The Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball program opened its sophomore season in promising fashion on Friday night when the team hosted and won the Mountain Madness Tournament.
Pickens County, Gilmer and Fannin traveled to Dawson County High School to kick-off the fall volleyball season and the Lady Tigers went undefeated on the night beating all three schools in only two sets each.
“We couldn’t be happier,” said Head Coach Tanya Porter about the wins. “The girls this year have so much chemistry and it really shows on the court and with how they move on offense and defense. We are constantly working on communication and it showed Friday night.”
Dawson opened with Pickens and jumped out to a quick lead behind the serving of senior Amber Fite who moved to Dawson last year from West Hall.
Fite had four aces in a row.
“Amber is a great addition to our team,” Porter said. She has a great work ethic and an even better attitude. She has really come on to our team and helped lift our team’s morale and skill.”
Fite’s hitting, along with that of Roxie Fricton’s and Chloe Bennett’s gave Dawson solid attacks from the front line.
Senior setter Brittney Sayler proved to be the floor leader
With the early lead over Pickens, Fricton showed defensive skills with a beautiful pass off a hard driven ball giving Sayler time for a solid set resulting in a Fite kill.
Fricton’s blocking on the front line also added points for Dawson.
With a 20-12 lead in game one, the Lady Dragons were forced to call for a timeout. Out of the timeout, Fricton served an ace to keep Dawson on track to the 25-15 win.
Pickens generated a little more offense in the second set, but could not overcome the hitting of Fricton who had five kills in the 25-17 win.
In the Gilmer match, Dawson won 25-19 and 25-18.
During set one, sophomore Bennett had a couple of early kills and two aces from the service line.
Fite opened set two with more strong serving including six straight points with four off of aces. On her next time at the line, Fite served seven more points including another three aces.
In the final match of the night, Dawson picked up wins over the Lady Rebels at 25-18 and 25-14.
Set one saw Fannin call an early timeout when Dawson got ahead 15-6. Fricton, Fite, Bennett and Harmony Evans all had kills on the front line.
In the final set for the Lady Tigers, the offense proved formidable with Fricton, Bennett and Fite all contributing multiple kills on the way to the 25-14 win and the top spot in the tourney.
“It’s a really great feeling,” Porter said. “The girls have worked so hard and have gotten so much better. It is nice to see all the hard work paying off.”
Fite was voted to the all-tournament team and Sayler was named tournament MVP.
The Lady Tigers junior varsity and varsity faced Gilmer and Lanier Christian on Aug. 8 but results were not available as of press time. The teams will host a tri-match starting at 5 p.m. on Aug. 10 against West Hall and Lakeview.