One down, 34 more to go.
The Warren County High School volleyball team is on a mission this season to set the school record for victories and winning the first match is a good start.
The Lady Pioneers began the year with a straight-set victory over Franklin County Tuesday. Warren County won 25-19, 25-17 and 25-12 over the Lady Rebels.
With six seniors leading a team that has advanced to the regional tournament the past two seasons, Warren County looks primed to make a run at the 34-win mark set in 2005.
The first match did little to disprove the notion the Lady Pioneers have the talent to play with the best the state has to offer.
Taking on a squad Warren County coach Franklin Fisher called “a legitimate competitor for a regional berth,” the Lady Pioneers won in convincing fashion.
Warren County won a back-and-forth first set by six with some solid serving from seniors Emily Newman and Blair Fisher.
Solid work at the net by seniors Caroline McKinley, Megan Dishman and Kaitlin Lawrence led Warren County to a nine-point win in the second set.
Defensive specialists Karaline Deaton, Kelsey Lawrence and Haley Johnson helped the Lady Pioneers wrap up the match in the third set with a dominating 13-point victory.
Coach Fisher praised his team for its first win, as well as its opponent.
“I was pleased with the resourcefulness,” said Fisher. “We still have some defensive coverage issues, but those should work themselves out with more reps.
“The scores do not indicate the strength of Franklin County. Several of their players competed in club ball in the winter and it definitely shows.”
Seniors dominated statistically for the Lady Pioneers. Dishman was tops on the team in points scored with 21 and she led the team with four aces. Dishman added five kills, which was tied for second on the team with Kaitlin Lawrence.
McKinley accounted for 18 points and led the team in kills with 10 and blocks with two. Fisher, the team’s top setter, had 12 assists and three aces.
Warren County went back to work last night with a road match against Cannon County. Scores weren’t available at press time.
The Lady Pioneers will be busy next week with three road matches. Warren County takes on Tullahoma Monday, Franklin County Tuesday and Grundy County Thursday. The Lady Pioneers will play at 4:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, while Tuesday’s rematch with the Lady Rebels will begin at 5 p.m.