The varsity volleyball team at Dawson County High School came away from last Thursday's tri-match with their first-ever match win in school history when they beat Central Gwinnett.
The Lady Tigers have made steady progress throughout the season that culminated with a victory in two sets on Sept. 8 over the Black Knights (25-19, 25-14).
"The win, you can't substitute that. We needed that. The program needed that. The girls needed that," said Coach Tanya Porter. "We all just needed that-just that we are making progress, that we are doing the right thing. It was good for all of us."
During their home matchup with the Black Knights and the Pickens County Dragons, they lost the match against Pickens (25-8, 25-10). The team moves to 1-15 overall and region play began yesterday.
Roxie Fricton was effective at the net in both hitting and blocking.
"She is super consistent," Porter said about Fricton's efforts.
Setter Brittany Sayler continued to be a steady leader and her consistent serve provided a number of aces.
Libero Lydia Watson also had an impact.
"I was proud of Lydia yesterday. I felt like she really stepped up from a libero position. Communication has been a struggle for us. For her to call players off and just really take charge with her spot, her position, and be in control of the back court is really important for us," Porter said.
In the second set of the Central Gwinnett match, the excitement was clearly growing for the team who has been anxious to get their first victory.
Emma French served an ace to take the team to 24-14 and the Black Knights had an errant hit on the following serve, sending the team into celebration mode.
"Emma has probably been our most consistent server," Porter said.
After the win, the team had a break before facing the Dragons.
Passing issues once again gave the upper hand to the opposition as Pickens had several strong servers.
In the first set with the Dragons, Kendal Avery was able to serve 11 straight against the Lady Tigers before they could force a side out.
The second set saw some of the same with passing errors and communication issues for the team.
"We don't know how to build on our successes and be consistent," Porter said.
The team also traveled to North Forsyth to take on the Raiders and West Hall on Sept. 6.
They were competitive in the matchup with the Lady Spartans, losing 25-18 and 25-22.
North Forsyth's size and experience were too much for the young team who again struggled to return serves and get anything going on offense. They lost 25-5 and 25-2.
Porter said she feels like the team just needs to learn to build on their wins and work on the mental aspects.
"We are still learning that," she said. "Unless you are able to be in a position to win consistently, you don't know how to do it."
The results of the first region matches against Fannin and East Hall were not available as of press time. The Lady Tigers travel to West Hall for a tri-match at 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow against Brookwood and the Spartans.