Lady Flame volleyball finishes region season undefeated

Pickens vs Greenville

Pickens vs Greenville

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Pickens Michaela Leslie goes high for a kill during a recent match with Greenville. The Flame finished up the season unbeaten in the Peach Blossom AAA.

PICKENS — Both the JV and varsity Pickens teams finished Region 2 AAA undefeated, extending their streak in the Peach Blossom Conference to 28-0. Since 2003 when rally scoring was implemented, the varsity team has compiled a region record of 120-6, going undefeated in their region eight times, winning six Upper State titles and four AAA State Championships. “We have high expectations. That’s not a secret,” said Coach Jennifer Gravely. “But every team does and every team wants to beat us. But pressure is what it’s all about, and I can’t wait to start the playoffs.”

The regular season concluded Thursday, October 24 against Southside with Senior Night, the team honoring Rachel Kellett, Michaela Leslie, Brianna O’Shields, Brooke Stewart, and Tiffany Stewart for their contributions to the program. “Each player brings talent to the floor fueled by a strong work ethic and a competitive attitude. Their leadership will be greatly missed next season,” continued Gravely.

But before then, the Lady Flame must prepare for the immediate future, including the first round of the playoffs on Tuesday, October 29 at 6 p.m. “As long as we win, and that will require effort, efficiency, and execution along with teamwork and energy, we’ll be at home. I love our enthusiastic fans and am excited for our team and community.” The second round is scheduled for Thursday, October 31, the third for Monday, November 4, and the Upper State for Wednesday, November 6.