The Pickens High School Dragonettes took to the road to face region rival, Gilmer high school. The “Nettes” got nixed, as both the junior varsity fell, with the JV team falling in three sets, and the varsity getting swept 2-0.
The junior varsity matches were all hotly contested. Game one saw the “Nettes” race out to a 10-5 lead, before the Lady “Cats” caught up at 13-13. The game continued go back and forth, with Pickens picking up a 25-24 win, following a “Nettes” Ace and a Gilmer hit out of bounds with the game tied 23-23.
Game two opened with Gilmer scoring via a kill; however the “Nettes” responded with a 6-1 run that gave the visitors an 8-2 lead; however, much like game one, the Lady “Cats” clawed to a 13-13 tie.
True to form, the two teams continued to trade leads and ties, with four more ties and three more lead changes. After a 16-16 tie, the Nettes went on a 4-0 run, before a 5-1 run tied the game again at 21-21. The Lady “Cats” closed with a 4-1 run that secured the 25-22 set win.
The tie breaking game three set was back and forth until a late game Gilmer run gave the JV Lady “Cats” the win. It featured four ties and three lead changes. Three of the ties came in the first three points.
With the game tied at 3-3 the “Nettes” attacked the net with a 5-2 run for a 10-5 lead. The Lady “Cats” came back with a 7-2 run that tied the game at 12-12.
A PHS failed return sparked a 13-7 run that saw Gilmer get a 25-19 set win, and a 2-1 match victory.
The varsity Dragonettes, came out hot, as a kill by Callie Greene tied the game at 1-1 and sparked a 6-2 run that gave Pickens a 7-3 lead, however, the Lady “Cats” caught the Dragonettes’ tails’ quickly, with a 5-2 run that tied the game at 7-7.
After trading points via errors, Gilmer took advantage of the set outscoring Pickens, 13-7 before a PHS time out with the score 21-15.
The Dragonettes heated up coming out of the time out, going on a 3-0 run that cut the lead in half, and forced a Lady “Cats” time out. The run featured two straight kills by Leslie Baldwin and Greene.
The Lady “Cats” came out of the time out with a 4-1 game sealing run that sealed the 25-19 Gilmer set win.
Game two opened with a 10-1 run by Gilmer. A 5-1 “Nettes” run cut the home team’s lead to 11-6; however, a 13-1 run by the home team put Pickens in a 24-9 hole.
Pickens picked up the pace, and cut the lead to 24-13 with a 4-0 run. The game ended with a Lady “Cats” kill that gave Gilmer the 25-13 set victory and the 2-1 match win.