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Volleyball team struggles on long road trip
Lady Tigers volleyball team takes the court Aug. 13 for the first home game of the 2019 season. - photo by Bob Christian

The Dawson County Lady Tigers volleyball team endured a grueling week as they played eight games in five days culminating in the four game Rally on the Ridge tournament Aug. 24 in Fannin County.

After starting the season on a blistering pace that saw five straight wins, the squad has suddenly struggled to find an identity as Head Coach Tanya Porter continues to rebuild the team following the loss of several key players from last season.

Starting the week away from home, the Lady Tigers traveled to White County Aug. 20 for a pair of rematches featuring two teams that have already beaten the squad once this season, the White County Warriors and the West Hall Spartans.

Once again, both teams bested Dawson County, with the Spartans winning in two sets, and the Warriors going the distance for a 2 – 1 victory.

“We are just struggling to find any kind of consistency from match to match,” Porter said.

The Lady Tigers returned to their home turf for only the second time this season with another pair of games on Aug. 22 against the West Forsyth Wolverines and the Pickens County Dragons, handily defeating both teams by in two sets apiece.

“Our best match and biggest win this week came against the toughest team we faced in West Forsyth,” Porter said.

Finally, the team took to the road once again as they faced down four opponents Aug. 24 at the annual Rally on the Ridge tournament. With matches against a wide variety of teams, to include the Calhoun Yellowjackets, who eliminated the Lady Tigers from last year’s state tournament, Dawson County finished the day 0 – 4 to bring their overall season record to 10 – 11.

Of most concern is the team’s ability to win in games that have gone three sets. Out of the six games that fall into the category the team is 0 – 6 to include Saturday’s loss to the Ringgold Tigers by a final score of 2-1.

“When we control the tempo and climate of the game, I like our chances to win,” Porter said. “We need to find a way to do that more consistently.”

The Lady Tigers headed into a short week as they faced only two opponents, a rematch with Gilmer and a contest with a “very good” Gainesville team Tuesday, Aug. 26 before taking a well-deserved break over the Labor Day weekend.