The WCHS Lady Pioneer volleyball team lost to Coffee County in the TSSAA Region 3, District 6 Tournament on Thursday in four sets, 3-1.
Although the loss to Coffee County ended the season for Warren County, the Lady Pioneers ended with a strong, competitive run.
The Lady Pioneers fought their way into the district tournament with a win over Shelbyville in a play-in match last week. The third time proved to be the right time for Warren County, which had lost two regular-season matches to Shelbyville.
The Lady Pioneers beat a good Lincoln County team in their last regular-season match. Coffee County beat Lincoln County to win the district tournament. Warren County played one very good set against Coffee County in their match.
Several Lady Pioneer volleyball players were recognized after the district tournament.
ALL DISTRICT TEAM
ALL TOURNAMENT TEAM
WCHS head coach Erin Blalock saw a lot of positives on this year’s team. Blalock said, “I’m proud of the way the team played tonight. Coffee has a great team and sometimes you just get beat by great teams. Our girls have nothing to hang their heads about. They took a set from a really good team and proved they belonged in that game.”
Blalock continued, “I couldn’t be more proud of how they showed determination to get wins down the stretch. We started the season with a couple of wins, then hit the COVID break and got out of sync. It took a bit to get back in the groove, but they really wanted those wins at the end. It’s always hard to have the season come to an end, especially for the seniors, but they ended up playing well. We really can’t ask for more than that.”
After the season-ending match against Coffee County, Mia Hobbs said, “I think we all made mistakes, myself included. I am sad that we didn’t get to go on for our seniors. I hope we can use this for next year. We made good passes in the set we won. You need those good pass to get things going. We got on a roll and they couldn’t stop us. We should have come out with that intensity in the fourth set.”
ON THE FUTURE
The four seniors will be missed: Bella Cantrell, Marli McBride, Juju Pyburn, and Mea Starkey.
There is talent coming back for next season. All district first teamer Mia Hobbs is a junior, as are the second team members Ally Beneke and Jessie Young. Jessica Bell played well the last week of the season, as did Brianna Winkler, Shelby Ford, Allyson Blalock and Kennedi Pegg.
The Lady Pioneers showed a high level of competitive ability as the season ended. If this team plays to their potential next season, they will go much further in the postseason than they did this year. Ally Beneke and Mia Hobbs will be players other teams, including Coffee County, will be forced to acknowledge.
Both Beneke and Hobbs are fearless volleyball players who have exceptional skills. They and their teammates will be fun to watch as seniors.