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VOLLEYBALL: Lady Tigers victorious against North Hall for first time in program history
Emma Pelfrey spikes a ball past defenders in the Dawson County Tigers Sept. 24 match against Gainesville High School. Pelfrey had 12 kills, 3 aces and 2 blocks on the week. - photo by Jacob Smith

On Tuesday, Sept. 22, the Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball team made history, beating their self-proclaimed rivals at North Hall High School for the first time ever. 

The Lady Tigers won the game in the third match and beat Banks County the same night in two straight matches. North Hall was the region champion last season. 

“It was a fantastic game not only to be a part of, but to watch,” Lady Tigers Volleyball Head Coach Tanya Porter said. “A great milestone achieved.” 

The Lady Tigers played two other games on Thursday, Sept. 24, losing to Gilmer County and Gainesville High School. Their first match against Gainesville went down to the wire, with the score 21-19 before Gainesville pulled away. 

Jesse Mann led the offense for the Lady Tigers in these matches. She had 24 kills, 16 digs and 7 aces in the first three matches of the week. No statistics have been collected from the Gainesville match yet. Kirklyn Porter recorded 13 kills, 10 aces and 18 assists. 

“[Porter] has been playing very consistently for us over these last three matches,” Porter said.

Olivia Walls added onto her impressive assist total with 36 assists through the three games. Walls got her career 1,000th assist for the Lady Tigers earlier this season. 

Lady Tigers volleyball will be back at home on Thursday, Oct. 1 to battle Flowery Branch High School and Chestatee High School in the last regular season home game at Dawson County this season. Flowery Branch will begin at 5 p.m. and the game against Chestatee will start after the game between Flowery Branch and Chestatee finishes.