The Lady Tigers varsity volleyball team had another full week of matches as they hosted Gilmer and Lanier Christian last week as well as West Hall and Lakeview Academy.
Dawson County split on Aug. 8 winning over Gilmer in three sets: 20-25, 25-15 and 25-22. The Lady Tigers lost to the Lightning in two sets at 23-25 and 19-25.
Dawson faced Gilmer first and dropped the first set before taking the next two.
Sophomore hitter Roxie Fricton proved formidable at the net putting down an early kill after a Lady Bobcat over pass that gave her an easy opening.
Fricton would continue to dominate up front with a series of hard driven shots interspersed with a couple of dinks that kept Gilmer off guard.
Hitter Amber Fite came up with a late set cross court kill that continued to fuel the Lady Tigers as Harmony Evans had a solid showing from the service line with back-to-back aces.
Fite and Fricton continued to work well from the net through the third and final game with Fite putting four down including the last two points of the match. Fricton had what would have been five kills in the game, but a poor call overruled one of the points.
The first of the two sets against Lanier was tight with the Lady Tigers only losing by two.
“They were very good and we were right in there with them,” said Head Coach Tanya Porter about the match with Lanier Christian.
A Fricton kill from the middle on another over pass got the attention of the Lanier defense, but she followed up two points later when she put down another.
Fite again came up big near the end with a kill down the line and another just before Lanier put the match away.
The improvements for the Dawson program, particularly with solid outings like the one against Lanier, have been exciting, even to Porter.
“I knew at the end of last season that we had made great improvements but then to come back at the beginning of this season and improve even on where we were at the end of last season, that is exciting,” Porter said. “Attitudes are great. That will carry a long way. I hope that we can get back on the winning track though.”
On Aug. 10, Dawson hosted talented West Hall and Lakeview programs and were not able to get a single set win. The team lost 17-25 and 13-25 against West Hall and 18-25 and 17-25 against Lakeview Academy
Despite the level of competition, the Lady Tigers hurt themselves with a number of service errors throughout the evening.
“Hitting errors, passing errors —those are going to happen but we hope we can minimize them. At the same time, service errors as frequently as we were experiencing that is just not us. We will roll with it,” Porter said.
In the opening set against West Hall, the Spartans took an early 4-0 lead and then scored off of at least five service errors by the Lady Tigers. Dawson called a timeout at 12-7 to regroup.
Chloe Bennett answered with a kill before West Hall returned the favor.
In the second set, the Lady Spartans dominated from the service line and on the front row with West Hall attackers taking advantage at the net.
“They just seemed tired, the first full week back to school and on Friday night we played three emotional…those were big wins for us. They are just not conditioned for that right now, emotionally more than anything,” she said.
Between matches for Dawson, Lakeview Academy defeated West Hall in two straight.
In the first game against the Lady Lions, Fite’s first kill was answered almost immediately by Lakeview.
The Lady Lions proved prolific from the serving position with six early aces.
The Lady Tigers offense continued to work behind the setting of senior and on-court leader Brittney Sayler but Lakeview proved too much.
“I think that it would have been closer. We might could have even pushed it to a third game but our service errors killed us. Servers that have carried us and that have scored multiple aces on teams this year and we are looking at net shot after net shot. The same night the same match,” Porter said.
The losses move the Lady Tigers to 4-3 on the season.
The team played Union and Stephens on Tuesday night, but results were not available as of press time. Dawson County will travel to Chestatee to play Chestatee and Lumpkin at 5 and 6 p.m. on Aug. 17.