Even fair week couldn’t distract the Warren County High School volleyball team. The Lady Pioneers ran their winning streak to four by defeating the Cannon County Lady Lions on the road Thursday.
Warren County dominated the match, winning three straight games. The Lady Pioneers won the first two games by the same score, 25-10, before closing out the match with a hard-fought 25-20 game.
Coach Franklin Fisher didn’t know what to expect when his team stepped on the court Thursday. After a week off to cool down from winning three straight at home last week, along with having the fair in town, coach Fisher was interested to see where his team’s mindset was when it got back to playing.
“You never can tell what you are going to get mentally during fair week,” said Fisher. “We came out focused and executed well. We served to zones and had lots of success.”
Timing was a problem early as the team tried to shake off the rust from not playing in a week. Senior outside hitter Maggie Schaper was pivotal in jump-starting the Lady Pioneers on Thursday.
Schaper led the team in aces with three, in blocks with two and finished third in kills with six. Most of Schaper’s work came in the first two games as Warren County came out and dominated the Lady Lions.
The Lady Pioneers serving gave Cannon County fits. Schaper got it started with two aces in the first game, using pinpoint accuracy to exploit gaps in the Lady Lions defense.
Juniors Caroline McKinley and Blair Fisher also took advantage of the Lady Lions inability to field serves cleanly. McKinley, who alternates from serving with a running start and doing a set serve, finished with three aces during the match. Fisher used her powerful serve to rack up three aces as well.
When the Lady Pioneers weren’t picking apart the defense from the service line, McKinley and Megan Dishman were taking passes from Fisher and finishing with authority.
McKinley finished with a team-high 11 kills while Dishman was right behind with 10. McKinley and Dishman set the tone in the first game when both had big kills that seemed to discourage the Lady Lions from coming up to make solid blocking efforts.
The Lady Lions tentative play at the net led McKinley and Dishman to continue slamming the ball at will as the duo continues to show off the skill that made them All-District 6-AAA first team last season.
McKinley added six assists as her all-around effort helped the Lady Pioneers to their 13th win. Warren County is now 13-6 overall.
Warren County will get back into district play this week on the road. The Lady Pioneers, who are currently 1-1 in District 6-AAA, will travel to Coffee County on Tuesday and Cookeville on Thursday.
Both matches will begin at 5 p.m.