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Volleyball: Lady Tigers snag first 2020 season win against Union County, fall to Lanier Longhorns
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Dawson County player Emma Pelfrey gets ready for a serve on Aug. 20, in a loss against the Lanier Longhorns. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Dawson County Lady Tigers beat Union County on Tuesday, Aug. 18 in a best-of-five series, coming out on top 3-1. 

During the match, the team had their strikes on fire, with Emma Pelfrey tallying 6 aces, or a point off of a serve, and Kirklyn Porter with four aces of her own. 

Both Pelfrey and Porter had double-digit kills, or scored points. Porter had 12 kills and Pelfrey had 11. Olivia Walls had 23 assists, for successfully setting the volleyball for a kill. 

Jesse Mann and Megan Roche both had 19 digs, or saving a ball off of a serve or kill attempt, a piece.

The Tigers lost to the Lanier Longhorns in straight sets on Thursday night and were never able to break 20 points in the best-of-five series. Match 1 ended 25-18, match 2 was a final score of 25-12 and 25-15 was the score of the final match. 

Head Coach Tanya Porter lost three players who were exposed to COVID-19 and have to quarantine this week. On top of that, two more players have fallen to injury. 

“We are operating on a skeleton crew right now, but are excited for the girls to get to play in a variety of new positions and also for the JV girls who have been seeing a great deal of varsity floor time,” Porter said. “We have great hopes that these difficult times will make us much stronger in the future.”

The varsity team will travel to Fannin County on Saturday, Aug. 22 in hopes of finding their second victory.