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Volleyball team looks to continue improvement
Lauren Hennessee gets ready to set a ball during WCHS volleyball practice Thursday. Hennessee will have the most experience for the Lady Pioneers this season on the varsity level as the teams starting setter.

Led by second-year head coach Katie Rogers, the Warren County High School volleyball team is hard at work this summer, looking to improve on its 26-13 record last season.
In what was Rogers first season at the helm, the Lady Pioneers had a 21-win improvement from the year before.
The Lady Pioneers finished fourth in the season and in the district tournament. Last year was also the first time the Lady Pioneers had made it past the first round of the tournament in the past four years.
Coach Rogers had this to say on how the team is preparing for the season.
“We have been blessed here at WCHS with a brand new weight room, so we have been using it a lot to get stronger for this season. We have really just been working on conditioning right now but we will be getting our rotations and lineup together soon.”
The Lady Pioneers didn’t lose anyone from last season’s team and will be led by some familiar faces, including senior Lauren Hennessee, who is a four-year starter for the Lady Pioneers, and junior Bethany Fye, who is a third-year starter at middle blocker. Fye had over 300 kills last season and earned all-district honors, as well as all-tournament honors for District 6-AAA. Hennessee has the most varsity experience on the team.
Here is what Rogers has to say about her players.
Lauren Hennessee: “Setters can be compared to the quarterback of a football team. Lauren is more of a quiet leader, but very encouraging to our younger players.”
Skyler Youngblood: “Skyler has a lot of power as our right-side hitter. She is another great leader for our team and is very vocal and is always cheering her teammates on.” 
Brooke Murphy: “Brooke is a very versatile player. She can hit from the left side, but is also very good defensively. This year, it is my hope she takes the defense under her wings. She can see the ball come off the block really well and isn’t afraid to dive on the floor.”
Abigail McKinley: “She has been hurt the past two years. We are glad to have her back and she will be back as a defensive player.”

Bethany Fye: “Beth-any is becoming a great leader on the court. She is always vocal and cheers her team on from start to finish.”
Hope Mullican: “As another starting middle blocker, who received second team all-district honors last season. Hope is one of the most positive players on our team. She is starting to become just as much of a threat at the net as Bethany.”
Kaylee Chisam:  “Kaylee is looking to become a varsity starter this year as one of our left-side hitters. She can kill the ball if she gets a hold of it and is also one of our best servers on the team.” 
Ali Wrisner: “Ali is a right-side hitter. She has gotten a lot stronger this summer in the weight room.”
Hailey Wood:  “Hailey was very impressive as a starting setter her freshman year for varsity. Hailey is super quick and it is fun to watch her get to balls most people couldn’t even get close to. She received freshman all-district honors and all-tournament honors last year.” 
Emily Mikkola: “Emily is a left-side hitter looking to become a varsity starter. She is another very versatile player. I could stick her anywhere on the court and she would make plays. She is also a very good defensive player.” 
Marah Wanamaker: “Marah will be sharing varsity minutes with Tyra Wright as right-side hitter. She has gotten much quicker since last year and can touch a lot of balls when blocking. She also earned freshman all-district honors last year.” 
Tyra Wright:  “Tyra is our gentle giant. She will be sharing time with Marah in varsity as our right-side hitter. She has grown a lot as a player since last year. She can kill the ball now. Tyra also received freshman all-district honors last year.” 
Ashton Whiles: “Ashton is our JV setter, but will be backing up Hailey and Lauren in varsity matches as needed. She also plays good defense and may see varsity time in that capacity as well.” 
Bri Young: “Bri has never played before, but is just an all-around good athlete. You would never know she hasn’t played. She is already an impressive defensive player and we as coaches are currently working on her getting better as a server and hitter.”

Reagan Whitlock: “Reagan is an awesome kid. She will be our other JV setter and I have seen her get so much stronger this year in the weight room.” 
Megan Davis: “Megan can jump out of the gym. She will be our JV middle blocker. If she gets a good set she will kill the ball.” 
Beth Vaughn: “Beth is a left-side hitter for JV and is very quick, while also being a very good defensive player. We are looking for her to lead our freshman and JV.” 
Taylor Pegg: “Taylor is a right-side hitter and a defensive player. She also worked really hard in the weight room this summer and has improved tremendously on her conditioning over the summer.”