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Volleyball: Dawson County Tigers kickoff live sports season with match-up against West Forsyth
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Dawson County #45 Jesse Mann goes for a spike in the 2020 season opener of the Tigers volleyball season against West Forsyth. - photo by Jacob Smith

In the first in-person game of 2020 high school sports season, the Dawson County Tigers volleyball team, led by Head Coach Tanya Porter, lost in a non-region match against the 7-A West Forsyth Bulldogs on Tuesday night.

“I’ve missed sports and to actually be on the sideline this close to the action is cool,” Porter said after the game. “It’s good to be back.”

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Ford Phillips Arena filled with spectators and athletes for the first time since COVID-19 cancellations began in 2020. The Dawson County Tigers volleyball team faced off against West Forsyth on Tuesday night. - photo by Jacob Smith

Competing in a best-of-five matchup, the Tigers battled the Bulldogs closely in the first game to 25 points. The Tigers took the game's momentum and tied the score up at 21-21 before West Forsyth called a timeout. The Bulldogs would score the next four points, winning game one with a final score of 25-21.

In the second game of the night, the Tigers were close but ultimately the final score was 25-17 in favor of West Forsyth. In game three, the Bulldogs hunkered down and finished the match off with a final score of 25-12. 

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Dawson County #7 Haylie Selzer readies her serve to the West Forsyth Bulldogs in the season opener of the 2020 volleyball season. - photo by Jacob Smith

“I told them we did exactly what we needed to do, but win,” Porter said. “We found what areas we are weak in and could use more work in, which gives us a good idea for practice tomorrow.”

Before the season began, Porter said that she thought the beginning of the season would be the shakiest for the Tigers, as they learn how to play as a team with one another. 

The junior varsity Tigers came out victorious against West Forsyth in a matchup prior to the varsity team. 

The volleyball season continues Thursday, Aug. 13 at Johnson High School in Gainesville. The junior varsity team will play Johnson at 5 p.m. and the varsity team will play 6-A Duluth High School following the junior varsity game.