The Lady Pioneers returned to the court on Saturday during a day of play in Coffee County. The WCHS volleyball team faced three varsity teams, including the perennial powerhouse Coffee County, and the Lady Pioneers topped the others beating the Lady Raiders 25-11, 25-19.
“It’s always something you wonder at the start of a season is whether the rotations and the team are going to work well together,” said WCHS coach Erin Blalock. “So this is the first day that we have been able to go out and play against other teams, they show that they play well together.”
The Lady Pioneer varsity team won every game they played on Saturday. The Lady Pioneers also beat Fayetteville and Community. In Coffee County’s only game, Jessie Young and Kennedi Pegg had 7 and 8 assists respectively.
Pegg continued with the assists making 3 against Fayetteville and 6 against Community. Senior Ally Beneke joins as a DeKalb Co. co-op player, and as a state-winning high jumper, it’s no shock she led the team in kills Saturday with 19 over of the three games.
There are five seniors, Beneke, Young, Mia Hobbs, Lydia Netherton and Marissa O’Hara. Blalock is thrilled with the way they played with the young athletes.
Warren County started the day against Fayetteville and won 25-16 in the first game and 25-17 in the second. They then beat Community 25-13, 25-20.
“Overall, it was a really good day to start that pre-season work,” Blalock said, “and get on the pitch against other teams for the first time.”
Warren County travels to Gatlinburg on Saturday for another day of play before the Lady Pioneers begin their season in Grundy County on August 15.
“They played with a lot of energy and great teamwork,” continued Blalock, “I think we have a great base to build on as we approach the season opener.”