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WCMS volleyball bounces back at home
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Samantha Jennings is in full-blown attack mode and puts away the kill shot during the WCMS match versus Harris Middle. The Eaglette defense was caught flat-footed.

After a home-opening loss to Avery Trace, the Warren County Middle School volleyball team rebounded quite nicely Thursday evening when it hosted its second home match versus the Harris Middle Eaglettes.
The Lady Pioneers took it right to the Eaglettes and defeated them in two straight games. The first WCMS match appeared to be a runaway, but the Eaglettes climbed back into the game. However, it was too little too late as the Lady Pioneers won the first game 25-18 and the second 25-16.
Harris had no offense in the second game and the coach was still looking for the right combination of players. Harris trailed 13-5 in the second game and its first five points were from mistakes by WCMS.
The Lady Pioneers lost serve at 17-7 in the second game. The Harris offense put together a string of successful shots and found double digits at 17-10. The rally and momentum was short-lived and the Lady Pioneers continued to use pressure defense against the Harris offense.
WCMS would forge ahead 24-15, the notched the game-winner after Harris scored three straight points.
The first game started with a very strong serve from Reagan Whitlock. Her serves were not returned and were perfectly placed between defenders. The defenders were left frozen in place as the points hit the floor.
Whitlock’s serve sailed out wide and WCMS led Harris 7-3. The only points for Harris thus far in the game were off Lady Pioneer mistakes. Harris started to battle on defense and just as it looked like the Eaglettes would win the point, Samantha Jennings left her feet in front of the net and put away the kill.
The excitement was short-lived and Harris served its way back into the game and was down by a single point at 9-8. The WCMS defense covered the floor quickly and meticulously. The Lady Pioneers held off the Eaglette offense temporarily at 10-8.
The Eaglettes took off and landed on back-to-back plays. Harris took its first lead at 11-10 and lost it on the play that followed and the score was locked at 11-11.
WCMS serves its way back into the lead 18-14. Annaston McBride placed the serve just beyond the reach of the Harris defender. The Eaglettes tried different matchups and they substituted six or seven players throughout the game.
Harris finally finds the back-line for a point and pulled within three at 20-17. Whitlock was back on serve and blasted a pair of aces for a 22-17 lead. It was crunch time for Harris and the WCMS defense was too much. At 22-18, Taylor Pegg served out the first game for the win at 25-18.
Up next at home for the Lady Pioneers will be White County on Sept. 1 with a game time scheduled for 4:30 p.m.