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Lady Pioneers pick up pair
Blair Fisher, left, and Caroline McKinley go up for a block attempt against Tullahoma on Monday night. Fisher and McKinley led the Lady Pioneers to two wins at Charlie Dalton Gym over Franklin County and Tullahoma. - photo by Jeff Simmons

The Warren County High School volleyball team has yet to lose a game this season, much less a match. The Lady Pioneers were put to the test on Monday night however when Franklin County and Tullahoma came to Charlie Dalton Gym, but coach Franklin Fisher’s squad had all the answers.
Warren County defeated Franklin County for the second time in less than a week, winning 25-8 and 25-17. The tussle with Tullahoma was more competitive, but the Lady Pioneers rallied back to win the first game 25-23 and finished off the night with a 25-11 domination of the Lady Wildcats.
The Lady Pioneers started off fast against Franklin County. The Lady Rebels got very familiar with Warren County’s “ace up” chant the team does when a player scores on a serve. Caroline McKinley and Blair Fisher picked apart the Lady Rebels with hard serves, as McKinley and Fisher combined for 18 aces on the night.
Kaitlin Lawrence helped put away the Lady Rebels in the second set. With Warren County already leading 19-10, Lawrence made a spectacular one-handed save on a ball headed toward the bleachers to keep the Lady Pioneers in play for the point. When Franklin County returned the shot, it was Lawrence who got a perfect set from Fisher to knock home the point and send the Lady Pioneers into celebration.
Tullahoma took most of the cheer out of Warren County when the two teams stepped on the court to finish the night’s dual meet. The Lady Wildcats raced out to a seven-point advantage, prompting coach Fisher to call a time-out.
With the Lady Pioneers refocused, senior Maggie Schaper led the team back to tie the set at 14 with a string of seven straight serves. The biggest of those points came when McKinley blocked Tullahoma’s big middle, with the ball going straight into the air. McKinley gathered herself and leapt back up and fired a spike right through the heart of the defense for a point.
The two teams played back-and-forth, eventually evening out at 23 all when McKinley blocked a spike for a Warren County point.
Tullahoma then gave the Lady Pioneers a gift by hitting a spike straight into the net to fall behind 24-23.
McKinley made sure of the win on the final play as Fisher put a perfectly placed set right on the net and McKinley hammered home the final point as Tullahoma’s player had the ball go straight through her hands and hit her face.
The emphatic slam on the final play seemed to carry over to the next set as Warren County rallied behind Holly Morgan’s serve for eight-straight points to take a 16-5 lead and cruise to a 25-11 win.
Coach Fisher saw his team give Tullahoma too many breaks in the first game, but was glad to see the Lady Pioneers rally back to win.
“We did everything we could to keep Tullahoma in during the first game,” said Fisher. “We were down eight at one point, then fell behind again late, but we managed to come back and win on a tremendous kill by Caroline on a real nice set from Blair.”
Fisher led the Lady Pioneers with 17 assists, with 12 going to McKinley. Schaper was second on the team with seven kills. McKinley added three blocks, while Megan Dishman finished with two. McKinley had a team-high 10 aces, while Fisher finished with eight.
The Lady Pioneers traveled to White County for their first District 6-AAA match yesterday. Scores weren’t available at press time. Warren County returns to action this Friday when the team travels back to Sparta for the White County tournament. Match details are yet to be determined.