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WCMS volleyball falls in home opener
In an attempt to keep the point alive, Beth Vaughn sets the ball for her Lady Pioneer teammates during the match against Avery Trace.

In Warren County Middle School’s first home volleyball match versus Avery Trace, the Lady Pioneers came out swinging. Avery Trace looked confused on defense and its players missed their assignments on the floor that led to easy points for WCMS in the first game.
Avery Trace took the early advantage in the match and pulled out the come-from-behind 25-22 win in game one. The Lady Pioneers responded in the second game with a 25-18 win. But in the end Avery Trace jumped out to an early lead in the abbreviated final game and never looked back. The Lady Raiders finished off WCMS by a final score of 15-8.
In the deciding game with the match tied at one game each, Avery Trace jumped out to a 4-0 lead. WCMS fired right back and got within a single point before losing serve at 4-3.
Avery Trace continued its offensive assault and stretched its lead. The costly mistakes allowed the Lady Pioneers to stay in the final match 9-7. The Lady Raiders hit the floor and dug balls out that looked to be for sure points. Avery Trace took a commanding 13-8 lead and WCMS called timeout.
Out of the timeout, Avery Trace picked up the final two points and the third and final match ended with the WCMS defense called for being under the net and a final score of 15-8.
The service game of Avery Trace tried to deliver an early knockout in the second match. The Lady Raiders jumped out to a 10-3 lead. The Lady Raider serves were coming in low and fast for the Lady Pioneer defenders.
Lady Pioneer Taylor Pegg slowed the Avery Trace momentum with a kill at 10-4. Annaston McBride kept the game alive for the Lady Pioneers and suddenly from out of nowhere the Lady Pioneers were back within striking distance.
Back-to-back returns into the net by Avery Trace locked the score at 10-10 and more miscommunication by the Avery Trace defense had them behind, 11-10.
Pegg banged out six consecutive serves and WCMS was up 17-10. Her final serve sailed wide and the Lady Raiders needed to execute.
The WCMS offense kicked into overdrive and put its foot to the floor. The Lady Pioneers led 23-13 and Avery Trace tried to slow the pace and called timeout. WCMS was the beneficiary of two long-play rallies and the Lady Pioneers were up 24-14 in the second game. WCMS finished the second game strong and tied the match with a 24-18 win.
The first match ended in a 25-22 win for Avery Trace when the defense broke down and the final two serves fell to the floor. Avery Trace led 23-22 when it launched back-to-back serves that blew right between the WCMS defense. 
Halfway through the match and after several points and changes of possession, Avery Trace served its way right back into the match and the Lady Raiders threatened to tie the game. With a 16-15 advantage WCMS was forced to call for timeout.
Out of the timeout an ace was served to tie the game at 16-16. The momentum had shifted and the Avery Trace fans in attendance were electric. The Lady Raiders served their way into the lead at 17-16. Just after taking an 18-16 lead over WCMS, Avery Trace was called for being under the net and the point was given to the Lady Pioneers, 18-17.
A WCMS serve sails wide and Avery Trace puts the ball into play and Avery Trace is stuffed at the net by Lady Pioneer Beth Vaughn and WCMS trailed 19-18. The Lady Pioneers tied the game at 19 and wound up leading 20-19.
Lady Raider defenders were called for being under the net at a critical time in the match and WCMS was up 21-19. The Lady Pioneers would score one more time in the match and the defense went cold.
Back on serve was Avery Trace with the score locked at 22. The knockout blow was delivered for the Lady Raiders and finished the game 25-22.
WCMS came out in the first match firing and served six straight service points that were not returned. Several defenders looked confused on the court and the serves dropped and helped WCMS get off to a 6-0 lead before losing serve.
WCMS will be back at home Sept. 1 versus White County with a game time scheduled for 4:30 p.m.