PHOTO BY ANNIE WEAVER
Dalton will face Calvert in the state semifinal Nov. 14 at Butler High School. Calvert was the 2018 Div. IV state championship winner.
By ARIEL STAHLER
DGKN sports writer
This has been a season like no other for Dalton High School’s varsity volleyball team.
The Lady Dawgs had a rocky start to the season, lost eight games and struggled at some points. Add in the changes due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it would be easy for a team to lose its focus. However, that was not the case with Dalton. The team battled through the sectional and district tournaments and even upset the No. 1 seed. In the regional tournament, the Lady Dawgs eliminated Mineral Ridge and came back against Monroeville to earn a state tournament spot. Dalton’s overall record is 18-8.
“I am so proud of all these girls,” said Dalton head coach Allison Hostetler. “They had a rough start to their season, but instead of backing down, they kept pushing to get the success they wanted.”
Dalton took down Mineral Ridge 25-18, 25-14, 25-13 in the Region 13 semifinal Nov. 5 at Lake High School. Tess Denning guided her team with 12 points, one ace and eight kills.