Girls' volleyball is finally coming to Dawson County.
"It's coming and it's coming fast and furious," said soon-to-be head volleyball Coach Tanya Porter of Dawson County High School.
This fall will be the first season of junior varsity and varsity volleyball at DCHS and people are excited, according to Porter.
"The interest level is enormous," she said. "We had in ninth through eleventh grade, 65 girls that came out for the informational meeting."
Porter also held informational meetings for rising ninth graders with another 50 girls in attendance.
"My hope is to get it started at either the middle school or at park and rec at some point because we need a feeder program," Porter said.
Though Porter has never coached volleyball before she has spent the last several weeks immersing herself in video and has attended camps and activities with other local coaches.
"It's going to be a learning curve for me as well. We are all going to be learning a lot of it together," she said.
The Georgia High School Sports Association met last week regarding the "area" that Dawson County will play in versus the usual region play. Porter believes that it will overlap with the regional schedule that the other athletic teams are a part of in Class 7-AAA.
According to Porter, the varsity program can have a schedule with as many as 18 matches, but she doesn't think they will have that many for this first season of play.
Currently the high school gymnasium is not equipped for volleyball, but that will be remedied in July when the necessary changes are made.
In the meantime, clinics and tryouts will be held at Rock Creek Park.
For any high school girls who are interested in attending clinics, they will be held April 28, May 3 and 5 from 6:30-8 p.m. at Rock Creek. Clinic cost is $10 a session.
Monies raised will go to cover the cost of the clinic as well as serve as the first fundraiser for the new program.
Tryouts will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. on May 10 and 11 at Rock Creek Park.