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Senior night success
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Every match for the Warren County High School volleyball team in Charlie Dalton Gym this season has ended in a celebration, but the Lady Pioneers started the party early Thursday night.
Warren County honored six seniors who have helped build the Lady Pioneer program into a force to be reckoned with in District 6-AAA over the past four years before a match against Franklin County.
Doing what they’ve come to do best, the seniors went out with a win as the Lady Pioneers defeated the Lady Rebels 25-16, 25-19 and 25-16.
Warren County (42-8) completed a perfect season on its home floor with the victory as the Lady Pioneers won 16 times in Charlie Dalton Gym this year.
Thursday’s victory was also the 14th straight win for Warren County and the 122nd in the careers of the senior class, the most wins ever by one class.
Coach Franklin Fisher, whose daughter Blair was one of six seniors honored, feels the numbers are merely a result of a group of players coming together during their careers.
“I don’t think any of them care about the numbers as much as they do about their teammates and playing the game,” said Fisher. “They have fun when they play – win or lose. That’s what makes them so much fun to be around.
“The seniors from the last three years were the same way. It’s always been about having great chemistry.”
The class of 2012 will be remembered as record breakers, having set the career mark for wins along with shattering the single-season record of 34 wins.
Blair Fisher, Caroline McKinley, Megan Dishman, Kaitlin Lawrence, Karaline Deaton and Emily Newman each received gifts before the match while getting hugs from parents and teammates.
When the game started, coach Fisher aligned his formation where all six seniors would share the court to start the match.
Butterflies seemed to get the best of Warren County early as Franklin County took a 10-4 lead, but the Lady Pioneers rallied to win the first set as each senior played their part.
Newman, who has excelled at serving during the win streak, had two aces to help Warren County claw back. Fisher began setting up McKinley, Lawrence and Dishman for kills and Deaton played solid back-row defense.
With the senior class dominating the action, Warren County came back to win the first set and went on to sweep the match.
Unselfish play was a key as the Lady Pioneers took turns trying to get their teammates involved. Deaton got a rare kill from the back row during the second set, while Dishman and Lawrence each tried their hand at setting to take the pressure off Fisher.
By the end of the night, the senior class had dominated statistically as well as dominated the Lady Rebels.
Fisher finished with a team-high 14 assists, most going to McKinley as she led the team with nine kills. Lawrence finished with six kills, followed by Dishman with four.
McKinley also led the team with five blocks and seven aces. Dishman finished with two blocks, while Fisher, Lawrence, Newman, Deaton and Dishman all had aces.
Coach Fisher thought the entire night was perfect for his senior class.
“It was a great evening,” said Fisher. “We had two victories, as our JV team won as well, and we got to pay tribute to a wonderful group of seniors.”
Warren County will put its winning streak on the line tomorrow when the Lady Pioneers begin play in the District 6-AAA tournament held at White County High School.
Warren County plays Coffee County in the opening round at 7 p.m. With a win, the Lady Pioneers would advance to the finals Tuesday and a likely match with the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers.