Hurricane-turned-tropical storm Irma had far reaching impacts, even to the Dawson County athletic programs. The volleyball team was not immune.
Dawson County played Fannin and Pickens County on Sept. 14, picking up a fifth win this season over Pickens. The Sept. 12 match against Greater Atlanta Christian had to be rescheduled due to weather.
“We didn’t practice Monday or Tuesday. We did come in and practice Wednesday afternoon. We were just rusty and it showed,” said Coach Tanya Porter. “We had not been in the gym, we had not touched a ball for several days and that’s nobody’s fault.”
The Lady Tigers went three sets with Fannin, but could not get the match win: 13-25, 25-20, 16-25.
“It just is what it is, but it definitely hurt us getting started, getting going that night. We were slow, just a step behind every ball,” Porter said.
Senior setter and team leader Brittney Sayler was battling illness, but still played.
Porter said she didn’t know what they would do without her, particularly as the junior varsity setter Rachel Swafford has been sidelined due to concussion.
According to Porter, Chloe Bennett and Amber Fite provided consistent serving throughout the night with Bennett serving several aces.
“As the night went on, we got better,” she said.
Following the Fannin loss, Dawson picked up its fifth win over Pickens County: 25-21, 27-29, 25-13.
“That makes five times this year we have beat Pickents. Four of the five were three set matches,” Porter said. “I was really nervous going into Thursday night because it is really hard to beat a team five times, especially when you are pretty evenly matched and we are.”
Porter said that despite the slow start the team did some good things in both matches, but that service errors hurt the Lady Tigers particularly against Fannin.
The team is now 11-11 overall and 1-2 in region play.
On Sept. 19, Dawson hosted region opponent North Hall and Chestatee for senior night but results were not available as of press time.
The team will travel to West Hall for 5 and 6 p.m. matches against West Hall and Cedar Shoals.