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Volleyball team opens region play
S-Varsity Volleyball pic
Libero Lydia Watson passes the ball last week when the Lady Tigers hosted a tri-match with Fannin County and East Hall. - photo by Amy French Dawson County News

The Lady Tigers volleyball team hosted a tri-match last Tuesday with Fannin County and East Hall for the team's first region matches.

Fannin County is at the top of the region with a 26-1 overall record and is 2-0 in region play.

Dawson County lost to Fannin in two sets (25-9, 25-12) and to East Hall in two competitive sets (25-17, 25-14).

East Hall is currently third in the region with a 27-5 overall record.

The Lady Rebels are a veteran squad and their power was more than the young Lady Tigers could handle.

Serve receive proved once again to be an issue for Dawson.

In the first set of the East Hall matchup, at least 10 of the Vikings points came from Dawson County errors-serve returns, passing and hitting.

The Lady Tigers, however, were able to get some offense going with Roxie Fricton in the middle with three kills and three timely blocks.

Kaylee Sticker contributed with consistent hitting and Marley Townley had a run of five serves that kept the Vikings off balance.

In the second set, serve returns again were an issue and a couple of late hitting errors put the Lady Tigers in a tough position.

Chloe Bennett and Townley had a double block for a score and Bennett's kill on the following play seemed to rally the Lady Tigers before the Vikings offense picked up again.

Niyah Rucker had back-to-back kills to swing the momentum back to East Hall.

The Vikings earlier loss to Fannin seemed to be a motivator for them going into the match with Dawson.

The Lady Tigers traveled on Sept. 15 to play West Hall where they played the Spartans and Central Forsyth.

They are now 1-21 overall and 0-2 region play. They traveled to Lumpkin County yesterday but results were not available as of press time.

Dawson County will play at 5 p.m. tomorrow at Union County.