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VOLLEYBALL: Lady Tigers suffer first loss of season after program-best start to season
Meghan Roche in the middle of her serve against Commerce High School on Tuesday, Aug. 17. - photo by Jacob Smith

If you ask volleyball head coach Tanya Porter, it can be a good thing to lose early in the season. 

After the Dawson County Lady Tigers beat Commerce High School for their sixth win to start the season, they lost in two sets to Chestatee High School to move to 6-1 on the season. 

“I told the girls that we need to face good competition to prepare us for our region matchups because our region is tough,” Porter said after the game.”It’s stacked top to bottom. It will also teach us a lot about ourselves in adversity. It’s hard to recover and get yourself out when you’re not being super successful in the season.” 

Abby Clouser jumping in the air for a kill against Commerce High School on Tuesday, Aug. 17. - photo by Jacob Smith

The Lady Tigers’ six wins is the best start since the volleyball program began in 2016. Senior Avery Herring said after the game she thought their balance of talent was the accrediting reason for their early success. 

“We have a lot of different positions where everyone is pretty much equal,” Herring said. “We don’t have anyone that’s above anyone else, trying to carry the team.” 

There were no problems against Commerce, winning the first two sets handily. However, the Lady Tigers struggled to catch long-term momentum against Chestatee, losing in two sets.

“Our goal tonight was to have six or fewer hitting errors and four or fewer service errors in each game,” Porter said. “I would bet we doubled that at least. We’re going back to the drawing board on our technique on services. I don’t think we don’t have the technique, it’s just easy to get in your head.”

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Emerald Salle sets the ball for her Lady Tigers teammates during the Tuesday, Aug. 17 match against Chestatee.
Though the early win streak was affirmation of the hardwork the team put in over the summer, the team refuses to create any excuses on any loss this season.

“I hope we realize we have to keep our momentum going,” Herring said. “We can’t stay down ourselves but pick our teammates up.” 

The Lady Tigers resume their schedule Thursday, Aug. 19, starting at 6 p.m. at Union County High School (0-0). The Lady Tigers battle Jackson County (3-2) following the completion of the Union County game.