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Lady Pioneers ready to rally
WCHS volleyball excited to face new district opponents
Bethany Fye takes a perfect dig pose as Hope Mullican stands by for an assist last year at Charlie Dalton Gym.

The Warren County High School volleyball team has taken to the court in earnest, completing a three-day camp tune up Wednesday.
Leading the Lady Pioneers is coach Katie Rogers. Assistant coaches are Erin Blalock and Slayden Rogers.
“I can’t explain how excited we are for this season. The talent that makes up this year’s team is the best I have ever seen in Warren County volleyball,” said head coach Rogers. “We are a threat all the way around. Our middle blockers, seniors Bethany Fye and Hope Mullican, will be a huge component in how we play this year. I am expecting major numbers in the kills and blocks column for both of them.”
With new TSSAA zoning, District 6AAA for volleyball now consists of Warren County, White County, Cookeville, Soddy Daisy and Rhea County.
Rogers said another key component for this year’s team is junior Hailey Wood, who will be in control of the offense as setter.
“She has the ability to get to some really ugly passed balls and still make a good set out of them,” Rogers said. “Her quickness and leadership will be a key part in generating our offense and scoring points.”
Senior Kaylee Chisam and juniors Emily Mikkola and Marah Wanamaker will compose the team’s outside hitters, and each of them have proven to be a threat.
“Kaylee Chisam has turned into quite the power hitter. She will also play a key role in our blocking as well,” said Rogers.
“Emily Mikkola and Marah Wanamaker are a threat in the way they can place the ball when they hit. They both do a very good job at seeing the floor and determining open spots to hit. Emily has a very nice little trick shot where she’ll dump the ball right over the back side of the blockers for a point. Marah does a great job in hitting right on the line, which typically can be a very open spot for points. Emily will also be our leader on defense as well as defensive specialists Bri Young and Sadie Simmons. The girls are eager to begin the season and start winning some ball games.”
The 2017 Lady Pioneers are seniors Kaylee Chisam, Bethany Fye, Hope Mullican and Ali Wrisner; juniors Emily Mikkola, Marah Wanamaker, Ashton Whiles, Hailey Wood and Bri Young; sophomores Kenley Cathcartt , Megan Davis, Taylor Pegg, Beth Vaughn and Reagan Whitlock; freshmen Elia Atterson, Samantha Jennings and Sadie Simmons.
The WCHS Lady Pioneers will travel to Cannon County for opening day Aug. 10. Game time is 4:30 p.m. The first district matchup will be Aug. 22 in Rhea County. Games begin at 4:30 p.m. The first home contest will be against Coffee County on Aug. 17 at 5 p.m.

Lady Pioneer Volleyball 2017 schedule
Aug. 10  @ Cannon County 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Aug. 17  vs Coffee County 5/6 p.m.
Aug. 21  @ Coffee County 4:30/5:30/6:30 p.m.
Aug. 22  @ Rhea County* 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Aug. 24  vs Soddy Daisy* 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Aug. 28  vs Cannon/Franklin 4:30/5:30/6:30 p.m.
Aug. 29  vs White County* 5/6 p.m.

Aug. 31  @ Cookeville* 5/6 p.m.
Sep. 1-2  @ Red Bank Choo Choo Classic Tourney TBA
Sep. 7  @ Grundy County vs Grundy/Whitwell 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Sep. 11  @ Franklin County 5/6 p.m.
Sep. 12  vs Rhea County* 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Sep. 14  @ Soddy Daisy* 4:30/5:30 p.m.
Sep. 16  @ Coffee County Tournament TBA
Sep. 18  vs Grundy County 5/6 p.m.
Sep. 19  @ White County* 5/6 p.m.
Sep. 21  vs Cookeville* 5/6 p.m.

*District Game
Home games in bold