Dawson County High School's inaugural volleyball season officially came to an end last week when the Lady Tigers were eliminated during the region tournament at North Hall High School.
The varsity volleyball team took on East Hall in the first round Oct. 8 and lost in two sets, 25-19 and 25-12.
"I thought they played very well against East Hall," said Head Coach Tanya Porter. "They believed they had a chance to make a bid for state and they played like a team capable of doing that.
"We certainly didn't play like a first year program showing up to its very first region playoff match," she said.
The double elimination tournament saw the Lady Tigers move into the loser's bracket where they faced Fannin County after Fannin's loss to Greater Atlanta Christian. The Rebels won in two sets (25-12, 25-12).
In the early match, East Hall jumped out to an early lead with tough serves and Porter called a timeout to try and disrupt the momentum.
It worked and Dawson got back into the early set on kills by Marlie Townley, Kaylee Sticker and Roxie Fricton.
Chloe Bennett provided a couple of serving aces to continue the swing.
Emma French also had two aces to help the Lady Tigers in the closest set they played all evening.
The East Hall offense was strong in the second set, but was helped by multiple hitting and passing errors by the Lady Tigers.
During the match against Fannin County, Dawson struggled again with its passing, which kept the offense from generating points.
Sticker and Townley both had early kills and Fricton had two decisive blocks.
Hitting errors again helped Fannin during the second set, but Townley and Fricton were both solid at the net despite the match loss.
The Dawson volleyball program received lots of positive feedback from competing schools, as well as officials, regarding their initial season, particularly as the team began on the varsity level during the first year of competition.
The Lady Tigers also traveled to North Hall on Oct. 4 and lost the match in two sets (25-10, 25-12). North Hall went on to win the tournament after defeating both East Hall and GAC.
"There were just many scenarios, so many firsts, we had to experience this year to give us depth and substance," Porter said. "We are looking forward to building on what we started in the future and that will start with try outs in May."
Dawson County finished the season at 3-31 and 1-6 in region play.