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Lady Pioneers down Jets
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The Warren County High School volleyball team hasn’t lost much this season, but when the Lady Pioneers do fall, they get back up quickly.
The Lady Pioneers avenged one of three losses this season by beating the Cumberland County Jets Tuesday night in straight sets, 25-9, 25-7 and 25-14.
Warren County, which improved to 18-3 and a perfect 3-0 in District 6-AAA with the victory, had Tuesday’s home date circled on its calendar ever since losing to the Lady Jets in the White County tournament Aug. 24 in a match Warren County coach Franklin Fisher deemed a lackluster effort from his team.
Dominating Cumberland County was the goal for the Lady Pioneers and coach Fisher thought the early-season loss was fresh on the minds of his team when Tuesday’s match began.
“I think we wanted to prove to ourselves that the match we lost to them was not a true representation of our team,” said Fisher. “Our effort was much better and we maintained the momentum we built in the Choo Choo tournament over the weekend.”
Warren County never gave the Lady Jets a glimmer of hope Tuesday as the Lady Pioneers won when the stakes were raised. Knowing their perfect District 6-AAA record was on the line, Warren County jumped on Cumberland County early and made sure the Lady Jets knew who the better team was in Charlie Dalton Gym.
Warren County cruised in the opening two sets, never letting the Lady Jets crack double digits on the scoreboard. The Lady Pioneers mixed and matched players in the third set, but still won with ease as the six-player senior class got one win closer to 100 for their careers.
Caroline McKinley, Blair Fisher, Kaitlin Lawrence, Karaline Deaton, Megan Dishman and Emily Newman all had big impacts as the group won for the 98th time in their careers.
McKinley led the team in points with 25 as her running serve kept the Lady Jets off balance. Fisher was the leader in assists with 15, with nine going to Dishman. Lawrence led the Lady Pioneers in aces with five, while Deaton and Newman finished with three apiece.
Warren County put its unblemished district record on the line last night against perennial powerhouse Cookeville. The Lady Cavaliers, who have never lost in District 6-AAA, welcomed the Lady Pioneers and scores were not available at press time.
Check Sunday’s Southern Standard for more details from last night’s meeting.