The Lady Pioneer volleyball team held a tri-match Tuesday evening at Charlie Dalton Gym versus Grundy County and Van Buren County. The Warren County defense was solid throughout the evening and covered the court well.
Communication limited the team’s mistakes and the Lady Pioneers were rewarded with four big wins for their efforts. Warren County defeated Van Buren 2-0 in its first match, winning 25-10 and 25-12. Warren County remained focused in the second match versus Grundy County and defeated the Yellow Jackets 25-12 and 25-10.
A host of Lady Pioneers helped serve up an early 8-3 lead over the Lady Yellow Jackets. Hailey Wood and Bailey Martin showed their strength from behind the service line. Bethany Fye jump-serves her way by most defenses and Grundy County lacked answers in the opening game.
Grundy County started slow but its offense went on the attack and finally got a hand on one of Fye’s jump-serves and got the kill but trailed 11-5.
The Yellow Jackets tacked on four points with short rallies and Lady Pioneer mistakes. Grundy County got within two at 11-9 and Warren County called timeout. Out of the timeout, the Grundy County serve was set by Warren County and the kill went long and Grundy County was within one, 11-10.
Warren County’s defense held on and the Lady Pioneers moved back into the lead 12-10. A costly mistake at the net by the Yellow Jackets added an unearned point to the Warren County score. Lauren Hennessee took her service game to the next level and served Warren County to a 16-11 lead.
Brittany Martin delivered back-to-back booming returns for Warren County. With Mullican on serve, a Grundy County rally ended with Fye and a heavy-handed kill shot. Warren County led 22-12.
Grundy County called timeout but the Warren County momentum was too much. Mullican served out the game and the final point was a block by the Lady Pioneer frontline on defense. The Lady Pioneers took game one, 25-12.
It was a much closer start in game two but once the Lady Pioneer offense settled in and found its rhythm, it was game on. Fye, Martin, and Mullican worked with sets by Hennessee for many of the Lady Pioneer points. The Lady Pioneers capitalized and extended their lead, 12-4.
Brooke Murphy and Raylee Pack also contributed valuable minutes in the second game for Warren County. Grundy County rallied and returned the ball to an empty corner but still trailed 18-8.
Grundy County never had an answer for the strong serves it was being bombarded with by Warren County. The Yellow Jackets trailed 23-10 and Wood closed out the game and cemented the win 25-10 in the second game.
Warren County picked up four wins in the tri-match Tuesday evening over Grundy and Van Buren County. The volleyball team will be on the road for its next five matches but will return home Sept. 15 versus Cookeville with game time scheduled for 5 p.m.