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WCMS beats Franklin North
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Ali Young passes the ball during the WCMS varsity match on Tuesday. - photo by Bethany Porter

The Warren County Middle School Lady Pioneers beat Franklin North at their home volleyball match Tuesday night in McMinnville to break their losing streak.

The WCMS varsity team beat Franklin North 2-0. They won both sets 25-15. Kassidy Nuckols led the team in kills with a total of 10. WCMS coach Holly Palombo was very pleased with the team’s performance.

“Lola Wells had a great night. She excelled at every position: passing, hitting, setting, and serving. She played a big role in our win. The net presence of Kassidy Nuckols also helped break our losing streak. We communicated well as a team and never gave up,” said Palombo.

Aubrey Oleksik, Wells, Abby Graves, Alyssa Boyd, Brooklyn Burkett, and Samantha Saldana all had one kill. Wells had four assists, and Aubrey Oleksik, Ansley Centracchio, and Jenna Mullins each had two.

Hope Gilley led in digs with a total of four. Oleksik, Chloe Wanamaker, Wells, Ali Young, and Nuckols all had two digs and Burkett had one. Wells and Graves had a total of four aces. Oleksik had two aces and Young and Mullins both had one. 

The JV team also beat Franklin North 2-0. The first set was a close match resulting in a 30-28 win. Coach Palombo says most sets do not usually go up to 30 points. They won their second set 25-11. 

“I am proud of our JV tonight. We had a lot of great volleys. The girls never gave up. I think that is my first time being part of a volleyball game that takes 30 points to have a winner, both as a player and a coach. It was an exciting match,” said Palombo. 

Hope Gilley and Brynlee Chisam both had three kills and Natalie Payne, Hanah Ray, and Sarah Kate Winfree each had one kill. Ali Young and Kaydence Wiser both had three assists and Brynlee Chisam had one.

Presley Winfree led the team in digs with a total of four and Stella Dunn followed behind her with three. Hanah Ray, Anna Graves, and Brynlee Chisam each had two and Hope Gilley and Sarah Kate Winfree had one. 

Ali Young had an impressive total of eight aces and Kaydence Wiser had three. Presley Winfree, Hanah Ray, and Hope Gilley each had two.