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Volleyball ends region play with comeback win over Lumpkin County
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The Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball team came back to win their match against Lumpkin County, locking the team in at third place for the Region 7=3A tournament, starting next Wednesday at North Hall High School. - photo by Jacob Smith

Things were not looking good for the Lady Tigers volleyball team to start off Wednesday night’s match against Lumpkin County. 

After losing 25-10 in the first set, it seemed as though the night was going to finish with a loss. 

However, the Lady Tigers refused to give up, taking a commanding 25-18 victory into the third set tiebreaker and then overcoming a 6-0 deficit in the tiebreaker to win their final region game of the season 15-10. 

“I mean, I think the whole team realized how bad we played in the first set,” Lady Tigers head coach Tanya Porter said after the game. “We just flipped a switch and saw at the end of that first game that we could be competitive with [Lumpkin]. And then, I think, we proved that we were the better team tonight.”

Once the deficit reached 6-0 in the tiebreaker match, junior Abby Felkai had a momentum- changing kill to the other side of the court that pumped not only herself, but the fans of the match up as well. Sophomore Meghan Roche hit two aces in a row after Felkai’s kill. 

The Lady Tigers continued to fight back until they tied the score at nine points a piece, ending the game outsourcing the Indians 9-1 to win the tiebreaker. During the run, big kills were executed by Felkai, junior Jessie Mann and senior Emma Pelfrey, on top of an ace by junior Abby Clouser. 

“Needless to say, tonight was an overall team victory,” Porter said. “We didn’t need one girl to carry us on her shoulders and pull us back. Everyone contributed and I couldn’t be more proud of the team for that. They never got down...a great effort all around.” 

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- photo by Jacob Smith
With Wednesday night’s win, the Lady Tigers will enter the Region 7-3A tournament in third place, jumping three spots after finishing sixth in the region last season.

According to Porter, the team’s first match in the tournament will be against the sixth seed, West Hall. In two matches this season, the Lady Tigers have won four out of five sets against West Hall. 

It takes two wins in the double-elimination region tournament to clinch one of the four spots in the GHSA 3A Volleyball State Tournament. North Hall was named the regular season region champions, suffering their only loss to the Lady Tigers. 

With that title, North Hall will host the Region 7-3A tournament, with all elimination matches happening on Wednesday, Oct. 6. The following day, the four remaining teams will battle it out to see how their region will be seeded headed into the state tournament. 

“Overall, it is a mental thing for our girls,” Porter said. “We’ve proven that we can play with anyone in our region. A region title isn’t out of the question for us. It’s whether we can believe that or not.”