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Successful play day
WCMS volleyball places first in pool play at Cumberland University
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Sarah Kate Winfree has been active for the WCMS Lady Pioneers.

The WCMS volleyball team travelled to Cumberland University over the weekend for the Flight of the Phoenix play day. The Lady Pioneers were successful placing first in the pool play, going 5-2. They only lost 2 sets to Richview JV and won the rest in the pool play.

WC won the first set 25-22, but the Lady Pioneers lost the second set 25-22 and the tiebreaker 15-8, losing to Richview 2-1. 

Brynlee Chisam and Alyssa Boyd led the Lady Pioneers in kills that day with 7 in the pool division, and Chisam led with 3 kills against Richview. WC had 15 aces including 4 from Boyd and 6 and 5 from Jenna Mullins and Aubrey Oleksik, respectively. Ali Young was a helpful teammate with 4 assists to keep WCMS in the game.

Boyd continued leading WC in their match against Portland East with 7 aces and 2 kills. Chisam, Sarah Kate Winfree and Natalie Payne also got 2 kills each to help WC win 2-0. The Lady Pioneers won 25-14 in the first set and 25-15 in the second giving them an easy victory over the Panthers. Young continued to play the middle with 3 assists, and Mullins played well with 5 assists.

WCMS continued this momentum against Moss Middle School beating them 2-0 as well, 25-14 then 25-12. Oleksik quickly became the highest earner of aces with 6 against the Dragons, bringing her total in pool play to 14. Presley Winfree also scored big in aces with 5.

Boyd and Chisam both continued leading with kills with 3 and 2 respectively to bring them both to a leading total of 7 kills each. Mullins and Young also continued with their strength in assists with 3 and 2 respectively. The two led the team in pool play with 9 assists each to help secure WC victories.

Only losing to Richview JV, the Lady Pioneers placed first in pool play overall. After coming out on top, head coach Holly Palombo said, “This put us in the gold division for the tournament. After some bracket shuffling, we went up against a tough Bowling Green team.” 

WC was outmatched in the tournament game against Bowling Green losing 2-0.

The first match was lost 25-7 and the second 25-6. Boyd, Oleksik and Presley scored the only aces for the Lady Pioneers with one each. Sarah Kate and Payne scored the only 2 kills, and Mullins and Oleksik made an assist each. 

“We went 5-2 during pool play and 0-2 during tournament play. I am proud of our girls for never quitting this weekend,” said Palombo. “It was our first play day with our full varsity squad in attendance. We learned a new serve receive after seeing room for improvement at Attack at the Rock.”

On Monday evening, the Lady Pioneers travelled to White County for their season opener where they lost 2-1. “It was the little things that ended up defeating us: covering, talking, anticipating where the ball is going,” said Palombo. “Paisley Winfree served us to a 7-0 lead during the third set, but we had an equally hard time with Sparta’s serves once we lost the ball.”