In 2016, volleyball was first introduced as a varsity sport to Dawson County High School.
Administration pinned Tanya Porter to lead the program, who asked her friend Krisit Creegan to coach alongside her.
In their first year, the program put together just three wins. Porter had been serving as an assistant coach on the Lady Tigers basketball team, but decided to transition to just a volleyball coach after the 2016-2017 season.
Six years later, Creegan and Porter’s hard work reached a new milestone on Tuesday, Sept. 21. The Lady Tigers volleyball program reached their 100th win all-time after two region wins against West Hall High School and Gilmer High School.
“I am incredibly grateful for all the players, parents, coaches and administration who have had a hand in those 100 wins along the way. I’m unbelievably proud of our program for reaching this milestone.”
Porter said none of the program’s success would be possible if Creegan had not been willing to coach alongside her.
“Out of 100 wins, she’s responsible for 95 of them, especially early on,” Porter said. “Our program would not be where it is without [Creegan] stepping in and agreeing to get us started and show us the ropes.”
Creegan said local volleyball fans only have Porter to thank for her willingness to learn about the sport.
“[Porter] has really stepped up as a volleyball coach,” Creegan said. “She did ask me to help the first year and I did, but she just leaned in and wanted to know more and be better and has learned the game. It takes a lot. It’s a hard game to learn, but she could easily do it all without me now, but we just have so much fun, so why would we do that?”
The program’s most successful year, 2019-2020, saw the team advance all the way to the Elite Eight of the GHSA 3A volleyball state tournament. However, the team’s fondest memories happen off the court, according to Creegan.
“Some of our best times have been when we weren’t even playing,” Creegan. “Our team trip to Savannah was probably the highlight of the season that we went to the Elite Eight. The kids mention Savannah way more.”
The Lady Tigers (17-8, 4-2 in Region 7-3A) find themselves with one region game left against Lumpkin County, who currently sits at the top of the region standings. In Georgia high school volleyball, regions play in a region tournament, so the regular season is just seeding for the tournament on Oct. 6 and 7.
The final region game of the year will be at home on Wednesday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m.