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VOLLEYBALL: Here's where DCHS volleyball lands at the region tournament
The Lady Tigers celebrate after winning a point against White County. The two teams could potentially clash at the region tournament. - photo by Rio White

Head coach Tanya Porter and the Dawson County volleyball team wrapped up their regular season with four games this week, earning two wins and two losses to finish with a 23-15 overall record.

Posting a 9-3 record in Region 7-3A, the Lady Tigers earned the third seed heading into the region tournament next week. 

Dawson faces sixth seed Pickens on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 4 p.m. to begin the double-elimination tournament. All matches will be held by top-seeded Wesleyan.

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Dawson will be looking to avenge the disappointment of  last season’s first-round region tournament exit. An upset loss to West Hall and a second loss to Cherokee Bluff dashed their state playoff hopes.

But the team used that experience to become a stronger overall team this season — and not just physically.

After last season ended, Porter said that the team’s mental toughness had to improve.

They have shown that on multiple occasions this year, having defeated several teams in higher classifications and rising to the occasion against region rivals.

While Dawson is the third seed, they won two of three meetings against second seed White County and played well in two losses against Wesleyan.

Going into the tournament, both experienced and younger players alike will have a major role in achieving the team’s goals.

While the offense is headed up by a trio of seniors and a junior, the defense will have sophomores Maggie Allen and Eva Bishop playing key roles at the net.

Head coach Tanya Porter speaks with sophomore Maggie Allen before a recent match. Allen is one of the younger stars on the team who could have an impact at the region tournament. - photo by Rio White

Those two lead the team with over 20 blocks each and have helped the Lady Tigers maintain leads against opponents.

The season’s statistics have also shown an all-encompassing role for senior Abby Felkai, who leads the team in aces, kills and digs. While her role has been primarily as a consistent point-scorer, her high number of digs also shows her defensive value. 

The Lady Tigers look to defeat the Lady Dragons next Tuesday and make a deep run at the tournament.