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WCHS volleyball stings Lady Jackets
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All the Warren County High School volleyball team needed was a week at home to get back to its winning ways.
The Lady Pioneers won their third straight match at home Thursday, defeating the Grundy County Lady Jackets 25-16, 25-20 and 25-15.
The win improved Warren County to 12-6 overall and moved the Lady Pioneers further away from a rough 1-3 weekend in Chattanooga.
Coach Franklin Fisher attributed his team’s win Thursday to the Lady Pioneers’ ability to contain Grundy County’s main offensive weapon.
“Grundy County is much improved and their middle hitter is very good,” said Fisher. “Caroline and Megan kept their middle suppressed lining up across their big hitter.”
Caroline McKinley and Megan Dishman each had 10 kills from their middle-hitter positions. Dishman added three blocks, while McKinley recorded one.
While the play at the net by McKinley and Dishman was a catalyst, coach Fisher was also impressed with his team’s ability to rally to the ball.
“Our transitions were good. We’re still working on off-speed shots,” said Fisher. “Our serving was scary in the beginning of the first two games, but then settled in nicely.”
The Lady Pioneers dug a hole in each of the first two games, trailing by as many as six in both. Instead of getting down, Warren County rallied behind the stellar play of McKinley and Dishman in the middle, along with outside hitters Kaitlin Lawrence and Maggie Schaper.
When Warren County was at its best offensively, setter Blair Fisher was keeping the Lady Jackets on their toes by mixing up her passes between outside and inside. It led to the Lady Pioneers’ top four hitters combining for 31 kills, with Lawrence finishing with six and Schaper with five.
Many of the big hits came off perfect sets from Fisher, who led the team with 23 during the match. Fisher also put the exclamation point on the final game to send the Lady Pioneers to their 12th victory.
In the middle of a tight third game, Fisher stepped to the service line to try to put the Lady Pioneers way out front. Fisher’s powerful serve cut through the Lady Jackets, as she totaled four straight aces and ended up leading Warren County to seven straight points. Fisher’s team-high four aces were matched by McKinley and senior Holly Morgan.
The Lady Jackets made one final rally, getting three straight points to make it 24-15. Warren County finished off the game the same way they had built their big lead though, with stifling defense.
Grundy County tried to feed its middle hitter for another big spike, but Dishman and Fisher went up at the net to put pressure on the hit. The Lady Jackets’ middle short-armed her swing, knocking into the nets and sending the Lady Pioneers into celebration.
Warren County will take a week off before trying to extend its winning streak. The Lady Pioneers next match is Sept. 15 at Cannon County. The match against the Lady Lions will begin at 4:30 p.m.