After back-to-back tough setbacks, the Warren County Middle School volleyball team was glad to be back at home Thursday night.
The Lady Pioneers snapped a two-match losting streak with a straight set victory over Van Buren County at home. Warren County won 25-4 and 25-16, improving Warren County to 7-3 overall.
The resounding victory helped ease the pain after dropping matches against Avery Trace and Cornerstone.
"We really needed a win," said coach Farrah Griffith. "We were coming off two tough games that we should've won. We moved well against Van Buren County and played our game."
Serving was the story for the Lady Pioneers as they picked apart the defense. Hailey Wood and Emily Mikkola had several aces in the first set while Addy Crouch carried the team in the second set.
When Warren County needed big plays at the net, twin towers Tyra Wright and Marah Wanamaker were there with big kills.
Beth Vaughn got in the action late in the second set and sealed the victory by blasting a spike through the defense to score the match point.
Seeing the way her Lady Pioneers overpowered Van Buren County reminded coach Griffith why she thinks this is one of the best squads she has had at WCMS.
"This is one of the best teams I've coached. We're as good as any team I've seen," said Griffith. "Our losses have been us not playing well. We played really well as a team against Van Buren County."
Warren County will try to keep its momentum going this week while playing a trio of games. The Lady Pioneers start with a road game in Sparta Monday before playing host to Algood Tuesday. Cornerstone visits Thursday to round out the week. All matches are set to start at 4:30 p.m.