Local team wins tourney

PickensTeamThe Carolina One 12 Regional Black Pickens Team captured its second tournament of the season on Jan. 30 at the Carolina One Volleyball Challenge held at the Upward Volleyball Center in Spartanburg. Of the 20 12-and-under teams competing, “Fire” finished first in gold again without losing a single set. In pool play action, with teams starting at six points, “Fire” defeated C1 12 State Pickens 25-10, 25-10; Excel U12 Club 25-17, 25-16; Lake Murray 12 Black 25-12, 25-11; and Rock Hill Volleyball Club 12 Brooke 25-12, 25-17. The squad won over C1 12 Royal Pickens in the one-game semifinals of Gold 25-9 before ousting C1 12 Greenville 25-13, 25-15 in the finals. Serving leaders for “Fire” were Maggie Sizemore and Lauren Dow, with 100 percent serving out of 22 and 21 serves respectively. Ali Pace had 25 aces, Sky Moorrees had 18, including seven in the finals, and Bailee Earnhardt added 14, including eight in the finals. Calie Covey and Megan Carpenter led the attack with 13 kills each, with six of Covey’s coming in the final match. Assist leaders were Dow with 16, Earnhardt with nine and Regan Powell with six. Hannah Campbell, Amber Chapman and Alison Yates also played very well.