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Gamecock Volleyball Shows Off Pumpkin Carving & Decorating Skills

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Written by Assistant Media Relations Director Koby Padgett

The South Carolina volleyball team decided to have some fun last week, holding a pumpkin carving/decorating competition for bragging rights and more on the team. Each player had their own pumpkin to enter, trying to win in three different categories: MVP (Most Valuable Pumpkin), Scariest and Most Creative. Then the team was divided into groups of three or four, competing in the categories Most School Spirit and Best Pumpkin.

The esteemed judging panel of the volleyball staff looked over the pumpkins set up on the deck behind the office and deliberated for a time on each category. One group-decorated pumpkin stood out from the rest and swept the team categories. The Cocky-decorated pumpkin entered by junior Brandi Byers and sophomores Lindsey Craft, Juliette Thevenin and Frankie Vain won the judges' hearts.


When it came time for the individual awards, the competition was fierce. While one three-way entrant was creative, it did not top the fully-painted and carved piece by redshirt freshman Kellie Schmidt. Her black-based work with peace signs all around claimed that prize.

The scariest pumpkin competition would have had some tough competition if the group-designed pumpkins were allowed. But only one individual truly came up with a scary design: a very toothy and menacing design from freshman Hanna Forst.

While many great pumpkins entered the competition, only one could be named the MVP. And this being the volleyball team, the pumpkin painted like one of the team's game balls took home the top prize. Juliette Thevenin put together that artwork to win the award and become the only three-time winner in one day.

The squad took most of the pumpkins back home, but one stayed out on the Park Street steps leading into the Volleyball Competition Facility. When the team came back from its weekend travels, the "headless baby" design was still sitting in place.

Check out a slideshow of all the ladies' great pumpkins:

Volleyball hosts two home matches this weekend. Friday vs. Ole Miss at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday vs. Alabama at 1:00 p.m. Promotions info

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