If winning is contagious, it seems the Lady Pioneer volleyball team has caught the bug.
Warren County won back-to-back home games this week, defeating Enrichment Fellowship on Tuesday before sweeping Rockvale on Wednesday. Dating back to last week, the Lady Pioneers have won four of their last five matches, with Monday’s loss at Coffee County serving as the lone setback.
“I was very pleased with the way the girls played against Rockvale. It was one of our better games,” said coach Kelly Clayborne. “They were moving very well and the communication was a lot better. I thought all the girls stepped up and played as a complete team.”
Warren County (14-16) dropped its first set against Enrichment 25-20, but rallied back to take the next three 25-16, 25-19 and 25-14. The momentum carried over into Wednesday, when the Lady Pioneers swept the visiting Lady Rockets 25-14, 25-21 and 25-16.
Rockvale came in with a roster of lanky hitters and impressive victories over Oakland and Blackman, but the Lady Pioneers took control from the start.
Samantha Jennings sent an early message with a big slam through the Rockvale defense. Danika Reno followed with another hard spike, one followed by a big scream as the sophomore’s slam gave her team a sizable lead in the first set.
Warren County wouldn’t let up from there.
Senior Beth Vaughn picked apart the Lady Rockets early in the second set with serves, two buzzing through the defense untouched for points. Vaughn and Jennings would finish off the Lady Rockets with their play at the net, finding gaps through the long-armed Rockvale defenders with hard hits.
“Sam and Beth had one of their better games of the season,” said Clayborne.
Sadie Simmons and Madison Hollis helped the effort, playing solid all-around games. Both served as net presences on defense and set up action on offense, combining for all of the team’s 31 assists.
Jennings topped the team statistically against Rockvale, finishing with a team-highs in kills (15), digs (14) and blocks (five).
Warren County was back on its home court Thursday against Franklin County. The game also served as senior night for three Lady Pioneers. More coverage from the big night will follow in Sunday’s paper.