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Lady Blue Flame volleyball defeats Eastside and Easley

PICKENS — The 7-0 Pickens High School Lady Blue Flame varsity volleyball team defeated Eastside at Pickens High School on Sept. 4. In the first meeting of the year, the scores were very close: 28-26, 28-26.

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“Playing at home made a big difference,” Pickens head coach Rikki Owens said of the victory over Eastside. “That, plus we are improving at every level.”

Pickens started strong and finished strong against Eastside. Owens said she felt she had some new leaders emerge during the contest and that she was excited to see that happening.

Sydney Bolding led in kills with 13, while Olivia Dow recorded 12. Lexi Wierzbicki finished with eight kills.

“Dow and her left swing were unstoppable,” Owens said. “She was on fire, down the lines, hitting corners. We have two left-handed hitters. When they are on, no one can block them.”

Wierzbick and Dow led blocks with three and two, respectively.

Kaylee Gillespie led in serves with 28, four aces and only one error. Jewell Porterfield served at 100 percent. Gillespie recorded 27 assists, while Bailee Earnhardt followed with 11. Wierzbicki led with 12 digs.

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