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Lady Pioneers down Lady Jets
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Psychological warfare did little to stop the Warren County High School volleyball team Tuesday night at Cumberland County.
The Lady Jets tried to lull the Lady Pioneers to sleep with the use of old-timey music during warm-ups, but the plan backfired as Warren County swept Cumberland County 25-10, 25-19 and 25-10 to clinch a share of the District 6-AAA regular-season championship.
Warren County (41-8) also improved its winning streak to a season-high 13 games as the Lady Pioneers haven’t had a letdown following a program-changing victory over Cookeville last Thursday.
Stopping the Lady Pioneers on the court seemed like a tall task for the Lady Jets, who haven’t beaten the Lady Pioneers in three years of competition in District 6-AAA, so Cumberland County’s coach attempted to subdue a red-hot Warren County team with slow-paced music while the team warmed up.
Listening to Tiny Jim’s rendition of “Tip Toe through the Tulips,” and some classics from Elvis Presley had the Lady Pioneers dancing before the match started.
Coach Fisher thought the gimmick was funny, but the joke seemed to be on Cumberland County when the match began.
“The psychology didn’t work, although we did fall asleep for a while in the second set,” said Fisher. “Their coach has a good sense of humor and plays unusual music while his opponent’s warm up. The upbeat music starts when his team takes the court.”
Warren County never lost focus during warm-ups as the Lady Pioneers were locked in from the start.
Playing with the knowledge a share of the District 6-AAA championship was at stake, the Lady Pioneers stormed through the first set to win by 15.
Relaxing in the second set let the Lady Jets stick around, but Warren County was able to regain its composure and close the second set with a rally to get one win away from another district victory.
The Lady Pioneers wasted little time in the third set winning as Warren County pulled away to win by 15.
Seniors once again dominated statistically as senior Blair Fisher led the team with 21 assists, while her fellow senior Caroline McKinley added seven.
McKinley added a team-high 13 kills, followed by senior Megan Dishman with 12. Fisher, McKinley and senior Emily Newman each had three aces to share for the team lead.
Warren County returned to action last night with its final season game against Franklin County. The match at Charlie Dalton Gym was a senior celebration as six Lady Pioneers were honored for their record-setting careers at Warren County.
Results were unavailable at press time. Check Sunday’s Southern Standard for more details.