As the season continues to move toward regional play, the Dawson County volleyball team played four games over two matches before the Labor Day weekend.
Playing against the ladies from Chestatee and Lumpkin counties on Tuesday, Aug. 28 at Chestatee High School in Gainesville, the Lady Tigers continued to demonstrate the grit and determination that has become characteristic throughout the season by winning both matches in three sets.
“I think it was the best they played all season,” Coach Tanya Porter said. “They were determined not to lose.”
Battling with some ferocious competition from the War Eagles, the Tigers managed to pull out the first set by the slimmest of margins with a score of 25–23. Chestatee fought back in the second set and won with a quick 25–11, but Dawson County prevailed in a tough final set 25–19 to take the match by a final of 2–1.
“Towards the end their adrenaline crashed out,” Porter said. “But they dug in and fought it out.”
Lumpkin County was the next opponent of the night and would prove equally as tough. After building an 11-point lead in the first set, the Indians went on to secure the win by a final of 25–18. Clearly not done for the night, the Tigers took to the court behind 13 straight service points from Hannah Waddy as they dominated the second set with a score of 25–19.
The last set proved to be the most dramatic and demanding as the teams fought through six game points to come to the final score of 30–28 in favor of Dawson County, giving them the match victory and wrapping up a two-win night at Chestatee.
Featuring a record of nine wins to six losses and carrying the momentum of their victories from early in the week, the Lady Tigers hosted the teams from Habersham Central High School and Lakeview Academy at Dawson County High School on Thursday, Aug. 30.
Unfortunately for Dawson County, the team that took to the courts Thursday night did not look like the same team from earlier in the week. Displaying communication and passing difficulties throughout the night, the girls dropped both matches in straight sets.
“It all starts with passing. There were too many passing errors,” Porter said. “Habersham is a solid unit. They will take advantage if we give them points like that.”
Behind a solid front led by Alexandra Shalikashvili, the Habersham Raiders exploited the gaps and hesitations on the Tigers side of the net and quickly won the match with scores of 25–14 and 25–18.
In the second match of the night, the Lions were just as quick to capitalize on the malaise of the Tigers also winning in dominating fashion in two sets (25–13, 25–12) to bring the Dawson County unit to nine wins and eight losses on the season.
The Dawson County Lady Tigers hosted the Stephens County Indians and the Chestateee War Eagles Tuesday, Sept. 4 but results were not available as of press time.