The Lady Tigers volleyball team took firm control of Area 7-AAA on Sep. 10, sweeping a pair of games against the Fannin County Rebels and the East Hall Vikings in the first regional action of the 2019 season.
It was not all smooth sailing for Dawson County as they fell behind early in the first set with the Lady Rebels and then lost defensive center piece, senior Marlie Townley to an ankle injury that was expected to keep her off the court for “at least a week” according to Head Coach Tanya Porter.
After a time-out, and some adjustments to the rotation, the Lady Tigers, powered by a slicing serve from junior Makale Everett, rallied for six points to tie the game, and then team captain, junior Olivia Walls led a four point run to take the lead for good and secured the first set victory by a score of 25 -19.
Dawson County pounced early in the second set as junior Micaela McClendon opened the set with a four point streak, but the Lady Rebels replied with five unanswered points of their own to tie the game and the teams began to exchange point-for-point in what turned into a tense defensive match-up until freshman Kirklyn Porter rallied for another four point burst and the Lady Tigers pulled away to clinch the match with another 25 – 19 win.
“I think some of the adjustments we made in our line up and rotations also helped to make us better defensively in some of those crucial rotations where we were losing points,” coach Porter said.
Those adjustments carried over to the first set in the match with East Hall as Walls engineered a brilliant offensive performance from the Lady Tigers, leading the team on an eight-point streak late in the set and overwhelming the Lady Vikings by a final score of 25 – 13.
The second set was headed in a similar direction after senior Chloe Bennett directed a six-point rally, including a pair of aces, but East Hall responded with a tough defensive stand to tie the match and, for the second time that evening the Lady Tigers were locked in a point-for-point battle with their opponents until Kirklyn Porter, once again, led a rally to put the final three points on the board and Dawson County took home a 25 – 23 victory.
“It was great to pick up two region wins this early in our region play,” coach Porter said. “I think it will give us some extra momentum and a bigger reason to win as we head into our other region matches over the next two weeks.”Dawson County does not face another regional opponent until Sep. 24 when the team heads to North Hall High School for a battle with the Lady Trojans, but they will be back in action at home on Sep. 17 for a