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Banquet celebrates splendid season
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Coach Franklin Fisher admitted he usually only gives out a few awards, but a 32-win season called for a much bigger celebration.
During Friday night’s volleyball banquet, coach Fisher presented each member of his team a plaque or medal rewarding the Warren County High School volleyball team for one of the most successful seasons in school history.
The Lady Pioneers were two wins away from setting a school record for victories in a season. Warren County also went to the regional tournament in back-to-back seasons for the first time in the program’s history.
For all the accomplishments, coach Fisher couldn’t help but award his team.
“It’s not the coaching that makes this group special,” said Fisher. “These girls worked hard, understood what it took to win and went out and accomplished the goals we set as a team before the season.”
Three members of the Lady Pioneers were recognized as all-region performers, while four more were honored as All-District 6-AAA players.
Following a loss to Soddy Daisy, the No. 3 ranked team in Tennessee, in the regional finals, juniors Blair Fisher, Caroline McKinley and Megan Dishman were voted to the all-region team.
The trio of juniors were honored earlier in the season as all-district players, joining seniors Holly Morgan, Chelsea Cope and Holly Morgan. Junior Kaitlin Lawrence was also selected as honorable mention All-District 6-AAA.
Fisher toppled the single-season assist record by setting up teammates for 687 kills this year. Most of those passes went to McKinley and Dishman, who finished No. 1 and 2 respectively in kills.
McKinley was top overall statistical performer on the Lady Pioneers this season. McKinley led the team in kills and digs and finished second on the team in blocks, aces and assists.
Dishman was the team’s top blocker as well as second in kills. Coach Fisher said during the banquet Dishman was on pace to break the school record for blocks in a career.
Morgan and Schaper rounded out the top five statistical players for Warren County this season. Both seniors joined Cope as the team captains and coach Fisher couldn’t have been any more pleased with their leadership.
“We went into the season trying to replace three seniors from last season and Holly, Chelsea and Maggie stepped right in and led the team,” said Fisher. “They did a great job of keeping our team chemistry at a high level all season.”
Juniors Emily Newman and Karaline Deaton were each given recognition for their impact on the back row. Newman and Deaton split starts this season on the back row as defensive specialists and will be counted on next season to fill the void left by Cope, Morgan and Schaper.
On the junior varsity level, Fisher honored each of his freshmen and sophomores for their dedication in making every practice competitive and pushing the starters to new levels of success. The JV team includes sophomores Kesley Lawrence, Lauren Wilson, Kayla Brown and MacKenzie Magness and freshmen Bri Melton, Hannah Turner, Hannah Wells, Hannah Smith and Aubree Weitzel.
The final award coach Fisher presented was the one which he thought exemplified his team the most. Warren County received the scholastic achievement award from the TSSAA for the team having a cumulative GPA of 3.68.
Coach Fisher thought the final award told the story of his team’s season.
“These girls are so smart, so talented and so driven,” said Fisher. “I’ve always been proud of how well this group performs in the classroom and on the court. They’re a special group.”