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Lady Pioneers place fourth

There may never be an acceptable loss for coach Franklin Fisher, but the Lady Pioneer volleyball team losing to White County over the weekend won’t draw the ire of its coach.
Warren County ended its run in the White County tournament with a fourth-place finish after being eliminated by the host school in the semifinals.
The Lady Pioneers had plenty of roadblocks on the way to making the semifinals, but seemed to navigate them with little trouble.
Warren County’s first problem was losing senior Chelsea Cope during the team’s first match Saturday. Cope, the team’s libero, hurt her hamstring chasing a ball against Central Magnet School and had to sit out the rest of the day.
Junior Kaitlin Lawrence was forced to play on the back row the rest of the day with the absence of Cope. Coach Fisher praised his junior for her ability to fill in and help the team to a win.
The Lady Pioneers defeated Central Magnet School 25-11 and 25-17, setting up a match against McMinn County.
With no break, Warren County showed some fatigue in losing the first game to McMinn County 25-23.
Senior Holly Morgan helped lead the charge in the second game which would ultimately prove to be the difference in the match.
The Lady Pioneers rallied to play a grueling game against McMinn County. Both teams battled back and forth for nearly 30 minutes before Warren County prevailed 32-30 in extra time.
With the tournament running on a time limit, the third game wasn’t able to be finished. Warren County earned the victory by being ahead 7-5 when time expired in the third game.
When the whistle blew to end the match, White County was already waiting for the Lady Pioneers. Warren County had beaten the Warriorettes four days prior on their home court and White County wanted payback.
The Warriorettes took down the exhausted Lady Pioneers in straight sets 26-24 and 25-19.
Though the loss dropped the Lady Pioneers record to 7-2, Warren County still remains undefeated in District 6-AAA. White County’s victory over the Lady Pioneers doesn’t reflect on the district standings, leaving Warren County at 1-0.
Coach Fisher was delighted with his team’s hustle and play despite having to compete in three straight games.
“Playing back-to-back-to-back was tough but I was proud of our ‘no-back-down’ attitude,” said Fisher.
Junior Blair Fisher led the Lady Pioneers with 36 assists and 11 aces on the day. Caroline McKinley was the recipient of many of Fisher’s passes as she finished with 21 kills. Megan Dishman added 17 kills, five blocks and four aces. Maggie Schaper chipped in two blocks.
The Lady Pioneers will play host to their biggest rivals tomorrow night when the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers come to Charlie Dalton Gym.
Warren County and Cookeville will square off at 5 p.m. at Warren County High School.