A perfect record was lost, but the WCMS volleyball team didn’t need long to bounce back.
The Lady Pioneers suffered their first loss last Thursday at White County, but responded Friday with a big road victory at Shelbyville.
Warren County beat Central Tennessee Conference rival Harris 25-18 and 25-16 to improve to 9-1 this season.
“We bounced back from our loss. We battled sickness and were without two starters,” said coach Holly Morgan, who has the Lady Pioneers atop the CTC standings in her first season. “Our serving looked much better all around. We were doing the things we didn’t do against White County.”
Absences from normal starters gave AJ Dodson, Lilly Cantrell and Jenna Newby added roles against Shelbyville. Dodson was tasked as the team’s setter, a spot where she was able to excel.
Cantrell and Newby showed their talents defensively.
On the front line, Dodson and Krista Chisam were able to set up Bri Taylor, Aleah Davis, Mia Henry and Emily Davis for big hits. Chisam, Aleah Davis and Emily Davis also had several aces.
It was a welcome performance from the Lady Pioneers after losing 26-24 and 25-9 in Sparta.
“The first match shouldn’t have been as close as it was. We made a lot of silly errors,” said Morgan. “It seemed like we gave up the second game. We didn’t play to our level of volleyball.
“I told the girls that every failure has a lesson and if we don’t learn from our mistakes, we won’t continue to grow.”
Warren County returned to action Tuesday with a home matchup with Westwood. Results were unavailable at press time.
The Lady Pioneers are scheduled to be back at home Wednesday for a clash with CTC rival Franklin South. Action is set to start at 5 p.m.