WCMS volleyball finishes second – Southern Standard


The WCMS junior varsity and volleyball teams both participated in Westwood Middle School’s game day on Saturday. Lady Pioneers University finished second in the pool game and tournament. They finished 4-2, only losing to defending CTC Tournament champion Coffee County.

Coffee County, Tullahoma, Franklin North, Warren County and Westwood all participated.

“It was great to see three more conference teams so early in the season,” said WCMS head coach Holly Palombo. “I was very impressed with the varsity as we only learned about this rotation last week. Every front row player had multiple kills, even our setters Jenna Mullins and Ali Young who were filling in for the middle hitters.

She continued: “Their versatility and ability to play any position is a true testament to their athleticism. Our other two eighth graders who participated, Aubrey Oleksik and Alyssa Boyd, were key players not only from the offensive line, but also from behind the service line.

Coach Palombo also praised the JV team for their performance on the game day saying, “In this weekend, our main objective for the sixth graders was to gain experience and improve. improve from the first to the last game. Once their nerves calmed down, they were able to set the ball up for a few passes, sets, hits.

Nick Cantrell moved from assistant coach to head coach at JV and said, “I’m proud of their efforts. Since it was their first time playing, I challenged the girls not to drop the balls by not moving or talking. I told them not to move and to have fun. They performed well, but there is room to improve and incorporate more cover missions as the pre-season progresses.

Palombo credits the girls for their chemistry and service ability.

“My favorite part of volleyball is the serve,” she said. “It’s the only time you have 100 per cent control over what’s going to happen. If we’re able to be consistent and strong with our serves, we’ll be a tough team to beat.

She said she had more than enough girls to put behind the service line.

Palombo has high hopes for JV and varsity after a successful season for both teams: varsity places first in the season and second in the tournament and JV goes 8-1 in the conference.

She said, “We had quite a few seventh-graders who made a big difference on those two teams last year who are back as eighth-graders with a permanent place in the university.”


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