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Lady Pioneer tennis team enjoying successful season
Warren County High School senior tennis player Lauren Hennessee practices prior to taking on teams this year. So far the Lady Pioneers are in third place, currently 6-3 in the district.

The Lady Pioneer tennis team has been consistently serving up wins for Warren County so far this season. Vying for a first-place position, Cookeville proved too much for the Lady Pioneers, who fell to the Lady Cavs.
But wins against White County, Cumberland County and Stone Memorial has Warren County’s girls solidly in the third seed at 6-3 on the season.
“I am proud of our girls. We are fortunate to have great leadership from our seniors, Lauren Hennessee, Chelsea Stewart, and Hailey Rowland,” said WCHS girls coach Andy Evans. “These young ladies strive for excellence and will lead successful lives beyond high school.”
“We have continued to improve throughout the season. Our younger players, including Rachel Stewart, Mary-Ella Lee, and Beth Vaughn, display winning attitudes and fight to win every match,” Evans continued. “It was impressive to watch Mary-Ella win her match against Cookeville on Saturday and battle through a tiebreaker on Tuesday. She has the ability to take this sport to the next level.”
The Warren County boys tennis team has been struggling, but the Pioneers fail to give up and compete without a full roster, forcing forfeits and making matches that much harder to win. Still, the Pioneers have won two matches this season and keep working for a third, now 2-7 overall.
“Our guys have faced adversity this year and have had difficulty filling an entire roster. We usually have to forfeit several matches before playing,” said WCHS boys coach Ben Matheny. “We played through inclement weather on Friday and defeated Cumberland County, winning every match. We were close to winning against Stone Memorial which came down to the final doubles match. Dalton Bates and Bracton Womack fought hard and look forward to seeing Stone again on Monday.”
The boys and girls tennis teams play next at Stone Memorial on Monday, April 17, followed by Van Buren County on Tuesday, April 18.