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VOLLEYBALL PREVIEW: The Lady Tigers road to qualifying for state
VOLLEYBALL  08-20-20
Dawson County player Emma Pelfrey gets ready for a serve on Aug. 20, in a loss against the Lanier Longhorns.

With the regular volleyball season at an end, the Dawson County Lady Tigers now know what their path to a state tournament appearance looks like. 

To qualify for the state tournament, the Lady Tigers have to finish in the top four of the area tournament, to be held at White County High School on Oct. 14 and 15. Headed into the tournament, the Lady Tigers will start as the seventh seed, but will face off against higher-ranked teams they already defeated during the regular season, like North Hall High School. 

It will take two losses to eliminate the Lady Tigers from the area tournament, but it takes only two wins to qualify for the state tournament.

The Lady Tigers first game is against the #2 ranked Cherokee Bluff. If they win that game, the Lady Tigers would immediately play the winner of the #3 North Hall vs #6 West Hall. If they lose, they would play the loser of that game. The winner moves on in the tournament and the loser is eliminated. Dawson’s two area wins during the season were against North Hall and West Hall.

An upset victory against Cherokee Bluff puts the Lady Tigers one win away, against a team that they already beat earlier in the season, from securing a spot in the state tournament for the third year in a row.