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Rough week for volleyball lightened by success in tournament
Volleyball, 9.13.17
The Dawson County High School varsity volleyball team poses with the second place trophy they won over the weekend in a tournament at Lumpkin County High School. The team was 5-1 on the day. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Dawson County varsity volleyball team went on the road last week and were unable to get a match win during the outings at East Hall and Chestatee, but took second place over the weekend in a tournament at Lumpkin County.

“It’s not been a pretty week,” said Coach Tanya Porter.

On Sept. 5, the Lady Tiger traveled to East Hall to play Fannin and East Hall—two region matches. Though they were able to take the first with Fannin to three sets, they could not get a win.

“It was two region matches. That hurt,” Porter said. “That hurt us bad. That was two teams we know we could beat.”

“We played horrible Tuesday night. I don’t know what was wrong with us. We weren’t moving. Savannah went down with a terrible headache and was sick. It was just a combination of things. We just did not play well at all,” she said.

Against a tough East Hall program, the Lady Tigers were able to somewhat contain the hitting attacks, but suffered from mental errors and a lack of energy, according to Porter. 

Dawson lost in two sets, 23-25, 25-10.

“No one stepped up,” Porter said. “That doesn’t happen a lot. Usually somebody steps up and puts the team on their shoulders and no one could do that for us Tuesday night.”

On Sept. 7, Dawson again traveled, this time to Chestatee High School where the team lost to Habersham Central in three sets: 21-25, 26-24, 25-11.

Porter said the level of play last Thursday was improved over the earlier outing.

“Roxie had several kills for us. Kati Brady had several good digs,” she said. “They had some really good hitters. That was quite an assignment to step in there. Chloe in both matches had a ton of blocks. I bet she led us in blocks last night. That was good to see her step up.”

Dawson beat Chestatee on Aug. 17 in three, but this time they lost in three: 20-25, 25-13, 25-21. Despite the improvement, Porter still called it a tough night.

On Sept. 9, the team traveled to Lumpkin County for a tournament where they took second place overall.

“It was a long but exciting day that included winning the first every trophy for our program,” Porter said. “And even though it was a second place trophy, it was a significant accomplishment that will give us confidence going into the home stretch of our season.”

During pool play, Dawson began with a win over Gilmer County in two sets, 27-25 and 25-15.

The team took another two set win over Prince Academy, winning 31-29 and 25-11.

The third match in pool play was against Pickens County. The Lady Tigers were able to win that match in three sets: 24-26, 25-18, 15-11.

The wins sent the team to the bracket at 3-0 where they faced Faith Christian in the first round and handily won in two 25-5 and 25-9.

The Lady Tigers then defeated rivals Lumpkin County in two sets at 25-22 and 27-25 before moving to the championship match against Lakeview Academy.

They lost the final match 25-13 and 25-10.

“We won as many games on Saturday as we did the entire season last year,” Porter said. “That’s a real testament to how much we’ve improved over this one year.”

The team is now 13-10 overall and will take on Fannin and Pickens in a trimatch beginning at 5 p.m. tomorrow at DCHS.