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Seniors net 100th win
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When looking over the history of the Warren County High School volleyball program, it’s easy to spot the most successful run. It’s happening right now.
Six senior Lady Pioneers reached 100 wins over the weekend, then set the school record with their 105th win Monday night as Blair Fisher, Megan Dishman, Kaitlin Lawrence, Caroline McKinley, Karaline Deaton and Emily Newman continue to rewrite the record books.
Winning is all the senior class has known since stepping foot in Charlie Dalton Gym for the first time. After claiming 19 victories as freshmen, the group was part of the first regional tournament appearance under coach Franklin Fisher in 2010 and jumped its win total to 29.
Last year, the Lady Pioneers made it back-to-back visits to the regional tournament and came within two wins of setting the single-season record with 32 victories.
The six seniors entered this year needing 20 wins to reach the century mark, and 24 victories to match the total of the class of 2008.
The Lady Pioneers got their 100th win against Grundy County Saturday in the Coffee County tournament, then set the new school record Monday when Warren County defeated Van Buren County.
Warren County improved to 25-6 this season by advancing to the semifinals of the Coffee County tournament over the weekend, then sweeping a three-team match at Van Buren County Monday night.
The Lady Pioneers picked up wins over Grundy County, Community and White County during pool play Saturday, then beat Lincoln County in the quarterfinals of the tournament.
Warren County nearly made it to the finals, but lost a hard-fought match to Chattanooga Christian in the semifinals.
Needing two more wins to set the career mark, Warren County defeated Whitwell and Van Buren County with ease Monday night.
The record wasn’t lost on the senior class, which isn’t a stranger to receiving accolades over the years. McKinley, Dishman, Fisher and Lawrence are each two-time All-District 6-AAA selections. With the season each is currently having, making it three years in a row seems like a formality.
Fisher has over 450 assists this season, which gives her over 1,500 in her career. Many of her passes have gone to McKinley, who has 300 kills. Dishman and Lawrence each have over 100 kills. McKinley, Dishman and Lawrence also are the three team leaders in blocks and join Fisher as the team leaders in aces.
Newman and Deaton are back-row defensive specialists who have also made an impact with their serving ability.
Each member of the senior class was excited to set the record, focusing on the rest of the season doesn’t seem to be a problem for the Lady Pioneers.
Warren County returned to action last night with a District 6-AAA match against Coffee County. Scores were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Pioneers are looking forward to taking on some of the best teams in the state this weekend in the Soddy Daisy Invitational. Warren County will begin play Saturday morning during pool play before taking part in a single-elimination tournament.
The Lady Pioneers return home next Monday with a three-team match against Tullahoma and Van Buren County at Charlie Dalton Gym. Action will begin at 4:30 p.m.