By Doug Glosson
The Lady Warriors, coming off their first season to make the playoffs in several years, have been hard at work aiming to make another run to the playoffs in 2017. With eight seniors and two juniors, they are poised to make that run.
On Aug. 4, the Lady Warriors hosted Groveton for a timed 50-minute scrimmage.
In the first 25 minutes, the Lady Warriors started out slow, finding themselves down to Groveton 16-9, but with Erin Foster serving and a timely kill by Claire McEachern, Warren was able to make a run to tie the game at 18.
The game was tied at 22 when Foster placed a nice kill just over the net to go up by one. The Lady Warriors would not look back from this point on.
Laikyn Bell served as Warren went on a 10-0 run to push their lead up 32-22 and go on to take the first 25 minute of play 35-25.
In the second 25 minutes, the game stated close for several points. The Lady Warriors were down by one at 15-14 before a couple of aces by McEachern and kills by Foster, Bell, and Samantha Marlar helped Warren go on a 6-0 run and take a lead they would not relinquish.
A block and a kill by Bailey Hamilton followed by another kill by McEachern finished off the scrimmage against Groveton with the Lady Warriors up 32-24.
"I thought we looked really strong. We started off a bit slow, but after we got warm, we really started to groove. It was like we picked up where we left off at the end of last season," Coach Michelle Weichert said. "We have six returning varsity, so we should do well. We are looking to continue our playoff run this season.
Outside Hitter of the Year 2016, Laikyn Bell, will be a huge part of our offense, paired with our big middle, Bailey Hamilton, outside Lindi Barnett, right side Claire McEachern, and three time varsity setter Erin Foster will round out the offense. We have a lot of experience with seniors Kynsi Gillis and Taylor Renick at the libero position, and we pick up three more seniors, Steffanee Fregia, Samantha Marlar, and Alexis Arriola. I hope we dream big and work hard. We have the potential to make a good run this year. I'm super excited to see how these girls perform this year, having four years to watch them develop and grow into these amazing athletes. They have big shoes to fill, but I'm certain they are ready to shine."
"We have a tough schedule this season in hopes of preparing them for playoffs. These girls really make our job fun, and I am very blessed to have had this opportunity to coach them all through their high school careers," the coach continued. "No matter what we do this season, these girls are very special and will do wonderful things in their futures."