Volleyball comes from behind for senior night win

Posted By | September 29, 2011 12:00 am

Making a play. Ashley Phillips, one of the Warriorette senior volleyball players, makes a play late in the come-from-behind win over Stone Memorial on senior night. The four Warriorette seniors, Phillips, Marissa Holland, Callie Marcum and Cendra Tollison as well as manager, Kierstin Sims, were honored prior to the game. Also shown above in the picture in addition to Phillips are Alex Lewis (5), Marissa Holland (7) and Sydney Holeman (8). WCHS travels to Cookeville Thursday for an important District 6AAA match.

The Warriorette volleyball team honored their senior teammates with a thrilling come-from-behind victory on senior night Monday against Stone Memorial.
WCHS then traveled to McMinnville on Tuesday to take on Warren County in a key District 6AAA encounter. The Warriorettes are in the hunt for one of the top two spots in the District 6AAA tournament. WCHS helped to solidify their chance at that with a 3-1 win over the Lady Pioneers.
On Monday, the Warriorettes spotted the Lady Panthers of Stone Memorial two games before getting on track and taking wins in the final three games.
The Warriorettes played from behind during most of game one as Stone took the 25-17 win. WCHS appeared ready to even things at one game apiece as they held a 22-18 lead late in game two. However, a serve in the net switched the momentum back to Stone and allowed the Lady Panthers to eventually tie the game at 23. The Warriorettes had game point at 24-23. Stone scored the final three points taking the 26-24 win in game two and the 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Warriorettes were able to finally finish off a game and take the victory in game three keeping things going. Holding a 22-19 lead, Lindsey Phillips served an ace and then finished out the game with her serving for the 25-19 win.
WCHS used that momentum jumping out to a 4-0 lead in game four. Stone came back and took a 4-3 lead, but back to back kills by Ashley Phillips got the momentum back on the side of the Warriorettes. Back to back kills by Paige Winningham would help to push WCHS out to a 13-6 lead. Stone scored two points before a kill by Lindsey Phillips started the Warriorettes on a 5-0 run. That ran the lead to 19-8. WCHS would go on to finish off the 25-12 win in game four evening the match at two wins each and forcing a decisive game five.
In the fifth game of a set, a fast start is always important because as opposed to the previous four games to 25, the final one only goes to 15.
The Warriorettes, behind the serving of Marissa Holland, took that momentum and scored the first six points.
Stone would get within three, 9-6, but a serve in the net by the Lady Panthers broke their own momentum. Following that the freshman duo of Alex Lewis and Lindsey Phillips took things over at the net.
The pair teamed for a resounding block. Lewis followed with another dominating block making the score 12-6. Phillips added her own kill running the lead to 13-6. Stone would score one more point before senior Ashley Phillips ended the game with a kill for the 15-7 win and the match.
Coach Kirsty Young was excited by her team’s comeback win.
“The win was amazing. I was so proud of them for not laying down after the first two games. We finally finished. It was a big win because we have not been playing well the last couple of matches. Stone had just beaten us in two straight in a best of three match last Thursday. It was a big momentum boost for us.”
On Tuesday, the Warriorettes didn’t have to mount a comeback for the win. They picked up wins in the first two games, dropped the third and then polished off the match with a win in game four.
WCHS opened with a 28-26 win in game one and followed that up with the 25-20 victory taking a 2-0 lead. Warren County captured game three by a score of 25-22. In another close one, the Warriorettes wrapped up the match with the 26-24 win in game four.
The Warriorettes improved to 15-1 overall with the wins and are now 4-2 in the district with two league matches remaining. They will travel to Cookeville Thursday for the first of those two against the team who currently sits undefeated atop the standings in the district. The Lady Cavaliers defeated the Warriorettes 3-0 in the first meeting, but it was a hard fought match as WCHS had several leads early in the contest forcing Cookeville to come from behind.
The varsity match will begin at 6 p.m. with the junior varsity starting things off at 5 p.m.

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