The Gilmer High School Lady Bobcats junior varsity/freshmen volleyball team hosted the region rival Pickens High School Dragonettes. Gilmer was going to face Flowery Branch and Pickens; however, due to a rescheduling Flowery Branch was unable to attend. The “Cats” split two games with the visiting “Nettes” at the net, sweeping game won in straight sets and falling in game two 2-1.
Game one began with the Lady “Cats” clawing out an early lead with a 6-0 run in the first set, including three Aces from Kendal Avery. The “Nettes” cut the lead in half; however a kill from Peyton Avery sparked an 18-8 run that caused the “Cats” to claim the first set in game one.
Set two began with back to back Aces from Kendal Avery, but the “Nettes” quickly tied the game. The teams traded back to back failed serves before the “Nettes” used a 10-3 run to take a 13-6 lead.
After a Pickens failed serve, a Jaelyn Cantrell Ace started a 12-2 Lady “Cats” run that tied the game at 15-15. GHS took the lead after a PHS hit it out of bounds. Kendal Avery then scored on seven straight Aces to put Pickens behind, 23-15.
The “Nettes” scored only two more points as Peyton Avery’s Ace closed the set and the game with a 25-17 win for the straight set sweep.
Game two began with a back and forth battle that saw two ties in the first four points of the set. PHS went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-2 lead; however, GHS responded with a 3-0 run, which included game tying back to back Aces from Martin.
The “Nettes” took the lead after Martin’s serve out of bounds and never relinquished it. Despite the “Cats” constantly and consistently clawing and keeping it close, Pickens picked up a 25-22 set one win.
The second set saw another competitive start, resulting in three ties in the sets’ first eight points. Gilmer took the lead after a 4-4 tie, with a dig for a kill followed by back to back Aces, by Martin.
Martin’s scores started a 9-3 run that gave Gilmer a 13-7 lead. Pickens responded with a 5-1 run that cut the lead to two at 14-12. A Peyton Avery kill followed by an Ace from Kendal Avery lead the Lady “Cats” clawing out a 25-19 set victory.
The third and deciding set began boisterously for the Bobcat ladies, as Gilmer jumped out to a 7-2 lead; however, the Pickens responded with a 9-4 run that tied the game at 11-11.
The “Nettes” outscored the “Cats” 14-10 to close out the 25-21 set and 2-1 game two win.