Local girls star at SWU

The Southern Wesleyan volleyball squad recently completed its season, losing in the NCCAA National Championship tournament in Kissimmee, Fla. The Lady Warriors, who finished 21-18 on the year, received major contributions all season from a handful of former Pickens County high school standouts. Senior Keni Abercrombie, pictured at left, a former all-state player at Pickens High, was named to the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) All-Division East Team after leading the conference in digs during conference games. She was also named to the NCCAA South Region 1st team. Former PHS teammate Stephanie Alexander (below), also a senior for the Warriors, led the Warriors on the floor with 52 service aces. Fellow Pickens alum Cassie Gravely, a freshman, had 922 assists, best on the squad. Former Daniel standout Emily Cothran was second on the team with 381 assists. Junior Haley Brunson, a Liberty High grad, was named to the Musco Lighting Champion of Character team, while Daniel High product Katherine Schleifer, a senior, was honored as a member of the SSAC All-Academic team.