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Volleyball team starts offseason training
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Months before the Warren County High School volleyball team starts its annual quest to win District 6-AAA, the Lady Pioneers begin their climb toward the top on the stairs at Nunley Stadium.Coach Franklin Fisher centers his offseason conditioning program at Warren County Middle School, where his team is able to make a quick walk over to Nunley Stadium for the hardest part of the day.Running stadium steps has become the ritual for the Lady Pioneers, who began offseason conditioning Monday in preparations for the 2012 season.Coach Fisher believes the hard work every summer at Warren County Middle School lays the foundation for the success his team has enjoyed the previous two seasons.“Working out together in the heat, it brings our team closer,” said Fisher. “Team chemistry is vital for our success and you can always hear the girls giving each other words of encouragement on that last set of stairs or in the weight room.”Though sprinting steps each day seems like something to dread, many of the players have started to relish the experience, including senior Megan Dishman.“I love stairs,” said Dishman after Tuesday’s workout, drawing laughs from her teammates.Dishman is part of a six-player senior class that is hoping to hit a milestone this season. Dishman returns for her senior season, joining Karaline Deaton, Blair Fisher, Kaitlin Lawrence, Caroline McKinley and Emily Newman.The seniors will be after the 100th win of their careers and 20 wins this season will get the group to the mark.With a busy schedule this summer, the Lady Pioneers should have plenty of offseason work under their belts before the season starts Tuesday, Aug. 14 against Franklin County on the road.Warren County will begin work on the court Monday, July 23 when Tennessee Tech coach John Blair comes to McMinnville for a four-day camp.Blair has been visiting Warren County for several years to teach a camp for the Lady Pioneers, who have been joined the previous two years by Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences.

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