Sequoyah’s Taylor Pecht crossed a special milestone Saturday as she recorded her 4,000th career assist during the Rally High volleyball tournament at the LakePoint Sports complex.
Pecht, the 2021 Cherokee County Volleyball Player of the Year, eclipsed the mark in the first match, a 2-0 win over North Paulding, and she continued on, leading the Lady Chiefs to the tournament championship.
“I did not really even know I was going to be hitting that milestone,” Pecht said. “Coach (John) Edwards does a great job of keeping me focused. Honestly, it was relieving because, after the loss to Pope, I was discouraged. This was a real positive for our team.”
Sequoyah is off to another excellent start this year, following up a 50-win showing in 2021 with a 22-2 record and undefeated 4-0 mark in Region 6AAAAAA. The Lady Chiefs lost 3-1 to Pope on Aug. 25, but they bounced back with a 3-0 win over county opponent Creekview.
The team made an early statement with its sweep of the Sequoyah Classic on Aug. 13, capping it off by beating Alpharetta 2-1 in the final round to win the event for a fourth consecutive year. Pecht had 34 assists to help clinch the championship.
Pecht already has 672 assists this season, and the total will continue to climb. She is one of only four volleyball players all-time in the state of Georgia to reach the 4,000-assist mark.
“I have been surrounded by some pretty awesome people,” Pecht said. “This achievement is really not about me because I could not put the ball where it needs to be without some great passers and hitters.”
Pecht was introduced to success from the moment she stepped onto the court for Sequoyah in 2019, when The Lady Chiefs finished 41-2 overall. She made an immediate impact with 1,157 assists as Sequoyah made it to the Class AAAAAA state championship.
One of Pecht’s most memorable moments came during that season, and it was the start of an elite high school volleyball career.
“It was my freshman year, when we played against Pope,” she said. “I had never played in front of a crowd that big, and we had our band there. Everyone played so well.”
Sequoyah outdueled Pope in the 2019 state semifinals to reach the state title match, led by Pecht’s 29 assists, 10 digs and two aces.
After reaching the title match again last season, Sequoyah has lofty expectations for 2022, with nine seniors returning to the roster. The Lady Chiefs began this year on a 12-match winning streak, and following losses to Mercy (Ky.) and Pope, they picked right back up with another 10 straight victories.
With all the continuity over the years, team chemistry is a strength for Sequoyah. Pecht said trust and confidence come with it, and the results speak for themselves.
“This whole team is filled with my best friends,” Pecht said. “Chemistry is sometimes hard in high school volleyball because it is about who you are gifted with. We have some really awesome people on this team, and we fight for each other on and off the court.”