having won their first match of the evening, came out strong and looked determined to derail the Lady Tigers after edging out a first set victory by the score of 25–23.
Coming together as a team, the Lady Tigers rallied behind the solid defensive play of a trio of Dawson County sophomores – Hannah Waddy, Micaela McClendon and Makaela Everett. As they continued to deny points to the Bobcats, the steady service of the Tigers slowly built a lead and the Tigers took the second set by the score of 25–19.
The Lady Tigers applied the same formula, smothering defense with a solid offense, to the third set and it proved just as successful as the Bobcats fought hard but dropped the tie-breaker by the final score of 25–20.
Riding the momentum of their home court sweep, the Dawson County Lady Tigers, now with six wins against three losses on the season, went to Fannin County on Saturday, Aug. 25 for a long day of volleyball that featured four non-regional matches.
Starting with a tough loss to Fannin County in two sets, the Lady Tigers had a difficult time putting themselves together throughout the rest of the day. Gilmer High School took advantage of the Tigers' sudden funk and posted a two-set win of their own, and Pickens County High School exacted their revenge in a quick two sets as well.
Facing the Gilmer Bobcats for the final match of the day, and quickly losing the first set, the Lady Tigers went back to the formula that had worked on their home courts just two days earlier. Solid defense with steady service and fought back to grab the last two sets and cap of their day with a victory.
The Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball team next saw action in a set of games taknig place at Chestatee HIgh School in Gainesville on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Results were not available as of press time.