The Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball team faced some of their toughest competition of the season over the last two weeks as they played a series of games against both regional and non-regional opponents.
Starting a week on the road by traveling to Oakwood on Sept. 18 for a tri-match involving the Spartans from both West Hall High School and Greater Atlanta Christian, the Lady Tigers came away empty handed on the night as they dropped both matches in straight sets.
Looking to bounce back the Lady Tigers next headed to Gainesville High School for another non-regional contest with the Red Elephants. Playing a best of five match Dawson fought hard to stay close in the first two sets, but ultimately lost the match in straight sets by a final of 3-0.
“Gainesville has a really good libero,” said Head Coach Tanya Porter. “Nothing gets down to the floor.”
Dawson County next hosted the North Hall Lady Trojans on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in a battle for first place in the region.
Coming out strong the Lady Tigers took an early lead in the first set only to see it disappear late as the Lady Trojans fought back to take the set by a score of 25–23. With a team-leading 11 kills junior Chloe Bennett led the Tigers to win the second set by the same score and forced a third set.
“Errors in set three proved to be the difference,” Porter said. “We fell way short in the final set.”
Those errors were costly as North Hall went on to win the set by a score of 25–14 and the match two sets to one. North Hall moved into sole possession of first place in the region with the win.
After the disappointing loss to North Hall, the Lady Tigers once again played host on Thursday, Sept. 27 this time welcoming the Red Elephants from Gainesville for another best of five match-up.
Despite a best-of-season performance from junior Harmony Evans, who was able to spike the ball at will against the Red Elephants back line, the Lady Tigers were unable to get past the excellent defense put up by the girls from Gainesville and dropped the second match of the season in three sets.
“These games are good for mental and physical stamina,” Porter said. “It should help us in the long run.”