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Lady Pioneers hit 40
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The Warren County High School volleyball team continues to rewrite the record books.
The Lady Pioneers have already seen the senior class become the winningiest in program history with over 100 career victories. Warren County also ended a 26-year losing streak against the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers.
The latest record to fall was the single-season wins record, which was set with the 2008 team won 34 games.
Warren County obliterated the mark over the weekend as the Lady Pioneers claimed the Pioneer Playday title with seven victories Saturday at Charlie Dalton Gym.
With its latest win Monday in Cannon County, the Lady Pioneers are now 40-8 this season and are currently on a 12-game winning streak.
Breaking the wins record was one of many goals for the Lady Pioneers when the team entered the season as a co-favorite in District 6-AAA.
The Lady Pioneers haven’t disappointed as Warren County has made it a habit of winning on a regular basis, even against district opponents.
Warren County holds a 6-1 record in District 6-AAA, which ties the team for the top spot with Cookeville. The Lady Pioneers had a chance to finish the regular season with a 7-1 record last night by winning in Cumberland County. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Pioneers knew going into the Pioneer Playday tournament two wins would tie the mark and three would break the record.
Warren County didn’t want just three wins though. The Lady Pioneers were determined to defend their home turf with seven wins en route to the championship.
The day started off sluggish as Warren County dropped its first set to Chattanooga Arts and Sciences, a regional qualifier a year ago. The Lady Pioneers battled back to win the next two sets and move one step closer to the wins record.
Warren County faced a familiar opponent when it tied the wins record. Standing in the way was the Coffee County Lady Raiders, who the Lady Pioneers had defeated three times previously this season.
Warren County needed three sets to win for the fourth time, but the Lady Pioneers got the job done by winning the deciding set 15-9.
After getting tested in the first two matches, Warren County stormed through the rest of pool play. The Lady Pioneers beat Van Buren County in straight sets while setting the wins record in the process.
Before Warren County could celebrate the accomplishment, the Lady Pioneers took care of business against Tullahoma and Franklin County to finish 5-0 in pool play.
When tournament play began, the Lady Raiders were waiting for revenge against Warren County.
The dish best served cold never arrived to the Lady Pioneers, who won 25-15 and 29-27 to advance to the finals.
In the championship, Warren County swept CSAS 25-15 and 25-18 to win the tournament the Lady Pioneers have played host to for several years.
Senior Caroline McKinley continued her brilliant season with a great all-around performance. McKinley finished with 51 kills, 11 assists, 10 blocks and 10 aces.
Blair Fisher had an outstanding day setting the ball as she finished with 95 assists. Megan Dishman added 30 kills and a team-high 11 blocks.
Kaitlin Lawrence finished with 28 kills, barely edging out her sister Kesley Lawrence, who finished with 21. Emily Newman added nine aces.
Coach Franklin Fisher thought the tournament performance was just another example of the great play of his Lady Pioneers this season.
“Any day you can finish 7-0 is a great day,” said Fisher. “It was productive because we played two regional qualifiers from last season, a tough district opponent and two up-and-coming squads.”
Coach Fisher was able to test the depth of his team when Warren County traveled to Cannon County Monday.
With Dishman and Fisher nursing injuries, several of the younger Lady Pioneers stepped up to fill the void.
Warren County didn’t see a drop off in production as the Lady Pioneers defeated Cannon County 25-15, 25-17 and 25-15.
Freshman Lorren Cannon took Fisher’s spot as setter and finished with a team-high 22 assists. Sophomore Samantha Howard finished with three kills, while fellow sophomore Hannah Turner had one kill and one block.
Warren County will play its final home match this Thursday as six seniors will be honored before the match. McKinley, Fisher, Dishman, Lawrence, Newman and Karaline Deaton will be hoping to win for the 122nd time in their careers tomorrow against Franklin County. Action is set to begin at 5 p.m.