The Dawson County Lady Tigers traveled to Pickens County High School last week and won both of their matches against North Murray and Pickens on Aug. 31.
“I thought it was a great night,” said Coach Tanya Porter. “The fact that we came away with two wins was big for us. We have been splitting a lot of nights lately.”
Dawson defeated North Murray 25-23 and 25-9. Against Pickens, Dawson went to three sets: 25-14, 17-25, 26-24.
North Murray jumped out to an early lead off aces and hitting errors, but the Lady Tigers got the side out and setter Brittany Sayler served two quick aces to turn the tide.
Harmony Evans found success at the net with three early kills and then the first set swung back to the Lady Mountaineers.
After a Dawson timeout at 11-8 North Murray, the Lady Tigers regrouped and Roxie Fricton’s attacks from the middle proved fruitful.
Set point came on a Fricton kill.
“I was worried because it could have went either way. We could have picked up two wins or two losses really easy,” Porter said about the slow start.
The second set against North Murray saw the Lady Tigers pick up some steam with Evans continuing to contribute up front with Friction and Amber Fite.
Chloe Bennett picked up a couple of aces at the service line.
With the lead at 17-7, Fite had a cross court kill that seemed to deflate the North Murray side of the net.
Bennett closed out the match with solid serves.
Dawson carried the momentum into the early portion of the match with Pickens leading by as much as 12.
Fite started with an ace and Bennett picked another while Fricton’s blocking was effective up front.
A stretch of four serves from Fite included two more aces on the way to the 25-14 win.
The Lady Dragons regrouped for the second set, picking up four service aces and several kills.
Fite would answer on the attack and Bennett picked up a massive block up front, but service errors for the Lady Tigers near the end of the set kept them from sweeping.
“We had four straight in a row and from some of our better servers. You don’t win many games when you have four straight service errors,” Porter said.
The final set of the night opened with a Fricton kill from the front line that almost hit within the 10 foot line.
Dawson took an early lead and Pickens battled back, again with strong serving, forcing a Tigers time out.
Out of the break, Fite garnered a kill via the dink and Fricton put three down.
The Lady Dragons tied it up on aces.
It was back and forth to the finish with Fite getting a kill and Kati Brady serving an ace to win the match at 26-24.
“That was a good match. That was fun—intense,” Porter said. “I was proud of how they played.”
Dawson County moves to 13-7 on the season.
The Lady Tigers traveled to East Hall yesterday to face Fannin and East Hall, but results were not available as of press time.
The team will travel again tomorrow to Chestatee. Dawson will play Habersham Central and Chestatee at 6 and 7 p.m.