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Tennis team qualifies for tourney
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The Dawson County High School girls’ tennis team is headed for the region tournament.


The Lady Tigers finished the regular season with a 3-2 victory over Rabun County to qualify as the second seed from the sub region.


The team finished with an impressive 3-1 overall record, its only loss was to Banks County.


The region tournament will begin at 9 a.m. April 14 at North Oconee High School.


“I’m so proud of our girls,” said Head Coach Jamey Bearden.


Against Rabun County, the Lady Tigers pulled out wins at number one singles, where sophomore Hannah Velcoff easily won in two sets.


“She played really well, varying her shots and having an excellent and consistent serve,” Bearden said.


The first doubles team of Lora Brown, junior, and Sarah Anglin, junior, won in three sets over their Lady Wildcat opponents.


“They are just so smart with their shots. Added to their excellent play at the net and that led them to victory,” Bearden said.


Clinching the win and a region tournament spot were the number two doubles team of Kristi Hyams, junior, and Hannah Porter, sophomore. The pair easily disposed of their Rabun foes in two quick sets.


“Kristi and Hannah are really developing a good playing strategy and keep working together really well as a team,” Bearden said.


The No. 2 and 3 singles lost matches for Dawson County in two very tough games.


Sophomore, Whitney Glover, and senior, Emma Salmela played hard, but just couldn’t pull out the matches, according to Bearden.