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VOLLEYBALL: Four players named to All-Region teams
From left to right: Meghan Roche, Abby Felkai, Emerald Sallee and Kirklyn Porter. - photo by Rio White

A quartet of Dawson County varsity volleyball players earned spots on the Region 7-3A All-Region teams, as announced during the region tournament.

Heading up the first team selections were seniors Abby Felkai and Kirklyn Porter, while second team spots were earned by junior Meghan Roche and senior Emerald Sallee. 

“I was extremely pleased that the girls that were selected for All-Region for our team were chosen,” head coach Tanya Porter said. “They have consistently been leaders in stats as well as on the floor all season long. It’s always good to see those types of players getting recognized for their contribution to their team.”

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Felkai spent the past season adjusting to a more scoring-centered hitter role compared to her previous role as the team’s main setter. She had no trouble with that adjustment, leading the team with 382 kills and 79 aces while also serving as a first line of defense when receiving serve — which also helped her lead the team with 297 digs.

“I was grateful for my teammates because ultimately, for a hitter, the stats that you get are based on the pass and the hit so everyone kind of contributed to it,” Felkai said. 

Porter became the team’s main setter after coming back from a season out of the sport. Her ability to consistently position herself well and accurately angle the ball allowed her to be an assist machine for the Lady Tigers. She finished with 384 assists and 60 aces.

“I was very shocked, excited, grateful and honored,” Porter said.

Roche was the team’s next-highest scorer after Felkai, utilizing her role as an outside hitter to give the Lady Tigers a strong secondary scoring option. She finished second on the team in both kills and digs with 143 and 231, respectively. 

“I was honored to be noticed and that all of our hard work was paying off,” Roche said. “I felt really happy to earn it.”

Sallee was the veteran force on the back line for Dawson, frequently helping stave off opposing offenses with her quick defensive instincts — finishing with 168 digs. She and freshman Hope Selzer combined for a formidable defensive duo. 

“I was thankful and honestly surprised,” Sallee said. “I was not ready to hear my name but when I did, I was like ‘Awesome!’”