All the success the Warren County High School volleyball team has enjoyed the past two seasons hasn’t held up when the team faces one opponent, the Cookeville Lady Cavaliers.
The Lady Cavaliers kept their winning streak over the Lady Pioneers intact on Thursday night by defeating Warren County in straight games 25-8, 25-15 and 25-18.
Coach Franklin Fisher knew going into the match the Lady Cavaliers posed a big problem, especially with 6-foot-4 Cody Dodd patrolling the net for Cookeville.
“The outcome wasn’t a total shock. We came out a little flat and Cookeville played up to its potential,” said Fisher. “Our ladies never backed down and progressively got better each game.”
Dodd, who has received several scholarship offers, was reliable for the Cookeville offense early. The Lady Cavaliers jumped out to a big lead in the first game by setting Dodd and letting her go to work.
Coach Fisher saw last year’s District 6-AAA MVP use her height and length to terrorize the Lady Pioneers.
“Dodd was dominant. She hit straight down over our blocks. You can’t defend that easily,” said Fisher.
In the second game, Warren County kept up with the Lady Cavaliers early. The Lady Pioneers found themselves tied with Cookeville at 12, but a serving spree by the Lady Cavaliers left Warren County behind.
The play of Megan Dishman at the net gave the Lady Pioneers cause for hope in the third game. Dishman had a number of blocks on Cookeville spikes and was big in helping Warren County get its offense on track.
Warren County led the Lady Cavaliers 14-12 at one point in the third game, but Cookeville reeled off 13 of the game’s last 17 points to sweep the match.
Coach Fisher sees the team’s potential, but knows there is much work to be done.
“We’re not playing quite at the level we were at the end of last year,” said Fisher. “We have the potential to reach or exceed some standards put in play by last year’s team though.”
Blair Fisher had a stellar night setting for the Lady Pioneers, finishing with 12 assists. Junior Caroline McKinley led the team with six kills and two blocks. Maggie Schaper added four kills. Fisher and McKinley had one ace each.
The Lady Pioneers spent the weekend playing in the Chattanooga Choo Choo tournament. Results weren’t available at press time.
Warren County, now 7-3 and 1-1 in district, returns to action Tuesday night at Charlie Dalton Gym. The Lady Pioneers play host to Cannon and Van Buren Counties beginning at 4:30 p.m.